Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

This Week in SEC History

July 30, 2002 - PCAOB created. Today in 2002 the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in the wake of corporate accounting scandals, went into operation. In Standing Up the PCAOB, members and auditors discuss the challenges of implementing a new regulatory regime.
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Recorded: March 12, 2024

Randall J. Fons, Oral History
with Dr. Kenneth Durr

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Randy Fons shares a unique perspective, having served in senior leadership positions at three regional SEC offices. Two of the regional offices at the time covered district offices that are now also regional offices.

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June 6, 2024

The 90th Anniversary of the SEC Celebration Program

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will commemorate the 90-year anniversary of the Securities Exchange Act and the creation of the SEC. The event will include panel discussions featuring former SEC chairs and experts on the SEC’s history.

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MAY 30, 2023

Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Mourns the Passing of Society Founder, Harvey L. Pitt



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Harvey L. Pitt at the SEC in 1970

June 13, 2024

“Ike” Hunt -
Hall of Honor

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The SEC Historical Society, in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary Leadership Series Celebration, announces the inaugural awardees for its Isaac C. Hunt Jr. Hall of Honor.

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February 15, 2024

The Evolution of “Materiality”

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The concept of “materiality” is the cornerstone of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s public company disclosure regime. It is a fundamental principle of the Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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What is the SEC Historical Society?

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W. Jay Clayton, Mary Jo White, Mary L. Schapiro, Pamela A. Gibbs, and Haima Marlier

SEC's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion: OMWI at 10 Years

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Securities Arbitration Clinics: Commemorating 25 Years of Law Students Aiding Investors

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Chairman's Roundtable Commemorating the SEC’s 85th Anniversary and 20th of the SEC Historical Society. Photo - Jay Clayton
Chairman's Roundtable, 2019. Photo - Jay Clayton
JUNE 12, 2023

Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Mourns the Loss of William H. Donaldson


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