FEC Begins Sending Requests to PACs and Other Committees to Update Electronic Filing Passwords

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Ki P. Hong Charles M. Ricciardelli Matthew Bobys Melissa L. Miles Tyler Rosen Theodore R. Grodek

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has begun sending email communications to PACs and other committees to update their electronic filing passwords to comply with the FEC’s modernized electronic Password Assignment System.

Upon receipt of the email from the FEC, a committee has 30 days to update its password on the agency’s website. The new system requires a password to have two-factor authentication (via text, phone call or email). Failure to update the password within the time period could prevent the committee from filing timely reports with the FEC.

A committee does not need to wait for the notification from the FEC to update the password. However, the FEC is trying to keep the volume of changes at a manageable rate in the new Password Assignment System. Accordingly, if the password reset is being requested early and during a period of high volume, the requestor may receive an error message.

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