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DATES: Back to Top
The comment period for the proposed rule published September 14, 2015, at 80 FR 55182, is reopened. Submit comments on or before February 22, 2016.
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Carol McGee, Assistant Director, Joshua Kans, Senior Special Counsel, or Kateryna P. Imus, Special Counsel, at (202) 551-5870; Division of Trading and Markets, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-7010.
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I. Introduction Back to Top
A. Proposed Rule
Exchange Act sections 13(n)(5)(G) and (H), which were added by Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, conditionally require security-based swap data repositories to make data available to certain regulators and other entities. The statute identifies certain entities as being eligible to access data, and states that the Commission may determine that other persons are appropriate to access such data. The statute further provides that the Commission must be notified of requests for access, and also conditions data access on the security-based swap data repository receiving certain confidentiality-related agreements. Moreover, under the statute as it was originally enacted in 2010, data access was conditional on the recipient entity agreeing to indemnify the repository and the Commission for expenses arising from litigation relating to the information provided. 
On September 14, 2015, the Commission proposed rules to implement those data access provisions.  Key features of the proposal included:
(i) Designation of entities that may access data. The proposal provided that, in addition to the entities identified by the statute, the Federal Reserve Banks and the Office of Financial Research (“OFR”) may access data.  The proposal also specified factors and conditions that the Commission would consider in making future determinations regarding entities eligible to access data and the scope of such entities' access to data. In that regard the Commission stated that it preliminarily expected that such determination orders “typically would incorporate conditions that specify the scope of a relevant authority's access to data, and that limit this access in a manner that reflects the relevant authority's regulatory mandates or legal responsibility or authority.” 
(ii) Confidentiality condition to data access. To implement the statutory confidentiality condition, the proposal provided that there must be a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) or other arrangement between the Commission and the recipient of data to address the confidentiality of the data provided to the recipient.  The Commission stated that it expected this approach would help avoid the possibility of uneven and potentially inconsistent application of the confidentiality condition. 
(iii) Notification requirement. The proposal provided that a security-based swap data repository could satisfy the statutory notification requirement by notifying the Commission of the first data access request by an entity, and maintaining a record of subsequent requests. 
(iv) Indemnification exemption. The proposal included an exemption from the indemnification requirement. This exemption would have been conditioned, in part, on the information provided relating to “persons or activities within the recipient entity's regulatory mandate, or legal responsibility or authority.” 
B. Statutory Amendment
On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law Public Law 114-94, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. This law, among other things, amended the statutory data access provisions by eliminating the indemnification requirement discussed above.  The law also revised the data access provisions in two other ways. 
The elimination of the indemnification requirement makes unnecessary paragraph (d) of proposed rule 13n-4, which would have implemented the conditional exemption from the indemnification requirement.  The statutory amendments, however, do not affect the proposed provisions: (i) Addressing the designation of additional entities as being eligible to access data (potentially including the Federal Reserve Banks and the OFR); (ii) implementing the confidentiality condition to data access; and (iii) implementing the statutory notification requirement.
II. Request for Comments Back to Top
Commenters are invited to discuss the proposal in light of the recent statutory amendments. Commenters particularly are invited to address the impact, on the remaining aspects of the proposal, arising from the elimination of the proposed indemnification exemption, including the exemption's proposed condition limiting access to security-based swap data to persons or authorities within a relevant authority's regulatory mandate or legal responsibility or authority. For example, to what extent should those criteria related to an entity's regulatory mandate or legal responsibility and authority be used by the Commission as it implements the confidentiality condition and/or the Commission's determination authority?
Commenters further are invited to address whether the use of that limitation should vary depending on the type of recipient entity. For example, should those criteria be considered exclusively in conjunction with recipient authorities not specifically named in the statute, including the Federal Reserve Banks and the OFR, or should those criteria instead be considered in conjunction with access to data by all entities under these provisions? 
In addition, commenters are requested to address whether the proposal should be revised to address the other statutory changes to the data access provisions—such as addition of the term “other foreign authorities” to the list of entities that the Commission may determine appropriate to access data. For example, should the Commission revise proposed paragraph (b)(9)(x) of rule 13n-4 to specifically note that it may determine that “other foreign authorities” also may access data pursuant to these provisions?
Commenters are also invited to address the impact of the statutory amendments on the Commission's economic analysis.
By the Commission.
Dated: January 15, 2016.
Brent J. Fields,
[FR Doc. 2016-01148 Filed 1-20-16; 8:45 am]
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Footnotes Back to Top
1. See generally Access to Data Obtained by Security-Based Swap Data Repositories and Exemption From Indemnification Requirement, Exchange Act Release No. 75845 (Sept. 14, 2015), 80 FR 55182 (Sept. 14, 2015) (“Data Access Proposing Release”).Back to Context
2. The proposal built upon two prior Commission proposals to implement the data access provisions and to provide an exemption from the indemnification requirement. See id. at 55182-84.Back to Context
3. See proposed Exchange Act rule 13n-4(b)(9)(ix).Back to Context
5. See proposed Exchange Act rule 13n-4(b)(10).Back to Context
7. See id. at 55188-89; proposed Exchange Act rule 13n-4(e).Back to Context
8. See proposed Exchange Act rule 13n-4(d). The proposal also would require the Commission and the recipient of data to enter into an MOU or other arrangement to specify the type of information that would fall within this regulatory mandate, or legal responsibility or authority. See id.Back to Context
10. In part, the statutory revision clarified that the scope of the data access provision applies to security-based swap data, not all data maintained by the repository. See Public Law 114-94, sec. 86011(c)(1)(A) (striking “all” and adding “security-based swap” in the introductory part of Exchange Act section 13(n)(5)(G)). That focus on security-based swaps already was incorporated into the proposal. See proposed Exchange Act rule 13n-4(b)(9).
The statutory revision also added the term “other foreign authorities” to the nonexclusive statutory list of entities that the Commission may determine appropriate to access data under these provisions. See Public Law 114-94, sec. 86011(c)(1)(B). That change is consistent with the proposal, which used the term “including, but not limited to” in the relevant portion of the rule text (preceding the specific references to foreign financial supervisors, foreign central banks, and foreign ministries). See proposed Exchange Act rule 13n-4(b)(9)(x).Back to Context
11. See Data Access Proposing Release, 80 FR at 55211.Back to Context
12. As noted above, the Commission stated that it preliminarily expected that subsequent determination orders under the statute and proposed rule “typically would incorporate conditions that specify the scope of a relevant authority's access to data, and that limit this access in a manner that reflects the relevant authority's regulatory mandates or legal responsibility or authority.”Back to Context