The Securities and Exchange Commission will convene March 3 to consider approval of the 2005 budget for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The oversight body has proposed a 2005 budget of $137.1 million, a figure roughly 10 percent below its initial 2005 request of $152.5 million. The regulator trimmed its initial budget request after it fell behind on its anticipated hiring volume for the coming year. The board said that the $15 million reduction reflected the subsequent reductions in salary, benefits and payroll tax expenses. In addition to okaying the accounting oversight board's 2005 budget, the commission is also expected to discuss issues related to mutual fund redemption fees and credit rating agencies.

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