On January 18, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order 13563 entitled "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review." The Order seeks to reinforce the principle that the nation's regulatory system must protect public health, welfare, safety and our environment while promoting economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation. One way it seeks to do this is by facilitating the periodic review of existing regulations to determine whether any should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed.
While the Order does not apply to independent agencies like the Commission, we share its goals, and many of our existing practices are consistent with those described in the Order. For example, we take into account benefits and costs in our rulemakings, assess alternative regulatory approaches, afford the public a meaningful opportunity to comment on our proposed regulations through the Internet, and coordinate our rulemakings with other agencies to harmonize regulations.
Given that our mission includes the facilitation of capital formation, we are seeking suggestions from the public on modifying, streamlining, expanding or repealing our existing rules to better promote economic growth, innovation, competitiveness and job creation while still achieving our mandates to protect investors and maintain fair, orderly and efficient markets. We are particularly interested to hear your views on rules that affect smaller reporting companies, as well as smaller companies that are not subject to the Commission's reporting requirements but seek to raise capital in the exempt markets.
You may submit your suggestions using the links below. We will post comments on our website, so you should only include information that you wish to make publicly available.
If you wish to comment on a rulemaking that is pending before the Commission, please submit your comment directly to the comment file indicated on the proposing release rather than submitting it using a link on this page.