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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 101; SEC File No. 270-408; OMB Control No. 3235-0464

Rule 102; SEC File No. 270-409; OMB Control No. 3235-0467

Rule 103; SEC File No. 270-410; OMB Control No. 3235-0466

Rule 104; SEC File No. 270-411; OMB Control No. 3235-0465

Rule 17a-2; SEC File No. 270-189, OMB Control No. 3235-0201

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 collections of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit these existing collections of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval.

Rule 101 (Activities by Distribution Participants) and Rule 102 (Activities by Issuers and Selling Security Holders During a Distribution)

Rules 101 and 102 prohibit distribution participants, issuers, and selling security holders from purchasing activities at specified times during a distribution of securities. Persons otherwise covered by these rules may seek to use several applicable exceptions such as a calculation of the average daily trading volume of the securities in distribution, the maintenance of policies regarding information barriers between their affiliates, and the maintenance of a written policy regarding general compliance with Regulation M for de minimus transactions. The Commission estimates that 1,358 respondents collect information under Rule 101 and that approximately 31,079 hours in the aggregate are required annually for these collections. In addition, the Commission estimates that 669 respondents collect information under Rule 102 and that approximately 1,569 hours in the aggregate are required annually for these collections.

Rule 103 (Nasdaq Passive Market Making)

Rule 103 permits passive market making in Nasdaq securities during a distribution. A distribution participant that seeks use of this exception would be required to disclose to third parties its intention to engage in passive market making. The Commission estimates that 171 respondents collect information under Rule 103 and that approximately 171 hours in the aggregate are required annually for these collections.

Rule 104 (Stabilizing and Other Activities in Connection With an Offering)

Rule 104 permits stabilizing by a distribution participant during a distribution so long as the distribution participant discloses information to the market and investors. This rule requires disclosure in offering materials of the potential stabilizing transactions and that the distribution participant inform the market when a stabilizing bid is made. It also requires the distribution participants (i.e., the syndicate manager) to maintain information regarding syndicate covering transactions and penalty bids and disclose such information to the SRO. The Commission estimates that 519 respondents collect information under Rule 104 and that approximately 51.9 hours in the aggregate are required annually for these collections.

Rule 17a-2 (Recordkeeping Requirements Relating to Stabilizing Activities)

Rule 17a-2 requires underwriters to maintain information regarding stabilizing activities, syndicate covering transactions, and penalty bids. The Commission estimates that 519 respondents collect information under Rule 17a-2 and that approximately 2,595 hours in the aggregate are required annually for these collections.

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 will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 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: February 6, 2002.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 02-3490 Filed 2-12-02; 8:45 am]

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