The AA-minus risk-to-the-government, subordinated debt, and preferred stock ratings on Fannie Mae have been affirmed by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and removed from CreditWatch.The outlook is negative. "The rating action reflects Fannie Mae's progress in its accounting restatement process and the build-up of a stronger capital position," S&P said. The rating agency said Fannie has maintained a mandated 30% capital surplus above its regulatory minimum capital for four consecutive quarters, chiefly through management of balance sheet growth and lower returns to shareholders. S&P noted that Fannie Mae has now filed its 2004 annual report, including restatements, with the Securities and Exchange Commission and has made "extensive changes" in its senior management and board over the past two years. Fannie Mae's recent SEC filing is a "significant milestone," S&P said, but added that "we continue to view the pervasiveness of the deficiencies discovered in its internal controls over financial reporting as a concern" and noted that Fannie's 2005 and 2006 quarterly financial statements remain outstanding. S&P can be found online at http://www.standardandpoors.com.

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