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Clawback of Executive Compensation: Ethical Issues

Accountability for Restated Financial Statements On October 26, 2022, the SEC issued a final rule aimed at ensuring that executive officers do not receive “excess compensation” if the financial results on which previous awards of compensation were based are subsequently restated because of material noncompliance with financial reporting requirements. Such... Read more →


Challenges of Using ChatGPT in the Accounting Profession

Ethical Issues and Risks to Consider It seems that virtually everyone is talking about ChatGPT. Educators fear that students will use it to write term papers. Those in the workplace have concerns about the security and privacy of the data. Ethical issues arise that must be considered. AI ethics managers... Read more →


Is Whistleblowing a Moral Act?

One’s Motive for Acting is the Key Is whistleblowing a moral practice? Different views exist on this important issue. Generally, the act of whistleblowing should be motivated by good intentions – i.e., to right a wrong. On the other hand, if the motive is to gain a financial reward or... Read more →


The Collapse of SVB and Signature Bank: Where Were the Regulators and KPMG?

Missing the Red Flags I have previously blogged about the collapse of SVB and the Signature Bank. In today's blog, I will update the information and probe more deeply the failings of regulators and KPMG to heed the warning signs that trouble lied ahead. The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank... Read more →


When Should Clawback Provisions Be Used

Holding CEOs Accountable for Fraudulent Activities I have previously blogged about the 324:1 ratio of pay packages, on average, for S&P 500 CEOs when compared to the average worker Pay. In this blog I look at claw backs, a provision that enables a company and/or the SEC to go after... Read more →


Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text & Cases, 6th edition

Book Review I want to share with my readers a review of my accounting ethics textbook that was just published in The CPA Journal. I am proud to say the review highly recommends the book. This is the sixth edition of my book that spans more than twenty years of... Read more →


Turmoil at the PCAOB: Has the PCAOB Lived Up to its Mandate?

Protecting the Public Interest I recently participated in the Ethics Symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association. A colleague of mine, Sri Ramamoorti from the University of Dayton, had very important comments about the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB),that regulates audits and auditors. In other words,... Read more →


Should Chinese Companies Listed on U.S Stock Exchanges Be Subject to PCAOB Audits?

Making Workpapers Available to the PCAOB Might Violate China’s Sovereignty On January 23, 2014, the SEC came down hard on Chinese units of big-4 firms, ruling that these units should be barred from auditing U.S.-traded companies for six months. The ruling came after the firms failed to show the SEC... Read more →


SEC Investigation of Auditors Driven by Conflicts of Interest and a Lack of Independence

Is the SEC the Cause of the Problem? I have blogged before about the problems the Big Four accounting firms are having with respect to conflicts of interests and independence impairments. These concerns have moved the SEC to launch a probe into how firms manage conflicts of interest caused by... Read more →


Do Auditors Adequately Assess Audit Quality?

Measurement of Audit Quality is the Key This blog is a continuation of one I posted earlier today and follows up on a blog posted a couple of weeks ago. The question of whether audits provide useful information and protect investors has been discussed for many years. It is an... Read more →