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MSRB HOLDS FIRST QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING OF FY 2020
Washington, DC - The Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) met on October 23-24, 2019 for its first in-person meeting of Fiscal Year 2020. The Board’s standing committees and special committees met to set their priorities for the year and begin work, and the full Board discussed regulatory coordination and the organization’s cloud migration, among other topics.
“Much of the Board’s important oversight work and strategic thinking happens at the committee level,” said Board Chair Ed Sisk. “With two special committees leading the MSRB’s governance review and CEO search, and the creation of our new standing committee on stakeholder engagement, I look forward to an especially productive year.”
The Board’s CEO Search Special Committee interviewed executive search firms to facilitate the broad-based nationwide search for a new president and CEO. The Governance Review Special Committee discussed priority areas for its wide-ranging review of MSRB governance practices, including the size of the Board and selection of public and regulated members, which are established under MSRB Rule A-3.
The Board approved acting on the recommendation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee that the MSRB coordinate with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on further analysis of a practice in the corporate and municipal bond auction process referred to as “pennying.”
“The MSRB seeks to coordinate with FINRA on any matters that cut across the corporate and municipal bond markets to ensure our regulatory approaches are harmonized to the extent possible,” Sisk said.
The Board also directed staff to analyze the potential regulatory and market impacts of the SEC’s proposed order to grant conditional exemptive relief, which would, if granted by the SEC, permit municipal advisors to engage in certain limited activities in connection with the direct placement of municipal securities without registering as a broker.
As previously announced, the MSRB plans to coordinate closely with the SEC and FINRA to consider the impact of SEC Regulation Best Interest on MSRB rules.
The Board received an update on the enterprise-scale migration of MSRB market transparency systems and data to the cloud.
“The Technology Committee and the full Board will closely monitor the MSRB’s journey to the cloud,” Sisk said. “We are committing the largest investment of resources since the launch of our Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website to enhance the long-term reliability, data quality and security of our market transparency systems.”