Post Chronicle – The SEC’s inability to uncover the scandal until Madoff’s sons went to authorities last week comes at a particularly bad time for the SEC and its Chairman, Christopher Cox. They have already been accused by some lawmakers and market experts of being asleep at the wheel while the credit crisis exploded on Wall Street.
The agency’s future existence as a separate agency is already under threat as Washington looks at overhauling the regulation of the financial services industry.
"This will be profoundly embarrassing for the SEC," said Columbia University law school professor John Coffee, who has been critical of the agency for failing to properly regulate the failed investments banks. "Congress will predictably give them little mercy."