US regulator SEC to operate on partial basis due to federal shutdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on Thursday that it will partially operate with reduced staff during to the ongoing federal shutdown.

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The agency will maintain operations for its offices of enforcement and investor complaints. It will also maintain its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system for company disclosures.

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"Effective Thursday, Dec. 27 and until further notice, the agency will have a very limited number of staff members available," the regulator said in a statement posted on its website, adding that it will maintain essential staff to respond to emergency situations involving market integrity and investor protection, including law enforcement.

(Reporting by Katanga Johnson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)