Public Availability of the Securities and Exchange Commission's FY 2016 and FY 2017 Service Contract Inventory
In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), SEC is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY2017 Service Contract Inventory (SCI) and the FY2016 SCI Analysis along with the FY2018 Service Contract Inventory (SCI) and the FY2017 SCI Analysis. The SCI provides information on FY2016 and FY2017 actions over $150,000 for service contracts. The inventory organizes the information by function to show how SEC distributes contracted resources throughout the agency. SEC developed the inventory per the guidance issued on January 17, 2017 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/mem oranda/ 2017/service_contract_inventories.pdf. The Service Contract Inventory Analysis for FY2016 provides information based on the FY 2016 Inventory and the Service Contract Inventory Analysis for FY2017 provides information based on the FY 2017 Inventory. Please note that the SEC's FY 2016 and FY 2017 Service Contract Inventory data is now included in government-wide inventory available on www.acquisition.gov. The government-wide inventory can be filtered to display the inventory data for the SEC. The SEC has posted its FY 2017 and FY2018 plans for analyzing data, a link to the FY 2017 and 2018 government-wide Service Contract Inventory, the FY 2016 SCI Analysis, and the FY 2017 SCI Analysis on the SEC's homepage at https:// www.sec.gov/about/secreports.shtml and https://www.sec.gov/open.
Investor Advisory Committee Meeting
The Securities and Exchange Commission Investor Advisory Committee, established pursuant to Section 911 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, is providing notice that it will hold a public meeting. The public is invited to submit written statements to the Committee.
Proposed Order Granting Conditional Exemptions Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in Connection With the Portfolio Margining of Swaps and Security-Based Swaps That Are Credit Default Swaps
The Commission is proposing to grant exemptive relief, subject to certain conditions, from compliance with certain provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with a program to portfolio margin cleared swaps customer and affiliate positions in cleared credit default swaps that are swaps and security-based swaps in a segregated account established and maintained in accordance with Section 4d(f) of the Commodity Exchange Act (in the case of a cleared swaps customer) or a cleared swaps proprietary account (in the case of an affiliate). This proposed exemptive relief would supersede and replace the Commission's Order Granting Conditional Exemptions under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in Connection with Portfolio Margining of Swaps and Security-based Swaps issued in December 2012.
Portfolio Margining of Uncleared Swaps and Non-Cleared Security-Based Swaps
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``CFTC'') and the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'') (collectively, the ``Commissions'') seek public comment on potential ways to implement portfolio margining of uncleared swaps and non-cleared security-based swaps.
Whistleblower Program Rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is adopting several amendments to the Commission's rules implementing its congressionally mandated whistleblower program. Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'') provides, among other things, that the Commission shall payunder regulations prescribed by the Commission and subject to certain limitationsto eligible whistleblowers who voluntarily provide the Commission with original information about a violation of the federal securities laws that leads to the successful enforcement of a covered judicial or administrative action, or a related action, an aggregate amount, determined in the Commission's discretion, that is equal to not less than 10 percent, and not more than 30 percent, of monetary sanctions that have been collected in the covered or related actions. The Commission is adopting various amendments that are intended to provide greater transparency, efficiency and clarity to whistleblowers, to ensure whistleblowers are properly incentivized, and to continue to properly award whistleblowers to the maximum extent appropriate and with maximum efficiency. The Commission is also making several technical amendments, and adopting interpretive guidance concerning the term ``independent analysis.''
Tailored Shareholder Reports, Treatment of Annual Prospectus Updates for Existing Investors, and Improved Fee and Risk Disclosure for Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds; Fee Information in Investment Company Advertisements
The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is proposing rule and form amendments that would modernize the disclosure framework for open-end management investment companies. The disclosure framework would feature concise and visually engaging shareholder reports that would highlight key information that is particularly important for retail investors to assess and monitor their fund investments. Certain information that may be less relevant to retail investorsand of more interest to financial professionals and investors who desire more in-depth informationwould no longer appear in funds' shareholder reports but would be available online, delivered free of charge upon request, and filed on a semi-annual basis on Form N-CSR. Funds' shareholder reports would serve as the central source of fund disclosure for existing shareholders. Thus, instead of delivering prospectus updates to existing shareholders each year, open-end funds would have an alternative way to keep shareholders informed. This framework would rely on the shareholder report (which would include a summary of material fund changes), along with timely notifications to shareholders about material fund changes as they occur and continued availability of the fund's prospectus. The Commission is also proposing amendments to open-end fund prospectus disclosure requirements to provide greater clarity and more consistent information about fees, expenses, and principal risks. Finally, the Commission is proposing amendments to the advertising rules for registered investment companies and business development companies to promote more transparent and balanced statements about investment costs.