Automatic Date Adjustments Due to EDGAR Technical Difficulties


Washington, D.C., November 15, 2002 - On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, the EDGAR system experienced technical problems that delayed the receipt of a number of filings. Although no EDGAR system hardware or software components experienced any outages, some filers were unable to establish or maintain a connection to the system. As a result, the number of filings being accepted and disseminated was much lower than anticipated. Because of the technical difficulties experienced by filers, the SEC staff will automatically adjust the filing receipt date for all Form 10-Q and 10-QSB filings received on Friday, Nov. 15, 2002 back to Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002. It is understood that the EDGAR system problems have now been corrected and filings are being accepted as usual.

Questions regarding delays in receipt of 1934 Act filings other than Forms 10-Q and 10-QSB should be directed to the Office of EDGAR & Information Analysis in the Division of Corporation Finance at (202) 942-2940.

Last modified: 11/15/2002