WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission has hired two attorney-fellows to double the staff in its office of municipal securities, but efforts to comply with a congressional mandate to heighten the office’s stature so it directly reports to the chairman is being stymied by short-term budget stopgaps, sources said.

The budget problems stem from a series of continuing resolutions that have extended prior-year budget authorizations but do not explicitly allow the SEC to fulfill its mandates under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was enacted in July.

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