Securities and Exchange Commission Chief Accountant Conrad Hewitt intends to leave the agency in January.

Hewitt has served at the SEC for two-and-a-half years and has been closely involved in efforts to set up a roadmap for the transition to International Financial Reporting Standards. When he joined the agency, succeeding Don Nicolaisen, he led efforts to issue guidance for complying with the Section 404 internal control requirements for Sarbanes-Oxley. He also worked to improve the auditor requirements under Sarbanes-Oxley, which led to the SEC's approval of a new risk-based auditing standard, AS5.

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