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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.

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Rule 15g-3, SEC File No. 270-346, OMB Control No. 3235-0392;

Rule 15g-4, SEC File No. 270-347, OMB Control No. 3235-0393;

Rule 15g-5, SEC File No. 270-348 OMB, Control No. 3235-0394;

Rules 17Ad-6 and 17Ad-7, SEC File No. 270-151, OMB Control No. 3235-0291.

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 15g-3 Broker or Dealer Disclosure of Quotations and other Information Relating to the Penny Stock Market.

Rule 15g-3 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) requires that brokers and dealers disclose to customers current quotation prices or similar market information in connection with transactions in penny stocks. It is estimated that approximately 270 respondents incur an average burden of 100 hours annually to comply with the rule.

  • Rule 15g-4 Disclosure of compensation to brokers or dealers.

Rule 15g-4 under the Exchange Act requires brokers and dealers effecting transactions in penny stocks for or with customers to disclose the amount of compensation received by the broker-dealer in connection with the transaction. It is estimated that approximately 270 respondents incur an average of 100 hours annually to comply with the rule.

  • Rule 15g-5 Disclosure of compensation of associated persons in connection with penny stock transactions.

Rule 15g-5 under the Exchange Act requires brokers and dealers to disclose to customers the amount of compensation to be received by their sales agents in connection with penny stock transactions. This rule was adopted by the Commission to increase the level of disclosure to investors concerning penny stocks generally and Start Printed Page 7154specific penny stock transactions. It is estimated that approximately 270 respondents incur an average burden of 100 hours annually to comply with the rule. The total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden will be 27,000 burden hours.

  • Rules 17Ad-6 and 17Ad-7 Recordkeeping requirements for transfer agents

Rule 17Ad-6 under the Exchange Act requires every registered transfer agent to make and keep current records about a variety of information, such as: (1) Specific operational data regarding the time taken to perform transfer agent activities (to ensure compliance with the minimum performance standards in Rule 17Ad-2 (17 CFR 240.17Ad-2)); (2) written inquiries and requests by shareholders and broker-dealers and response time thereto; (3) resolutions, contracts or other supporting documents concerning the appointment or termination of the transfer agent; (4) stop orders or notices of adverse claims to the securities; and (5) all canceled registered securities certificates.

Rule 17Ad-7 under the Exchange Act requires each registered transfer agent to retain the records specified in Rule 17Ad-6 in an easily accessible place for a period of six months to six years, depending on the type of record or document. Rule 17Ad-7 also specifies the manner in which records may be maintained using electronic, microfilm, and microfiche storage methods.

These recordkeeping requirements ensure that all registered transfer agents are maintaining the records necessary to monitor and keep control over their own performance and for the Commission to adequately examine registered transfer agents on an historical basis for compliance with applicable rules.

We estimate that approximately 1,000 registered transfer agents will spend a total of 500,000 hours per year complying with Rules 17Ad-6 and 17Ad-7. Based on average cost per hour of $50, the total cost of compliance with Rule 17Ad-6 is $25,000,000.

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.

Please direct your written comments to Kenneth A. Fogash, Acting Associate Executive Director/CIO, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 5th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549.

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Dated: February 4, 2003.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-3492 Filed 2-11-03; 8:45 am]

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