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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Upon written request, copies available from: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, Washington, DC 20549-0213.

Extension: Rule 30e-1, SEC File No. 270-21, OMB Control No. 3235-0025.

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 (the “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.

This notice supersedes the notice regarding the comment request on the collection of information, “Rule 30e-1 (CFR 270.30e-1) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) Reports to Stockholders of Management Companies” published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2009 (74 FR 38065) because the methodology of calculating the burden of the collection of information has been revised.

The title for the collection of information is: “Rule 30e-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, Reports to Stockholders of Management Companies.” Section 30(e) (15 U.S.C. 80a-29(e)) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“Investment Company Act”) requires a registered investment company (“fund”) to transmit to its shareholders, at least semi-annually, reports containing financial statements and other financial information as the Commission may prescribe by rules and regulations. In addition, Section 30(f) permits the Commission to require by rule that semi-annual reports include such other information as the Commission deems necessary or Start Printed Page 51886appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors. Rule 30e-1 generally requires a fund to transmit to its shareholders, at least semi-annually, reports containing the information that is required to be included in such reports by the fund's registration statement form under the Investment Company Act. Failure to require the collection of this information would seriously impede the amount of current information available to shareholders and the public about funds and would prevent the Commission from implementing the regulatory program required by statute. Approximately 2,800 funds, with a total of approximately 10,460 portfolios, respond to rule 30e-1 annually. The estimate of the total annual reporting burden of the collection of information is approximately 114.2 hours per portfolio, and the total estimated annual burden for the industry is 1,194,532 hours (114.2 hours × 10,460 portfolios). Providing the information required by rule 30e-1 is mandatory. Responses will not be kept confidential. Estimates of the burden hours are made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, and are not derived from a comprehensive or even a representative survey or study of the costs of SEC rules and forms.

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.

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 Charles Boucher, Director/CIO, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312; or send an e-mail to:

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Dated: October 2, 2009.

Florence E. Harmon,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E9-24269 Filed 10-7-09; 8:45 am]