WASHINGTON — Regulators need to strengthen oversight of mortgage servicers' foreclosure prevention steps required under an amended settlement struck last year, a watchdog agency said Tuesday.

The Government Accountability Office's report on how the regulators are monitoring progress by 15 top servicers to improve their processes had a decidedly softer tone than the watchdog agency's April 2013 audit ripping the independent foreclosure reviews by consultants hired to inspect loan files for errors.

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