Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Concerning the Governance Committee Charter, 76182-76183 [2013-29780]

Download as PDF 76182 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2013 / Notices change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–71030; File No. SR–OCC– 2013–18] • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR– NASDAQ–2013–147 on the subject line. Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Concerning the Governance Committee Charter Paper Comments Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that, on November 26, 2013, the Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by OCC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NASDAQ–2013–147. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090 on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal offices of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR– NASDAQ–2013–147, and should be submitted on or before January 6, 2014. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.27 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–29802 Filed 12–13–13; 8:45 am] December 11, 2013. I. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change This proposed rule change by The Options Clearing Corporation (‘‘OCC’’) concerns the charter of the Governance Committee (‘‘GC Charter’’) of OCC’s Board of Directors (‘‘Board’’). II. Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, OCC included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B) and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements. (A) Clearing Agency’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change This proposed rule change concerns the GC Charter. The Board authorized formation of the Governance Committee (‘‘GC’’) at its May 21, 2013, meeting and approved the GC Charter at its September 24, 2013, meeting. As set forth in the GC Charter, the purpose of the GC is to review the overall corporate governance of OCC and recommend improvements to OCC’s Board. The GC Charter describes the role the GC plays in assisting the Board in fulfilling its BILLING CODE 8011–01–P 1 15 27 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:51 Dec 13, 2013 2 17 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00083 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 responsibilities, as described in OCC’s By-Laws and Rules, as well as specifying the policies and procedures governing the membership and organization, scope of authority, and specific functions and responsibilities of the GC. In addition, the guidelines for the composition of the GC as well as the policies regarding its meeting schedule, quorum rules, minute-keeping and reporting requirements are set forth in the GC Charter and conform to applicable requirements specified in OCC’s By-Laws and Rules. The GC is composed of not fewer than five Directors with at least one Public Director, one Exchange Director and one Member Director. Management Directors will not be members of the GC. The Board will designate a GC Chair and if the Chair is not present at a meeting, the members who are present will designate a member to serve as the Acting Chair. The GC will meet at least four times a year and a majority of the GC members constitutes a quorum. The GC is permitted to call executive sessions from which guests of the GC may be excluded, and GC members are permitted to participate in all meetings by conference telephone call or other means of communication that permit all meeting participants to hear each other. The GC Chair, or the Chair’s designee, will report regularly to the Board on the GC’s activities. The GC Charter sets forth certain functions and responsibilities for the GC including, but not limited to, the following: review the composition of the Board as a whole, including the Board’s balance of participant and nonparticipant directors, business specialization, technical skills, diversity and other desired qualifications; review the Board’s Charter for consistency with regulatory requirements, transparency of the governance process and other sound governance practice and recommend changes to the Board, where appropriate; review the committee structure of the Board, including the GC, and recommend changes to the Board, where appropriate; review OCC’s policies and procedures for identifying and reviewing Board nominee candidates, including the criteria for Board nominees; develop and recommend to the Board a periodic process of self-evaluation of the role and performance of the Board, its committees and management in the governance of OCC; review OCC’s policies on conflicts of interest of directors, including the OCC Directors Code of Conduct and recommend changes, where appropriate; and, review OCC’s new director orientation program as well as OCC’s training and education E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 241 / Monday, December 16, 2013 / Notices programs for Board members and recommend changes, where appropriate. In addition to the foregoing, the GC may undertake other and different activities, as appropriate, or as may be delegated to it by the Board. In discharging its role, the GC shall confer with management and other employees of OCC to the extent the GC deems it necessary to so to fulfill its duties.3 OCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act 4 because the GC Charter helps ensure that OCC’s governance structure is designed to protect investors and the public interest. By creating a GC Charter that clarifies the duties and operations of the GC, OCC will have, as required under Rule 17Ad–22(d)(8), a clear and transparent governance structure that will fulfill the public interests requirements in Section 17A of the Act, support the objectives of OCC’s owners and participants and promote the effectiveness of OCC’s risk management procedures.5 (B) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Burden on Competition OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.6 This proposed rule change will help ensure that OCC meets regulatory requirements that it has a clear and transparent governance structure, as well as clarify the organization, duties and operation of the GC through the adoption of the GC Charter. To the extent OCC’s clearing members are affected by proposed rule change, OCC believes that, by publishing the terms of the GC Charter in the public domain, all of its participants will have greater certainty concerning OCC’s governance arrangements. Accordingly, OCC does not believe that the proposed rule will it impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (C) Clearing Agency’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others Written comments on the proposed rule change were not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to 3 The GC, subject to the approval of the Board, is permitted to hire specialists or rely on outside advisors or specialists to assist it in carrying out the GC’s activities. The GC has the authority to approve the fees and retention terms of such advisors and specialists. 4 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(F). 5 17 CFR 240.17Ad–22(d)(8). 6 15 U.S.C. 78q–1(b)(3)(I). VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:51 Dec 13, 2013 Jkt 232001 the proposed rule change and none have been received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml), or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–OCC–2013–18 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–OCC–2013–18. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method of submission. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room located at 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090 on PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76183 official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC and on OCC’s Web site at http://www.theocc.com/about/ publications/bylaws.jsp. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–OCC–2013–18 and should be submitted on or before January 6, 2014. For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.7 Kevin M. O’Neill, Deputy Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–29780 Filed 12–13–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 8548] Request for Information for the 2014; Trafficking in Persons Report The Department of State (‘‘the Department’’) requests written information to assist in reporting on the degree to which the United States and foreign governments comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons (‘‘minimum standards’’) that are prescribed by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, (Div. A, Pub. L. 106–386) as amended (‘‘TVPA’’). This information will assist in the preparation of the Trafficking in Persons Report (‘‘TIP Report’’) that the Department submits annually to appropriate committees in the U.S. Congress on governments’ level of compliance with the minimum standards. Foreign governments that do not comply with the minimum standards and are not making significant efforts to do so may be subject to restrictions on nonhumanitarian, nontrade-related foreign assistance from the United States, as defined by the TVPA. Submissions must be made in writing to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State by January 30, 2014. Please refer to the Addresses, Scope of Interest, and Information Sought sections of this Notice for additional instructions on submission requirements. SUMMARY: 7 17 E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 16DEN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-71030; File No. SR-OCC-2013-18]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; 
Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Concerning the Governance 
Committee Charter

 December 11, 2013.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given 
that, on November 26, 2013, the Options Clearing Corporation (``OCC'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which 
Items have been prepared by OCC. The Commission is publishing this 
notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested 
persons.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4.
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I. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the 
Proposed Rule Change

    This proposed rule change by The Options Clearing Corporation 
(``OCC'') concerns the charter of the Governance Committee (``GC 
Charter'') of OCC's Board of Directors (``Board'').

II. Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, OCC included statements 
concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), 
(B) and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.

(A) Clearing Agency's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis 
for, the Proposed Rule Change

    This proposed rule change concerns the GC Charter. The Board 
authorized formation of the Governance Committee (``GC'') at its May 
21, 2013, meeting and approved the GC Charter at its September 24, 
2013, meeting. As set forth in the GC Charter, the purpose of the GC is 
to review the overall corporate governance of OCC and recommend 
improvements to OCC's Board. The GC Charter describes the role the GC 
plays in assisting the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities, as 
described in OCC's By-Laws and Rules, as well as specifying the 
policies and procedures governing the membership and organization, 
scope of authority, and specific functions and responsibilities of the 
GC. In addition, the guidelines for the composition of the GC as well 
as the policies regarding its meeting schedule, quorum rules, minute-
keeping and reporting requirements are set forth in the GC Charter and 
conform to applicable requirements specified in OCC's By-Laws and 
Rules.
    The GC is composed of not fewer than five Directors with at least 
one Public Director, one Exchange Director and one Member Director. 
Management Directors will not be members of the GC. The Board will 
designate a GC Chair and if the Chair is not present at a meeting, the 
members who are present will designate a member to serve as the Acting 
Chair. The GC will meet at least four times a year and a majority of 
the GC members constitutes a quorum. The GC is permitted to call 
executive sessions from which guests of the GC may be excluded, and GC 
members are permitted to participate in all meetings by conference 
telephone call or other means of communication that permit all meeting 
participants to hear each other. The GC Chair, or the Chair's designee, 
will report regularly to the Board on the GC's activities.
    The GC Charter sets forth certain functions and responsibilities 
for the GC including, but not limited to, the following: review the 
composition of the Board as a whole, including the Board's balance of 
participant and non-participant directors, business specialization, 
technical skills, diversity and other desired qualifications; review 
the Board's Charter for consistency with regulatory requirements, 
transparency of the governance process and other sound governance 
practice and recommend changes to the Board, where appropriate; review 
the committee structure of the Board, including the GC, and recommend 
changes to the Board, where appropriate; review OCC's policies and 
procedures for identifying and reviewing Board nominee candidates, 
including the criteria for Board nominees; develop and recommend to the 
Board a periodic process of self-evaluation of the role and performance 
of the Board, its committees and management in the governance of OCC; 
review OCC's policies on conflicts of interest of directors, including 
the OCC Directors Code of Conduct and recommend changes, where 
appropriate; and, review OCC's new director orientation program as well 
as OCC's training and education

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programs for Board members and recommend changes, where appropriate. In 
addition to the foregoing, the GC may undertake other and different 
activities, as appropriate, or as may be delegated to it by the Board. 
In discharging its role, the GC shall confer with management and other 
employees of OCC to the extent the GC deems it necessary to so to 
fulfill its duties.\3\
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    \3\ The GC, subject to the approval of the Board, is permitted 
to hire specialists or rely on outside advisors or specialists to 
assist it in carrying out the GC's activities. The GC has the 
authority to approve the fees and retention terms of such advisors 
and specialists.
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    OCC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act \4\ because the GC Charter helps ensure 
that OCC's governance structure is designed to protect investors and 
the public interest. By creating a GC Charter that clarifies the duties 
and operations of the GC, OCC will have, as required under Rule 17Ad-
22(d)(8), a clear and transparent governance structure that will 
fulfill the public interests requirements in Section 17A of the Act, 
support the objectives of OCC's owners and participants and promote the 
effectiveness of OCC's risk management procedures.\5\
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    \4\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).
    \5\ 17 CFR 240.17Ad-22(d)(8).
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(B) Clearing Agency's Statement on Burden on Competition

    OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any 
burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.\6\ This proposed rule change 
will help ensure that OCC meets regulatory requirements that it has a 
clear and transparent governance structure, as well as clarify the 
organization, duties and operation of the GC through the adoption of 
the GC Charter. To the extent OCC's clearing members are affected by 
proposed rule change, OCC believes that, by publishing the terms of the 
GC Charter in the public domain, all of its participants will have 
greater certainty concerning OCC's governance arrangements. 
Accordingly, OCC does not believe that the proposed rule will it impose 
any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(I).
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 (C) Clearing Agency's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule 
Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments on the proposed rule change were not and are not 
intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change and 
none have been received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the 
Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be 
appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to 
which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:
    (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change, or
    (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml), or
     Send an email to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-OCC-2013-18 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., 
Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-OCC-2013-18. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help 
the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method of submission. The Commission will post all 
comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, 
all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that 
are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating 
to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, 
other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance 
with the provisions of 5 U.S.C 552, will be available for Web site 
viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room located 
at 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090 on official business 
days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such 
filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the 
principal office of OCC and on OCC's Web site at http://www.theocc.com/about/publications/bylaws.jsp. All comments received will be posted 
without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying 
information from submissions. You should submit only information that 
you wish to make available publicly.
    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-OCC-2013-18 and 
should be submitted on or before January 6, 2014.

    For the Commission by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\7\
Kevin M. O'Neill,
Deputy Secretary.
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    \7\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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