The Securities and Exchange Commission's 2005 financial statements got a clean bill of health from the Government Accountability Office, after the SEC accelerated its financial reporting schedule to issue the documents.

While the SEC still must resolve three previously identified material weaknesses in its internal controls, Chairman Christopher Cox has said that those problems will be entirely eliminated during the current 2006 fiscal year. The problems involve securing the agency's computers and data, tracking the collection and disbursement of penalties, and putting in place better controls over the actual financial reporting process.

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