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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Government Securities Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Regarding a Participant Rebate Program

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Start Preamble July 2, 2001.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] notice is hereby given that on May 14, 2001, the Government Securities Clearing Corporation (“GSCC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared primarily by GSCC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to initiate a participant rebate program that will distribute excess income pro rata back to members each calendar quarter based upon their gross fees paid to GSCC.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule

In its filing with the Commission, GSCC included statements concerning the purpose of and statutory basis for the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. GSCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.[2]

(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

The purpose of the proposed rule change is to initiate a participant rebate program that will distribute excess income pro rata back to members each calendar quarter based upon their gross fees paid to GSCC. The rebate program is immediately effective and the first rebate, if any, will be paid with respect to activity that took place during the second quarter of 2001.

GSCC states that there is no longer a need to continue to increase GSCC's level of shareholders' equity beyond a $30 million level since a sustained capital level of $30 million will be sufficient to provide for: (1) Adequate risk protection and (2) a cushion for temporary decreases in volumes and revenues. Moreover, GSCC expects that it will be able to fund all projects out of current revenues.

GSCC has structured the rebate program so that: (1) Rebates of excess net income will be made on a quarterly basis; (2) the amount of rebate provided to individual members will be based on Start Printed Page 36352the amount of fees paid by the member to GSCC with respect to the calendar quarter (adjusted as appropriate for rebates, clearance charges, and other miscellaneous charges); (3) the amount of rebate for each of the first three calendar quarters of a year will be equal to 50 percent of accumulated net income; and (4) the rebate for the last calendar quarter of a year will be equal to 100 percent of the remaining excess net income for the year.

GSCC has the right to exclude or include, as applicable, anticipated expenses, losses, liabilities, and revenues from its calculation of excess net income. For example, GSCC has the discretion to reserve for development expenses and the costs of special projects.

GSCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder because it fulfills GSCC's mission of operating in a not-for-profit manner consistent with maintaining the integrity of GSCC's capital base, financial structure, and risk management process.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

GSCC does not believe that the proposed rule change will have an impact or impose a burden on competition.

(C) Self-Regulation Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not yet been solicited or received. Members will be notified of the rule change filing and comments will be solicited by an Important Notice. GSCC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by GSCC.

III. Debate of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

Because the foregoing change establishes or changes a due, fee, or other charge imposed by GSCC, it has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder.[4] At any time within sixty days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Section, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at GSCC. All submissions should refer to the File No. SR-GSCC-2001-05 and should be submitted by August 1, 2001.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[5]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  The Commission has modified parts of these statements.

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3.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 01-17267 Filed 7-10-01; 8:45 am]

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