Technology Advisory Committee

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The Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) was created in 1999 to advise the Commission on the impact and implications of technological innovations on financial services and the futures markets, and the appropriate legislative and regulatory response to increasing use of technology in the markets.

Commissioner Brian Quintenz sponsors the Technology Advisory Committee on a rotating basis.  Members include representatives of futures exchanges, self-regulatory organizations, financial intermediaries, market participants, and traders.

Committee Charter (PDF)
Charter Renewal (PDF)
Members of the Technology Advisory Committee

TAC Meetings

See List of TAC Meetings and Related Documents  

Requesting Public Comment on the Commission’s Surveillance Program

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (Commission) Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) held a meeting on June 3, 2014 to discuss various issues regarding high-frequency trading, the Commission’s surveillance program, and swap execution facilities.  Panel II focused on the Commission developing a 21st-century surveillance program.  To gain further input on this topic, the TAC is requesting public comment from interested parties about their specific proposals or ideas for how the Commission should develop a 21st-century surveillance system.

Comment File - Closing Date: 8/4/2014


Subcommittee on Automated and High Frequency Trading

Swap data resources

Swap Data Repositories - Links to Real-Time Reporting

Provisional Draft of Data Elements to Harmonize 


Compilation of Existing Testing and Supervision Standards, Recommendations and Regulations
CFTC, October 2012

The Future of Computer Trading in Financial Markets: An International Perspective Final Project Report
UK Government Office for Science, October 2012

Recommendations on Pre-Trade Practices for Trading Firms, Clearing Firms and Exchanges involved in Direct Market Access
CFTC Pre-Trade Functionality Subcommittee, March 2011

View Comments on the recommendations

Related presentations from the March 1, 2011 Technology Advisory Committee meeting.


Letter to Members of the Technology Advisory Committee regarding the definition of High Frequency Trading
November 17, 2011

The CFTC received the following responses to its November 17 letter.

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