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Mark Your Calendar: Compliance & Ethics Institute

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) is offering a rare look into the compliance and ethics programs at some of America’s leading companies during the 4th Annual Compliance and Ethics Institute.

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Technology

KPMG Webcast Explores Section 404 Compliance and Sustainability

KPMG is offering a two-part webcast series for individuals and companies interested in exploring the role technology plays in sustaining regulatory compliance. “Companies are focusing on turning their year-one compliance into a sustainable program. As part of that evolution, companies are evaluating a lot of techniques, activities and structures as they design their ongoing compliance processes. Technology enablement, a key element under consideration, encompasses many issues that will need evaluation.
Education & Careers

Mark Your Calendar: A Three Year Retrospective of SOX

“The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: A Three-Year Retrospective” is the theme of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA). The meeting, which is being held August 7-10, 2005 in San Francisco, California, offers attendees an opportunities to learn, communicate and network with others in the accounting industry.Among the speakers to be featured at plenary sessions, luncheons and the opening dinner include: Judy Rayburn, AAA PresidentDennis Beresford, Ernst & Young Executive Professor in the J.M.
Technology

Mark Your Calendar: Discuss XBRL & SEC Voluntary Filing

On June 22, a panel will meet in New York City to discuss eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) voluntary filing program. The event, hosted by PR Newswire, will be held at the Penn Club in New York and also be available via webcast at www.videonewswire.com. The event is free.The impact of XBRL on financial reporting and its potential benefits will be among the topics discussed.
Technology

Avoiding Errors in Excel Spreadsheets

We trust our spreadsheets until they let us down. Then, we faithfully check all the values and formulas to find the error which is easier (or harder) to discover depending on the complexity of the spreadsheet, the importance of the information it contains, or how much time we don’t have to troubleshoot the problem. Undiscovered mistakes lurk in every spreadsheet. Cautionary tales about misadventures with Excel spreadsheets abound. Whether we find our errors using a computer-assisted audit tool or we check a spreadsheet line for line, we seek perfection.
Practice Management

Upcoming IMA Conference Attracts Leading Executives

Are you among the more than 1,000 foremost authorities in management accounting and financial management heading to Boston next week?
Education & Careers

CFA Examinations Held Globally this Weekend

Over 77,000 current and future investment professionals had a busy weekend. Men and women in more than 140 nations, took one of three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) examinations administered by CFA Institute. Thirty-eight percent of all CFA candidates for the June exam are from the U.S., according to the CFA Institute. The CFA examination is among the world's largest simultaneously administered professional exams. Candidates must pass each level of examination before proceeding to the next. Only 20% of candidates successfully complete the program.
Education & Careers

AICPA Launches New Education Resource

The Accounting Education Center at www.aicpa.org, provides users with education and curriculum development programs, student recruiting resources, scholarship and award information and a variety of publications, reports and other studies.Information on the site is divided into five categories:Education and Curriculum DevelopmentCareer AwarenessScholarships and AwardsPublications, Reports and StudiesMinority InitiativesWithin the Education and Curriculum Development section, users will fi
Technology

Five Tips for Saving Time and Pain with Excel

At the Digita User Conference in Stratford, England on 27-28 April, Simon Hurst from The Knowledge Base presented an hour-long seminar entitled "Everything about Excel". The session included as many tips as he could squeeze in from his latest guide, '100 Ways to Save Time with Microsoft Office'.
Technology

XBRL-US Launches Online Resource Center

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) voluntary filing program encouraging companies to submit XBRL-enabled documents to the EDGAR database, received a little help Monday. The American members of XBRL International announced the availability of resources supporting the effort on the U.S. jurisdiction’s website at www.xbrl.org/us/secvfp. Among the resources being made available are FAQs, tutorials, an email discussion group and guidelines.
Practice

Eight Secrets for Generating Big, Bold, Creative, Profitable Ideas

Secret 1: Accept All Ideas. That's right. All ideas, not just the ones that you feel comfortable with or that seem to make sense. Obviously, you're not going to implement every idea (especially considering the fact that you're aiming for 1,000 of them in the initial generation phase!), but you must greet them all with gratitude, respect, and a positive attitude. Acceptance makes people comfortable enough that they feel free to submit more and more ideas. Remember, the more ideas you start with, the better the end product.
Community News

Strategies for Managing Retention and Productivity

By © Phyllis Weiss Haserot - Taking into account the results of two multi-year studies by The Gallup Organization regarding what employees need from their workplaces, below are specific suggested strategies and tactics for successful management of professionals for retention.There are several ways to help people feel more involved and in control: 
Practice Management

Five Stumbling Blocks To Successful Networking And How To Overcome Them

By Lydia Ramsey. - The ability to connect with people is essential to success in any business. Professional networking events present opportunities to interact with others on a personal level and to develop profitable relationships. These occasions are critical for anyone who wants to grow a business or promote a career.Many people are simply not comfortable walking into a room full of strangers and striking up conversations. Here are five common stumbling blocks that you may face and tips to help you overcome them.A RELUCTANCE TO TALK TO STRANGERS.
A&A

Apple Plans to Boost Executive Compensation Through Bonuses

As Apple broadens distribution of its wildly popular iPod music players to retail outlets like Target, the company is making plans to offer cash bonuses to top managers, Bloomberg News reported.Citing a study Apple commissioned, the company said it is not paying its executives enough and is not positioned to be competitive in the area of executive pay with rivals such as Dell and Sony, both of which are trying to copy the success of the iPod. The iPod has fuelled the company's shares, which have more than tripled in the past year.
Community News

Performance Appraisals...Taking it to The Next Level!

By Sandra L. Wiley, Consultant - As the supervisor of staff in your firm, you have a tremendous responsibility to motivate your team to produce positive results. One of the tools you are, or at least you should be using, is a Performance Appraisal System. If you are like most supervisors, you most likely don’t care for performance appraisals; the truth is that few people do. But these tools do provide immense value for managers and staff alike, if they are implemented correctly, and therefore they should be “upgraded” in your firm, not ignored!
Community News

E&Y Named Outstanding Training Organization for Fourth Straight Year

Ernst & Young LLP announced today that it has been named to Training Magazine's Training Top 100 list for the fourth year in a row, taking the number seven spot among significant competition from a field of over 550 entries. In addition, Ernst & Young has received best practice recognition for its 'Career Counseling' program."We are delighted to be recognized by Training Magazine as one of the top ten companies on the Training 100 list for a fourth straight year," said Jim Freer, Americas Vice-Chair, People, Ernst & Young LLP.
Education & Careers

Certified Credit Executive Designation Worth $20,000, Says Recent Survey

The worth of Certified Credit Executives (CCEs) to employers has risen dramatically in the marketplace, according to a recent survey by independent newsletter publisher Credit Today, which recently completed its 2004-2005 Salary & Job Satisfaction Survey, and examined this issue in depth. "More than in any of our three prior surveys over the past seven years, this year's survey proves the worth of the CCE designation - both to designees and to their employers," said Credit Today Publisher Rob Lawson.
Practice Management

The Firm of Tomorrow....Ready, Set…Grow!

By Gale Crosley, CPA - For years, the Big Four have used business development professionals. Now, Sarbanes/Oxley and other environmental changes make it a wise best practice for mid-size firms, as well. Although smaller firms have greater potential to pursue larger, more sophisticated clients, they may lack the needed large opportunity development skills. But it’s more complex than simply hiring the right person. It’s a matter of properly integrating this business development professional into your environment, and educating partners about the potential impact of the decision.
Education & Careers

Accounting Professors Endorse Computerized Uniform CPA Exam

One hundred (100) percent of university accounting professors say the newly computerized Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination (CPA Exam) will give more students the opportunity to pass and increase their scores, according to a new survey.

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