[Federal Register: July 7, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 129)17 CFR Part 1
Recordkeeping Final rule]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 36568-36569]
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17 CFR Part 1


AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

[[Page 36569]]

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: On May 27, 1999, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
(``Commission'') published a rule in the Federal Register (64 FR 28735)
announcing final amendments to the recordkeeping obligations imposed in
Regulation 1.31. The Commission's rule provided that all the amendments
would become effective on June 28, 1999. Recently the Commission
learned that recordkeepers using only electronic storage media may need
additional time to finalize arrangements with third party technical
consultants necessary to meet the new condition imposed in section
(b)(4) of amended Regulation 1.31.\1\ In order to avoid undue hardship
for these recordkeepers, and in view of the alternative safeguards
protecting the Commission's right to timely access to required records
stored electronically, the Commission has decided to extend the
effective date of Sec. 1.31(b)(4)'s requirements until September 27,

    \1\ Section (b)(4) of the amended regulation requires
recordkeepers who use only electronic storage media to preserve some
or all of their required records to enter into an arrangement with a
third party technical consultant. This arrangement must provide that
the technical consultant will have access to and the ability to
download information from the recordkeeper's electronic storage
media to a medium acceptable under amended Regulation 1.31. The
technical consultant must also file an undertaking to provide the
Commission with access to the recordkeeper's required records under
specified conditions.

DATES: Effective July 7, 1999, 17 CFR 1.31(b)(4) is stayed until
September 27, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edson G. Case, Counsel, or Laurie
Plessala Duperier, Special Counsel, Division of Trading and Markets,
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20581. Telephone (202) 418-5430.

    Under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 12a(5), 17 CFR 1.31(b)(4) is stayed
until September 27, 1999.

    Issued in Washington, D.C. on June 30, 1999 by the Commission.
Jean A. Webb,
Secretary of the Commission.
[FR Doc. 99-17004 Filed 7-6-99; 8:45 am]

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