FYI


  President Barack Obama appointed former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as SEC chairman. At press time, her approval was still pending before the Senate. SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter had served as interim chairman since Chairman Mary Schapiro resigned in December. Walter will continue on the commission.

Paul Beswick, who had been serving as the SEC’s acting chief accountant since James Kroeker’s departure for the private sector in July, will retain the post, the commission also announced.

Beswick has been a member of the SEC staff since September 2007 and was deputy chief accountant before Kroeker’s departure. Beswick served as staff director of an SEC effort to evaluate the idea of incorporating IFRS into the financial reporting system for U.S. public companies.

That effort resulted in a document released in July that explained the benefits and challenges associated with IFRS but did not make a recommendation. Beswick will lead the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant.

The SEC has seen numerous other changes in key positions recently. Division of Corporation Finance Director Meredith Cross, General Counsel Mark Cahn, Trading and Markets Director Robert Cook, and Chief of Staff Didem Nisanci all announced in December that they are leaving the commission. Geoffrey Aronow was named general counsel, and acting directors were named for the divisions of Corporation Finance (Lona Nallengara) and Trading and Markets (John Ramsay).

The SEC announced in January that Enforcement Director Robert Khuzami is leaving the commission.


  Charles Cox, John Dugan, and Teri List- Stoll have been appointed to the FAF board of trustees, the foundation announced.

Their five-year terms began Jan. 1. The three new trustees replace Frank Brod, Edward Harrington, and John Perrell, whose terms ended Dec. 31.

Cox has served as director of finance for the city of Farmers Branch, Texas, since 1993. Dugan, who previously served as U.S. comptroller of the currency, is a partner at the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP. List-Stoll is senior vice president and treasurer of Procter & Gamble.

SPONSORED REPORT

Get your clients ready for tax season

Upon its enactment in March, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) introduced many new tax changes, some of which retroactively affected 2020 returns. Making the right moves now can help you mitigate any surprises heading into 2022.

100th ANNIVERSARY

Black CPA Centennial, 1921–2021

With 2021 marking the 100th anniversary of the first Black licensed CPA in the United States, a yearlong campaign kicked off to recognize the nation’s Black CPAs and encourage greater progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity in the CPA profession.