Dataline: Highlights of the 2013 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments (No. 2013-27)

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Dataline 12/13/2013 by Assurance services
Dataline: Highlights of the 2013 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments (No. 2013-27)

At a glance

SEC, PCAOB and FASB speakers were among the headliners at the 2013 AICPA Conference. Key themes included quality and transparency for financial reporting and audits.

The 2013 AICPA National Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments (the Conference) brought together presenters from across the accounting landscape: regulatory and standard-setting bodies, auditors, users, preparers, and industry experts.

The SEC staff provided an update on regulatory and financial reporting matters including areas of frequent comment and consultation trends. They emphasized the need for high quality, concise disclosures, focusing on ways registrants can improve communications throughout their filings. They also stressed the continued importance of internal controls over financial reporting, asking participants to remain vigilant in order to maintain the gains made over the past decade.

Quality and transparency were themes highlighted throughout the Conference, and were broadly applicable to the spectrum of conference participants. Topics on quality included both financial reporting and auditing, while transparency was discussed in the context of regulatory practices, audits and disclosures. These themes were emphasized by speakers from the Center for Audit Quality, the SEC, and PCAOB, and echoed by others involved in the financial reporting process.

Read our Dataline for more highlights from the Conference and our observations.