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Many Companies Slow to Implement 2013 COSO Framework

According to a new Protiviti survey, 48 percent of the more than 600 audit executives and professionals surveyed reported that their organization had not yet applied the new internal control framework as of the first quarter of 2014.

PCAOB Levies $2 Million Fine against Deloitte for Violation

Deloitte & Touche LLP was fined $2 million by the PCAOB on October 22 for permitting a former partner to perform activities as an "associated person" that were prohibited while he was subject to a PCAOB suspension order.

House Backs Bill That Prohibits Mandatory Firm Rotation

The US House of Representatives on July 8 approved legislation that would prevent the PCAOB from implementing a system of mandatory rotation for audit firms.

SOX Compliance Survey Shows Need for More Scrutiny on High-Risk Processes

Demand for added attention to high-risk processes, growing costs, and the increasing role of IT controls and testing reports are some of the key changes and challenges companies faced over the last year.

New Report on Financial Reporting Fraud Released

A new research report examines auditor involvement in fraudulent financial reporting cases cited in SEC enforcement actions issued from 1998-2010. During the thirteen-year period, there were eighty-seven sanctions against external auditors in SEC fraud investigations involving publicly traded companies.

PCAOB Report Says PwC Failed to Remedy Audit Shortcomings

The PCAOB last week released its quality-control criticisms of audits conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers contained in the board's March 25, 2009, and August 12, 2010, inspection reports.

Ruling Extends SOX Whistleblowing Protections

Following a recent ruling by the US Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board, accounting firms that do work for public companies may be far more vulnerable to whistleblowing claims under SOX.

Proposed Whistleblower Standard Presents Challenges

The IESBA has issued an exposure draft intended to encourage accountants to blow the whistle on unethical companies or individuals; some of the changes may conflict with other ethical responsibilities.

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