The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Wednesday that it has taken action on 35 of the 51 recommendations made in the Dispute Resolution Task Force’s final report, and the self-regulator is “diligently responding to the remaining recommendations,” according to FINRA chief Robert Cook.
FINRA released an interim status report in October 2016 and Wednesday’s report sets forth further progress made to date – with 16 recommendations pending. The task force concluded after the final report was submitted.
FINRA says that it has discussed all of the task force recommendations with the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee (NAMC), FINRA’s Standing Board Advisory Committee.
“We are very pleased to report that we have already implemented many of the task force’s recommendations, and we are diligently responding to the remaining recommendations,” said Cook, FINRA’s president and CEO. “Many of the recommendations we are putting in place are meaningful changes that will position the forum to better serve all parties involved. The NAMC and FINRA staff are doing an effective job of comprehensively reviewing and promptly taking action on the recommendations.”
Many of the recommendations, particularly those involving forum transparency, arbitrator recruitment and training, and case administration processes did not require rulemaking and were implemented in 2016, FINRA said.
“It’s progress,” said Joe Borg, director of the Alabama Securities Commission, who was a member of the task force. The recommendations go directly to NAMC, Borg said, “so its a multi-step process. And when a rule is required then it must be approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission.”