7.13.2009 Lori Richards, Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), will leave the SEC staff. Ms. Richards has been the Director of OCIE since it was created by Chairman Arthur Levitt in May 1995. As its Director, Ms. Richards managed the SEC’s nationwide examination oversight programs for investment advisers, hedge fund managers, mutual funds, broker-dealers, clearing agencies, transfer agents, trading markets, self-regulatory organizations and credit rating agencies.

Ms. Richards created a risk assessment function and program in OCIE, and led efforts to enhance the surveillance and oversight of SEC-registered firms. To foster stronger compliance in the securities industry, under her leadership OCIE created the CCOutreach program and issued ComplianceAlerts and numerous public reports describing compliance practices in the securities industry.

OCIE Associate Director-Chief Counsel John Walsh will serve as Acting Director of OCIE when Ms. Richards steps down on August 7.

Click http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2009/2009-153.htm to access the SEC press release.