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  • A Separate GAAP?

    A blue-ribbon panel will look into whether private U.S. companies should get their own version of accounting rules. December 23, 2009

  • Protecting a Privilege

    Proposed legislation would protect companies' attorney-client privilege and likely preserve their ability to do thorough internal investigations. December 22, 2009

  • Ex-Bally CFO and E&Y Auditors Charged by SEC

    In a fraud case stemming from a year-old charge related to overstated earnings, the SEC alleges that six E&Y auditors should have known better. December 21, 2009

  • Checking on Risky Pay

    The SEC has expanded proxy disclosure requirements for companies with risky bonus plans. Will compensation committees crack down as a result? December 18, 2009

  • Stalling on Sarbox

    The regulatory-reform bill passed by the House last week suggests that lawmakers will either exempt smaller companies from getting internal-controls audits or put off the decision for yet another year. December 17, 2009

  • Will the SEC Get Personal?

    Stung by the scuttling of its Bank of America settlement, the regulator may step up its scrutiny of individuals. December 15, 2009

  • Herz: Give Banks More Freedom from GAAP

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board chairman calls for a greater "decoupling" of GAAP from bank regulators' capital requirements. December 8, 2009

  • Its Future in Limbo, the PCAOB Asks for More Money

    As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's fate, the board seeks a budget increase. December 3, 2009

  • Does Sarbox Reduce Restatements?

    While small companies lobby to limit their compliance with the 2002 law, a new study suggests it may provide a key benefit. December 2, 2009

  • Convergence vs. Conversion

    The notion of U.S. companies "switching" to IFRS over the next few years might become moot, if efforts to converge U.S. and international accounting standards are successful. December 1, 2009

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