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AGENCY:

Securities and Exchange Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) is adopting revisions to the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (“EDGAR”) Filer Manual and related rules to reflect updates to the EDGAR system. The EDGAR system is scheduled to be upgraded on September 11, 2017.

DATES:

Effective September 29, 2017, except that amendatory instruction 4 to § 232.301 is effective June 1, 2018. The incorporation by reference of the EDGAR Filer Manual is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 29, 2017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

In the Division of Investment Management, for questions concerning Forms N-PORT and N-CEN, contact Heather Fernandez at (202) 551-6708; in the Division of Corporation Finance, for questions concerning Forms S-1, S-3, S-4, S-8, S-11, F-1, F-3, F-4, 8-K, 10, 10-K, 10-Q, 20-F, and 40-F, contact Heather Mackintosh at (202) 551-8111; in the Office of Financial Management, for questions about negative account balances, contact Andrew Grimaldi at (202) 551-7304.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

We are adopting an updated EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume I and Volume II. The Filer Manual describes the technical formatting requirements for the preparation and submission of electronic filings through the EDGAR system.[1] It also describes the requirements for filing using EDGARLink Online and the Online Forms/XML Web site.

The revisions to the Filer Manual reflect changes within Volume I, entitled EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume I: “General Information,” Version 29 (September 2017), and Volume II, entitled EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II: “EDGAR Filing,” Version 43 (September 2017). The updated manual will be incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations.

The Filer Manual contains all the technical specifications for filers to submit filings using the EDGAR system. Filers must comply with the applicable provisions of the Filer Manual in order to assure the timely acceptance and processing of filings made in electronic format.[2] Filers may consult the Filer Manual in conjunction with our rules governing mandated electronic filing when preparing documents for electronic submission.[3]

The EDGAR system will be upgraded to Release 17.3 on September 11, 2017, and will introduce the following changes:

In Release No. 33-10231 (October 13, 2016) [81 FR 81870], the Commission adopted changes to the reporting requirements for investment companies. Among the changes was the adoption of Form N-PORT, which requires investment companies to report information about portfolio holdings monthly in a structured format. EDGAR Release 17.3 will provide a pilot program whereby filers may submit TEST versions of the following form types:

  • Public Monthly Portfolio Investments Report on Form N-PORT (NPORT-P).
  • Amended Public Monthly Portfolio Investments Report on Form N-PORT (NPORT-P/A).
  • Non-Public Monthly Portfolio Investments Report on Form N-PORT (NPORT-NP).
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  • Portfolio Holdings Exhibit to Form N-PORT (NPORT-EX).
  • Amended Portfolio Holdings Exhibit to Form N-PORT (NPORT-EX/A).

In Release No. 33-10231 the Commission also adopted new Form N-CEN, which will require investment companies, other than face amount certificate companies, to provide an annual report of census-type information in a structured format. EDGAR Release 17.3 will permit investment companies to submit TEST versions of the following form types:

  • Annual Report for Registered Investment Companies (N-CEN).
  • Amendment to Annual Report for Registered Investment Companies (N-CEN/A).
  • EDGAR Release 17.3 will also introduce two additional submission form types:
  • Notice under Exchange Act Rule 12b-25 of the inability to timely file Form N-CEN (NT-NCEN).
  • Amendment to Notice under Exchange Act Rule 12b-25 of the inability to timely file Form N-CEN (NT-NCEN/A).

EDGAR will only accept TEST submissions of form types NPORT-P, NPORT-P/A, NPORT-NP, NPORT-NP/A, NPORT-EX, NPORT-EX/A, N-CEN, and N-CEN/A from September 11, 2017, through December 31, 2017, and then again from March 1, 2018 until May 31, 2018. Beginning June 1, 2018, EDGAR will accept both TEST and LIVE submissions of form types NPORT-P, NPORT-P/A, NPORT-NP, NPORT-NP/A, NPORT-EX, NPORT-EX/A, N-CEN, and N-CEN/A. The EDGAR Filer Manual will be revised to provide instructions for making TEST N-PORT and N-CEN filings. Corresponding changes will be made to Chapter 8 (Preparing and Transmitting Online Submissions) of the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II: “EDGAR Filing.”

In Release No. 33-10332 (March 31, 2017) [82 FR 17545] the Commission made rule and form changes to effectuate inflation adjustments and other technical amendments required under Titles I & III of the JOBS Act. Among the technical changes was the revision to Commission forms so that registrants can designate whether they are an Emerging Growth Company and whether they have elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards.

Updates are being made in EDGAR Release 17.3 so that the same disclosures can be provided for any co-registrants. The following EDGARLink Online submission form types will be revised to reflect the two fields for each co-registrant: S-1, S-1/A, S-3, S-3/A, S-4, S-4/A, S-8, S-11, S-11/A, F-1, F-1/A, F-3, F-3/A, F-4, F-4/A, 10-12B, 10-12B/A, 10-12G, 10-12G/A, 8-K, 8-K/A, 8-K12B, 8-K12B/A, 8-K12G3, 8-K12G3/A, 8-K15D5, 8-K15D5/A, 10-Q, 10-Q/A, 10-QT, 10-QT/A, 10-K, 10-K/A, 10-KT, 10-KT/A, 20-F, 20-F/A, 20FR12B, 20FR12B/A, 20FR12G, 20FR12G/A, 40-F, 40-F/A, 40FR12B, 40FR12B/A, 40FR12G, and 40FR12G/A. Corresponding changes will be made to Chapter 7 (Preparing and Transmitting EDGARLink Online Submissions) of the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II: “EDGAR Filing.”

The “Balance Information” and “Account Activity Statement” screen of the EDGAR Filing Web site will be updated with the following text: “A negative balance amount indicates that money is owed to the SEC and the account is past due. For more information on making filing fee payments, see https://www.sec.gov/​paymentoptions. Corresponding changes will be made to Chapter 5 (Maintenance of Company Data) of the EDGAR Filer Manual Volume I: “General Information.”

Along with the adoption of the Filer Manual, we are amending Rule 301 of Regulation S-T to provide for the incorporation by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations of today's revisions. This incorporation by reference was approved by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

The updated EDGAR Filer Manual will be available for Web site viewing and printing; the address for the Filer Manual is https://www.sec.gov/​info/​edgar/​edmanuals.htm. You may also obtain paper copies of the EDGAR Filer Manual from the following address: Public Reference Room, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Since the Filer Manual and the corresponding rule changes relate solely to agency procedures or practice, publication for notice and comment is not required under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”).[4] It follows that the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act [5] do not apply.

The effective date for the updated Filer Manual and the rule amendments is September 29, 2017. In accordance with the APA,[6] we find that there is good cause to establish an effective date less than 30 days after publication of these rules. The EDGAR system upgrade to Release 17.3 is scheduled to become available on September 11, 2017. The Commission believes that establishing an effective date less than 30 days after publication of these rules is necessary to coordinate the effectiveness of the updated Filer Manual with these system upgrades.

Statutory Basis

We are adopting the amendments to Regulation S-T under Sections 6, 7, 8, 10, and 19(a) of the Securities Act of 1933,[7] Sections 3, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, and 35A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,[8] Section 319 of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939,[9] and Sections 8, 30, 31, and 38 of the Investment Company Act of 1940.[10]

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List of Subjects in 17 CFR Part 232

  • Incorporation by reference
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Securities
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Text of the Amendment

In accordance with the foregoing, title 17, chapter II of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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PART 232—REGULATION S-T—GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ELECTRONIC FILINGS

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1. The authority citation for part 232 continues to read in part as follows:

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Authority: 15 U.S.C. 77c, 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, 77s(a), 77z-3, 77sss(a), 78c(b), 78l, 78m, 78n, 78o(d), 78w(a), 78ll, 80a-6(c), 80a-8, 80a-29, 80a-30, 80a-37, and 7201 et seq.; and 18 U.S.C. 1350, unless otherwise noted.

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2. The amendment to § 232.301 published November 18, 2016 ( 81 FR 82019) is withdrawn.

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3. Effective September 29, 2017, § 232.301 is revised to read as follows:

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EDGAR Filer Manual.

Filers must prepare electronic filings in the manner prescribed by the EDGAR Filer Manual, promulgated by the Commission, which sets fort the technical formatting requirements for electronic submissions. The requirements for becoming an EDGAR Filer and updating company data are set forth in the updated EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume I: “General Information,” Version 29 (September 2017). The requirements for filing on EDGAR are set forth in the updated Start Printed Page 45436EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II: “EDGAR Filing,” Version 43 (September 2017). Additional provisions applicable to Form N-SAR filers are set forth in the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume III: “N-SAR Supplement,” Version 6 (January 2017). All of these provisions have been incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations, which action was approved by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. You must comply with these requirements in order for documents to be timely received and accepted. The EDGAR Filer Manual is available for Web site viewing and printing; the address for the Filer Manual is https://www.sec.gov/​info/​edgar/​edmanuals.htm. You can obtain paper copies of the EDGAR Filer Manual from the following address: Public Reference Room, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You can also inspect the document at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: https://www.archives.gov/​federal-register/​cfr/​ibr-locations.html.

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4. Effective June 1, 2018, amend § 232.301 by removing the fourth sentence.

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By the Commission.

Dated: September 13, 2017.

Brent J. Fields,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  We originally adopted the Filer Manual on April 1, 1993, with an effective date of April 26, 1993. Release No. 33-6986 (April 1, 1993) [58 FR 18638]. We implemented the most recent update to the Filer Manual on July 17, 2017. See Release No. 33-10385 (July 6, 2017) [82 FR 35062].

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2.  See Rule 301 of Regulation S-T (17 CFR 232.301).

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3.  See Release No. 33-10385 in which we implemented revisions to reflect EDGAR Release 17.2. For additional history of EDGAR Filer Manual revisions, please see the citations therein.

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7.  15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, and 77s(a).

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8.  15 U.S.C. 78c, 78 l, 78m, 78n, 78o, 78w, and 78 ll.

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10.  15 U.S.C. 80a-8, 80a-29, 80a-30, and 80a-37.

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[FR Doc. 2017-20654 Filed 9-28-17; 8:45 am]

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