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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 →


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 →


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 →


2020 PCAOB Inspections of US Affiliate of Global Networks

2020 Inspection Cycle Report Synopses Last week I blogged about the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and whether it has been living up to its mandate to protect the public interest. I also addressed PCAOB inspection reports and the deficiencies identified by the board. These are discussed next. Deficiencies... Read more →


Is the PCAOB Obsolete?

Defective Audits Are Not Being Adequately Dealt With The SEC removed William Duhnke as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the U.S. audit watchdog, on June 4, 2021. This raises serious questions about the relevance of the PCAOB today and whether it has been operating as intended.... Read more →