Internal control over financial reporting

Technical Practice Aids issued on SOC reports

The AICPA issued Technical Practice Aids (TPAs) 9520.12–.26 to provide nonauthoritative guidance regarding Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) no. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization (AICPA, Professional Standards, AT sec. 801). The TPAs provide guidance for service auditors reporting on controls at a service organization relevant

COSO Releases Draft of Updated Internal Control Framework

An exposure draft released Monday by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) seeks comments on an updated internal control framework designed to help organizations perform with more agility and confidence. COSO set out to update its nearly 20-year-old framework for new technology demands and capabilities, in

AICPA Letter to PCAOB Raises Concerns About Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation

The AICPA recommended that the PCAOB refrain from imposing mandatory audit firm rotation. AICPA Chairman Greg Anton, and President and CEO Barry Melancon signed a comment letter sent by email Wednesday to the PCAOB stating that mandatory audit firm rotation is costly and has the potential to hinder audit quality

New Auditors’ Reporting Model Proposal Set for Release in Q2

The PCAOB’s proposal for a new auditors’ reporting model should be completed by the second quarter of 2012, PCAOB Chairman James Doty said Monday. Speaking at the AICPA’s National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments in Washington, Doty gave an update on the PCAOB’s initiative on the form and

PCAOB Boosts Budget 11.4% to Accommodate Increased Inspections

The PCAOB has increased its budget for the 2012 fiscal year by 11.4%, or $23.3 million, over the 2011 budget, according to a news release. The 2012 budget is approximately $227.7 million, compared with $204.4 million for the 2011 fiscal year. The budget is subject to SEC approval. Staffing and

PCAOB, Norway Reach Accord on Auditor Inspections

The PCAOB on Wednesday said it entered into a cooperative agreement with the Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) of Norway for the oversight of audit work performed by public accounting firms that practice in the two regulators’ respective jurisdictions. The PCAOB had been blocked from inspections in Norway since 2008, the

Highlights of Corporate Governance Research

Several corporate governance developments have occurred in the wake of the high-profile scandals of the past decade. Some of these developments are motivated by legislation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). Others are best practices enhancements intended to shore up investor confidence. Academic research has monitored these developments.

Auditing

The PCAOB adopted a temporary rule to establish an interim inspection program for registered public accounting firms’ audits of securities brokers and dealers as permitted by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The board adopted without material change a proposed temporary rule (tinyurl.com/6x47nh5) issued Dec. 14, 2010.

Ferret Out Fraud

Fraud poses a critical risk to organizations. Management can help mitigate that risk through a number of strategies designed to provide employees with multiple ways to report concerns about fraud or other misconduct. Deploy telephone hotlines. A dedicated telephone hotline is the most popular reporting mechanism used by large organizations,

PCAOB, SEC to Meet With Chinese Officials on Auditing Oversight

The PCAOB said Wednesday that a joint PCAOB-SEC delegation will meet next week in Beijing with representatives of China’s Ministry of Finance and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) to discuss issues relating to auditing oversight. “This meeting is the commencement of our accelerated efforts with the People’s Republic of

Expanding Service Organization Controls Reporting

Several prominent internal control breakdowns and increased focus on internal control by regulators, boards of directors and others charged with governance have led to increased demand for attestation reports on controls over subject matter other than financial reporting provided by an independent CPA. Neither Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) no.

PCAOB Chairman Calls for More Global Cooperation on Audit Regulation

When national regulators cooperate and share information, investors everywhere benefit from the enhanced protection such communication provides, said PCAOB Chairman James Doty in a speech Thursday to the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) Conference on Audit Policy in Brussels. “In a crisis, when a nation’s (or a region’s) economic well-being

Beef Up Internal Audit

In March, Protiviti published its 2011 Internal Audit Capabilities and Needs Survey. The JofA interviewed Protiviti’s executive vice president and head of global internal audit, Robert B. Hirth Jr., CPA, for tips on how CPAs who oversee or conduct internal audits can take their group to the next level: Conduct

COSO Publishes New ERM Implementation Guidance

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) on Tuesday released two new thought papers relating to enterprise risk management (ERM) and aimed at providing guidance to help organizations advance their ERM programs. The first thought paper, Embracing Enterprise Risk Management: Practical Approaches for Getting Started, describes how

Broker-Dealer Audits, Reporting Model on PCAOB Agenda

Broker-dealer audits, the auditor’s reporting model and foreign inspections will be among the PCAOB’s top priorities in 2011, according to the board’s acting chairman, Daniel L. Goelzer. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act gave the board authority over auditors of all SEC-registered securities broker-dealers. Those auditors had

ASB Issues Interpretation Regarding Insured Depository Institutions

The Auditing Standards Board has issued Interpretation no. 1, “Reporting Under Section 112 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act,” of AT section 501, An Examination of an Entity’s Internal Control Over Financial Reporting That Is Integrated With an Audit of Its Financial Statements (AICPA, Professional Standards, vol. 1).

Financial Regulatory Reform: What You Need to Know

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which became law in July, will create new regulations for companies that extend credit to consumers, exempt small public companies from Sarbanes-Oxley section 404(b), make auditors of broker-dealers subject to PCAOB regulation and change registration requirements for investment advisers. The profession

PCAOB Focusing In on SOX Provisions

The PCAOB on Thursday issued a release discussing certain provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The two-part release focuses on the application of the act’s section 105(c)(6), which authorizes the PCAOB to sanction registered firms and their supervisory personnel for failing to “reasonably supervise” associated individuals who violate

Little Change for PCAOB Under High Court Ruling

The Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision Monday in the constitutional challenge to the PCAOB will leave the agency virtually unchanged. The court’s ruling will not affect day-to-day operations of the PCAOB, the agency said. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion. In it, he said the court was isolating, or

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