On July 13, 2016, the SEC proposed amendments to eliminate redundant, overlapping, outdated or superseded provisions of its rules, in light of subsequent changes to public disclosure requirements, accounting standards and technology. The amendments, along with comments received on a release seeking information to simplify and improve disclosure requirements under Regulation S-K, are designed to further inform the Commission’s actions to enhance disclosure effectiveness and efficiency. The SEC is also seeking comment on certain disclosure requirements that overlap with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to determine whether to retain them or refer them to the Financial Accounting Standards Board for incorporation into GAAP. The proposed amendments are part of a broader staff review of the disclosure requirements that issuers are required to make to investors and the requirements of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) to eliminate provisions of Regulation S-K that are duplicative, overlapping, or unnecessary. There will be a 60-day comment period.
The SEC’s proposed amendments are available at: https://www.sec.gov/news/pressrelease/2016-141.html.