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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.

Extension:

Rule 17a-19; OMB Control No. 3235-0133; SEC File No. 270-148; Form X-17A-19.

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-19 (17 CFR 240.17a-19) and Form X-17A-19 (17 CFR 249.635) 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 for extension and approval.

Rule 17a-19 requires every national securities exchange and registered national securities association to file a Form X-17A-19 with the Commission within 5 business days of the initiation, suspension, or termination of any member and, when terminating the membership interest of any member, to notify that member of its obligation to file financial reports as required by Exchange Act Rule 17a-5(b) (17 CFR 240.17a-5).

The Commission uses the information contained in Form X-17A-19 to assign the appropriate self-regulatory organization to be the designated examining authority for the member firm. This information is also used by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (“SIPC”) in determining which self-regulatory body is the collection agent for the SIPC fund. Start Printed Page 40400

The information requested by Form X-17A-19 is obtained from the respondent's membership files. The Commission staff estimates that, in its experience, Form X-17A-19 can be completed and signed within 15 minutes. The number of responses per year per respondent varies, depending on the number of membership changes reported. The number of filings is approximately 600 per year. The aggregate time spent by all respondents per year in complying with the rule is therefore approximately 150 hours (600 responses times 1/4 hour equals 150 hours).

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 Lewis W. Walker, Acting 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: July 7, 2008.

Florence E. Harmon,

Acting Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E8-15905 Filed 7-11-08; 8:45 am]

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