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Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 34192 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 139 / Thursday, July 19, 2018 / Notices Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (‘‘PRA’’) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (‘‘OMB’’) a request for approval of extension of the previously approved collection of information provided for in Rule 17a–5(c), (17 CFR 240.17a–5(c)), under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.). Rule 17a–5(c) generally requires broker-dealers who carry customer accounts to provide statements of the broker-dealer’s financial condition to their customers. Paragraph (c)(5) of Rule 17a–5 provides a conditional exemption from this requirement. A broker-dealer that elects to take advantage of the exemption must publish its statements on its website in a prescribed manner, and must maintain a toll-free number that customers can call to request a copy of the statements. The purpose of the Rule is to ensure that customers of broker-dealers are provided with information concerning the financial condition of the firm that may be holding the customers’ cash and securities. The Commission, when adopting the Rule in 1972, stated that the goal was to ‘‘directly’’ send a customer essential information so that the customer could ‘‘judge whether his broker or dealer is financially sound.’’ The Commission adopted the Rule in response to the failure of several brokerdealers holding customer funds and securities in the period between 1968 and 1971. The Commission estimates that approximately 162 broker-dealer respondents carrying approximately 132 million public customer accounts incur a burden of approximately 161,037 hours per year to comply with the Rule. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information under the PRA unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The public may view background documentation for this information collection at the following website: www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: Shagufta_ Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Candace Kenner, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, or by sending an email to: PRA_Mailbox@ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Jul 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: July 13, 2018. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–15375 Filed 7–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–2736. Extension: Rule 6c–7; SEC File No. 270–269, OMB Control No. 3235–0276. Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the ‘‘Commission’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below. Rule 6c–7 (17 CFR 270.6c–7) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a–1 et seq.) (‘‘1940 Act’’) provides exemption from certain provisions of Sections 22(e) and 27 of the 1940 Act for registered separate accounts offering variable annuity contracts to certain employees of Texas institutions of higher education participating in the Texas Optional Retirement Program. There are approximately 50 registrants governed by Rule 6c–7. The burden of compliance with Rule 6c–7, in connection with the registrants obtaining from a purchaser, prior to or at the time of purchase, a signed document acknowledging the restrictions on redeem ability imposed by Texas law, is estimated to be approximately 3 minutes per response for each of approximately 2300 purchasers annually (at an estimated $66 per hour),1 for a total annual burden 1 $66/hour figure for a Compliance Clerk is based on the Commission’s estimates concerning the allocation of burden hours and the relevant wage rates from the Commission’s consultations with industry representatives and on salary information for the securities industry compiled by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Office Salaries in the Securities Industry 2013. The estimated wage figures are modified by Commission staff to account for an 1800-hour work-year and multiplied by 2.93 to account for bonuses, firm size, employee benefits, overhead, and adjusted to account for the effects of inflation. See Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Report on Management & PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 of 115 hours (at a total annual cost of $7,590). Rule 6c–7 requires that the separate account’s registration statement under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) include a representation that Rule 6c–7 is being relied upon and is being complied with. This requirement enhances the Commission’s ability to monitor utilization of and compliance with the rule. There are no recordkeeping requirements with respect to Rule 6c–7. The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules or forms. The Commission does not include in the estimate of average burden hours the time preparing registration statements and sales literature disclosure regarding the restrictions on redeem ability imposed by Texas law. The estimate of burden hours for completing the relevant registration statements are reported on the separate PRA submissions for those statements. (See the separate PRA submissions for Form N–3 (17 CFR 274.11b) and Form N–4 (17 CFR 274.11c). Complying with the collection of information requirements of the rules is necessary to obtain a benefit. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following website, www.reginfo.gov. Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: Shagufta_ Ahmed@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Candace Kenner, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 or send an email to: PRA_Mailbox@ sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: July 13, 2018. Eduardo A. Aleman, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–15382 Filed 7–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Professional Earnings in the Securities Industry 2013. E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION


Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange 
Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 
20549-2736.

Extension:
    Rule 6c-7; SEC File No. 270-269, OMB Control No. 3235-0276.

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission (the ``Commission'') has submitted to the Office of 
Management and Budget a request for extension of the previously 
approved collection of information discussed below.
    Rule 6c-7 (17 CFR 270.6c-7) under the Investment Company Act of 
1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) (``1940 Act'') provides exemption from 
certain provisions of Sections 22(e) and 27 of the 1940 Act for 
registered separate accounts offering variable annuity contracts to 
certain employees of Texas institutions of higher education 
participating in the Texas Optional Retirement Program. There are 
approximately 50 registrants governed by Rule 6c-7. The burden of 
compliance with Rule 6c-7, in connection with the registrants obtaining 
from a purchaser, prior to or at the time of purchase, a signed 
document acknowledging the restrictions on redeem ability imposed by 
Texas law, is estimated to be approximately 3 minutes per response for 
each of approximately 2300 purchasers annually (at an estimated $66 per 
hour),\1\ for a total annual burden of 115 hours (at a total annual 
cost of $7,590).
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    \1\ $66/hour figure for a Compliance Clerk is based on the 
Commission's estimates concerning the allocation of burden hours and 
the relevant wage rates from the Commission's consultations with 
industry representatives and on salary information for the 
securities industry compiled by the Securities Industry and 
Financial Markets Association's Office Salaries in the Securities 
Industry 2013. The estimated wage figures are modified by Commission 
staff to account for an 1800-hour work-year and multiplied by 2.93 
to account for bonuses, firm size, employee benefits, overhead, and 
adjusted to account for the effects of inflation. See Securities 
Industry and Financial Markets Association, Report on Management & 
Professional Earnings in the Securities Industry 2013.
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    Rule 6c-7 requires that the separate account's registration 
statement under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.) 
include a representation that Rule 6c-7 is being relied upon and is 
being complied with. This requirement enhances the Commission's ability 
to monitor utilization of and compliance with the rule. There are no 
recordkeeping requirements with respect to Rule 6c-7.
    The estimate of average burden hours is made solely for the 
purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and is not derived from a 
comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of 
Commission rules or forms. The Commission does not include in the 
estimate of average burden hours the time preparing registration 
statements and sales literature disclosure regarding the restrictions 
on redeem ability imposed by Texas law. The estimate of burden hours 
for completing the relevant registration statements are reported on the 
separate PRA submissions for those statements. (See the separate PRA 
submissions for Form N-3 (17 CFR 274.11b) and Form N-4 (17 CFR 
274.11c).
    Complying with the collection of information requirements of the 
rules is necessary to obtain a benefit. An agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of 
information unless it displays a currently valid control number.
    The public may view the background documentation for this 
information collection at the following website, www.reginfo.gov. 
Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and 
Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, 
Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office 
Building, Washington, DC 20503, or by sending an email to: 
[email protected]; and (ii) Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief 
Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Candace 
Kenner, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549 or send an email to: 
[email protected]. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days 
of this notice.

    Dated: July 13, 2018.
Eduardo A. Aleman,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-15382 Filed 7-18-18; 8:45 am]
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