The GAO releases the results of a study ( ) it recently conducted to determine whether the SEC’s logistic capabilities are keeping pace with the rapid increase in filings, applications and examinations that make up its workload. While the GAO praised the commission’s record of achievement, it nevertheless found that ongoing SEC staff shortages delayed oversight processes—hampering corporate competitiveness and impairing market efficiency. To cope with these challenges, the GAO says, the commission should determine its regulatory priorities and focus all available resources on solving its staff recruiting and retention problems. In general, the SEC concurred with these findings and recommendations.


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.