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Upon written request, copies available from: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Start Printed Page 56466Information Services, Washington, DC 20549.

Extension: Rule 17a-4(b)(11), SEC File No. 270-449, OMB Control No. 3235-0506.

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Sec. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) a request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below.

Rule 17a-4(b)(11) (17 CFR 240.17a-4(b)(11)) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) describes the record preservation requirements for those records required to be kept pursuant to Rule 17a-3(a)(16) under the Act, including how such records should be kept and for how long, to be used in monitoring compliance with the Commission's financial responsibility program and antifraud and antimanipulative rules as well as other rules and regulations of the Commission and the self-regulatory organizations. It is estimated that approximately 105 active broker-dealer respondents registered with the Commission incur an average burden of 315 hours per year (105 respondents multiplied by 3 burden hours per respondent equals 315 total burden hours) to comply with this rule.

Under Rule 17a-4(a)(11) broker-dealers are required to retain records for a period of not less than three years. Compliance with the rule is mandatory. The required records are available only to the examination staff of the Commission and the self-regulatory organization of which the broker-dealer is a member. An agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number.

General comments regarding the estimated burden hours should be directed to the following persons: (1) The Desk Officer for the Commission, by sending an e-mail to:; and (2) R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Comments must be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget within 30 days of this notice.

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Dated: September 15, 2004.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E4-2261 Filed 9-20-04; 8:45 am]