Training

Practice Management

How to Avoid Getting Burned by Document Forgery

An increasingly common form of fraud involves forging signatures on checks, wills, business forms, property deeds and other important documents.
Technology

WhitePages.com Smart Tag Now Available on MS Office 2003 and XP

W3 Data, Inc., a leading provider of online directory assistance services and operators of the WhitePages.com Network, announced that their white pages directory search application and contact database has been incorporated into Microsoft Office System's Office 2003 and Office XP.The WhitePages.com Smart Tag provides users of Office 2003 and Office XP with the time-savings task of automatically inserting contact information into their documents and programs -- turning their desktops into a .NET connected smart client.Accessible via free download (at
A&A

Survey Finds Workers Coping With Financial Strain of Health Care Costs

American Express Financial Advisors Inc. today released results from a 2003 national survey measuring the impact of recent health care cost increases on workers’ financial health.The survey found a significant number of employees are concerned about the financial effect of health care increases on their retirement future. The majority (73 percent) of workers responded they were either somewhat or very concerned about how rising health care costs might impact their ability to fund their retirement and other financial goals.
Practice Management

Keys to Effective Employee Communication

Employee communication is both simple and complex. We communicate with employees each day. Sometimes directly – when we respond to questions or requests, for example. Sometimes indirectly – when we issue new policies or send out a memo. Sometimes inadvertently – when employees observe our actions. Perhaps because communication takes place so naturally, we often fail to consider the process of communication as seriously as we should.

State Boards Developing Nationwide Licensee Database For CPAs

Preliminary plans for a database that will quickly validate the current licensing status of certified public accountants throughout the country were unveiled at the 96th Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.This new project comes just as NASBA is in the final stages of developing a certified public accountant candidate information database, for the exclusive use of the computer-based CPA examination to be launched in April 2004.
Community News

Free Webcast "Arresting Financial Fraud: The Inside Story From The FBI"

On November 6, 2003 the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and senior members of management of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will join forces and present a free, interactive Webcast about preventing and detecting corporate financial fraud. This unique program will discuss "lessons learned" from real-life cases pursued by the FBI. It also will discuss the FBI’s "Fraud Radar;" where it’s currently focused, and areas of future concern.
Technology

Computerized CPA Exam Webcast Series Launched

The first of four live webcasts about the computer-based Uniform CPA Examination will broadcast next week from the (AICPA) studios. "With the new exam only six months away, we’re committed to helping everyone understand the changes and enhancements.” said Arleen Thomas, AICPA Vice President – Professional Standards & Services. The first of the series, "Educators: How to Prepare for the Computerized CPA Exam," is focused on educators and those who prepare Exam candidates. The webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
A&A

Levitt Takes Knowledge on The Road

Beginning this week, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Arthur Levitt will visit six cities to discuss "Meeting the Compliance Challenge: Issues, Risks and Rewards."Levitt, who served as the SEC’s longest running chairman from 1993 to 2001, will share his insights from his distinguished career in the finance arena.
Practice Management

Coping With Problem People

Reprinted with Permisson. By Kerry L. Johnson, Ph.D. John was about to give up. He had had it with his manager's explosions. It wasn't bad enough that he felt like a child, but when his manager raised his voice and demoralized him, it went too far. When his boss carried on with one of his tirades, John usually was left shaking in his boots. Not only was the guy intensely intimidating but he made most people either angry or fearful, often at the same time. Beth was tired of the backbiting.
Practice

New Opportunities Are Available For CMA Certification

The Institute of Management Accountants, the national organization devoted to promotion and education in the field of management accounting, has announced the launch of new preparation materials for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination.The CMA Learning System, a review course for the CMA exam, will be available in the spring of 2004.
Technology

Computerized Uniform CPA Examination Tutorial Available

The CPA Letter - AICPAA tutorial for the computerized Uniform CPA Examination is now available. The tutorial was created to help familiarize accounting students and CPA Examination candidates with the revised Uniform CPA Examination, which will be delivered in a computer-based format beginning April 5, 2004. The tutorial explains the design and operation of the computer- based test, and reviews the types of questions and responses used in the new exam.

Are State CPA Societies Still Relevant?

Guest Author: Michael Platt, AccountingWEB, Inc. The accounting profession is facing challenges as never before. Time commitments to family, increased demands by clients, increased workload due to regulatory scrutiny, increased competition, a shaken image post-Enron, and a declining accounting workforce are all contributing to obstacles to success that need to be overcome.
Education & Careers

Robert Half Int'l to Offer Free Professional Development to Candidates

Robert Half International Inc. (RHI), a provider of accounting and finance professionals to business, has signed an agreement making it the only staffing firm to offer the Microsoft Office Specialist Program to temporary professionals and job candidates. RHI will deliver the program free to its registered candidates at all of its North American offices.Through a strategic business alliance with the Microsoft Office Specialist Program, RHI will offer registered job candidates the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office Specialist certifications in Word and Excel.
Community News

The Importance of Succession Planning

Compliments of The Change Management Group"Having succession planning and a management development process is the training of people, giving them assignments so they can build new strengths, and having very candid discussions about their performance. When you have that, you are building the most effective leaders possible." - Bruce Bunch, General ElectricLess than 15 percent of companies address the need for a top leadership succession plan.
Education & Careers

Computerized CPA Exam Tutorial Now Available

Want to know how the new computerized CPA exam will work? Curious what it will look like? Wonder what's included? Now you can find out, thanks to a new online tutorial available at www.cpa-exam.org.The tutorial was created to help familiarize accounting students and CPA Examination candidates with the revised Uniform CPA Examination. The examination will be delivered in a computer-based format beginning April 5, 2004 throughout the United States.
A&A

Successful Financial Crime Prevention

Re-published with permission from White-Collar Crime Fighter, www.wccfighter.com.While the ingenuity and complexity of today's huge corporate frauds make interesting reading, there are countless other varieties of financial wrongdoing plaguing companies that don't receive mass media attention.LOW PROFILE, HIGH COSTUnfortunately, these "lesser" frauds usually have devastating results on a company's bottom line and reputation—just as the mega-frauds do on the Enrons, Worldcoms and Tycos that the mas
Education & Careers

Decision to Deep-Six Accounting Journals Causes Quite a Stir

Accounting faculty around the country are taking to the Internet in a grassroots campaign to fight for two educational resources they hold dear - Accounting Horizons and Issues in Accounting Education - educational journals published by the American Accounting Association, whose future is in the crosshairs of the associations' Executive Committee.A letter by American Accounting Association President G.

Are Women More Ethical in Business?

Do men and women have different ethical behavior in the business world? Apparently inquiring minds want to know.
Education & Careers

Financial Testing Giant Kaplan, Inc. Expands to UK, Asia

Kaplan, Inc.
Education & Careers

Computerized CPA Exam Slated to Begin April 5, 2004

The long-awaited timetable for the launch of the new CPA exam was made available today, with the announcement that the new computerized CPA exam will be made available beginning April 5, 2004. The last opportunity to take the paper exam will be November 5 and 6, 2003. Unlike the current exam, which is only offered twice a year, the new computerized exam will be available six days a week for two out of every three months of the year, allowing more flexibility to accommodate user's schedules.

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