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Electronic Filing and the EDGAR System: A Regulatory Overview

SEC | July 3, 2003

Below is the complete text of an outline prepared by staff members of the SEC Divisions of Corporation Finance and Investment Management to aid electronic filers.

Compliance Week has also made available a downloadable PDF version of the outline, which can be found in the box in the right-hand column.


In early 1993, the Commission began to mandate electronic filings through its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, EDGAR. This system is intended to benefit electronic filers, enhance the speed and efficiency of SEC processing, and make corporate and financial information available to investors, the financial community and others in a matter of minutes. Electronic dissemination generates more informed investor participation and more informed securities markets. The Commission awarded a contract to TRW, Inc. (now Northrup Grumman), effective July 1, 1998, for the...

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