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Nov 23
2010

Auditor changes up 33 percent in 2010

Posted by Stephen Taub in PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Grant ThorntonGlass LewisErnst & YoungDeloitte & TouchecomplianceBDO USAauditors

Stephen Taub

Companies are switching auditors at a more rapid clip these days.

According to Glass Lewis, 61 companies changed auditors in the first three quarters of 2010, 33 percent more than in the same period last year.

Aug 27
2010

Upscale California county scrapping Deloitte-installed SAP system

Posted by Going Concern in SAPERPDeloittebiztechBig FourBig 4auditorsauditingaudit feesaudit

Going Concern

Submitted by Caleb Newquist, republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

Aug 18
2010

American Apparel coming apart at the seams?

Posted by Going Concern in SEC filings, financial statementsfinancial reportingDeloittecomplianceauditorsauditingauditAccounting

Going Concern

Submitted by Caleb Newquist, republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

American Apparel's downward spiral continues as Bloomberg reports that the company has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney for the SDNY over the company's "change in accounting firms."

Aug 12
2010

Reining in the PCAOB

Posted by Going Concern in Securities and Exchange CommissionSarbanes-OxleyPublic Company Accounting Oversight BoardPCAOBCPAscomplianceBig FourBig 4auditorsauditingauditAccounting

Going Concern

Submitted by Caleb Newquist, republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

The PCAOB has had a pretty good run of late. It all started with the SCOTUS handing them a loss that was really a win and the Board has, most recently, gotten ambitious with new risk assessment standards. What's more is the call of acting Chair Dan Goelzer to have the Board's enforcement inspections held publicly so audit firms can't get all mysterio about what they did and did not do to warrant said inspection.

Jul 06
2010

GAO to audit GASB

Posted by Going Concern in RegulationGAAPCongresscomplianceauditorsauditingaccrual methodAccountingaccountants

Going Concern

Submitted by Adrienne Gonzalez, republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

If we still care about financial reform, we should especially care about proposed changes to the Government Accounting Standards Board because, let's face it, government accounting could really use a helping hand. Were government pensions forced to use the same reporting rules as every other pension, a $3 trillion hole would open up and we would see immediately that rules in desperate need of repair have remained broken because the current system allows the truth to be buried in the footnotes.

Jun 30
2010

Bad governance at root of crisis

Posted by Ron F in RiskRegulationfinancial reformfinancial market reformfinancial crisisexecutive compensationderivativescorporate culturecompliancecompensationBanksbanking industryBankingbank failuresauditorsAccounting

Ron F

Anyone counting on regulation alone to prevent the world from falling into another financial black hole will be sorely disappointed, a group of experts warned in an article published yesterday by the International Federation of Accountants.

The experts say that all key parties to the financial disaster--from regulators to managers and investors--share the blame and that tighter regulation alone can therefore go only so far to prevent another crisis from materializing. 

Jun 30
2010

Bad governance at root of crisis

Posted by Ron F in RiskRegulationfinancial reformfinancial market reformfinancial crisisexecutive compensationderivativescorporate culturecompliancecompensationBanksbanking industryBankingbank failuresauditorsAccounting

Ron F

Anyone counting on regulation alone to prevent the world from falling into another financial black hole will be sorely disappointed, a group of experts warned in an article published yesterday by the International Federation of Accountants.

The experts say that all key parties to the financial disaster--from regulators to managers and investors--share the blame and that tighter regulation alone can therefore go only so far to prevent another crisis from materializing. 

Jun 30
2010

Auditors may have missed Overstock accounting issue

Posted by Going Concern in PricewaterhouseCoopersOverstock.comGrant ThorntonGAAPcomplianceauditorsauditingAccounting

Going Concern

Submitted by Caleb Newquist,  republished from Going Concern, Accounting News for Accountants and CFOs.

Yesterday we briefly picked up the Overstock beat as Sam Antar pointed out that everyone's favorite Salt Lake City resident got a little confused about when they knew their gain contingency existed that resulted in some contradictory disclosures.

Jun 29
2010

Court decision undermines PCAOB's independence

Posted by Ron F in Supreme CourtSecurities and Exchange CommissionSection 404Sarbanes-OxleyPublic Company Accounting Oversight BoardPCAOBFASBcomplianceauditorsauditingAccountingaccountants

Ron F

We're not quite as sure as others are that yesterday's Supreme Court decision regarding SarbOx is so utterly meaningless regarding the future of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Sure, the court said the law is still fully in effect, blah, blah, blah.

Jun 28
2010

Internal auditors must surpass Sarbanes-Oxley

Posted by dbedell in Sarbanes-OxleyRiskinternal controlsinternal auditcomplianceauditors

dbedell

Since the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation first came into effect seven years ago, much has changed in the US corporate landscape. At first, the new laws appeared onerous—time consuming and perhaps just a little bit of overkill. Since then, the global financial crisis occurred—putting much greater focus on internal audit, control and corporate accountability.

That focus was pushed from within companies themselves, not just from regulators or legislators, which may be why companies are coming to appreciate the benefits of Sarbanes-Oxley—at least according to a survey by global risk and business consultants Protiviti. In fact, companies report that Sarbanes-Oxley does not go far enough in having companies assess and audit risk.

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