On February 17th, FINRA announced that it will ask the SEC for authority to expand significantly the amount of information that FINRA makes available to the public on current and former securities brokers through the BrokerCheck service. The proposed expansion would increase the number of customer complaints reported publicly; extend the public disclosure period for the full record of a broker who leaves the industry from two years to 10 years; and make certain information about former brokers available permanently, such as criminal convictions and certain civil and arbitral judgments. FINRA Press Release.