Technical Amendments to Rule 19b-4 and Form 19b-4 Applicable to All Self-Regulatory Organizations - Effective August 13, 2012.

In accordance with Section 763(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC is adopting rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act") to specify the process for a registered clearing agency's submission for review of any security-based swap, or any group, category, type or class of security-based swaps, that the clearing agency plans to accept for clearing, the manner of notice the clearing agency must provide to its members of such submission and the procedure by which the SEC may stay the requirement that a security-based swap is subject to mandatory clearing while the clearing of the security-based swap is reviewed. The SEC also is adopting a rule to specify that when a security-based swap is required to be cleared, the submission of the security-based swap for clearing must be for central clearing to a clearing agency that functions as a central counterparty. In addition, the SEC is adopting rules to define and describe when notices of proposed changes to rules, procedures or operations are required to be filed by designated financial market utilities in accordance with Section 806(e) of Title VIII of the Dodd-Frank Act and to set forth the process for filing such notices with the SEC. Finally, the SEC is adopting rules to make conforming changes as required by the amendments to Section 19(b) of the Exchange Act contained in Section 916 of the Dodd-Frank Act. 77 FR 41602.