FEDERAL REGISTER CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT:
[To be published].
450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPEN MEETING:
An additional Open Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 10 a.m., in Room 1C30, the William O. Douglas Room. The Closed Meeting previously announced to be held on Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 10 a.m. has been scheduled to immediately follow the Open Meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2003.
Commissioner Goldschmid, as duty officer, determined that not earlier notice thereof was possible.
The following items previously announced for the January 22, 2003 Open Meeting will be considered during the January 23, 2003 Open Meeting.
1. The Commission will consider adopting rules to establish standards of professional conduct for attorneys who appear and practice before the Commission in any way in the representation of issuers. As proposed, the rules would require an attorney to report evidence of a material violation of securities laws, a material breach of fiduciary duty, or similar material violation by the issuer or by any officer, director, employee, or agent of the issuer to the issuer's chief legal officer or the chief executive officer of the company (or the equivalents); if they do not respond appropriately to the evidence, the rule would require the attorney to report the evidence to the issuer's audit committee, another committee of independent directors, or the full board of directors; if the directors do not respond appropriately, the rule would require or permit the attorney to withdraw and notify the Commission of the withdrawal.
2. The Commission will consider whether to adopt amendments to its registration and reporting forms for registered management investment companies, as well as new rule 30b1-4 and new form N-PX under the Investment Company Act of 1940. These rules would require mutual funds and other registered management investment companies to disclose the policies and procedures that they use to determine how to vote proxies relating to portfolio securities. They would also require registered management investment companies to file with the Commission on an annual basis, and make available to shareholders, their proxy voting records.
3. The Commission will consider whether to adopt a new rule and amendments to its recordkeeping rules for registered investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act. The new rule would require investment advisers to adopt proxy voting policies and procedures, describe the policies and procedures to clients and provide clients with copies on request, and disclose how clients can obtain information about how the adviser voted their proxies. The recordkeeping amendments would require advisers to keep certain records regarding client proxies.
At times, changes in Commission priorities alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact:
The Office of the Secretary at (202) 942-7070.Start Signature
Dated: January 16, 2003.
Jonathan G. Katz,
[FR Doc. 03-1492 Filed 1-17-03; 2:21 pm]
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