July 30, 2013.
On June 5, 2013, the Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (“FICC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) proposed rule change SR-FICC-2013-06 pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) 
and Rule 19b-4 thereunder.
The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on June 21, 2013.
The Commission received no comments on the proposed rule change. For the reasons discussed below, the Commission is approving the proposed rule change.
I. Description of the Proposed Rule Change
FICC seeks the Commission's approval to extend the pilot program that is currently in effect for the GCF Start Printed Page 47454Repo® service (“2012 Pilot Program”). FICC requests that the 2012 Pilot Program be extended for one year following the Commission's approval of this filing.
A. The GCF Repo® Service
The GCF Repo® service allows dealer members of FICC's Government Services Division to trade general collateral repos 
(“GCF”) throughout the day without requiring intraday, trade-for-trade settlement on a delivery-versus-payment (“DVP”) 
basis. The service allows dealers to trade general collateral repos, based on rate and term, with inter-dealer broker netting members on a blind basis. Standardized, generic CUSIP numbers have been established exclusively for GCF Repo processing, and are used to specify the type of underlying security that is eligible to serve as collateral for GCF Repos. Only Fedwire eligible, book-entry securities may serve as collateral for GCF repos. Acceptable collateral for GCF repos include most U.S. Treasury securities, non-mortgage-backed federal agency securities, fixed and adjustable rate mortgage-backed securities, Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (“TIPS”) and separate trading of registered interest and principal securities (“STRIPS”).
B. Background of the Pilot Program
Because FICC's GCF Repo service operates as a tri-party mechanism, FICC was asked to alter the service to align it with the recommendations of the Tri-Party Repo Infrastructure Reform Task Force (“TPR”).
FICC consequently developed a pilot program (“2011 Pilot Program”) to address the TPR's recommendations,
and sought Commission approval to institute that program.
The Commission approved the 2011 Pilot Program on August 29, 2011 for a period of one year.
When the expiration date for the 2011 Pilot Program approached, FICC sought Commission approval to implement the 2012 Pilot Program, which continued the 2011 Pilot Program in some aspects, and modified it in others.
On August 8, 2012, the Commission approved the 2012 Pilot Program for a period of one year.
C. The 2012 Pilot Program
The 2012 Pilot Program has been the subject of a number of notices and approval orders published by the Commission,
many of which provide extensive detail on both the GCF Repo® service and the pilot program itself. Under this proposed rule change, FICC is not proposing to alter the 2012 Pilot Program in any way; rather, it proposes only to extend that program, as approved in 2012, for one additional year.
Section 19(b)(2)(C) of the Act 
directs the Commission to approve a proposed rule change of a self-regulatory organization if it finds that such proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to such organization. Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act 
requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to achieve several goals, including (i) promoting the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions and, to the extent applicable, derivative agreements, contracts, and transactions, (ii) assuring the safeguarding of securities and funds that are in the custody or control of the clearing agency or for which it is responsible, and (iii) protecting investors and the public interest.
The Commission concludes that extending the 2012 Pilot Program for one additional year is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. The 2012 Pilot Program furthers the Act's goals because it helps attenuate the substantial risks confronting the tri-party repo market, particularly those risks associated with the provision of intraday credit to market participants.
The Commission believes that extending the 2012 Pilot Program will ensure that these risks remain subject to more stringent controls and that this, in turn, will help promote the prompt and accurate clearance and settlement of securities transactions. The Commission further believes that, by requiring tri-party repos to remain collateralized for a longer period each day, the 2012 Pilot Program helps to assure the safety of the securities and funds within FICC's control, or for which it is responsible.
On the basis of the foregoing, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act, particularly those set forth in Section 17A,
and the rules and regulations thereunder.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,
that the Start Printed Page 47455proposed rule change (File No. SR-FICC-2013-06) be, and hereby is, approved.
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.23
Kevin M. O'Neill,
[FR Doc. 2013-18756 Filed 8-2-13; 8:45 am]
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