The Independent Directors Council, an offshoot of the Investment Company Institute, will issue a report next week on how mutual fund boards should conduct annual self-reviews, Dow Jones reports. The SEC is requiring fund boards to conduct these annual checkups starting in 2006. Some in the industry have said the SEC has not provided many details on how funds should comply other than that they should look at whether they oversee too many funds and have effective committees. "What's awkward about this is that the SEC has mandated [it] but doesn't give any clear direction," commented Geoff Bobroff, an industry consultant.

However, Michael Rosella, a partner with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, said his firm has advised fund boards on how to keep complete records on their deliberations and actions taken.

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