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PCAOB Updates Project Agendas

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) Office of the Chief Auditor recently published an update to its standard-setting and research project agenda. The revised agenda includes the Office’s present standard-setting agenda, planned milestones, and important recent developments. The PCAOB’s standard-setting agenda includes the following projects: Auditor’s Reporting Model: Adopted in June and approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 23rd. Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Measurements: Reviewing comments on exposure draft of the proposed standard. The Auditor’s Use of the Work of Specialists: Reviewing comments on exposure draft of the proposed standard. Supervision of Audits Involving. Read More.

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Investor Advisory Group Seeks Audit Standards for Non-GAAP Measures

Regulators searching for a reliable way to evaluate non-GAAP financial measures so that they aren’t misleading to investors should define their standards based on key performance indicators (“KPIs”) for specific industries.  This guidance is the latest recommendation to come from a working group of the Investor Advisory Group (“IAG”), which is part of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”).   Many public companies feel that U.S. GAAP metrics don’t reflect how they manage their businesses as well as some non-GAAP metrics do. However, non-GAAP measures pose an issue for auditors.   The IAG’s working group is trying to balance. Read More.

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PCAOB Issues Staff Inspection Brief on Audit Risks

The latest Staff Inspection Brief by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) features information on the agency’s ongoing inspections of auditors of public companies and other issuers. Announced on August 30, the Staff Inspection Brief provides guidance on audit risks that PCAOB inspectors seek to address. The brief also encourages auditors to improve audit quality. In addition, the Staff Inspection Brief highlights the issues PCAOB inspectors consider during auditor inspections. Such issues include whether the auditor was cognizant of how the issuer created its estimates, dealt with forthcoming accounting changes, and used proper software tools to review data that met audit objectives.

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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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James Doty to Step Down as PCAOB Chairman, Will Help with Transition

James Doty, current chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) of the Securities and Exchanges Commission (“SEC”), will step down once the commission has found his successor, according to an SEC announcement on August 11, 2017. Once that successor has been found and named, a date for Doty’s final day will be announced. The SEC has the authority to appoint PCAOB members under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Doty has been in office since 2011, and his term expired in 2015. During the early years of his term, he worked for investor protections.

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SEC Seeks Comments on PCAOB’s Auditor’s Report Standard

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) wants feedback on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) auditing standard, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion. Recently, the SEC issued the related document for public comment, Notice of Filing of Proposed Rules on The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion, and Departures from Unqualified Opinions and Other Reporting Circumstances, and Related Amendments to Auditing Standards. Subject to SEC approval, the PCAOB standard is intended to improve the effectiveness of the auditor’s report by. Read More.

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