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In an October 2013 speech that delved into CCO liability, SEC Chair Mary Jo White said, “(a)lthough we do occasionally bring enforcement actions against compliance personnel, compliance officers who perform their responsibilities diligently, in good faith, and in compliance with the law are our partners and need not fear enforcement action.”

With a continued focus on technology tools to filter data and detect illegal conduct in the markets, the SEC announced a record year for enforcement. In fiscal year 2016, it completed 868 total actions, an increase of almost 15 percent over just two years ago.