WASHINGTON - Groups representing bond analysts and issuers have asked the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board for financial assistance in establishing a three-part program to help issuers improve secondary market disclosure.

The plan, announced yesterday by the Government Finance Officers Association and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, calls for development of a disclosure handbook and a training program. It also calls for a related marketing program to make issuers aware of the handbook and the MSRB's pilot continuing disclosure system.

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