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Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94-409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold the following meetings during the week of February 3, 2003: Open meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 4, 2003, at 10 a.m., and Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 10 a.m. in Room 1C30, the William O. Douglas Room, and a closed meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at 2:30 p.m.

Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries Start Printed Page 5059will attend the closed meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters may also be present.

The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(3), (5), (7), (9)(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(3), (5), (7), (9)(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the closed meeting.

The subject matter of the open meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2003, will be the following:

1. The Commission will consider whether to adopt Regulation Analyst Certification, a new rule that would require analysts to provide certifications regarding the views they express in research reports and public appearances and to provide disclosures regarding any compensation they may have received related to those views and recommendations.

2. The Commission will consider whether to adopt amendments to rule 17f-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the rule that governs investment companies' use of securities depositories. The amendments are designed to update and simplify the rule in response to changes in business practices and commercial law that have occurred since the rule was adopted in 1978. The amendments eliminate unnecessary restrictions in the rule, to reduce compliance burdens on funds and fund boards, without jeopardizing investor protections.

3. The Commission will consider a recommendation to propose for public comment new rule 38a-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, new rule 206(4)-7 under the Investment Advisers Act, and amendments to rule 204-2 under the Investment Advisers Act. The recommended proposals would require each investment company and investment adviser registered with the Commission to (i) adopt and implement policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violation of the federal securities laws, (ii) review those policies and procedures annually for their adequacy and the effectiveness of their implementation, and (iii) appoint a chief compliance officer to be responsible for administering the policies and procedures. The Commission also will consider a recommendation to seek comment on other ways to involve the private sector in fostering compliance by investment companies and investment advisers with the federal securities laws.

The subject matter of the closed meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2003, will be:

Formal orders of investigation;

Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings of an enforcement nature;

Institution and settlement of injunctive actions;

Adjudicatory matters;

Opinions.

The subject matter of the open meeting scheduled Thursday, February 6, 2003, will be the following:

1. The Commission will consider whether to adopt amendments to the definition of terms used in the exception from the definition of dealer for banks under section 3(a)(5) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Commission will consider whether to adopt amendments to the related exemptions for banks, savings associations, and savings banks as well as adopt a new exemption concerning securities lending. These proposals relate to the implementation of the specific exceptions for banks from the definitions of “broker” and “dealer” that were amended by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted, or postponed, please contact:

The Office of the Secretary at (202) 942-7070.

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Dated: January 28, 2003.

Jonathan G. Katz,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-2403 Filed 1-29-03; 11:40 am]

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