An imminent departure from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is expected to leave its top policymaking position in derivatives vacant until after the November election.

No names have surfaced as possible successors to Douglas Harris, deputy comptroller for capital markets. But observers say the agency probably will seek someone with private-sector credentials, as Mr. Harris has. Before joining the OCC he was in charge of futures operations at J.P. Morgan & Co.

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