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AGENCY:

Securities and Exchange Commission.

ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

The Securities and Exchange Commission is publishing the Chairman's agenda of rulemaking actions pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (Pub. L. 96-354, 94 Stat. 1164) (Sep. 19, 1980). The items listed in the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda for Spring 2019 reflect only the priorities of the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and do not necessarily reflect the view and priorities of any individual Commissioner.

Information in the agenda was accurate on March 18, 2019, the date on which the Commission's staff completed compilation of the data. To the extent possible, rulemaking actions by the Commission since that date have been reflected in the agenda. The Commission invites questions and public comment on the agenda and on the individual agenda entries.

The Commission is now printing in the Federal Register, along with our preamble, only those agenda entries for which we have indicated that preparation of an RFA analysis is required.

The Commission's complete RFA agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov.

DATES:

Comments should be received on or before July 24, 2019.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

Paper Comments

  • Send paper comments to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File No. S7-04-19. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help us process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's internet website (http://www.sec.gov/​rules/​other.shtml). Comments are also available for website viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. All comments received will be posted without change. Persons submitting comments are cautioned that we do not redact or edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mykaila DeLesDernier, Office of the General Counsel, (202) 551-5129.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The RFA requires each Federal agency, twice each year, to publish in the Federal Register an agenda identifying rules that the agency expects to consider in the next 12 months that are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (5 U.S.C. 602(a)). The RFA specifically provides that publication of the agenda does not preclude an agency from considering or acting on any matter not included in the agenda and that an agency is not required to consider or act on any matter that is included in the agenda (5 U.S.C. 602(d)). The Commission may consider or act on any matter earlier or later than the estimated date provided on the agenda. While the agenda reflects the current intent to complete a number of rulemakings in the next year, the precise dates for each rulemaking at this point are uncertain. Actions that do not have an estimated date are placed in the long-term category; the Commission may nevertheless act on items in that category within the next 12 months. The agenda includes new entries, entries carried over from prior publications, and rulemaking actions that have been completed (or withdrawn) since publication of the last agenda.

The following abbreviations for the acts administered by the Commission are used in the agenda:

“Securities Act”—Securities Act of 1933

“Exchange Act”—Securities Exchange Act of 1934

“Investment Company Act”—Investment Company Act of 1940

“Investment Advisers Act”—Investment Advisers Act of 1940

“Dodd Frank Act”—Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

“JOBS Act”—Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act

“FAST Act”—Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act

The Commission invites public comment on the agenda and on the individual agenda entries.

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By the Commission.

Dated: March 18, 2019.

Vanessa A. Countryman,

Secretary.

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Division of Corporation Finance—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
336Listing Standards for Recovery of Erroneously Awarded Compensation3235-AK99
337Pay Versus Performance3235-AL00
338Universal Proxy3235-AL84
339Form 10-K Summary3235-AL89

Division of Corporation Finance—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
340Disclosure of Hedging by Employees, Officers, and Directors3235-AL49
341Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants3235-AL81
342Disclosure Update and Simplification3235-AL82
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Division of Investment Management—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
343Use of Derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies3235-AL60
344Fund of Funds Arrangements3235-AM29

Division of Investment Management—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
345Form CRS Relationship Summary; Amendments to Form ADV; Required Disclosures to Retail Customers and Restrictions on the Use of Certain Names or Titles3235-AL27

Division of Investment Management—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
346Reporting of Proxy Votes on Executive Compensation and Other Matters3235-AK67

Division of Investment Management—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
347Amendments to Securities Act Rules Under the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 20173235-AM24

Division of Trading and Markets—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
348Removal of Certain References to Credit Ratings Under the Securities Exchange Act of 19343235-AL14

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

Division of Corporation Finance

Long-Term Actions

336. Listing Standards for Recovery of Erroneously Awarded Compensation

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-203, sec. 954; 15 U.S.C. 78j-4

Abstract: The Commission proposed rules to implement section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires the Commission to adopt rules to direct national securities exchanges to prohibit the listing of securities of issuers that have not developed and implemented a policy providing for disclosure of the issuer's policy on incentive-based compensation and mandating the clawback of such compensation in certain circumstances.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM07/14/1580 FR 41144
NPRM Comment Period End09/14/15
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Anne M. Krauskopf, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-3500, Email: krauskopfa@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AK99

337. Pay Versus Performance

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-203, sec. 953(a); 15 U.S.C. 78c(b); 15 U.S.C. 78n; 15 U.S.C. 78w(a); 15 U.S.C. 78mm

Abstract: The Commission proposed rules to implement section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added section 14(i) to the Exchange Act to require issuers to disclose information that shows the relationship between executive compensation actually paid and the financial performance of the issuer.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM05/07/1580 FR 26329
NPRM Comment Period End07/06/15
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Steven G. Hearne, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-3430, Email: hearnes@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL00

338. Universal Proxy

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 78n; 15 U.S.C. 78w(a)

Abstract: The Commission proposed to amend the proxy rules to expand shareholders' ability to vote by proxy to select among duly-nominated candidates in a contested election of directors.

Timetable: Start Printed Page 29786

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/10/1681 FR 79122
NPRM Comment Period End01/09/17
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Ted Yu, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-3500, Email: yut@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL84

339. Form 10-K Summary

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-94; 15 U.S.C. 78c; 15 U.S.C. 78l; 15 U.S.C. 78m; 15 U.S.C. 78o; 15 U.S.C. 78w

Abstract: The Commission adopted an interim final amendment to implement section 72001 of the FAST Act by permitting an issuer to include a summary in its Form 10-K and also requested comment on the interim final amendment.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule06/09/1681 FR 37132
Interim Final Rule Effective06/09/16
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End07/11/16
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Sean Harrison, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-3430, Email: harrisons@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL89

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

Division of Corporation Finance

Completed Actions

340. Disclosure of Hedging by Employees, Officers, and Directors

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-203

Abstract: The Commission adopted rules to implement section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added section 14(j) to the Exchange Act to require annual meeting proxy statement disclosure of whether employees or members of the board of directors are permitted to engage in transactions to hedge or offset any decrease in the market value of equity securities granted to the employee or board member as compensation, or held directly or indirectly by the employee or board member.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/17/1580 FR 8486
NPRM Comment Period End04/20/15
Final Action02/28/1984 FR 6713

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Carolyn Sherman, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-3500, Email: shermanc@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL49

341. Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 77c(b); 15 U.S.C. 77g; 15 U.S.C. 77j; 15 U.S.C. 78c(b); 15 U.S.C. 78l; 15 U.S.C. 78m; 15 U.S.C. 78o(d)

Abstract: The Commission adopted rules to modernize and clarify the disclosure requirements for companies engaged in mining operations.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/27/1681 FR 41652
NPRM Comment Period End08/26/16
NPRM Comment Period Extended08/26/1681 FR 58877
NPRM Comment Period Extended End09/26/16
Final Action12/26/1883 FR 66344

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Elliot Staffin, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-3450, Email: staffine@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL81

342. Disclosure Update and Simplification

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.; 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.; 15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.; Pub. L. 114-94

Abstract: The Commission adopted rules to update certain disclosure requirements in Regulations S-X and S-K that may have become redundant, duplicative, overlapping, outdated, or superseded in light of other Commission disclosure requirements, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, International Financial Reporting Standards, or changes in the information environment.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/04/1681 FR 51607
NPRM Comment Period Extended09/29/1681 FR 66898
NPRM Comment Period End10/03/16
NPRM Comment Period Extended End11/02/16
Final Action10/04/1883 FR 50148

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lindsay McCord, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-3255, Email: mccordl@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL82

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

Division of Investment Management

Proposed Rule Stage

343. Use of Derivatives by Registered Investment Companies and Business Development Companies

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 80a-6(c); 15 U.S.C. 80a-31(a); 15 U.S.C. 80a-12(a); 15 U.S.C. 80a-38(a); 15 U.S.C. 80a-8; 15 U.S.C. 80a-30; 15 U.S.C. 80a-38

Abstract: The Division is considering recommending that the Commission re-propose a new rule designed to enhance the regulation of the use of derivatives by registered investment companies, including mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and business development companies.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM12/28/1580 FR 80884
NPRM Comment Period End03/28/16
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Second NPRM04/00/20

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Brian Johnson, Division of Investment Management, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-6740, Email: johnsonbm@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL60

344. Fund of Funds Arrangements

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

Abstract: The Division is considering recommending that the Commission adopt new rules and rule amendments to allow funds to acquire shares of other funds (i.e., “fund of funds” arrangements), including arrangements involving exchange-traded funds, without first obtaining exemptive orders from the Commission.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM02/01/1984 FR 1286
NPRM Comment Period End05/02/19
Final Action04/00/20

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Melissa Gainor, Division of Investment Management, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-6805, Email: gainorm@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AM29

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

Division of Investment Management

Final Rule Stage

345. Form CRS Relationship Summary; Amendments to Form ADV; Required Disclosures to Retail Customers and Restrictions on the Use of Certain Names or Titles

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 80b-11(g)

Abstract: The Division is considering making recommendations, jointly with the Division of Trading and Markets, that the Commission adopt new and amended rules and forms under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to (1) Require registered investment advisers and registered broker-dealers to provide a brief relationship summary to retail investors and (2) reduce investor confusion in the marketplace for firm services.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM03/07/1378 FR 14848
ANPRM Comment Period End07/05/13
NPRM05/23/1883 FR 23848
NPRM Comment Period End08/07/18
Final Action09/00/19

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Emily Russell, Division of Trading and Markets, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-5500, Email: russelle@sec.gov.

Sara Cortes, Division of Investment Management, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-5137, Email: cortess@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL27

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

Division of Investment Management

Long-Term Actions

346. Reporting of Proxy Votes on Executive Compensation and Other Matters

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 78m; 15 U.S.C. 78w(a); 15 U.S.C. 78mm; 15 U.S.C. 78x; 15 U.S.C. 80a-8; 15 U.S.C. 80a-29; 15 U.S.C. 80a-30; 15 U.S.C. 80a-37; 15 U.S.C. 80a-44; Pub. L. 111-203, sec 951

Abstract: The Division is considering recommending that the Commission re-propose rule amendments to implement section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The Commission previously proposed amendments to rules and Form N-PX that would require institutional investment managers subject to section 13(f) of the Exchange Act to report how they voted on any shareholder vote on executive compensation or golden parachutes pursuant to sections 14A(a) and (b) of the Exchange Act.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/28/1075 FR 66622
NPRM Comment Period End11/18/10
Second NPRMTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Matthew DeLesDernier, Division of Investment Management, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-6792, Email: delesdernierj@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AK67

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

Division of Investment Management

Completed Actions

347. Amendments to Securities Act Rules Under the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 77a et seq.; 15 U.S.C. 77e; 15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.; 15 U.S.C. 80a et seq.

Abstract: The Commission adopted rules and amendments to implement section 2 of the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/08/1883 FR 26788
NPRM Comment Period End07/09/18
Final Action12/13/1883 FR 64180
Final Action Effective01/14/19

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Amanda Wagner, Branch Chief, Investment Company Regulation Office, Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Investment Management, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-6762, Email: wagnera@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AM24

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (SEC)

Division of Trading and Markets

Long-Term Actions

348. Removal of Certain References to Credit Ratings Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.Start Printed Page 29788

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-203, sec. 939A

Abstract: Section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Commission to remove certain references to credit ratings from its regulations and to substitute such standards of creditworthiness as the Commission determines to be appropriate. The Commission amended certain rules and one form under the Exchange Act applicable to broker-dealer financial responsibility and confirmation of transactions. The Commission has not yet finalized amendments to certain rules regarding the distribution of securities.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM05/06/1176 FR 26550
NPRM Comment Period End07/05/11
Final Action01/08/1479 FR 1522
Final Action Effective07/07/14
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: John Guidroz, Division of Trading and Markets, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549, Phone: 202 551-6439, Email: guidrozj@sec.gov.

RIN: 3235-AL14

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