President George W. Bush designated Cynthia A. Glassman as acting SEC chairman until the Senate confirms a successor to William H. Donaldson, who stepped down in June. The president has nominated Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) to replace Donaldson.

The Financial Accounting Foundation named Keith L. Johnson, CPA, chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council for a two-year term. The council consults with GASB on technical issues, project priorities and other matters.

Michael G. Gaynor and Joseph D. McGrath began two-year terms as professional accounting fellows in the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant. Both were senior managers in public practice—Gaynor in KPMG’s New York office and McGrath in Ernst & Young’s Cleveland office. They will develop rule proposals under federal securities laws, communicate with professional accounting and auditing standard-setting bodies and consult with SEC-registered companies on accounting and reporting matters.


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.