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  • Concurring Statement, Implementation Roundtable Seriatim, Certainty & Transparency

    Commissioner Scott D. O’Malia

    April 26, 2011

    I concur in supporting the Commission’s roundtable on the implementation process.

    Along with the Chairman, I believe that our entire rulemaking process should be as transparent as possible to the public. Consequently, after the Roundtable is complete, I strongly recommend that the Commission submit both a proposal on the order in which the Commission will consider final rulemakings and a proposed implementation plan to the federal register to allow the public to comment before we begin to consider final rules. Once we receive and review comments, a final rulemaking and implementation schedule should be published in the federal register. This level of transparency will give the market a clear picture of how the Commission intends to proceed, and how we can be held accountable as we undertake this massive regulatory overhaul. It will also provide the market with certainty market participants need to make the critical investment decisions necessary to be in compliance with the rules upon implementation. Finally, this type of transparency will help guide the Commission’s decision regarding when to make critical investments in advanced technology that are necessary for us to effectively oversee the futures, options, and swaps markets.

    The more thoughtful, deliberate, and transparent our sequencing and implementation processes are, the more orderly this Commission’s regulation of the swaps market will be.

    Last Updated: April 26, 2011



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