Conrad W. Hewitt, a former Big Four managing partner and commissioner of California's department of financial institutions and superintendent of banking for the state, is expected to be named the chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to published reports, SEC Chairman Christopher Cox will make the appointment official soon. The position has been open since last fall when Donald Nicolaisen, a former PwC partner, elected to return to the private sector. Scott Taub, the longest serving of the SEC's deputy chief accountants, has served as acting chief accountant since November.

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