BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - April 2014

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Corporate Governance Series 05/01/2014 by Center for Board Governance
BoardroomDirect: Update on current board issues - April 2014

At a glance

This issue of BoardroomDirect® includes an article on coverage of the PCAOB’s public meeting on its proposed changes to the auditor’s reporting model. The newsletter also contains an analysis of the federal government’s cybersecurity framework, a call by some to raise the shareholder proposal threshold, and the possibility that the SEC may weigh actions on proxy advisory firms. There is some news for audit committees: comments by the CAQ on the EU audit market changes, PwC’s 2014 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study, and a federal court decision on the SEC’s conflict minerals disclosure rule.

Issue in focus: The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has proposed standards and amendments setting out a new auditor’s reporting model and the auditor’s responsibility regarding other information. Earlier this month these were the focus of a two-day public meeting of the PCAOB in Washington, D.C. The meeting, which included directors, audit firms, investors, and other parties involved in the financial reporting process, focused on:

  • The proposed inclusion of critical audit matters in the auditor’s report;
  • The proposed changes to the auditors’ responsibility regarding “other information” outside the audited financial statements; and
  • International developments on the auditor’s report.

The proposed standards were released for comment August 2013. The comment period, which originally ended in December 2013, was reopened and now ends on May 2.

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