Intensifying its year-2000 focus, the Securities and Exchange Commission plans to require investment management companies to inform the agency of their compliance plans, a senior official said Monday.

Within 60 days the SEC will ask for progress reports on year-2000 technology issues as of a particular date, Barry P. Barbash, director of the SEC's investment management division, told a mutual fund industry conference. He called the rule an analog to a recent SEC letter urging investment managers to address year-2000 concerns.

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