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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 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”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below.

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 or 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.

The Commission estimates that approximately 3,200 investment companies may choose to rely on rule 2a19-1, and that 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.

Complying with the collection of information requirements of the rule is necessary to obtain the benefit of relying on the rule. Rule 2a19-1 does not require the filing of any information with the Commission. To the extent that records kept in connection with this rule are made available to the Commission's staff as part of the Commission's inspection program, those records are generally 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.

Written comments regarding the above information should be directed to the following persons: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Start Printed Page 55310Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; and (ii) Michael E. Bartell, Associate Executive Director, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: September 6, 2000.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 00-23435 Filed 9-12-00; 8:45 am]