Chairman Mary Schapiro of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) testified before the House Committee on Financial Services' Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-Sponsored Enterprises yesterday respecting the SEC's "role in helping to address the financial crisis" as well as the actions being taken "to improve investor protection and restore confidence" in financial markets. In her testimony, Ms. Schapiro provided an overview of the SEC's recent work and its accomplishments during her tenure at the Commission and outlined the steps the SEC is taking to address ongoing issues, including strengthening examination and oversight, improving transparency and investor protection, combating abusive short selling, enhancing the regulation of credit rating agencies and strengthening shareholder rights. Of interest, Ms. Schapiro noted that the SEC's most recent proposals regarding the regulation of short sales resulted in over 3,700 comment letters, which are currently being reviewed by SEC staff.