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Proposed Extension of Existing Collection; Comment Request

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Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.

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Rule 17a-10, OMB Control No. 3235-0122, SEC File No. 270-154.

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 existing collection of information provided for in the following rule: Rule 17a-10—Report on revenue and expenses (17 CFR 240.17a-10) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) (“Exchange Act”). The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for extension and approval.

Paragraph (a)(1) of Rule 17a-10 generally requires brokers and dealers that are exempted from the requirement to file monthly and quarterly reports pursuant to paragraph (a) of Exchange Act Rule 17a-5 (17 CFR 240.17a-5) to file with the Commission the Facing Page, a Statement of Income (Loss), and balance sheet from Part IIA of Form X-17A-5 [1] (17 CFR 249.617), and Schedule I of Form X-17A-5 not later than 17 business days after the end of each calendar year.

Paragraph (a)(2) of Rule 17a-10 requires a broker or dealer subject to Rule 17a-5(a) to submit Schedule I of Start Printed Page 38473Form X-17A-5 with its Form X-17A-5 for the calendar quarter ending December 31 of each year.

Paragraph (b) of Rule 17a-10 provides that the provisions of paragraph (a) do not apply to members of national securities exchanges or registered national securities associations that maintain records containing the information required by Form X-17A-5 and which transmit to the Commission copies of the records pursuant to a plan which has been declared effective by the Commission.

The primary purpose of Rule 17a-10 is to obtain the economic and statistical data necessary for an ongoing analysis of the securities industry.

As originally adopted in 1968, Rule 17a-10 required brokers and dealers to provide their revenue and expense data on a special form. The Rule was amended in 1977 to eliminate the form. The data previously reported on the form is now reported using Form X-17A-5 and its supplementary schedules.

The Commission estimates that approximately 500 broker-dealers will spend an average of approximately 12 hours per year complying with Rule 17a-10. Thus, the total compliance burden is estimated to be approximately 6,000 burden-hours per year.

Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimates of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be 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.

Comments should be directed 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.

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Dated: June 26, 2008.

Florence E. Harmon,

Acting Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  Form X-17A-5 is the Financial and Operational Combined Uniform Single Report (“FOCUS Report”), which is used by brokers and dealers to provide certain required information to the Commission.

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[FR Doc. E8-15199 Filed 7-3-08; 8:45 am]

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