In recent remarks, the Chief Accountant noted that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) and other divisions within the SEC are monitoring the issues raised by COVID-19.

He emphasized the importance of reliable financial information, which provides transparency for investors, and noted that the Office has actively engaged with the

In December 2019, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) revised its attestation standards to eliminate certain requirements for Agreed-Upon Procedures (AUP) engagements, thereby expanding the types of situations these engagements can be performed by independent accountants.

An AUP engagement is an attestation engagement in which a company engages an independent accountant to perform

On December 30, 2019, the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SEC’s Chief Accountant, and the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a joint statement regarding the role of audit committees in financial reporting, as well as their oversight responsibilities. The statement reminds audit committees, in connection with year-end reporting,

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“AICPA”) Auditing Standards Board issued Statement on Auditing Standards No. 138 and Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements  No. 20 to amend the concept of materiality in the context of both audits of financial statements and attestation engagements. Under the previous standards, misstatements, including omissions, were considered to

We previously blogged about the recent AICPA conference. At the conference, representatives from the Office of Chief Accountant also shared some views regarding the discontinuation of LIBOR. The Staff of the OCA joined in the July 2019 statement with the SEC Staff from the Division of Corporation Finance, the Division of Investment Management and the

In a recent publication, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) Staff shares some initial observations regarding Critical Audit Matters (“CAMs”) implementation.

The Staff commented on the significant investment of resources devoted to identification of the CAMs, drafting of the CAMs descriptions, which began months prior to the fiscal year end, the involvement of the

At the AICPA conference we have previously blogged about, the Chief Accountant explained that the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant (“OCA”) is led by the Chief Accountant, who serves as the principal advisor to the SEC on accounting and auditing matters arising in the administration of the federal securities laws.  The OCA has a

At the recent 2019 AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, representatives of the SEC provided updates on a number of emerging issues, including implementation of the critical audit matters (“CAMs”) requirement.  A representative of the Office of Chief Accountant noted that CAMs are intended to “provide audit-specific insights not previously communicated regarding matters

Accounting Standards

Representatives from the Office of Chief Accountant discussed new accounting standards.  The Staff commented on the implementation of the new revenue recognition standard, which requires companies to provide a comprehensive view of revenue arrangements in their financial statements, including their disclosures.  The Staff intends to continue to monitor, and comment on, the implementation