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Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2005 - Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox announced that the agency's first CCOutreach Program National Seminar for mutual fund and investment adviser Chief Compliance Officers-CCOs-will be Nov. 8, 2005, at the Commission's Washington, D.C., headquarters.

The CCOutreach program aims to protect investors by enhancing communication and coordination with CCOs and helping CCOs do their vital jobs.

"With almost half of all U.S. households now invested in mutual funds, insuring compliance with SEC standards is more important than ever before," said Chairman Cox. "Robust and effective mutual fund and investment adviser compliance is critical to public confidence. CCOs hold the keys to success for the 92 million Americans who own mutual funds. The SEC is committed to helping CCOs excel."

The National Seminar follows a series of regional seminars held by Commission examination staff. The regional seminars focused on the "nuts and bolts" of the examination process and the SEC resources available to help. The National Seminar will include panel discussions with SEC staff and CCO representatives on the latest policy developments relevant to CCOs and will address questions raised at the regional seminars and elsewhere.

The SEC will soon publish the agenda for the seminar, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 4:45 p.m., Nov. 8, 2005, at the Commission's headquarters, 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549. Attendance is limited to 500, with CCOs given priority on a first-come, first-served basis. The Seminar will also be webcast at www.sec.gov.

For information and registration, go to http://www.sec.gov/info/ccoutreach.htm.

Please contact the SEC's Division of Investment Management at (202) 551-6733 with any additional questions.


Modified: 09/26/2005