Kathleen L. Casey was sworn in as the 88th SEC commissioner by Chairman Christopher Cox in July. She is a 13-year veteran of Capitol Hill, having served as legislative director and chief of staff for Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) and staff director of the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Regulatory Relief. She succeeds Cynthia A. Glassman.

The commission also appointed Zoe-Vanna Palmrose, CPA, PhD, its deputy chief accountant in August. She served on the AICPA Auditing Standards Board Fraud Task Force and the Institute’s Antifraud Program and Controls Task Force. Palmrose, who is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Auditing at the University of Southern California’s Leventhal School of Accounting and Marshall School of Business, replaces Andrew D. Bailey Jr.


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.