SEC internal investigator leaves a month after raising staff retention issues

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  • Nicholas Padilla, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s acting inspector general, has left the agency after 38 years in federal service.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has lost its acting inspector general, a month after he raised problems with the agency's staff retention under Chair Gary Gensler.

Nicholas Padilla has left as inspector general, where he led investigations, Bloomberg Law reported. Though his page on the SEC's site has not been updated, representatives for the agency confirmed that he left in November. 

According to the SEC's representative, he had reached the statutory maximum of his service, which his page notes as entailing more than 38 years in various federal and military positions. Padilla could not be reached for comment. 

In October, Padilla reported to Gensler on the SEC's loss of staff. "The SEC seems to be facing challenges to its retention efforts," the report reads, noting in particular the pace of the SEC's rulemaking and lack of policy communication under Gensler as a source of strife. 

"His departure had absolutely nothing to do with any of the substantive work of the Office of the Inspector General," a representative for the SEC said. 

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