Securities and Exchange Commission chief accountant Donald Nicolaisen told lawmakers that the regulator is conducting a top-down examination of mortgage-financing concern Fannie Mae. In prepared remarks before a House subcommittee, Nicolaisen said that, although he could not discuss the ongoing investigation, the SEC staff is "thoroughly" investigating accounting practices at the company. In December, the SEC determined that Fannie Mae's accounting practices didn't comply with generally accepted accounting principles, and told the company to restate its financials for the years 2001 through 2004. As a result, company's chief executive and chief financial officer have departed.

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