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SEC & Freedom of Information Act
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:13 AM on j-body.org
Link to FOI Information

also a few links where obama talks about transparency
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This week has been interesting so far for loss of protections for citizens, I cannot wait for the lame duck session!




Re: SEC & Freedom of Information Act
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 9:57 AM on j-body.org
Any chance we could figure out which a-hole slipped that into the bill?




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Re: SEC & Freedom of Information Act
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:36 AM on j-body.org
you should be able to, you just have to find out who the architects were, who they worked for etc. good luck, but i bet they worked for a politician with a d next to teh state



Re: SEC & Freedom of Information Act
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 2:43 PM on j-body.org
Foxnews is a rightwingnut site, so that means the information is biased, skewed to the right, and if not complete lies, it is at least nothing more than the latest "fix" you wingnutters have been craving. (sarcasm)

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Re: SEC & Freedom of Information Act
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:49 PM on j-body.org
True Conservative wrote:

you should be able to, you just have to find out who the architects were, who they worked for etc. good luck, but i bet they worked for a politician with a d next to teh state
Dodd-Frank, and it looks like the text was present in the original.
HOWEVER, if you actually read what it says, and then check it against the documents it is modifying...
Quote:

245 SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 Sec. 24 - PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION
SEC. 24. (a) For purposes of section 552 of title 5, United States Code, the term ‘‘records’’ includes all applications, statements, reports, contracts, correspondence, notices, and other documents filed with or otherwise obtained by the Commission pursuant to this title or otherwise.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any member, officer, or employee of the Commission to disclose to any person other than a member, officer, or employee of the Commission, or to use for personal benefit, any information contained in any application, statement, report, contract, correspondence, notice, or other document filed with or otherwise obtained by the Commission (1) in contravention of the rules and regulations of the Commission under section 552 of Title 5, United States Code, or (2) in circumstances where the Commission has determined pursuant to such rules to accord confidential treatment to such information.
(c) CONFIDENTIAL DISCLOSURES.—The Commission may, in its discretion and upon a showing that such information is needed, provide all ‘‘records’’ (as defined in subsection (a)) and other information in its possession to such persons, both domestic and foreign, as the Commission by rule deems appropriate if the person receiving such records or information provides such assurances of confidentiality as the Commission deems appropriate.
(d) RECORDS OBTAINED FROM FOREIGN SECURITIES AUTHORITIES.—Except as provided in subsection (e), the Commission shall not be compelled to disclose records obtained from a foreign securities authority if (1) the foreign securities authority has in good faith determined and represented to the Commission that public disclosure of such records would violate the laws applicable to that foreign securities authority, and (2) the Commission obtains such records pursuant to (A) such procedure as the Commission may authorize for use in connection with the administration or enforcement of the securities laws, or (B) a memorandum of understanding. For purposes of section 552 of title 5, United States Code, this subsection shall be considered a statute described in subsection (b)(3)(B) of such section 552.
(e) SAVINGS PROVISIONS.—Nothing in this section shall—
_____(1) alter the Commission’s responsibilities under the Right to Financial Privacy Act (12 U.S.C. 3401 et seq.), as limited by section 21(h) of this Act, with respect to transfers of records covered by such statutes, or
_____(2) authorize the Commission to withhold information from the Congress or prevent the Commission from complying with an order of a court of the United States in an action commenced by the United States or the Commission.
I don't see any real change, but I'm not a lawyer...
Quote:

Investment Company Act 1940 - ACCOUNTS AND RECORDS
SEC. 31. (a) MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS.—
_____(1) IN GENERAL.—Each registered investment company, and each underwriter, broker, dealer, or investment adviser that is a majority-owned subsidiary of such a company, shall maintain and preserve such records (as defined in section 3(a)(37) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) for such period or periods as the Commission, by rules and regulations, may prescribe as necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors. Each investment adviser that is not a majority-owned subsidiary of, and each depositor of any registered investment company, and each principal underwriter for any registered investment company other than a closed-end company, shall maintain and preserve for such period or periods as the Commission shall prescribe by rules and regulations, such records as are necessary or appropriate to record such person’s transactions with such registered company.
_____(2) MINIMIZING COMPLIANCE BURDEN.—In exercising its authority under this subsection, the Commission shall take such steps as it deems necessary or appropriate, consistent with the public interest and for the protection of investors, to avoid unnecessary recordkeeping by, and minimize the compliance burden on, persons required to maintain records under this subsection (hereafter in this section referred to as ‘‘subject persons’’). Such steps shall include considering, and requesting public comment on—
__________(A) feasible alternatives that minimize the record-keeping burdens on subject persons;
__________(B) the necessity of such records in view of the public benefits derived from the independent scrutiny of such records through Commission examination;
__________(C) the costs associated with maintaining the information that would be required to be reflected in such records; and
__________(D) the effects that a proposed recordkeeping requirement would have on internal compliance policies and procedures.
(b) EXAMINATIONS OF RECORDS.—
_____(1) IN GENERAL.—All records required to be maintained and preserved in accordance with subsection (a) shall be subject at any time and from time to time to such reasonable periodic, special, and other examinations by the Commission, or any member or representative thereof, as the Commission may prescribe.
_____(2) AVAILABILITY.—For purposes of examinations referred to in paragraph (1), any subject person shall make available to the Commission or its representatives any copies or extracts from such records as may be prepared without undue effort, expense, or delay as the Commission or its representatives may reasonably request.
_____(3) COMMISSION ACTION.—The Commission shall exercise its authority under this subsection with due regard for the benefits of internal compliance policies and procedures and the effective implementation and operation thereof.
(c) LIMITATIONS ON DISCLOSURE BY COMMISSION.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Commission shall not be compelled to disclose any internal compliance or audit records, or information contained therein, provided to the Commission under this section. Nothing in this subsection shall authorize the Commission to withhold information from the Congress or prevent the Commission from complying with a request for information from any other Federal department or agency requesting the information for purposes within the scope of the jurisdiction of that department or agency, or complying with an order of a court of the United States in an action brought by the United States or the Commission. For purposes of section 552 of title 5, United States Code, this section shall be considered a statute described in subsection (b)(3)(B) of such section 552.
(d) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this section—
_____(1) the term ‘‘internal compliance policies and procedures’’ means policies and procedures designed by subject persons to promote compliance with the Federal securities laws; and
_____(2) the term ‘‘internal compliance and audit record’’ means any record prepared by a subject person in accordance with internal compliance policies and procedures.
(e) REGULATORY AUTHORITY.—The Commission may, in the public interest or for the protection of investors, issue rules and regulations providing for a reasonable degree of uniformity in the accounting policies and principles to be followed by registered investment companies in maintaining their accounting records and in preparing financial statements required pursuant to this title.
(f) EXEMPTION AUTHORITY.—The Commission, upon application made by any registered investment company, may by order exempt a specific transaction or transactions from the provisions of any rule or regulation made pursuant to subsection (e), if the Commission finds that such rule or regulation should not reasonably be applied to such transaction.
It looks to me like all they are doing is making sure the language is the same for the existing bills, not changing the implications of existing laws themselves...
Quote:

Investment Advisers Act 1940 - Publicity
Section 210
(a) The information contained in any registration application or report or amendment thereto filed with the Commission pursuant to any provision of this title shall be made available to the public, unless and except insofar as the Commission, by rules and regulations upon its own motion, or by order upon application, finds that public disclosure is neither necessary nor appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors. Photostatic or other copies of information contained in documents filed with the Commission under this title and made available to the public shall be furnished to any person at such reasonable charge and under such reasonable limitations as the Commission shall prescribe.
(b) Subject to the provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of section 209 of this title and section 24(c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Commission, or any member, officer, or employee thereof, shall not make public the fact that any examination or investigation under this title is being conducted, or the results of or any facts ascertained during any such examination or investigation; and no member, officer, or employee of the Commission shall disclose to any person other than a member, officer, or employee of the Commission any information obtained as a result of any such examination or investigation except with the approval of the Commission. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply–
_____(1) in the case of any hearing which is public under the provisions of section 212; or
_____(2) in the case of a resolution or request from either House of Congress.
(c) No provision of this title shall be construed to require, or to authorize the Commission to require any investment adviser engaged in rendering investment supervisory services to disclose the identity, investments, or affairs of any client of such investment adviser, except insofar as such disclosure may be necessary or appropriate in a particular proceeding or investigation having as its object the enforcement of a provision or provisions of this title.
Once again, they already had the ability to withhold...

IT appears that, once again, so much... about nothing... courtesy of Fox




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Re: SEC & Freedom of Information Act
Thursday, July 29, 2010 11:37 AM on j-body.org
Probably more note-worthy: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/28/AR2010072806141.html?hpid=topnews




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