The SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant is seeking up to five professional accounting fellows to help develop proposed securities rules, work with standard setters in accounting and auditing, and consult with filers on reporting matters. The fellowships are for two years beginning in summer or fall of 2008.

Three positions are in the Accounting Group; desired experience includes applying U.S. GAAP or International Financial Reporting Standards. A fourth position is in the International Group; desired experience includes IFRS or International Standards on Auditing. The fifth position is in the Professional Practice Group; desired experience includes internal control over financial reporting under section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Applications are due by Jan. 18. For information, call Bob Malhotra at 202-551-5305 or Jeff Ellis at 202-551-5329.


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.