On March 3, the SEC proposed rules, as required under the Dodd-Frank Act, regarding the operation and governance of clearing agencies. Under the proposed rules, clearing agencies would be required to: (i) maintain standards with respect to risk management and operations; (ii) have adequate safeguards and procedures to protect the confidentiality of trading information; (iii) have procedures to identify and address conflicts of interest; (iv) require minimum governance standards for their boards of directors; (v) designate a chief compliance officer; and (vi) disseminate pricing and valuation information if they are a central counterparty for security-based swaps. The SEC also reopened the public comment period for rules proposed in October to mitigate conflicts of interest for security-based swap clearing agencies and execution facilities and national securities exchanges that post or make available for trading security-based swaps. Comments on the proposed rules must be submitted by April 29. SEC Release. SEC Proposed Rule. SEC Proposed October Rules.