Securities and Exchange Commissioner Paul Atkins said he plans to leave the SEC at the end of his term, the latest in a string of departures for the commission.

Atkins (pictured) has been in office for six years and has emphasized investor education and increased enforcement efforts. He was instrumental in the creation of the SEC's Microcap Fraud Working Group and advocated repeal of Auditing Standard No. 2, which has since been replaced by Auditing Standard No. 5.

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