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Recent Actions by the PCAOB Against Big Four Accounting Firms Raises the Issue of Public Trust

Audit Firm Professionals Have Cheated on Ethics and Internal Training Exams I have previously blogged about the cheating scandal at Big Four CPA firms, where the four firms were caught helping staff to pass tests associated with internal training continuing education programs to some extent or another. It is a... Read more →


ADM’s Accounting for Financial Statement Restatements Questionable Should it be a Treated as a “Big R” or a “little r”? Last week it was announced that Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over its accounting practices. In January 2024, ADM placed its Chief Financial... Read more →


PCAOB Fines Withum for “Pervasive Quality Control Violations” in SPAC Audits

Lack of Experience and Training is the Underlying Cause The following blog is taken from an interview soliciting my views on SPAC audit problems that was published by CFO Brew online by Courtney Vien on March 1, 2024. In case you needed more proof that the Special Purpose Acquisition Companies... Read more →


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 →