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Technical Notice

OTC Reporting Facility (ORF) User Acceptance Testing

November 11, 2022

As part of its Transparency Services improvement initiatives, on December 5, 2022, FINRA will re-platform the OTC Reporting Facility (ORF) to a new Linux-based operating system. These changes will include Trade Data Dissemination Service (TDDS) protocol changes, and ORF will begin supporting timestamps up to nanosecond granularity (HH:MM:SS.sssssssss) in accordance with amendments to FINRA’s equity trade reporting rules.

A final ORF (and TDDS) production User Acceptance Test (UAT) will occur on Saturday, November 19, 2022. FINRA strongly recommends firms reporting to the ORF and clients consuming TDDS data participate in this final production testing opportunity.

Firms should notify FINRA Market Operations of their intent to participate in the UAT via an email to FINRA Operations. Please include the firm name, MPID(s) used, names of testers and web usernames, if applicable, no later than noon on Thursday, November 17, 2022, to register for the test.

The UAT will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. ET and end at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. The trade execution date for the test will be November 19, 2022. Please note that during this test FINRA’s Participant Data Management (PDM) system will be unavailable.

A conference line will be open for the duration of the test. Due to a limited number of lines, firms should consider sharing the line if calling from the same location.

Function Link Notes
TRAQS Production Environment   
FIX Production Environment N/A Users must connect to their dedicated FIX production ports
TDDS 2.1 Production Addresses N/A Users must connect to the production TDDS 2.1 network addresses

Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Dial-in: (800) 519-4276
Passcode: 8584438

Send questions regarding this notice to FINRA Product Management or call (866) 899-2107.