Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request, 29573-29574 [2019-13299]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 121 / Monday, June 24, 2019 / Notices C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were either solicited or received. Commission takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be approved or disapproved. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.19 Vanessa A. Countryman, Acting Secretary. IV. Solicitation of Comments [FR Doc. 2019–13305 Filed 6–21–19; 8:45 am] III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the foregoing proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days from the date on which it was filed, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 14 and Rule 19b– 4(f)(6) thereunder.15 A proposed rule change filed pursuant to Rule 19b–4(f)(6) under the Act 16 normally does not become operative for 30 days after the date of its filing. However, Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii) 17 permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay so that the proposed rule change may become operative upon filing. As the proposed rule change raises no novel issues and is largely organizational, the Commission believes that waiver of the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Accordingly, the Commission hereby waives the operative delay and designates the proposed rule change operative upon filing.18 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 14 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). In addition, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) requires a self-regulatory organization to give the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change, along with a brief description and text of the proposed rule change, at least five business days prior to the date of filing of the proposed rule change, or such shorter time as designated by the Commission. The Exchange has satisfied this requirement. 16 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 17 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 18 For purposes only of waiving the 30-day operative delay, the Commission also has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. See 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 15 17 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 29573 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Jun 21, 2019 Jkt 247001 BILLING CODE 8011–01–P Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– ISE–2019–17 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2019–17. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s internet website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from comment submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–ISE–2019–17 and should be submitted on or before July 15, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [SEC File No. 270–132, OMB Control No. 3235–0158] 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 20a–1 Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501–3520), the Securities and Exchange Commission has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below. Rule 20a–1 (17 CFR 270.20a–1) was adopted under Section 20(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘1940 Act’’) (15 U.S.C. 80a–20(a)) and concerns the solicitation of proxies, consents, and authorizations with respect to securities issued by registered investment companies (‘‘Funds’’). More specifically, rule 20a–1 under the 1940 Act (15 U.S.C. 80a–1 et seq.) requires that the solicitation of a proxy, consent, or authorization with respect to a security issued by a Fund be in compliance with Regulation 14A (17 CFR 240.14a–1 et seq.), Schedule 14A (17 CFR 240.14a–101), and all other rules and regulations adopted pursuant to section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘1934 Act’’) (15 U.S.C. 78n(a)). It also requires, in certain circumstances, a Fund’s investment adviser or a prospective adviser, and certain affiliates of the adviser or prospective adviser, to transmit to the person making the solicitation the information necessary to enable that person to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to the solicitation. In addition, rule 20a–1 instructs Funds that have made a public offering of securities and that hold security holder votes for which proxies, consents, or authorizations are not being solicited, to refer to section 14(c) of the 19 17 E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 24JNN1 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 29574 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 121 / Monday, June 24, 2019 / Notices 1934 Act (15 U.S.C. 78n(c)) and the information statement requirements set forth in the rules thereunder. The types of proposals voted upon by Fund shareholders include not only the typical matters considered in proxy solicitations made by operating companies, such as the election of directors, but also include issues that are unique to Funds, such as the approval of an investment advisory contract and the approval of changes in fundamental investment policies of the Fund. Through rule 20a–1, any person making a solicitation with respect to a security issued by a Fund must, similar to operating company solicitations, comply with the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to Section 14(a) of the 1934 Act. Some of those Section 14(a) rules and regulations, however, include provisions specifically related to Funds, including certain particularized disclosure requirements set forth in Item 22 of Schedule 14A under the 1934 Act. Rule 20a–1 is intended to ensure that investors in Fund securities are provided with appropriate information upon which to base informed decisions regarding the actions for which Funds solicit proxies. Without rule 20a–1, Fund issuers would not be required to comply with the rules and regulations adopted under Section 14(a) of the 1934 Act, which are applicable to non-Fund issuers, including the provisions relating to the form of proxy and disclosure in proxy statements. The staff currently estimates that approximately 1,333 proxy statements are filed by Funds annually. Based on staff estimates and information from the industry, the staff estimates that the average annual burden associated with the preparation and submission of proxy statements is 85 hours per response, for a total annual burden of 113,305 hours (1,333 responses × 85 hours per response = 101,660). In addition, the staff estimates the costs for purchased services, such as outside legal counsel, proxy statement mailing, and proxy tabulation services, to be approximately $30,000 per proxy solicitation. Rule 20a–1 does not involve any recordkeeping requirements. Providing the information required by the rule is mandatory and information provided under the rule will not be kept confidential. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:50 Jun 21, 2019 Jkt 247001 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: Lindsay.M.Abate@omb.eop.gov; and (ii) Charles Riddle, Acting 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: June 18, 2019. Vanessa A. Countryman, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–13299 Filed 6–21–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–86140; File No. SR–Phlx– 2019–24] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Nasdaq PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend Phlx Rule 1034 To Extend Through December 31, 2019 or the Date of Permanent Approval, if Earlier, the Penny Pilot Program in Options Classes in Certain Issues June 18, 2019. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’),1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 14, 2019, Nasdaq PHLX LLC (‘‘Phlx’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I and II, below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend Phlx Rule 1034 (Minimum Increments) 3 to extend through December 31, 2019 or the date of permanent approval, if earlier, the Penny Pilot Program in options classes in certain issues (‘‘Penny Pilot’’ or ‘‘Pilot’’). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 3 References herein to rules refer to rules of Phlx, unless otherwise noted. 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The text of the proposed rule change is available on the Exchange’s website at http://nasdaqphlx.cchwallstreet.com/, at the principal office of the Exchange, and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The purpose of this filing is to amend Phlx Rule 1034 to extend the Penny Pilot through December 31, 2019 or the date of permanent approval, if earlier.4 The Exchange believes that extending the Penny Pilot will allow for further analysis of the Penny Pilot and a determination of how the program should be structured in the future. Under the Penny Pilot, the minimum price variation for all participating options classes, except for the Nasdaq100 Index Tracking Stock (‘‘QQQQ’’), the SPDR S&P 500 Exchange Traded Fund (‘‘SPY’’) and the iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund (‘‘IWM’’), is $0.01 for all quotations in options series that are quoted at less than $3 per contract and $0.05 for all quotations in options series that are quoted at $3 per contract or greater. QQQQ, SPY and IWM are quoted in $0.01 increments for all options series. The Penny Pilot is currently scheduled to expire on June 30, 2019.5 The Exchange now proposes to extend the time period of the Penny Pilot through December 31, 2019 or the date of permanent approval, if earlier. This filing does not propose any substantive changes to the Penny Pilot Program; all classes currently participating in the Penny Pilot will 4 The options exchanges in the U.S. that have pilot programs similar to the Penny Pilot (together ‘‘pilot programs’’) are currently working on a proposal for permanent approval of the respective pilot programs. 5 See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 84961 (December 26, 2018), 84 FR 838 (January 31, 2019) (SR–Phlx–2018–84). E:\FR\FM\24JNN1.SGM 24JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 121 (Monday, June 24, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 29573-29574]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-13299]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[SEC File No. 270-132, OMB Control No. 3235-0158]


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 20a-1

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Securities and Exchange 
Commission has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a 
request for extension of the previously approved collection of 
information discussed below.
    Rule 20a-1 (17 CFR 270.20a-1) was adopted under Section 20(a) of 
the Investment Company Act of 1940 (``1940 Act'') (15 U.S.C. 80a-20(a)) 
and concerns the solicitation of proxies, consents, and authorizations 
with respect to securities issued by registered investment companies 
(``Funds''). More specifically, rule 20a-1 under the 1940 Act (15 
U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) requires that the solicitation of a proxy, 
consent, or authorization with respect to a security issued by a Fund 
be in compliance with Regulation 14A (17 CFR 240.14a-1 et seq.), 
Schedule 14A (17 CFR 240.14a-101), and all other rules and regulations 
adopted pursuant to section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934 (``1934 Act'') (15 U.S.C. 78n(a)). It also requires, in certain 
circumstances, a Fund's investment adviser or a prospective adviser, 
and certain affiliates of the adviser or prospective adviser, to 
transmit to the person making the solicitation the information 
necessary to enable that person to comply with the rules and 
regulations applicable to the solicitation. In addition, rule 20a-1 
instructs Funds that have made a public offering of securities and that 
hold security holder votes for which proxies, consents, or 
authorizations are not being solicited, to refer to section 14(c) of 
the

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1934 Act (15 U.S.C. 78n(c)) and the information statement requirements 
set forth in the rules thereunder.
    The types of proposals voted upon by Fund shareholders include not 
only the typical matters considered in proxy solicitations made by 
operating companies, such as the election of directors, but also 
include issues that are unique to Funds, such as the approval of an 
investment advisory contract and the approval of changes in fundamental 
investment policies of the Fund. Through rule 20a-1, any person making 
a solicitation with respect to a security issued by a Fund must, 
similar to operating company solicitations, comply with the rules and 
regulations adopted pursuant to Section 14(a) of the 1934 Act. Some of 
those Section 14(a) rules and regulations, however, include provisions 
specifically related to Funds, including certain particularized 
disclosure requirements set forth in Item 22 of Schedule 14A under the 
1934 Act.
    Rule 20a-1 is intended to ensure that investors in Fund securities 
are provided with appropriate information upon which to base informed 
decisions regarding the actions for which Funds solicit proxies. 
Without rule 20a-1, Fund issuers would not be required to comply with 
the rules and regulations adopted under Section 14(a) of the 1934 Act, 
which are applicable to non-Fund issuers, including the provisions 
relating to the form of proxy and disclosure in proxy statements.
    The staff currently estimates that approximately 1,333 proxy 
statements are filed by Funds annually. Based on staff estimates and 
information from the industry, the staff estimates that the average 
annual burden associated with the preparation and submission of proxy 
statements is 85 hours per response, for a total annual burden of 
113,305 hours (1,333 responses x 85 hours per response = 101,660). In 
addition, the staff estimates the costs for purchased services, such as 
outside legal counsel, proxy statement mailing, and proxy tabulation 
services, to be approximately $30,000 per proxy solicitation.
    Rule 20a-1 does not involve any recordkeeping requirements. 
Providing the information required by the rule is mandatory and 
information provided under the rule will not be kept confidential.
    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) Charles Riddle, Acting 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: June 18, 2019.
Vanessa A. Countryman,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-13299 Filed 6-21-19; 8:45 am]
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