In developing the Strategic Plan, the SEC took into account the information gleaned from meetings with the many external parties with which the agency interacts on a regular basis, including members of Congress and congressional committees, investors, businesses, financial market participants, academics, and other experts and stakeholders. This includes formal outreach efforts through the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, and Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee; Commission-sponsored roundtables focused on specific issues; the agency’s Annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation; the SEC’s annual conference with the North American Securities Administrators Association; and solicitations of public comments on Commission rule proposals and strategic plans.
The SEC values independent, high-quality assessments of our performance against our goals and desired strategic objectives. Such assessments help measure our progress so we can take action, as needed, to refine our programs or allocate resources accordingly. Various audits, studies, and evaluations of SEC programs and securities industry-related issues have been completed since the release of the agency’s previous Strategic Plan, and these have served as important resources in the development of this Strategic Plan. In particular, the SEC considered the findings from recent independent audits of the agency’s performance conducted by the Government Accountability Office and the SEC’s Office of Inspector General . The SEC also considered the results of internal assessments and evaluations of the agency’s performance, including those reported in the agency’s Annual Performance Report  In the coming years, the SEC will continue to draw on evaluations from a variety of sources to improve our programs.
While the initiatives outlined in this Strategic Plan are intended to address our top priorities over the next four years, it must be mentioned that there are, of course, risks to, and limitations on, our ability to achieve our strategic goals. Some of these risks and limitations are operational in nature, such as those pertaining to key technology systems or oversight of outside vendors who support SEC programs, and other risks that result from external sources, such as new forms of fraud, evolution of financial products, or changes to funding levels and the availability of qualified personnel. Accordingly, the SEC continues to build our enterprise risk management program, supported by representatives from SEC divisions and offices, to strengthen our ability to proactively identify, assess, and mitigate risks to attaining our mission. We also are committed to developing and strengthening our human capital.
We firmly believe that the SEC’s continued commitment to enterprise risk management and human capital management will strengthen our ability to achieve the ambitious goals set forth in this Plan.
Modified: Oct. 11, 2018