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MSRB Seeks Public Input on Strategic Goals; EMMA website

Published on October 17, 2016 by Greg Zagorski
MSRB Seeks Public Input on Strategic Goals; EMMA website

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) filed a regulatory notice last week seeking public comment on how it should focus it regulatory and educational efforts in the coming years. MSRB filed the notice to collect input on its biennial strategic planning process, which is set to begin in January. MSRB is also seeking input on how it can improve its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website.

MSRB asks the public to comment on potential strategic goals for MSRB as well as how MSRB should prioritize its core, statutorily mandated activities. These core activities include regulating municipal securities dealers and municipal advisors; operating market transparency systems; and providing education and outreach to market participants. The notice includes several specific questions it suggests that commenters consider answering.

The notice also asks how EMMA® can be improved to meet the needs of municipal bond market participants. MSRB has previously indicated that it intends to establish focus groups of EMMA® users in the coming year to help identify ways the site can be improved. MSRB will accept comments on the notice until November 11.

NCSHA is considering whether to submit comments on behalf of all HFAs and their partners in the housing bond market. If you have any input you would like NCSHA to consider, please email Greg Zagorski by Friday, November 4.