The SEC adopted rule amendments that, effective January 1, 2009, will make mandatory the electronic filing on EDGAR of applications for orders under any section of the Investment Company Act. Previously, only applications for deregistration were required to be filed electronically. Among other things, the rule amendments also eliminate the requirement that certain documents accompanying an application be notarized, as well as the requirement that applicants submit a draft notice as an exhibit to an application. In response to issues raised by commenters concerning applications submitted to the SEC’s staff in draft form, the adopting release reaffirms the staff’s policy that “the staff will not, except in the most extraordinary of situations, review draft applications.”