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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Rule 17g-2, SEC File No. S7-04-07, OMB Control No. 3235-0628.

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 Rule 17g-2 (17 CFR 240.17g-2) 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.

Rule 17g-2, “Records to be made and retained by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations,” implements the Commission's recordkeeping rulemaking authority under Section 17(a) of the Exchange Act.[1] The rule requires a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization to make and retain certain records relating to its business and to retain certain other business records, if such records are made. The rule also prescribes the time periods and manner in which all these records must be retained. The Commission estimates that the burden associated with Rule 17g-2 is 2,987, which includes one-time reporting burdens for processing reports, and a cost of $5,933, which includes a one-time cost for recordkeeping software.

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 on respondents; 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.

The Commission may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid OMB control number.

Please direct your written comments to: Thomas Bayer, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, Virginia 22312 or send an email to:

Dated: January 30, 2012.

Kevin M. O'Neill,

Deputy Secretary.


[FR Doc. 2012-2398 Filed 2-2-12; 8:45 am]