New PCAOB Members to Meet with Standing Advisory Group
Today in Washington, D.C., the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) five new members are holding their first meeting with the board’s Standing Advisory Group (“SAG”). The meeting will give Robert Brown, William Duhnke, Kathleen Hamm, James Kaiser and Duane Desparte an opportunity to update SAG members on the PCAOB’s standard-setting activities and hear the advisory panel’s thoughts on emerging issues that may impact an auditor’s work. The two-day meeting will also feature a presentation on audit firms’ implementation of Release No. 2017-001, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion and Related Amendments to PCAOB Standards. Issued last year, the rule. Read More.
President Signs Bill that Reverses Dodd-Frank Banking Reforms
President Trump has signed a bill to roll back systemic risk regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act. Approved on May 22 by the House of Representatives, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (“the Act”) represents the most substantial changes to the Dodd-Frank Act since its enactment. The new legislation is viewed as a partial rollback of the 2010 law. Although heralded in the media as a dramatic step away from regulatory reforms introduced by Dodd-Frank, the changes included in the Act will generally have the greatest impact on small banks. Sen. Mike Crapo praised the legislation as a. Read More.
AICPA Committee Issues SSARS No. 24 Omnibus Statement
After a delayed release, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Accounting and Review Services Committee (“ARSC”) has finally issued Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (“SSARS”) No. 24, Omnibus Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services – 2018 . SSARS No. 24 includes the following new or amended guidance: AR-C Section 100, Special Considerations—International Reporting Issues: This new AR-C Section 100 features guidance for compilation or review engagements when: Financial statements are prepared according to a financial reporting framework accepted in another country but is adopted by a designated body outside of the Council of the AICPA to set generally accepted accounting principles; and The engagement must be performed according to SSARS and another set of compilation and. Read More.
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Implementation Guide Issued for Recent GASB Statements
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) has released Implementation Guide No. 2018-1, Implementation Guidance Update–2018 , to help state and local governments apply the latest GASB Statements on pensions, other postemployment benefits, the statistical section, regulatory reporting, and tax abatement disclosures. Effective for reporting periods starting after June 15, 2018, Implementation Guide 2018-1 also features amendments to previously issued implementation guidance regarding important topics. Implementation Guide 2018-1 is available on the GASB website.
Financial Accounting Foundation Releases Annual Report
Available on the Financial Accounting Foundation’s (“FAF”) website is a copy of its 2017 FAF Annual Report, “Standards That Work.” The annual report covers what the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board do to support their standards so that the boards offer important information to investors and other financial statement users. Visit the FAF website to read the 2017 FAF Annual Report.
PCAOB Chief Auditor Steps Down
After 12 years with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”), chief auditor Martin Baumann has announced that he will leave the board on May 31. Baumann’s departure follows recent announcements made by senior officials Helen Munter and Gordon Seymour, who also plan to leave the PCAOB at the end of this month. Previously executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Freddie Mac, Baumann joined the board in 2006. He later became the director of the Office of Research and Analysis and was appointed chief auditor in 2009. As the chief auditor, Baumann pushed to make the audit. Read More.