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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 15c3-3, SEC File No. 270-87, OMB Control No. 3235-0078.

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[s] of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval.

  • Rule 15c3-3 Customer Protection—Reserves and Custody of Securities

Rule 15c3-3 requires broker-dealers that hold customer securities to obtain and maintain possession and control of fully paid and excess margin securities they hold for customers. In addition, the rule requires broker-dealers that hold customer funds to make either a weekly or monthly computation to determine whether certain customer funds need to be segregated in a special reserve bank account for the exclusive benefit of the firm's customers. It also requires broker-dealers (1) to maintain a description of the procedures utilized to comply with the possession and control requirements of the rule; (2) to maintain a written notification from the bank where the Special Reserve Bank Account is located that all assets in the account are for the exclusive benefit of broker-dealer's customers; and (3) to give telegraphic notice to the Commission, and the appropriate Self-Regulatory Organization under certain circumstances.

Commission staff estimates that the average number of hours necessary for each broker-dealer subject to the rule to make the required reserve computations is 2.5 hours per response. Approximately 327 broker-dealers choose to make a weekly computation and 115 broker-dealers choose to make a monthly computation. Accordingly, the total burden for this requirement is estimated to be 45,960 hours annually for all broker-dealers, based upon past submissions. The staff believes that financial reporting specialists will make the computations. The staff estimates that the hourly salary of a financial reporting specialist is $72.40 per hour.[1] Consequently, Commission staff estimates that the annual total cost of compliance with the reserve computation requirement for all broker-dealers, taking overhead into consideration, is $3,327,504.

In addition, Commission staff estimates that broker-dealers file approximately 30 notices per year pursuant to the rule. Commission staff estimates that it takes approximately 30 minutes to file each notice. Accordingly, the total burden for this requirement is estimated to be 15 hours annually for all broker-dealers, based on past submissions. The average cost per hour is approximately $72.40. Consequently, Commission staff estimates that the annual total cost of compliance with the notice requirement for all broker-dealers, taking overhead into consideration, is $1,086.

Based on the above, Commission staff estimates that the total cost of compliance with the rule for all broker-dealers is $3,328,590.

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 estimate 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.

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: November 9, 2000.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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1.  Per Securities Industry Association (SIA) Management and Professional Earnings, Table 011 (Financial Reporting Manager) + 35% overhead (based on end-of-year 1998 figures).

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[FR Doc. 00-29442 Filed 11-16-00; 8:45 am]

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