A number of governance reform measures have been proposed or adopted by several constituents, including Congress, the SEC, and the U.S. stock exchanges. This page contains the latest information on these recent reforms.

SEC Activity

Latest News

December 18, 2014 - On December 18, 2014, the SEC approved the issuance of proposed amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting as mandated by the JOBS Act. Read more here.

October 21, 2014 - The SEC approved the PCAOB’s new auditing standards that expand audit procedures required to be performed with respect to related party transactions, significant unusual transactions, and a company’s financial relationships and transactions with its executive officers (including executive compensation). The  new and amended standards will become effective for audits of financial statements for fiscal years beginning on and after December 15, 2014. Read more here.

September 22, 2014 - SEC announced an award of more than $30 million to a whistleblower which is the largest award made by the SEC's whistleblower program to date. Read more here.

June 30, 2014 - The Division of Investment Management provided guidance about investment advisers’ responsibilities in voting client proxies and retaining proxy advisory firms.  Read more here.

June 23, 2014 - SEC Chair Mary Jo White spoke about the role of directors as critical gatekeepers in ensuring and increasing investor confidence. Read more here.

June 3, 2014 - SEC Awards $875,000 to Two Whistleblowers Who Aided Agency Investigation

May 2, 2014 - SEC Issues Partial Stay of Conflict Minerals Rules

April 15, 2014 - Two Years After the JOBS Act

April 11, 2014 - SEC issues additional guidance on conflict minerals. Related information can be found through this Heads Up.

February 14, 2014 - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it will host a roundtable in March to discuss cybersecurity and the issues and challenges it raises for market participants and public companies, and how they are addressing those concerns. Read more here.

Read more about the Highlights of the SEC's Cybersecurity Roundtable

April 10, 2013 -
The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that Mary Jo White was sworn in as the 31st Chair of the SEC.

April 2, 2013 - The SEC has issued a report that makes clear that companies can use social media outlets to announce key information in compliance with Regulation Fair Disclosure (Regulation FD) so long as investors have been alerted about which social media will be used to disseminate such information.


SEC Speaks

March 20, 2014 - Highlights of the "SEC Speaks in 2014" Conference

February 21, 2014 - An Open Letter to the SEC Staff

February 21, 2014 - Remarks at the “SEC Speaks” Conference

February 21, 2014 - Chairman’s Address at SEC Speaks 2014

SEC Speeches

July 11, 2013 - Remarks at Society of Corporate Secretaries  & Governance Professionals by SEC Commissioner on reliance on Proxy Advisory Firms.

SEC Comment letter

Deloitte’s SEC Comment Letter series includes extracts of frequently issued SEC staff comments, analysis, and links to resources that are relevant to SEC filers.

December 2013 - This SEC Comment Letter includes extracts of frequently issued SEC staff comments, additional analysis, and links to resources that are relevant to SEC filers.

Legislative Developments

Significant Reform Activity

  • April 05, 2012 – President Obama signs the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 into law. Read its full text.

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Stock Exchanges Involvement

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