About the Office

The Office of the Secretary schedules Commission meetings, administers the Commission's seriatim — the process by which the Commission takes collective action without convening a meeting of the Commissioners — and duty-officer process, and prepares and maintains records of Commission actions. The Office reviews all SEC documents submitted to and approved by the Commission. These include rulemaking releases, SEC enforcement orders and litigation releases, SRO rulemaking notices and orders, as well as other actions taken by SEC staff pursuant to delegated authority. The Office also provides advice to the Commission and the staff on questions of practice and procedure. In addition, it receives and tracks documents filed in administrative proceedings, requests for confidential treatment, and comment letters on rule proposals. The Office is responsible for publishing official documents and releases of Commission actions in the Federal Register and the SEC Docket, and it posts them on the SEC Internet website, www.sec.gov. The Office acts as publisher for the SEC public website related to official Commission actions, such as releases, notices, orders and other matters. The Office also monitors compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act.

Brent Fields PhotoVanessa Countryman, Acting Director, Office of the Secretary

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