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President George W. Bush designated Cynthia A. Glassman as acting SEC chairman until the Senate confirms a successor to William H. Donaldson, who stepped down in June. The president has nominated Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) to replace Donaldson.

The Financial Accounting Foundation named Keith L. Johnson, CPA, chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council for a two-year term. The council consults with GASB on technical issues, project priorities and other matters.

Michael G. Gaynor and Joseph D. McGrath began two-year terms as professional accounting fellows in the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant. Both were senior managers in public practice—Gaynor in KPMG’s New York office and McGrath in Ernst & Young’s Cleveland office. They will develop rule proposals under federal securities laws, communicate with professional accounting and auditing standard-setting bodies and consult with SEC-registered companies on accounting and reporting matters.

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