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Rex P. Gatto, Ph.D.

Dr. Gatto is the founder and president of Gatto Training Associates (GTA). Dr. Gatto's practice has been dedicated to helping people in the workplace to enhance productivity through a better understanding of themselves. He has done extensive research in the area of individual working, thinking, personality, leadership, teamwork and communication styles and their impact on the working environment. As a behavioral scientist and counselor he has devoted his energies to helping all levels of business people: CEO's, vice presidents, managers and professionals to have an enriched worklife. Dr.
Technology

KPMG and Microsoft Find New Way to Hold Hands

The Bill Gates prophecy is for a world where all computers can communicate easily with one another, fueled by the vision that that the electronic language computers will use will be a common language.

SEC Using MicroStrategy as Example of Auditor Independence Violations

This is not the first time that the alleged marriage between Vienna, Virginia based software developer MicroStrategy and the auditors and consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers has been in the news.
Technology

Is a PDA In Your Future?

A recent report by the Giga Information Group indicates that Personal Digital Assistants, the most popular of which is the Palm, are still considered a luxury rather than a necessity in the business world.Although some individuals, such as sales professionals, can benefit greatly from use of the devices, most companies find it difficult to justify the expense of acquiring, supporting, and administering such devices for the majority of employees.But that doesn't mean there isn't

Washington Technology’s Annual Ranking of the Top 100 Federal Prime Contractors in IT Features 54 Deltek Systems Customers

McLean, Virginia – July 18, 2000 - Deltek Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTK) (www.deltek.com). Washington Technology, the business newspaper for government systems integrators, recently listed 54 Deltek customers in the publication’s annual rankings of the top 100 federal prime contractors that deliver information technology services to the public sector.
Tax

Senate Passes Elimination of Marriage Tax Penalty

Republicans and Democrats joined forces in the Senate today, passing a bill that would eliminate the marriage penalty portion of our beloved tax code over a period of 10 years. The bill passed by a 61-38 margin. Now the House, which has passed a similar bill, will combine the two and present a final version to President Clinton, perhaps as early as this week.Clinton has already promised to veto the bill when it arrives on his desk on the eve of the Republican National Convention. So why bother having the vote?

Deloitte & Touche to Offer Diversity Services

Deloitte & Touche's Human Capital Advisory Services has arranged to partner with Hubbard & Revo-Cohen, Inc. (HRC), a leader in workplace risk management solutions.
Practice

Military Leaders Lend Insight into Good Character

What is it about those people who seem to be born leaders? They always seem to have the right answers and make decisions based on what’s best for the company as well as the individuals working for them. This quality is called character and according to former leaders of the military we all possess it and are capable of using it.While many of us think that character consists of a good work ethic and an intelligent head on our shoulders, there seems to be more to the term. According to General Charles Krulak, former U.S.
Community News

Ruling Imminent on Andersen Split

Arthur Andersen and Andersen Consulting are awaiting news from the International Chambers of Commerce in Paris about the arbitrator's decision in their two-and-a-half year "divorce" case.In an interview with Dow Jones Newswires, Guillermo Gamba, the Columbian lawyer who was appointed by the ICC to arbitrate between the Big Five accountant and its consulting offshoot, said he had submitted his ruling to the ICC.Gamba would not divulge what he had decided and the firms themselves have yet to hear.
Technology

Cisco, Conexant and Hughes Join to Speed Dial-up Downloads

Cisco Systems and Conexant Systems have announced their support for the new V.92 dial-up modem standard that was presented last week to the International Telecommunications Union for determination. Cisco Systems and Conexant each contributed key technologies to the new V.92 dial-up modem specification, which significantly reduces the time it takes to establish a dial-up connection, improves upload rates, and adds the ability to receive and initiate phone calls during a dial-up modem session.
Technology

Dot.com, Dot.net, Dot.whatnext?

All Internet site names end with a period and an extension. The most popular extensions are .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov. There are actually seven extensions available (can you name the others?) for web sites, but that doesn't seem to be enough.Just as big cities outgrow their area codes, the Internet is outgrowing its domain name extensions, and the International Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers is about to do something about that problem. All extension names must be approved by the ICANN, a California-based group.New extension names will be announced some time next year.
Community News

E&Y Offers New International Tax Service

The Ernie Online Tax Advisor has been around for a year and has fielded more than 15,000 tax questions from Ernst & Young clients. The new service, dubbed the Ernst & Young Online Tax Advisor, will incorporate the ability to field questions from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.The service provides answers within four business days.

Lawmaker Questions Accounting Proposal

Rep. Marge Roukema, chairwoman of the House Banking subcommittee on Finance and Consumer Credit raised concern regarding a proposal that has been submitted by an AICPA taskforce. The proposal takes issue with the ability of banks to reserve against unspecified losses.The proposal addresses a recommendation that financial institutions should be limited in their ability to reserve for anticipated losses in loan portfolios.Roukema also questions how a proposal initiated by the AICPA can have an influence over guidelines set by the SEC and various banking regulators.

Does Your Company have the Bottom Line Blues?

Small businesses occasionally have to go through the hard knocks of learning to develop and maintain a bottom line that does more than just break even. Basic things such as hiring an office manager, or figuring out the best timing for payables can be the difference between success and failure.Simply knowing exactly what you need to cover your overhead can keep your company ahead. Mike Yantis of Yantis discovered that his construction company had overhead issues.
Technology

Browser Wars Heat Up with Release of IE5.5

If you've ever tried to design a web page, you're already experienced with the frustration of creating features that are readable in a variety of browsers. What plays in Netscape, may not play in AOL. What plays in Explorer may not play in Netscape. And effective immediately, what plays in Explorer has programmers excited enough that they may no longer care if the features don't play in other platforms.As a general rule, the makers of browsers have agreed to stick to a specific set of standards, know as the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) recommendations.
A&A

Warnings for Participants in B2B E-Commerce

In the good old days, no business deal was complete without a handshake.

New Jobs for the New Economy

In May, AccountingWEB ran a news story on The 10 Hottest Jobs For The Future as identified by the editors of Time Magazine in which bizarre job titles such as tissue engineer, pharmers and narrowcasters were introduced.
Technology

Internet Startups May Face Stiffer Reporting Rules

A panel organized by Jeffrey E. Garten, Dean of the Yale School of Management, is hoping to encourage Internet startup companies to provide information that will help investors better evaluate the companies. It is hoped that new companies will embrace the guidelines that the panel creates. In lieu of total acceptance, the panel may request the SEC to enforce new disclosure regulations or at least provide incentives for companies to disclose additional information.

New Site Informs Voters About Candidates' Sentiments

A new web site dedicated to informing those interested in the nation's small businesses attempts to provide information about candidates running this year for Senate and House seats.

International Standards Introduced for Business Valuations

Recognizing the importance of property in business on a global level, the International Valuation Standards Committee has developed the 2000 edition of “International Valuation Standards.” The standards address information requests on various international standards such as publicly owned assets, accountability and measurement of performances required by various other governments.IVS 2000 has worked to incorporate the business valuation standards recommended by the International Accounting Standards Committee (IAS) in cooperation with financial reporting and international accounting

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