The heads of both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) went before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services on Wednesday, April 28, to justify their need for, and explain the use of, the double-digit budget increases that President Obama is seeking for each agency for the next fiscal year.
The President is requesting a total of $1.258 billion for the SEC in FY 2011, a 12% increase over the FY 2010 funding level. If enacted, SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said this would permit the SEC “to hire an additional 374 professionals, a 10% increase over FY 2010. That would bring the total number of staff to about 4,200. The request also will permit us to continue expanding our investments in surveillance, risk analysis, and other technology, as well as in better training for SEC staff.”