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  1. Corp. Executives Get Help With Security and Privacy Strategy
  2. SEC Chief Accountant Clarifies Rules on Auditor Independence
  3. Latest Identity Theft Scam Centers on Fake Loans
  4. PCAOB Now Accepting Registration Information From Firms
  5. IRS Announces Application Fee for Offers in Compromise
  6. Niche SuperConference Takes "Synergy" to New Heights
  7. ABA Gives Corporate Attorneys Whistleblower Permission
  8. How to Avoid Online Job Posting Identity Fraud
  9. Kinder, Gentler IRS Gives Automatic Blackout Extension
  10. Book Recommendation: Hidden Financial Risk, Understanding Off Balance Sheet Accounting

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  1. Winning Significant Opportunities in Today's Environment
  2. Essentials of Proper Password Protection
  3. How to Keep Dishonest Employees Off Your Payroll
  4. From the Archives: What Makes a Client Change Accountants/Firms?

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1. Corporate Executives Get Help With Security and Privacy Strategy

A joint paper released by Canadian Information and Privacy
Commissioner Ann Cavoukian and Deloitte & Touche LLP, provides corporate executives with suggestions for developing strategies for information security and privacy protection.

2. SEC Chief Accountant Clarifies Rules on Auditor Independence

When the SEC issued rules governing auditor independence last January, it left many questions unanswered. Last week, the SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant issued a series of frequently asked questions that will help auditors follow the intent of the rules.


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3. Latest Identity Theft Scam Centers on Fake Loans

Scammers have a new way of grabbing your identity - and some cold hard cash too. Realistic-looking fake advertisements for financial institutions offering loans are cropping up in newspapers. Victims are finding they are getting more - and less - than they bargained for when they sign up for these loans.

4. PCAOB Now Accepting Registration Information From Firms

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is now accepting registration information from public accounting firms that plan to continue auditing publicly held companies. Domestic companies have until October 22, 2003 to register, with international firms getting an additional six months.

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5. IRS Announces Application Fee for Offers in Compromise

6. Niche SuperConference Takes "Synergy" to New Heights

7. ABA Gives Corporate Attorneys Whistleblower Permission

8. How to Avoid Online Job Posting Identity Fraud

9. Kinder, Gentler IRS Gives Automatic Blackout Extension

10. Book Recommendation: Hidden Financial Risk, Understanding Off Balance Sheet Accounting by, J. Edward Ketz

In Hidden Financial Risk, Ketz thoroughly and accessibly explains the dubious methods by which firms hide debt and the failings by managers, directors, auditors, regulators, and investors who allowed these methods to poison financial reporting. Ketz places particular emphasis on understanding Special Purpose Entities (SPEs), Enron's preferred method of deception. Order your copy today!

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1. Winning Significant Opportunities in Today's Environment

Recent events in the profession will continue to result in more and larger clients evaluating a potential change in their CPA firm over the next couple of years. Firms that invest in the expertise necessary to win significant opportunities have a once-in-a-lifetime ability to grow their revenue substantially.

2. Essentials of Proper Password Protection

It may sound surprising, but too many companies still don't live by the seemingly obvious rule that computer security is heavily dependent on a tight password protection system...and that the password system in turn depends on the passwords being kept secret at all times.

3. How to Keep Dishonest Employees Off Your Payroll

The fact that a person has been convicted of fraud does not
mean that he or she will commit fraud in the future. Nor is a perfectly clean record any guarantee of future honesty. The good news: There are warning signs in a job candidate's
background which often indicate the probability of dishonest behavior. You can uncover these signs!

4. From the Archives: What Makes a Client Change Accountants/Firms?

It's a big decision, changing accountants, one that is not taken lightly by business people. One of the leading business schools conducted a research study into why people changed accountants. Find out what they found!

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1. Banking Regulators Adopt New Rules For Accountants

2. SEC Names New Chief Accountant

3. Schwarzenegger Releases Tax Return

4. Strengthening The Financial Reporting Process

5. SEC Seeks Transparency in Corporate Board Nominations

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