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AICPA Amends Guidance on Component Auditors

The AICPA has released SAS No. 127, Omnibus Statement on Auditing Standards–2013, which amends two sections of SAS No. 122, Statements on Auditing Standards: Clarification and Recodification.

Kudos International Network

Kudos is a new, quality-based, international network of accountancy practices, specifically targeted at small and midsized accountancy practices. Member firms must adhere to strict quality procedures that will enhance the services they provide their clients.

Auditing Standard No. 16 and Amendments to Other Standards Approved by SEC

The PCAOB has announced that the SEC approved Auditing Standard No. 16, "Communications with Audit Committees," and amendments to other PCAOB standards.

CAQ Statement on PCAOB Report, ICFR Inspection Findings

The CAQ has issued a statement from Executive Director Cindy Fornelli regarding the release of the PCAOB's report on inspection findings related to audits of internal control over financial reporting.

PCAOB Board Member Sees Hurdles for Mandatory Firm Rotation

Speaking to reporters at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, PCAOB board member Jay Hanson said implementation of mandatory audit firm rotation was unlikely.

Going Concern Guidance To Be Brought into GAAP

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) voted at its November 7, 2012, meeting to adopt a financial reporting model for management's assessment of going concern and related disclosures.

PCAOB's Sixth Annual International Auditor Regulatory Institute

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board hosted nearly eighty representatives of auditor oversight bodies from thirty-seven foreign jurisdictions last week during its sixth annual International Auditor Regulatory Institute.

IIA Approves Revised Standards

The Institute of Internal Auditors has issued revisions to the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing that will go into effect January 1. The standards are mandatory under the IIA's International Professional Practices Framework.

PCAOB Hears Views on Mandatory Firm Rotation

At the third public meeting on auditor independence and audit firm rotation held October 18, panelists and speakers examined the PCAOB's 2011 concept release on ways to enhance auditor independence, objectivity, and professional skepticism.

CAQ October 24 Webcast on New PCAOB Standard

The Center for Audit Quality will be hosting the "Communications with Audit Committees: Requirements and Leading Practices" webcast, which will examine the PCAOB's new Auditing Standard 16, "Communications with Audit Committees."

PCAOB October Public Meeting Agenda

The PCAOB has announced the panelists and schedule of appearances for its October 18 public meeting in Houston. Topics include ways to enhance auditor independence, objectivity, professional skepticism, and firm rotation.

Auditor Evaluation Tool for Audit Committees Launched

Seven organizations have joined to launch a new tool to assist audit committees in performing an annual evaluation of an external auditor in order to make an informed recommendation whether to retain the auditor.

CAQ Issues Practice Aid and Announces Webcast

The CAQ just released a practice aid intended to encourage audit firms to proactively communicate with audit committees and has announced its upcoming webcast, “Communications with Audit Committees: Requirements and Leading Practices.”

The IFAC Supports Stronger Independence Rules

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, an independent international standards board supported by the IFAC, has proposed strengthening current rules for auditor independence.

Has SOX Been Successful?

Sometimes overlooked in the debate about SOX are the contributions it has made in generating a greater focus on improved corporate governance and stronger ethics and compliance programs. Needed improvement in audit quality is a continuing concern.

ABS Seeks Feedback Specific to Auditor's Reports

The AICPA's Auditing Standards Board is asking members to complete a survey designed to help inform its response to the IAASB's Invitation to Comment regarding auditor's reports on financial statements.

PCAOB Approves New Standard on Communication

The PCAOB voted unanimously on August 15, 2012, to approve a new standard that will enhance the quality of communications between the auditor and the audit committee.
Education & Careers

IAESB Proposes Revised Professional Development Standards

The IAESB has released for public exposure a proposed revision of International Education Standard (IES) 8, Professional Development for Engagement Partners Responsible for Audits of Financial Statements.

Internal Auditors Play Greater Role in Business

Internal audit leaders from top organizations share how they've reshaped the internal audit function to meet new risk and compliance needs.

SOX Has Restored Investors' Confidence

Ernst & Young has released a report - "The Sarbanes-Oxley Act at 10" - that considers the legislation, discusses what it was designed to do, and analyzes its impact.


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