Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501
Section 19(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") (15 U.S.C. 78s(b)) requires each self-regulatory organization ("SRO") to file with the Commission copies of any proposed rule, or any proposed change in, addition to, or deletion from the rules of such SRO. Rule 19b-4 (17 CFR 240.19b-4) implements the requirements of Section 19(b) by requiring the SROs to file their proposed rule changes on Form 19b-4 and by clarifying which actions taken by SROs are deemed proposed rule changes and so must be filed pursuant to Section 19(b).
The collection of information is designed to provide the Commission with the information necessary to determine, as required by the Act, whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act and the rules thereunder. The information is used to determine if the proposed rule change should be approved or if proceedings should be instituted to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
The respondents to the collection of information are self-regulatory organizations (as defined by the Act), including national securities exchanges, national securities associations, registered clearing agencies and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
Twenty-five respondents file an average total of 1,405 responses per year. Each response takes approximately 38.057 hours to complete. The total annual reporting burden for filing proposed rule changes is 53,470 hours. The respondents are required to post all proposed rule changes to their Web sites, each of which takes approximately four hours to complete. For 1,405 proposed rule changes, the total annual reporting burden for posting them to respondents' Web sites is 5,620 hours. The respondents are required to update the postings of those proposed rule changes which become effective (on average, 1,071 per year), each of which takes approximately four hours to complete. The total annual reporting burden for updating proposed rule change postings on the respondents' Web sites is 4,284 hours. Thus, the total estimated annual response burden pursuant to Rule 19b-4 and Form 19b-4 is the sum of the total annual reporting burdens for filing proposed rule changes, posting them to the respondents' Web sites, and updating the postings of those that become effective on the respondents, which is 63,374 hours.
Compliance with Rule 19b-4 is mandatory. Information received in response to Rule 19b-4 shall not be kept confidential; the information collected is public information. 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.
The public may view the background documentation for this information collection at the following Web site,