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Rule 2a19-1; SEC File No. 270-294; OMB Control No. 3235-0332

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”) 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.

Rule 2a19-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Act”) provides that investment company directors will not be considered interested persons, as defined by section 2(a)(19) of the Act, solely because they are registered broker-dealers or affiliated persons of registered broker-dealers, provided that the broker-dealer does not execute any portfolio transactions for the company's complex, engage in any principal transactions with the complex or distribute shares for the complex for at least six months prior to the time that the director is to be considered not to be an interested person and for the period during which the director continues to be considered not to be an interested person. The rule also requires the investment company's board of directors to determine that the company would not be adversely affected by refraining from business with the broker-dealer. In addition, the rule provides that no more than a minority of the disinterested directors of the company may be registered broker-dealers of their affiliates.

Before the adoption of rule 2a19-1, many investment companies found it necessary to file with the Commission applications for orders exempting directors from section 2(a)(19) of the Act. Rule 2a19-1 is intended to alleviate the burdens on the investment company industry of filing for such orders in circumstances where there is no potential conflict of interest. The conditions of the rule are designed to indicate whether the director has a stake in the broker-dealer's business with the company such that he or she might not be able to act independently of the company's management.

It is estimated that approximately 3,200 investment companies may choose to rely on the rule, and each investment company may spend one hour annually compiling and keeping records related to the requirements of the rule. The total annual burden associated with the rule is estimated to be 3,200 hours.

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 and forms.

The Commission requests written comments on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimate of the burden of the collection of Start Printed Page 42738information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 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.

Please direct your written comments to Michael E. Bartell, Associate Executive Director, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 5th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20549.

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Dated: June 29, 2000.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 00-17469 Filed 7-10-00; 8:45 am]