Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer, chair of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus, has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify how it gathers information from cryptocurrency-linked companies, while also putting an end to time-wasting practices such as asking multiple times for the same information.
My office has received numerous tips from crypto and blockchain firms that SEC Chair @GaryGensler’s information reporting “requests” to the crypto community are overburdensome, don’t feel particularly… voluntary… and are stifling innovation.
Currently, the SEC sends out two forms—Form 2866, which asks for company details, and Form 1662 which lays out penalties for withholding said details—which Emmer and several colleagues who co-signed his letter have called into question. Basically, those forms ask for much of the same info.
Citing the Paperwork Reduction Act, Emmer wrote that “in seeking information from the American public, federal agencies must be good stewards of the public’s time, and not overwhelm them with unnecessary or duplicative requests for information.”