Draft Form N-CEN XML Technical Specification (Version 2.4)

Implementation Date: March 11, 2019

This draft EDGAR Form N-CEN XML Technical Specification, posted before Commission approval of potential regulatory changes in this release, is provided as a service to our filing community to assist filers, agents, and software developers in their preparation of responses to potential changes the staff anticipates. Since this is a draft technical specification, the SEC retains the right to change any part of the technical specification before the new system release is made final. In addition, the final Form N-CEN XML Technical Specification is subject to Commission approval and may be revised before approval or not approved at all. Similarly, the posting of the draft technical specification does not indicate Commission approval of any pending proposed changes relating to the potential changes reflected in the draft technical specification. The changes outlined in this draft technical specification, if approved, are scheduled to take effect on March 11, 2019. The final version of the technical specification will be made available if approved by the Commission on or about March 11, 2019, on the SEC's Public Website.

The Form N-CEN submission file must conform to the EDGAR Form N-CEN Submission Taxonomy for the EDGAR system. This taxonomy comprises a collection of XML Schema Definition (.xsd) files that defines the structure of EDGAR Form N-CEN submissions. The Form N-CEN XML submissions can be transmitted to the SEC via the ‘Transmit’ link on the EDGAR FilerWeb (https://www.edgarfiling.sec.gov/) or the ‘Transmit XML Submission’ link on the EDGAR OnlineForms Website (https://www.onlineforms.edgarfiling.sec.gov).

EDGAR Release 19.1 will introduce the following changes:

  • Section 3.4, updated the integer Max Length from 5 to 8, and INTEGER_NONNEGATIVE_5 to INTEGER_NONNEGATIVE_8
  • In the schema eis_NCEN_Common.xsd, removed “INTEGER_NONNEGATIVE_6” and changed “INTEGER_NONNEGATIVE_5” to “INTEGER_NONNEGATIVE_8” with 8 total digits
  • In the schema eis_NCEN_Filer.xsd, updated all “INTEGER_NONNEGATIVE_5” to “INTEGER_NONNEGATIVE_8”