The SEC appoints Charles D. Niemeier, CPA, acting chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to serve until the commission fills the post permanently. Previously, he was chief accountant in the SEC’s division of enforcement.

The Fdration des Experts Comptables Europens (European Federation of Accountants) (FEE) appoints as its president David Devlin, formerly Ireland’s representative to the FEE council, who says the key to restoring confidence in global capital markets is U.S. regulators’ recognition of the equivalence of American and European corporate governance principles. The FEE comprises 41 professional bodies from 29 countries.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation names Robert L. Emmons, CPA, its inspector general. He held similar positions in the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Army Audit Agency.

The AICPA seeks CPAs who are qualified to serve as volunteer panelists during a two-day session—scheduled for June or July 2003—to set passing scores for the computer-based uniform CPA examination. Information on experience requirements and other eligibility criteria is available at , where those who are interested can print out an application to complete and fax to 201-938-3443. Participants may be eligible for CPE credit.


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.