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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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Form U-3A-2, SEC File No. 270-83, OMB Control No. 3235-0161;

Form U-13-60, SEC File No. 270-79, OMB Control No. 3235-0153.

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.

Part 259.402 [17 CFR 259.402] under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended (“Act”), 15 U.S.C. 79, et seq., requires that public utility holding companies that are exempt from regulation under the Act file an annual financial statement on Form U-3A-2.

Rule 2 under the Act, which implements Section 3 of the Act requires the information collection prescribed by Form U-3A-2. The Commission estimates that the total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden of collections for Form U-3A-2 is 227.5 hours (91 responses × 2.5 hours = 227.5 hours).

Part 259.313 [17 CFR 259.313] under the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as amended (“Act”), 15 U.S.C. 79, et seq., generally mandates standardized accounting and record keeping for mutual and subsidiary service companies of registered holding companies and the filing of annual financial reports on Form U-13-60.

Rules 93 and 94 under the Act, which implement Section 13 of the Act, require the information collection prescribed by Form U-13-60. The Commission estimates that the total annual reporting and recordkeeping burden of collections for Form U-13-60 is 877.5 hours (65 responses × 13.5 hours = 877.5 hours).

The estimate of average burden hours are made for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act and are not derived from a comprehensive or representative survey or study of the costs of complying with the requirements of Commission rules and forms.

Written comments are invited on: (1) 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; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collected; and (4) 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 5, 2003.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-3493 Filed 2-11-03; 8:45 am]

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