New security procedures for HSR filers

These procedures have been changed as of May 1. Please see the new instructions for delivering HSR filings.

Do bike messengers read blogs about Hart-Scott-Rodino? Maybe not. But anyone who needs to file a HSR premerger notification form after April 25 should read on for information about how to deliver filings at the PNO’s new home on the fifth floor of the Constitution Center.

The PNO will continue to receive HSR filings at the current location through 5 p.m., Friday, April 25. Starting at 8:30 a.m. next Monday, April 28, the PNO will open for business at its new location. The address for the Constitution Center is 400 Seventh Street, SW, and it is located above the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, directly across from the headquarters for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (a Washington landmark known as a prime example of Brutalist architecture).  

Unlike the FTC headquarters building, Constitution Center has a number of other government tenants, and all visitors, including those with HSR filings, will be screened by building security before heading to FTC offices. Once in the FTC lobby, visitors will have to turn in an ID in exchange for a card to access the fifth floor and the Premerger Office window.

Here’s what you need to do to get to the PNO filing window on the fifth floor:

  • Enter the building through the main entrance on 7th Street, between D & E Street (the side of the building facing HUD).
  • Building security will process you and give you a visitor badge.
  • Once through security, head to the right and follow the signs to the FTC Lobby.
  • FTC security will require you to leave an ID in exchange for a temporary security card.
  • Take the elevator to the 5th floor and look for the sign for the PNO filing window. (Folks with a GPS-enabled device will know that the PNO filing window is south of the elevators—that’s for all you bike messengers.)
  • Scan your temporary security card on the card reader to get through the south doors. PNO staff will be at the filing window to accept your filing.
  • Return to the FTC security desk on the first floor to exchange the temporary security card for your ID.

Any questions should be directed to the Premerger Office at 202-326-3100, and the security staff at the FTC Headquarters building will have a map and filing directions for anyone who forgets that we have moved.  

With time, this process will be second nature — sort of like riding a bike.

The author’s views are his or her own, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commission or any Commissioner.

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