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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.

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PCAOB Considers New Approach to Agenda-Setting

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) chairman William Duhnke plans to take the organization’s approach to setting its long-term agenda in a new direction. Breaking from his predecessors’ leadership, Duhnke wants to establish a set of benchmarks that will help the PCAOB set its agenda and evaluate the progress made in achieving its mission. The new direction includes conducting a complete assessment of the PCAOB’s operations. In particular, Duhnke wants the PCAOB’s programs to receive a fresh look and a possible update to their operations. He said the revamped operations should reflect today’s financial markets and the audit profession, not. Read More.

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PCAOB Requests Feedback on 2018-2022 Strategic Planning

Seeking the public’s input on future objectives, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) has issued a brief survey on its strategic plan for 2018 to 2022. The survey asks participants to share their thoughts regarding the PCAOB’s approach to achieving its mission. Survey responses are due Tuesday, May 15. The survey follows the PCAOB’s December 2017 appointment of five new members and the organization’s desire for a fresh look at its ongoing efforts. It also comes at a time when the PCAOB is undergoing the annual preparation of its five-year strategic plan. As part of this year’s planning process, the PCAOB wants to hear from outside parties. Read More.

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PCAOB Standard-Setting Update as of March 31, 2018

Available on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) website is the organization’s most recent standard-setting agenda. Updated as of March 31, the standard-setting agenda features the statuses of the following current PCAOB projects: Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Measurements: Developing a recommendation for action. The Auditor’s Use of the Work of Specialists: Developing a recommendation for action. Supervision of Audits Involving Other Auditors: Reviewing comments and deciding the next steps. Going concern: Outreach, monitoring, and research. The PCAOB also has projects on its research agenda related to: Quality control standards; Changes in how data and technology in audits. Read More.

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AICPA Board Offers New Auditor Reporting Guidance

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board has released new guidance to help auditors comply with AU-C section 700, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements, when performing an audit under the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) revised reporting standards. Issued as Interpretation No. 4, “Reporting on Audits Conducted in Accordance With Auditing Standards Generally Accepted in the United States of America and the Standards of the PCAOB,” the guidance is presented in a questions and answers format. The guidance covers standard fact patterns and includes illustrative examples and reports. Interpretation No. 4 was. Read More.

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