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SEC's Piwowar: 'If Every Rule is a Priority, Then No Rule is a Priority'

Bruce Carton | October 16, 2014
Last year at Securities Enforcement Forum 2013 in Washington, D.C., SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced her goal for SEC enforcement to be--or at least appear to be--"everywhere." She compared her enforcement approach to the “Broken Windows” strategy that was employed in the 1990s by then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, under which the NYPD pursued all infractions, no matter how small, to avoid an environment of disorder and to send a message of law and order. She explained that the Enforcement Division would pursue all types of wrongdoing for an agency that "covers the entire neighborhood and pursues every level of violation."

Almost exactly one year later at Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, SEC...

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