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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”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for approval of extension on the following rule.

• 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 the 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-Start Printed Page 7819dealers, 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.

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 Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10202, 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: January 16, 2001.

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. 01-2241 Filed 1-24-01; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 8010-01-M