Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.
Extension: Rule 206(4)-7, SEC File No. 270-523, OMB Control No. 3235-0585.
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.
The title for the collection of information is “Investment Advisers Act rule 206(4)-7 (17 CFR 275.206(4)-7), Compliance procedures and practices.” Rule 206(4)-7 requires each investment adviser registered with the Commission to (i) adopt and implement internal compliance policies and procedures, (ii) review those policies and procedures annually, (iii) designate a chief compliance officer, and (iv) maintain certain compliance records. The rule is designed to protect investors by fostering better compliance with the securities laws. The collection of information under rule 206(4)-7 is necessary to assure that investment advisers maintain comprehensive internal programs that promote the advisers' compliance with the Advisers Act. The information collected under this rule may also assist Commission staff in assessing investment advisers' compliance programs.
This collection of information is mandatory. The information collected pursuant to the rule 206(4)-7 is reviewed by the Commission's examination staff. It will be accorded the same level of confidentiality accorded to other responses provided to the Commission in the context of its examination and oversight program.
The respondents are investment advisers registered with the Commission. Our latest data indicate that there were 10,817 advisers registered with the Commission as of September 30, 2007. The Commission has estimated that compliance with rule 206(4)-7 imposes a burden of approximately 80 hours per respondent. Based on this figure, the Commission estimates a total annual burden of 865,360 hours for this documentation of information.
Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the documentation 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/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov.Start Signature
Dated: October 24, 2007.
Nancy M. Morris,
[FR Doc. E7-21282 Filed 10-29-07; 8:45 am]
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