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Compliance Rules

[Effective date of amendments: March 18, 1994.]

(a) Duties.

There is hereby established a Department of Compliance (hereinafter "Compliance Department"), under the direction and control of a Director of Compliance (hereinafter "Compliance Director"), which shall conduct audits and examinations, and shall investigate violations of NFA requirements, prepare reports and conduct prosecutions, as provided in this Part. The Compliance Department shall commence investigations at the direction of the Commission; upon the discovery or receipt of information by NFA (such as complaints from customers or Members) that, in the Compliance Director's opinion, indicates a possible basis for finding that a violation has occurred; on the Compliance Director's own initiative. The Compliance Director shall have the authority to compel testimony, subpoena documents and require statements under oath from any Member, Associate or person connected therewith.

(b) Prohibitions.

Neither the Compliance Director nor any employee or agent of the Compliance Department (including persons hired on a contract basis to perform compliance duties) may be a Member or Associate or have any connection, direct or indirect, with a Member or Associate, except as approved by the President. Except with the President's approval, the Compliance Director and any employee of the Compliance Department shall not trade, directly or indirectly, any commodity interest. A commodity interest shall be defined as any commodity futures or commodity option contract traded on or subject to the rules of a contract market or linked exchange, or cash commodities traded on or subject to the rules of a board of trade which has been designated as a contract market.

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