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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


Form S-3, OMB Control No. 3235-0073, SEC File No. 270-61

Form S-8, OMB Control No. 3235-0066, SEC File No. 270-66

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.

Form S-3 (OMB Control No. 3235-0073; File No. SEC 270-61) is used by issuers to register securities pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933. Form S-3 gives investors the necessary information to make investment decisions regarding securities offered to the public. Approximately 2,010 issuers file Form S-3 at an estimated 398 hours per response for a total annual burden of 799,980 hours. It is estimated that 50% of the total burden hours (399,990 reporting burden hours) is prepared by the issuer.

Form S-8 (OMB Control No. 3235-0066; SEC File No. 270-66) is the primary registration statement used by qualified registrants to register securities issued in connection with employee benefit plans. It is estimated that 4,050 issuers file Form S-8 annually at an estimated 24 hours per response for a total annual burden of 97,200 hours. It is estimated that 50% of the total burden hours (48,600 reporting burden hours) is prepared by the issuer.

Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether these proposed collections of information are 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 Start Printed Page 10080to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

Please direct your written comments to R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 5th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549.

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Dated: February 24, 2004.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 04-4713 Filed 3-2-04; 8:45 am]