Corp Fin has issued an announcement regarding Corp Fin’s operating status, in light of the impact of the coronavirus. Not to worry—Corp Fin is still open and operating, but many Corp Fin staff members are “teleworking.” (Apparently, according to the WSJ, an employee at the SEC was “referred for novel coronavirus testing.”) Nonetheless, Corp Fin continues “to conduct normal business functions,” including reviewing filings and accelerating registration statements under normal time frames—at least that’s the plan.
The announcement advises the public to continue submitting filings on EDGAR and submitting questions through the online form system; requests for no-action, interpretive, or exemptive letters using this online form; and requests for interpretation or waiver of financial statements to DCAOLetters@sec.gov. For those unsure of the right office to contact, this guidance provides contact information. For those requiring general assistance, unable to contact a member of Corp Fin staff about a pending matter, the request for assistance and contact information should be submitted to CFEmergency@sec.gov. Finally, the announcement requests members of the public engaged with the staff on a matter to keep the staff aware of any changes in their own schedules (working at home, for example).