Spending Bill to Help SEC, Block Political Spending Disclosures
Congress’ latest budget bill provides the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) $50 million for information technology upgrades and $244 million for potentially relocating the agency’s headquarters. Signed by President Trump on March 23, the $1.3 trillion spending bill increases the SEC’s budget to help pay for IT improvements. The upgrades address criticism the SEC has faced in recent years over its information securities practices and inability to keep up with an automated market. Criticism increased last year after the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering And Retrieval system was hacked . The spending bill also offers the SEC financial support for the construction of a new headquarters. Leases for the agency’s. Read More.
SEC to Propose Simplifying Regulation S-K Disclosure Requirements
In a unanimous decision, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has agreed to a proposal that would update and streamline some disclosure requirements under Regulation S-K. The proposed amendments stem from SEC staff recommendations in the Report on Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K, issued in November 2016 as required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, and include the following: Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”): The proposal would allow companies to skip discussion within MD&A of the oldest period included in a filing if it was part of and discussed in a previous report and is not significant. Companies. Read More.
SEC Chairman Clayton Testifies on 2016 Cybersecurity Breach
After announcing on September 20 that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) computers were breached last year , SEC Chairman Jay Clayton recently provided additional details on the cybersecurity intrusion to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. During his September 26 testimony, Clayton expressed his concerns over the 2016 breach involving the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering And Retrieval filing system. He noted that the breach will cause many to pay close attention to the SEC’s approach to cybersecurity, and whether the agency is taking the proper steps to appropriately address its cyber risk. Clayton also reiterated that the SEC’s review and investigation of the matter are. Read More.
SEC Computers Compromised Last Year
Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chairman Jay Clayton has announced that the agency’s computers were breached in 2016, possibly causing private information in its Electronic Data Gathering And Retrieval (“EDGAR”) filing system to be used for making illegal trades. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Clayton said an investigation is underway, but the SEC believes the security breach did not create unauthorized access to personally identifiable information, endanger the market regulator’s operations, or lead to systemic risk. Aside from stating that it detected the breach last year, the SEC has provided few details. The SEC did note that it realized. Read More.
Public Companies Must Add Hyperlinks to Regulatory Filings
Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Kara Stein and Acting Chair Mike Piwowar have approved a rule requiring public companies to insert hyperlinks to the exhibits in their regulatory filings. Announced on March 1, the final rule calls for hyperlinks to each exhibit in a regulatory filing’s index to be included with a public company’s annual and quarterly reports as well as registration statements submitted via the SEC’s EDGAR system and formatted in HTML format. The rule does not apply to electronic exhibits for asset-backed securities offerings recorded on Form ABS-EE or exhibits kept under the eXtensible Business Reporting language. Read More.