Summary of OCR Final Rule
On November 18, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“Commission”) published new ownership and control rules and related forms to enhance its identification of futures and swap market participants (the “OCR Final Rule”). Please review the OCR Final Rule in the Federal Register (2013-26789) or review the PDF copy of the OCR Final Rule. Note that Section VI of the OCR Final Rule includes information on data submission standards and procedures, including the requirement that reporting parties provide such test data as may be requested by Commission staff.
Staff No-Action Letters 16-32 and 16-33
On April 8, 2016, the Commission’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO) issued two no-action letters and Guidance related to the OCR Final Rule:
• Press Release 7357-16 provides information regarding No-Action Letter 16-32. The Letter requires reporting parties to begin electronic submission of OCR Forms 102A, 102B and 102S on September 29, 2016, but also provides time-limited, substantive relief from certain reporting obligations on the OCR forms. Existing reporting methods will remain in place until the transition to electronic reporting, on the dates discussed in No-Action Letter 16-32.
• Press Release 7358-16 provides information regarding No-Action Letter 16-33. The Letter permits reporting parties with reporting obligations on OCR Forms 102A and 102B to mask certain identifying information, subject to certain conditions.
All reporting parties should review the two no-action letters for important additional information.
• As discussed in Press Release 7357-16, DMO also issued Guidance related to the OCR Final Rule on April 8, 2016. The Guidance reproduces ownership and control questions asked in OCR Forms 102A and 102B, and responds directly to questions raised by reporting parties regarding the terms “owner” and “controller,” as used in these questions.
Mandatory Testing Schedule
As the Commission prepares to receive OCR reporting in accordance with the dates outlined in No-Action Letter 16-32, the Commission’s Office of Data and Technology (ODT) will begin a new round of testing of the submission of Form 102 A/B/S through the CFTC Portal and the Secure FTP Process on June 1, 2016. Additional details regarding the testing schedule will be published on the OCR landing page at a later date.
Technical Guidance Document
Staff has prepared a technical guidance document in connection with the OCR Final Rule. The technical guidance document provides detailed instructions on submitting data in connection with the OCR Final Rule via FTP to the Commission, including a data dictionary for mapping data elements to an OCR submission. The chart below includes links to the current version of the technical guidance document, along with the prior version and a blackline between the two versions:
July 1, 2014
May 25, 2016
Blackline between version 4 and version 5.1
XML Schema Definitions and Rule Validations
Staff has also prepared a zip file containing XML Schema Definitions (XSDs) for use in generating valid XML for OCR submissions, as described in the technical guidance document. The two XSD files define batch and form level elements and shared attribute types that may be reused during a form submission.
A PDF is available describing the rule validations that will be performed against every 102 submission as they are processed by CFTC data loaders. The spreadsheet details a description of each rule, the associated attribute(s) in the XSD and the error message that will be returned if the submission does not pass validation. Reporting parties should review the spreadsheet in conjunction with the technical guidance document, which includes detailed instructions and other important information regarding the data submission process pursuant to the OCR Final Rule.
Information on CFTC Portal
Reporting firms can provide email addresses through the CFTC Portal at https://portal.cftc.gov. The Commission will use these email addresses to provide feedback to reporting parties on their form 102 file submissions during the testing process. A PDF is available describing the notification email registration process.
Information on CFTC Calls to Discuss OCR Final Rule
Commission staff is hosting telephone conference calls with reporting parties regarding technical implementation of the OCR Final Rule. The calls began on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, and will occur every other Wednesday at 11:30am E.T. on an as-needed basis. The current call schedule is located here. Persons participating in the calls will be required to identify themselves, and calls may not be recorded. Commission staff will host the calls at the following dial-in number:
Toll-free dial-in number for U.S. participants: 1-877-951-7311
Toll dial-in number for U.S. participants: 1-203-607-0666
Passcode for all participants: 9983251
NOTE: Commission staff will NOT be hosting our usual bi-weekly telephone conference call with reporting parties on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. We will return to our usual bi-weekly calls on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 11:30am E.T.
How to Contact the Commission with Questions
If you have any technical questions regarding the format, content, or transmission of OCR data to the Commission, please email the Commission at OCRTechSupport@cftc.gov
Important Disclosure Regarding Technical Guidance Document
The technical guidance document was drafted consistent with the OCR Final Rule, and all relevant communications from Commission staff are also intended to be consistent with the OCR Final Rule. In the event of any conflict between the requirements of the OCR Final Rule (including the questions and instructions on the reporting forms attached thereto) and (a) the technical guidance document, (b) any verbal communications by Commission staff regarding the technical guidance document or the OCR Final Rule or (c) responses from Commission staff to technical questions sent to the email address listed above, the OCR Final Rule controls. Any necessary revisions to the technical guidance document identified following its publication will be reflected in an updated version of the document.
The OMB control number for the collection of information pursuant to the OCR Final Rule is 3038-0103. Please be advised that pursuant to 5 CFR § 1320.5(b)(2)(i), you are not required to respond to the collection of information pursuant to the OCR Final Rule unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.
Last Updated: December 28, 2016