SEC Official Asks Public Companies to Focus on Key FASB Standards
Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) official Michael Dusza is advising public companies to consider how the adoption of several standards from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) could impact their financial reporting controls. During a speech last month in Washington D.C., Dusza stressed that the accounting changes for revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses are likely to create significant challenges when public companies test internal controls during the adoption phase. Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (Topic 606), is effective January 1, 2018 for public business entities. ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), will be. Read More.
Topics: COSO, Credit Losses, FASB, Financial Accounting Standards Board "FASB", Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326), Internal Control Reporting, Internal Controls, lease accounting, Leases (Topic 842), Public Companies, Revenue Recognition, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC"
SEC Chief Accountant Credits Interpretive Guidance for Curbed Misuse of Non-GAAP Measures
Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker is crediting the reduced misuse of non-GAAP measures to the Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&Dis”) issued in May 2016. Bricker said the interpretive guidance for Regulation G, regulation covering non-GAAP financial information, has helped companies become better disciplined and disclose to investors the use of non-GAAP measurements. Bricker spoke on the C&DIs in October at the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Global Board Leader’s Summit. He remarked that since the C&DIs were issued, public companies have quit highlighting non-GAAP measures more predominately than their audited results. Companies have also established policies. Read More.
SEC Improves Internal Controls
According to a recent Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) report, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) internal controls are improving. In fiscal 2015, only six of the SEC’s 58 internal supervisory controls tested had deficiencies. Comparative to the GAO’s 2013 review, the six deficiencies mark a significant reduction from the 27 flaws identified in fiscal 2011. The GAO noted that none of the flaws are likely to inhibit the SEC from ensuring their divisions and offices carry out actions accordingly. Specifically, the watchdog agency found two flaws without clear control activities, three that showed a major element did not align with. Read More.
Topics: Division of Corporation Finance "Corp Fin", Division of Enforcement, Dodd-Frank Act, GAO Report, Government Accountability Office "GAO", Internal Controls, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC"
Companies Advised to Use Established Internal Controls Guidance
Speaking last month on concerns regarding the reporting requirements for internal controls, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Deputy Chief Accountant Brian Croteau recommended companies and auditors to use the agency’s existing two-part evaluation process. Per his speech at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Conference on Current SEC and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Development, Croteau said companies should evaluate whether a material misstatement about their financial reporting controls is possible by using the interpretive guidance in Release No. 33-8810, Commission Guidance Regarding Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting Under Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities. Read More.