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SEC Advisor Speaks on Materiality and Auditor’s Report

At a recent speech for management accountants at a conference in Tulsa, OK, Stephen Deane discussed mini-case studies on policymaking associated with materiality and the independent auditor’s report. Deane, an investment engagement advisor in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of the Investor Advocate, said that the mini-case studies offer insight into the policymaking process and the problems that policymakers face. The mini-case studies also distinguish between outside investors and managers inside the company. During his speech, Deane provided attendees a technical review of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s attempts to establish materiality guidance and the Public Company Accounting. Read More.

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The ASBCA Issues Two CAS Decisions

By: John Ford , Senior Consultant, Government Contractor Services Group Recently, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (“ASBCA” or “the Board”) issued two decisions relating to the Cost Accounting Standards (“CAS”) that should be of interest to contractors. In the first decision, Raytheon Company, Space and Airborne Systems, ASBCA No. 58608 (August 19, 2016), the Board decided that the contracting officer had abused her discretion by failing to consider all the factors listed in Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) 9903.305 in determining whether increased costs to the government resulting from an accounting practice change were material. As a large contractor doing billions. Read More.

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Disclosure Framework Review Necessary before Finalizing Materiality Guidance

Before the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) finalizes proposed changes to the materiality guidance, Russell Golden says the board must complete a thorough review of its disclosure framework project. Speaking recently at the Financial Accounting Foundation’s quarterly meeting, the FASB chairman told attendees that the standard setter plans to evaluate all phases of its project to update the disclosure requirements under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) by the end of the year. The review is expected to be finished by year’s end, with final changes to the materiality guidance scheduled for a 2017 release. In September, the FASB. Read More.

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Pax Ellevate Petitions for Gender Pay Disclosures

An investment advisory firm has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to make public companies disclose the pay ratio between male and female employees. In its petition to the SEC, Pax Ellevate Management LLC said gender pay disclosures provide more value for investors and are a useful indicator of well-managed, honest companies. Pax Ellevate also argued that the gender pay ratio falls under the “materiality” definition in Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 99, Materiality, and that the SEC could offer guidance to companies on voluntarily reporting pay equity to investors. The current gender wage gap shows that women earn $0.79. Read More.

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