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November 9, 2012
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  • Five hurdles for the Balanced Scorecard
    David Norton, one of the fathers of the Balanced Scorecard, sees five major challenges facing performance management systems in the bid to remain effective. Speaking at a CGMA event marking the Balanced Scorecard's 20th anniversary, Norton said the key to the framework's longevity has been its ability to adapt to changes in the broader economy. At another event in the anniversary series, Balanced Scorecard co-founder Robert Kaplan explained how poor cost measurement is plaguing the U.S. health care system and what can be done to fix it. CGMA Magazine (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
AICPA Resources on the Clarified Auditing Standards
Prepare now for the transition to the clarified standards, which are effective for calendar year 2012 audits, with guidance directly from the AICPA. Available resources include AICPA publications, CPE self-study courses, webcasts and conferences. > Visit cpa2biz.com/sasclarity
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  • PCAOB makes progress on China corporate audit issue
    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has made progress with China on the issue of joint inspections of corporate audits, says PCAOB Chairman James Doty. The PCAOB has completed observations of Chinese regulators' inspections of auditors and Doty expects to begin talks on access to audit documents by the end of the year. Reuters (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Regulators cool to industry's money funds plan
    Federal regulators are not bowled over by the money market industry's proposal to head off government-imposed rules. The industry has suggested a fee for those who withdraw money during a crisis. The Securities and Exchange Commission fears it could trigger bank runs and that the measure could do more to protect investors. The Wall Street Journal (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cyberattack concerns emerge at SEC
    Some staffers in the Securities and Exchange Commission's Trading and Markets Division left their computers open to cyberattacks, sources say. The computers contain highly sensitive stock exchange information, and the staffers failed to encrypt the devices. The SEC's Interim Inspector General is poised to release a report about the security lapses. Reuters (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free webinar with CPE credit offered on proposed financial reporting framework for smaller enterprises
      
    Last week, the AICPA released for public comment the Proposed Financial Reporting Framework for Small- and Medium-Sized Entities. The self-contained special purpose framework would enable privately owned smaller enterprises to produce more relevant and less complex financial statements when U.S. GAAP is not required. Comments are due Jan. 30. To help members learn about the proposal, the AICPA is hosting a free, one-hour webinar (offering 1 CPE credit) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET on Nov. 16. For details and resources on the proposal, visit aicpa.org/FRF-SMEs. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Register for the webcast that teaches how to lead your clients during disastrous times
      
    The effects of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for years to come and cost billions of dollars. It may also be leaving your clients with the task of rebuilding. Join CPA disaster survivors and rebuilding experts as they share their experiences and guide you through the consultation, planning and rebuilding processes that will help clients anticipate future catastrophes. Register today for the webcast, State of Emergency: How the CPA Can Lead During Disastrous Times, to be held 12 to 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 16, and learn to create viable strategies for helping your clients rebuild and remain in the black as they move toward a more secure future. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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