A GAO report ( ) on the use of purchase cards at the Education, Navy, Agriculture, Interior and Transportation departments reveals internal control weaknesses permitted thousands of unauthorized or questionable transactions between 1998 and 2001, involving potentially millions of dollars in waste and abuse. The watchdog agency discovered failures to follow purchasing guidelines, inadequate card-usage training and oversight and, at some agencies, outright fraud. To prevent further losses, the GAO recommends improved management scrutiny of purchase-card transactions (in fiscal year 2001, 400,000 employees from about 60 federal agencies spent nearly $14 billion) and increased training for participating employees.


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.