That headline is incorrect. I can’t speak for the entire SEC, especially with Congressional funding in jeopardy between now and then.
However, The IARD system is operating on March 31. If you have to file your Form ADV, it is due to be filed by March 31.
Back in 2013, March 31 fell on a Sunday and the IARD system did not work on the weekends back then. According to the calendar, the IARD system is now operating every day. So, for you procrastinators, you don’t get extra time over the weekend to finish your Form ADV.
If you are the listed contact, you should have received this email:
IARD Availability on March 31 for Form ADV Annual Updating Amendment Deadline
Please be advised that the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD) system will be open on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 8am-6pm Eastern Time. On that date,advisers will be able to submit filings, including amendments to Form ADV. If an adviser’s fiscal year ended on December 31, 2017, that adviser will be able to file its Form ADV Annual Updating Amendment on March 31, 2018, in order to meet the requirement to file within 90 days after the end of its fiscal year. If you have questions, please email IARDLIVE@sec.gov.
If you have not noticed, there have been some significant changes to Form ADV. See the Changes to Form ADV. It’s going to take some extra time to complete the filing this year.