MSRB Information Notice 2021-01 Designation Information Regarding Mandatory Participation in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Testing
Annually, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) publishes a notice establishing the criteria for designating participants for its mandatory business continuity and disaster recovery testing consistent with Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity (Regulation SCI), which was adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The SEC requires the MSRB, as an entity subject to Regulation SCI, to, among other things, require certain brokers, dealers, municipal securities dealers and municipal advisors registered with the MSRB (collectively, “MSRB Registrants”) to participate in the testing of the operation of the MSRB’s business continuity and disaster recovery plans (BC/DR Plans), in the manner and frequency specified by the MSRB, provided that such frequency shall not be less than once every 12 months. To facilitate this Regulation SCI requirement, the MSRB adopted MSRB Rule A-18, on mandatory participation in business continuity and disaster recovery testing, on November 2, 2015.
FINRA is issuing this Notice to help firms review, reconcile and respond to their Final Statements in E-Bill, as well as view the reports that are currently available in CRD/IARD for the annual registration renewal process. The payment deadline is January 22, 2021.
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