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CAQ Issues Audit Planning Alert

The Center for Audit Quality (“CAQ”) has issued an alert to improve audit quality and assist in the planning of 2018 audits. Released as Audit Planning Alert for Auditors of Brokers and Dealers , the alert outlines questions auditors of brokers and dealers should consider when preparing audit and attestation engagements. It also focuses on the following areas: Auditing revenue; Auditing related party transactions; Auditing the supplemental information; Performing examination engagements; and Performing review engagements. While certain areas are highlighted in this alert, the CAQ cautions that the guidance should not be considered definitive or all-inclusive. The CAQ advises that the alert must be read alongside the appropriate rules,. Read More.

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New CAQ Tool to Help with Cybersecurity Risk Management Oversight

The Center for Audit Quality (“CAQ”) has developed a new tool to help board members oversee enterprise-wide cybersecurity risk management. Cybersecurity Risk Management Oversight: A Tool for Board Members lists questions board members can ask meeting with management and CPA firms about cybersecurity risks and disclosures. Such questions are divided into the following areas: Understanding how the financial statement auditor considers cybersecurity risk. Understanding the role of management and responsibilities of the financial statement auditor related to cybersecurity disclosures. Understanding management’s approach to cybersecurity risk management. Understanding how CPA firms can assist boards of directors in their oversight of cybersecurity risk management. The tool also collects cybersecurity-related resources from. Read More.

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New Tool to Help with Implementing FASB Leases Standard

The Center for Audit Quality (“CAQ”) has designed a tool to support audit committees in their implementation of Accounting Standard Codification Topic 842, Leases, by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). Preparing for the Leases Accounting Standard: A Tool for Audit Committees includes a synopsis of Topic 842 and the standard’s requirements. The new tool also lists which questions audit committee members should consider for a successful application. Topic 842, Leases, will be effective in January 2019. A recent poll, however, found that only 21 percent of professionals say their organizations are either “extremely” or “very” prepared to implement the new leases standard.

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CAQ Report to Help Audit Committees with Non-GAAP Oversight

In its new report, Non-GAAP Measures: A Roadmap for Audit Committees , the Center for Audit Quality (“CAQ”) offers oversight guidance to audit committees concerning financial measures outside of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). The CAQ advises audit committees to take the following actions with companies: Evaluate whether the disclosed non-GAAP measures and related information support a company’s general strategy and performance. Decide whether management’s internal policy features guidelines for defining how non-GAAP measures are created, calculated, and disclosed. Talk with management about how a company decides to change non-GAAP measures it discloses and its rationale for making such changes. Ask a company to compare its. Read More.

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CAQ Issues Auditing Request for Proposals for 2018

The Center for Audit Quality (“CAQ”) has issued a request for proposals (“RFPs”) to finance auditing projects for academic research. This marks the tenth annual request by the CAQ, which is asking for applicants to submit RFPs concerning critical policy issues and topics of interest such as auditor risk assessment, cybersecurity, non-GAAP measures, and professional skepticism. Proposals must be submitted via the CAQ online submission form by March 15, 2018. The CAQ’s Research Advisory Board will review all proposals, and the CAQ will award grants to the selected projects in June 2018.

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Audit Committees Continue to Improve Transparency of External Oversight

For the fourth consecutive year, audit committees are improving transparency regarding their external auditor oversight. The news was revealed by the Center for Audit Quality (“CAQ”) and Audit Analytics’ new report, Audit Committee Transparency Barometer (“Barometer”), which stated that audit committees are voluntarily increasing the information disclosed to investors and stakeholders. This year’s Barometer report features year-over-year comparisons of significant audit committee disclosure areas for various-sized companies, including: 37 percent of S&P 500 companies’ proxy statements have increased discussion of the audit committee’s considerations in endorsing the selection of the audit firm (13 percent rise from 2014); 24 percent of mid-cap companies have increased. Read More.

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