May 2016

Regulatory & Legislative News


XBRL International News

Regulatory & Legislative News
SEC Chair White Comments on Crowdfunding Challenges at IOSCO, Lima Peru, May 11, 2016

SEC Chair Mary Jo White spoke on the importance of capital raising programs for small businesses including two recent rulings that came out of the JOBS Act, Regulation A+ and Crowdfunding.

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SEC Publishes Small Entity Compliance Guide for Issuers, May 13, 2016

The Guide for Issuers clarifies requirements under Regulation Crowdfunding, which came out of Title III of the JOBS Act. Under Regulation Crowdfunding, eligible companies are exempt from registration for certain crowdfunding activities. The ruling became effective on May 16, 2016.

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SEC Commissioner Stein Speech on Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative

In a speech at the 48th Annual Rocky Mountain Securities Conference in Denver, CO, SEC Commissioner Kara Stein discussed the SEC’s Disclosure Effectiveness Initiative and the importance of information delivery. During her talk, Commissioner Stein proposed the creation of a Digital Disclosure Task Force focused on what disclosure should look like in the Digital Age.

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U.S. Treasury Publishes Data Act Schema, April 29, 2016

As part of the DATA Act implementation, Treasury issued four draft versions of the DATA Act Information Model Schema (DAIMS) v1.0 that was finalized on April 29, 2016. The DAIMS v1.0 has been revised over the past year based on hundreds of comments provided by the public and federal agencies. The DATA Act DAIMS is now published on the XBRL US web site.

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The Concept Release requests comments from the marketplace on modernizing certain business and financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. Comments are due on July 21, 2016. XBRL US plans to submit a comment letter and encourages members and other interested parties to do the same.

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SEC Filers Reduce Errors 64% Reports XBRL US Data Quality Committee

A study conducted by the XBRL US Data Quality Committee found that, by using its first set of validation rules, filers reduced the number of errors in their filings for the data covered by those rules by 64 percent in the first quarter of 2016 as compared to the first quarter of 2015. Large accelerated filers had a 70 percent decrease in the number of errors, while smaller companies had a 60 percent decrease.

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XBRL US Publishes WIP Taxonomy and Business Case on Automating Data Collection in Surety Underwriting

The Proposed Recommendation Release of the Work-in-Process (WIP) Taxonomy was published along with a white paper outlining the business case for standards in the surety underwriting process: Data Standards in Surety Underwriting.

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FinTech Webinar: The Landscape for Blockchain Technology, June 8 at 3PM ET

Campbell Pryde, President and CEO, XBRL US will provide insights into the building blocks of the blockchain covering key players, applications and offerings in financial services. This 50 minute webinar is free.


Speakers from the SEC and FINRA, plus Crowdfunding Experts Confirmed for FinTech Forum: Crowdfunding & Data Standards

The program will be held in New York City on June 28 with content covering the fundamentals of crowdfunding, crowdfunding using blockchain technology, regulations and their implementation for small business capital formation and funding portals. Other speakers confirmed from Bankroll LLC, Computershare, Crowdnetics, FundAmerica, KPMG and Markit. Attendance is free but registration is required.

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Marcum LLP Joins Surety WIP Working Group

Marcum LLP, one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services, recently joined the XBRL US Surety WIP working group to lend its expertise to the development of standards to be used to collect data in the surety underwriting process.

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Upcoming Data Quality Committee Meeting – Register to Attend, June 29 at 3PM ET

At this meeting, industry leaders will participate in discussions and plans for developing guidance and rules for use by public companies complying with the XBRL requirements of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. All are invited to attend this upcoming meeting as online observers.

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News from Members and XBRL International
XBRL International Conference Data Amplified 2016, to be held November 8-10, Singapore

XII will host Data Amplified 2016, a conference for regulators, financial professionals, accountants and others to learn about new technologies and processes that are profoundly impacting how business information is reported and used.

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Merrill’s Lou Rohman Interviewed in Accounting Today on Data Quality

Lou Rohman, vice president of XBRL services at Merrill Corporation and Vice Chair of XBRL US’ Data Quality Committee, recommends that financial statement preparers take a closer look at the guidance being issued by his committee. Documents on the committee’s website provide guidance and validation rules that should be used for the filings.

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Altova Introduces Work in Process XBRL Add-In for Excel

The Altova Work in Process (WIP) XBRL add-in for Excel was designed to help contractors and CPA firms create WIP reports for sureties in a valid XBRL format by entering the information into a spreadsheet in Excel.

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