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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549.

Extension: Rule 11Ac1-3, SEC File No. 270-382, OMB Control No. 3235-0435.

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.

Rule 11Ac1-3, 17 CFR 240.11Ac1-3, under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires disclosure on each new account and on a yearly basis thereafter, on the annual statement, the firm's policies regarding receipt of payment for order flow from any market makers, exchanges or exchange members to which it routes customers' order in national market system securities for execution; and information regarding the aggregate amount of monetary payments, discounts, rebates or reduction in fees received by the firm over the past year.

It is estimated that there are approximately 7,500 registered broker-dealers.[1] The staff estimates that the average number of hours necessary for each broker-dealer to comply with Rule 11Ac1-3 is fourteen hours annually. Thus, the total burden is 105,000 hours annually. The average cost per hour is approximately $85. Therefore, the total cost of compliance for broker-dealers is $8,925,000.

Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency'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.

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

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Dated: August 17, 2000.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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1.  This estimate is based on FYE 1999 Focus Reports received by the Commission.

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[FR Doc. 00-21633 Filed 8-23-00; 8:45 am]