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Notice

Proposed Collection; Comment Request

 

Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.

Extension:

Rule 102, SEC File No. 270-409, OMB Control No. 3235-0467.

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 (“Commission”) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval for the Rule 102 of Regulation M (17 CFR 242.102), defined as Activities by Issuers and Selling Security Holders During a Distribution.

Rule 102 prohibits distribution participants, issuers, and selling security holders from purchasing activities at specified times during a distribution of securities. Persons otherwise covered by these rules may seek to use several applicable exceptions such as exclusion for actively traded reference securities and the maintenance of policies regarding information barriers between their affiliates.

There are approximately 895 respondents per year that require an aggregate total of 1,795 hours to comply with this rule. Each respondent makes an estimated 1 annual response. Each response takes on average approximately 2.006 hours to complete. Thus, the total compliance burden per year is 1,795 burden hours. The total compliance cost for the respondents is approximately $102,261.15, resulting in a cost of compliance for the respondent per response of approximately $114.26 (i.e.,$102,261.15/895 responses). These are internal labor costs and there are no other costs.

Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimates of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

The Commission may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.

Please direct your written comments to: Thomas Bayer, Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov.

Dated: March 16, 2011.

Cathy H. Ahn,

Deputy Secretary.

[FR Doc. 2011-6656 Filed 3-21-11; 8:45 am]

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