DoL, SEC Ink Information Sharing Pact

July 29, 2008 ( - The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Tuesday announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding pledging to continue sharing information about retirement plan investments.

A joint news release said the agreement between the agencies sets out an information-sharing process between the DoL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and SEC staff to meet regularly to discuss areas relating to retirement plan investing that come under each agency’s jurisdiction. The DoL has oversight over 401(k) and other retirement plans as well as plan participants, while the SEC oversees, among other areas, brokerages, investment advisers, and mutual funds.  

According to the announcement, the joint DoL-SEC conferences will touch on:

  • examination findings and trends,
  • enforcement cases, and
  • regulatory requirements that impact the missions of both agencies.     

Both agencies will designate points of contact in their regional offices to facilitate communications.  The agreement will expedite the sharing of non-public information regarding investment advisers and other subjects of mutual interest between the two agencies. 

According to the announcement, the DoL and SEC will cross-train staff with the goal of enhancing each agency’s understanding of the other’s mission and investigative jurisdiction.

The memorandum of understanding is available  here .