Commissioner Paul R. Carey’s death leaves the SEC three members short of its full complement, but it still can conduct business. The two remaining commissioners, Laura S. Unger and Isaac C. Hunt, Jr., constitute a quorum ( ; ).

The Social Security Administration addresses women’s benefits issues in a new segment of its Web site, and enables wage-earners’ spouses to apply online for retirement benefits ( ; ).

The Health Care Financing Administration, which manages funding for Medicare and the federal share of Medicaid, takes a new name—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—and aims to improve its responsiveness to beneficiaries and health-care providers ( ).


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.