Posts Tagged ‘SOX 404’

Regulatory Reform Bill — Ignores SOX!

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The House of Representatives passed a significant regulatory reform legislation Tuesday — and while the bill’s fate in the Senate is unclear, compliance professionals should examine what’s not in the bill. That tells us a lot about how regulatory reform will probably unfold in 2018 and 2019 anyway. The legislation, formally known as the Jobs…

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SEC Starts Regulatory Reform Push

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The Securities and Exchange Commission began moving forward this week on its ambitions to craft a more business-friendly regulatory regime, starting with plans to exempt many more companies from compliance requirements and to cap potential rewards to whistleblowers. Most notable for ethics and compliance officers, the commissioners voted (along the predictable 3-2 partisan split, favoring…

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Guest Column: COSO at a Tipping Point?

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Nearly 30 years ago as young bank auditor, I learned about a private sector initiative known as “The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission,” or more simply, “COSO.” It was the mid-1980s. The savings & loan crisis was raging. COSO was, and continues to be, a joint effort of five private sector organizations…

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New PCAOB Leadership Comes Aboard

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The leadership transition at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has begun. Its new chairman and one new board member were sworn in yesterday, and one of the new chairman’s first acts was to name a new chief of staff. William Duhnke was sworn in as chairman, Kathleen Hamm as board member. Duhnke then named…

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Treasury Report Eyes SOX Compliance

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The Trump Administration wants to exempt more companies from audits of internal control over financial reporting by raising the exemption threshold from $75 million to $250 million in market cap, and by doubling the time a newly public company is shielded from compliance obligations to 10 years. So says a Treasury Department report released Friday…

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SOX Compliance: Do Better Than a ‘C’ Grade

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So there we all were on Monday, several hundred of us, warming up for Workiva’s 2017 Wdesk user conference by attending the SOX & Internal Controls Professionals Group Summit to talk all things internal control. On stage was Jeremy Sucharski, GRC, SOX, and internal audit partner at Armanino. He was sharing thoughts on good and bad…

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PCAOB Lists Audit Inspection Priorities for 2017

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SOX compliance officers, prepare to recalibrate your audit compass: the PCAOB has released its list of priorities for audit inspections this year. In a 19-page briefing document published yesterday, the PCAOB said its 2017 inspections are focusing on chronic trouble spots such as auditing accounting estimates and audits of internal control over financial reporting. They…

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PCAOB Overhaul Looms

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SOX compliance professionals, prepare yourselves: the SEC has announced plans for new leadership at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which could eventually bring significant changes in how audits and SOX compliance are managed. SEC chairman Jay Clayton put events into motion Friday afternoon, with a quiet announcement that current PCAOB chairman Jim Doty “has…

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The Private Market Stresses Driving SOX Compliance Debate

If you want to understand the forces pushing to roll back compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act—and if you work in corporate compliance, you should—then spend time today reading a superb Wall Street Journal article about the conflicted state of investment in the private markets. We can’t ignore the uncertainty there, because it’s a big driver…

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Framing the Arguments Over SOX Compliance

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Well, it’s started. Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission have begun plotting ways to roll back corporate compliance and governance practices. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is a top priority. New SEC chairman Jay Clayton fired the starting gun on July 12, when he gave his first public address as chairman. He laid out eight concerns…

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