The CFTC is committed to transparency in the rulemaking process. Information on meetings that the Chairman, Commissioners, and Commission staff have with outside organizations regarding pending rulemaking matters is routinely made public. This information, including the topics of the meetings, attendees, summaries of the meetings, and materials presented to the CFTC can be found here:
The CFTC implemented new transparency efforts on September 4, 2009, when it began disaggregating the data in its weekly Commitments of Traders (COT) reports and began releasing index investment data collected from an ongoing special call on swap dealers and index traders in the futures markets. For the first time, we broke out managed money and swaps in our COT reports and released information on index investment to give the public a better view of trading activity in the futures markets.
Transparency in reporting our data has always been a priority at the CFTC. Our Market Reports page lists all of our reports released on a weekly, monthly or annual basis to provide information to industry participants and the public about the futures and options markets. We are showcasing three of our high-value datasets on www.data.gov in participation with the Open Government Directive to promote informed participation by the public and create economic opportunity.
The Lobbying Disclosure Act, Public Law 104-65 imposes disclosure and registration requirements on lobbyists who contact covered legislative and executive branch officials. It also requires that a "covered executive branch official" who is contacted by a lobbyist disclose the fact that he or she is a covered executive branch official upon the request of the person making the lobbying contact. "Covered executive branch officials" are:
Generally, the Act applies to Presidential appointees requiring Senate confirmation (PAS) and Schedule C employees.
Presidential appointees requiring Senate confirmation (PAS)
Sharon Y. Bowen
J. Christopher Giancarlo
Schedule C employees
Director of Legislative Affairs
Director of Division of Enforcement
Director of Public Affairs
Public Affairs Specialist (Speechwriter)
Executive Assistant to the Office of the Executive Director
Executive Assistant to Commissioner Bowen
Special Counsel to the Chairman
For questions or comments about the CFTC's Transparency initiatiave, please contact us.