SEC Chairman’s Agenda Strains Resources, Internal Watchdog Finds – WSJ

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s fast-paced rule-making agenda under Chairman Gary Gensler has stretched staff resources, and some officials worry it could increase the risk of lawsuits, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a recent report.

In meetings with the SEC’s inspector general, managers at the agency expressed concerns about short deadlines for staff to draft proposed rules and for public stakeholders to submit comments on them, according to the Oct. 13 report. Mr. Gensler’s rule-making teams have borrowed staff from across the agency, making it difficult to complete other parts of the SEC’s mission, managers reported.

While no one identified concrete errors in rule proposals, some managers told the inspector general that “the more aggressive agenda…potentially limits the time available for staff research and analysis, and increases litigation risk.”

Source: SEC Chairman’s Agenda Strains Resources, Internal Watchdog Finds – WSJ