SEC accepting Professional Accounting Fellow applications

The program provides opportunities for public service and personal development.

The SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) is accepting applications for Professional Accounting Fellow (PAF) positions that will begin in the summer of 2020. The PAF program, which began in 1972, is designed to provide participating fellows with outstanding opportunities for public service and personal development.

During the fellowship's two-year term, the successful candidates may lead and participate in teams assigned to study and develop rule proposals under federal securities laws; liaise with accounting, auditing, and other professional standard-setting bodies; and consult with public companies and auditors on accounting, auditing, and reporting matters.

OCA is seeking candidates who can draw upon their experience in auditing the financial statements of, consulting with, or working for public companies as further described in its announcement at sec.gov.

Inquiries about the PAF program may be addressed to Sheena Lam (202-551-6592 or lamsh@sec.gov) or Jeffrey Nick (202-551-4467 or nickj@sec.gov) in the Office of the Chief Accountant.

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