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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Upon written request, copies available from: Securities and Exchange Start Printed Page 45865Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549.

Extension: Regulation SHO; SEC File No. 270-534; OMB Control No. 3235-0589.

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 collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval.

Regulation SHO

Proposed Regulation SHO, Rule 201 (17 CFR 242.200 through 242.203) requires each broker-dealer that effects a sell order in any equity security to mark the order “long,” “short,” or “short exempt.” Proposed Regulation SHO, Rule 201 causes a collection of information because the rule's requirement that each order ticket be marked either “long,” “short,” or “short exempt” is a disclosure to third parties and the public imposed on ten or more persons.

The information required by the rule is necessary for the execution of the Commission's mandate under the Exchange Act to prevent fraudulent, manipulative, and deceptive acts and practices by broker-dealers. The purpose of the information collected is to enable regulators to monitor whether a person effecting a short sale is acting in accordance with proposed Regulation SHO. Without the requirement that each order or an equity security be marked either “long,” “short,” or “short exempt,” there would be no means to police compliance with Regulation SHO.

We assume that all of the approximately 6,752 registered broker-dealers effect sell orders in securities covered by proposed Regulation SHO. For purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Commission staff has estimated that a total of 1,164,755,007 trades are executed annually.

This is an average of approximately 172,505 annual responses by each respondent. Each response of marking orders “long,” “short” or “short exempt” takes approximately .000139 hours (.5 seconds) to complete. Thus, the total approximate estimated annual hour burden per year is 161,900 burden hours (1,164,755,007 responses @ 0.000139 hours/response). A reasonable estimate for the paperwork compliance for the proposed rules for each broker-dealer is approximately 24 burden hours (172,505 responses @ .000139 hours/response) or (161,900 burden hours/6,752 respondents).

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 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 to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

Please direct your written comments to R. Corey Booth, Director/CIO, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an E-mail to: Comments must be submitted to OMB within 60 days of this notice.

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Dated: July 31, 2006.

Nancy M. Morris,


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[FR Doc. E6-13027 Filed 8-9-06; 8:45 am]