WASHINGTON — Due to ongoing budgetary uncertainties, the Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking to lead its municipal securities office with a director who does not report directly to SEC chairman Mary Schapiro, as was mandated by the financial reform law enacted last year.

In a job announcement posted last week on www.usajobs.com, the SEC launched a search for the office chief, a position vacant since the previous director, Martha Haines, retired in June. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the head of the SEC’s muni office is required to report directly to Schapiro.

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