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December 6, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

Court to Consider Secret Regulation of Wall Street



FINRA The public has a right to know how the government polices the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an industry-funded self-regulatory group, according to an amicus brief filed this week by POGO and its allies.

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Topics: Financial Sector

November 27, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Delays Revolving Door Restriction



Revolving Door Months ago, bowing to concern about regulators who leave government and then work their former colleagues on behalf of industry, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was tightening restrictions on the revolving door. But a notice published in Monday’s edition of the Federal Register said that the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was withdrawing the new rule at “the request of the SEC” so that the agency could have more time to “effectively educate affected employees before the exemption revocation takes effect.”

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Topics: Financial Sector

October 8, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

SEC Issues $14 Million Whistleblower Reward



whistleblowers2 An unidentified tipster has received a $14 million federal reward for aiding an “enforcement action that recovered substantial investor funds,” according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announcement last week.

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Topics: Whistleblower Protections, Financial Sector

September 26, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

SEC Recusals Highlight Revolving Door Dangers



Revolving Door Prior work of SEC Commissioners creates conflicts of interest in settlement deals, confirming concerns about the revolving door system.

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Topics: Financial Sector

September 20, 2013

By Jamie Neikrie

SEC Continues Fight Over ‘No Admit No Deny’ Policy



SEC Seal The Securities and Exchange Commission continues to implement and debate its policy that allows companies to avoid admission of guilt, despite announcements that seemed to signal a potential shift.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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