[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 147 (Wednesday, July 31, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 46256-46258]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-18395]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

17 CFR Part 232

[Release Nos. 33-9433, 34-70040, 39-2491, IC-30629]


Adoption of Updated EDGAR Filer Manual

AGENCY: Securities and Exchange Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Securities and Exchange Commission (the Commission) is 
adopting revisions to the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and 
Retrieval System (EDGAR) Filer Manual and related rules to reflect 
updates to the EDGAR system. The revisions are being made primarily to 
introduce the new EDGARLink Online submission form type SD (Specialized 
Disclosure Report) and SD/A; support minor updates to Form 13H. The 
EDGAR system is scheduled to be upgraded to support this functionality 
on July 22, 2013.

DATES: Effective July 31, 2013. The incorporation by reference of the 
EDGAR Filer Manual is approved by the Director of the Federal Register 
as of July 31, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: In the Division of Corporation 
Finance, for questions concerning submission form type SD and SD/A 
contact Heather Mackintosh at (202) 551-3600; in the Division of 
Trading and Markets for questions concerning Form 13H contact Richard 
Holley; and in the Office of Information Technology, contact Vanessa 
Anderson at (202) 551-8800.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are adopting an updated EDGAR Filer 
Manual, Volume II. The Filer Manual describes the technical formatting 
requirements for the preparation and submission of electronic filings 
through the EDGAR system.\1\ It also describes the requirements for 
filing using EDGARLink Online and the Online Forms/XML Web site.
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    \1\ We originally adopted the Filer Manual on April 1, 1993, 
with an effective date of April 26, 1993. Release No. 33-6986 (April 
1, 1993) [58 FR 18638]. We implemented the most recent update to the 
Filer Manual on May 14, 2013. See Release No. 33-9403 (May 21, 2013) 
[78 FR 29616].
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    The revisions to the Filer Manual reflect changes within Volume II 
entitled EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II: ``EDGAR Filing,'' Version 24 
(July 2013). The updated manual will be incorporated by reference into 
the Code of Federal Regulations.
    The Filer Manual contains all the technical specifications for 
filers to submit filings using the EDGAR system. Filers must comply 
with the applicable provisions of the Filer Manual in order to assure 
the timely acceptance and processing of filings made in electronic 
format.\2\ Filers may consult the Filer Manual in conjunction with our 
rules governing mandated electronic filing when preparing documents for 
electronic submission.\3\
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    \2\ See Rule 301 of Regulation S-T (17 CFR 232.301).
    \3\ See Release No. 33-9403 (May 21, 2013) [78 FR 29616] in 
which we implemented EDGAR Release 13.1. For additional history of 
Filer Manual rules, please see the cites therein.
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    The EDGAR system will be upgraded to Release 13.2 on July 22, 2013 
and will introduce the following changes: EDGAR will be updated to 
introduce submission form types, SD (Specialized Disclosure Report) and 
SD/A on EDGAR Filing Web site for filing disclosure under Exchange Act 
Sections 13(p) and the related rule regarding the use of conflict 
minerals. These submission form types will be available on the 
EDGARLink Online application. Filers may also construct submissions by 
following the `EDGARLink Online XML Technical Specification', available 
on the Commission's public Web site's ``Information for EDGAR Filers'' 
Web page.
    Form SD Item 1.02 (Conflict Minerals Report) will require issuers 
to provide the Conflict Minerals Report as Exhibit 1.02 in ASCII or 
HTML format. See Final Release No. 34-67716.
    EDGAR will be updated to allow Form 13H filers to use the 13H-A 
submission form type to satisfy both their annual and fourth quarter 
amendment filing requirements. Filers will be able to submit form type 
13H-A as their annual (13H-A) and fourth quarter amendment (13H-Q) 
submissions. Additionally, submission form types 13H, 13H-A and 13H-Q 
will be updated to increase the maximum number of characters accepted 
by Item 1(b) to 20,000 characters and increase the number of broker-
dealers that can be provided under Item 6 to 2000.
    Along with the adoption of the Filer Manual, we are amending Rule 
301 of Regulation S-T to provide for the incorporation by reference 
into the Code of Federal Regulations of today's revisions. This 
incorporation by reference was approved by the Director of the Federal 
Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR Part 51.
    You may obtain paper copies of the updated Filer Manual at the 
following address: Public Reference Room, U.S. Securities and Exchange 
Commission, 100 F Street NE., Room 1543, Washington, DC 20549, on 
official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We 
will post electronic format copies on the Commission's Web site; the 
address for the Filer Manual is http://www.sec.gov/info/edgar.shtml.
    Since the Filer Manual and the corresponding rule changes relate 
solely to agency procedures or practice, publication for notice and 
comment is not required under the Administrative Procedure Act 
(APA).\4\ It follows that the requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act \5\ do not apply.
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    \4\ 5 U.S.C. 553(b).
    \5\ 5 U.S.C. 601-612.
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    The effective date for the updated Filer Manual and the rule 
amendments is July 31, 2013. In accordance with the APA,\6\ we find 
that there is good cause to establish an effective date less than 30 
days after publication of these rules. The EDGAR system upgrade to 
Release 13.2 is scheduled to become available on July 22, 2013. The 
Commission believes that establishing an effective date less than 30 
days after publication of these rules is necessary to coordinate the 
effectiveness of the updated Filer Manual with the system upgrade.
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    \6\ 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3).
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Statutory Basis

    We are adopting the amendments to Regulation S-T under Sections 6, 
7, 8, 10, and 19(a) of the Securities Act of 1933,\7\ Sections 3, 12, 
13, 14, 15, 23, and 35A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,\8\ 
Section 319 of the Trust Indenture Act of 1939,\9\ and Sections 8, 30, 
31, and 38 of the Investment Company Act of 1940.\10\
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, and 77s(a).
    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78c, 78l, 78m, 78n, 78o, 78w, and 78ll.
    \9\ 15 U.S.C. 77sss.
    \10\ 15 U.S.C. 80a-8, 80a-29, 80a-30, and 80a-37.
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List of Subjects in 17 CFR Part 232

    Incorporation by reference, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Securities.

Text of the Amendment

    In accordance with the foregoing, Title 17, Chapter II of the Code 
of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

PART 232--REGULATION S-T--GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR 
ELECTRONIC FILINGS

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1. The authority citation for Part 232 continues to read in part as 
follows:

    Authority: 15 U.S.C. 77f, 77g, 77h, 77j, 77s(a), 77z-3, 
77sss(a), 78c(b), 78l, 78m, 78n, 78o(d), 78w(a), 78ll, 80a-6(c), 
80a-8, 80a-29, 80a-30, 80a-37, and 7201 et seq.; and 18 U.S.C. 1350.
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2. Section 232.301 is revised to read as follows:


Sec.  232.301  EDGAR Filer Manual.

    Filers must prepare electronic filings in the manner prescribed by 
the EDGAR Filer Manual, promulgated by the Commission, which sets out 
the technical formatting requirements for electronic submissions. The 
requirements for becoming an EDGAR Filer and updating company data are 
set forth in the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume I: ``General Information,'' 
Version 15 (May 2013). The requirements for filing on EDGAR are set 
forth in the updated EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume II: ``EDGAR Filing,'' 
Version 24 (July 2013). Additional provisions applicable to Form N-SAR 
filers are set forth in the EDGAR Filer Manual, Volume III: ``N-SAR 
Supplement,'' Version 2 (August 2011). All of these provisions have 
been incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations, 
which action was approved by the Director of the Federal Register in 
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR Part 51. You must comply with 
these requirements in order for documents to be timely received and 
accepted. You can obtain paper copies of the EDGAR Filer Manual from 
the following address: Public Reference Room, U.S. Securities and 
Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Room 1543, Washington, DC 20549, 
on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 
Electronic copies are available on the Commission's Web site. The

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address for the Filer Manual is http://www.sec.gov/info/edgar.shtml. 
You can also inspect the document at the National Archives and Records 
Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this 
material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    By the Commission.

    Dated: July 25, 2013.

Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2013-18395 Filed 7-30-13; 8:45 am]
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