Sarbanes-Oxley Webinar: Internal Controls for the Fixed Asset Process

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sat, Jan 30, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

We have pre-recorded our webinar series to allow interested parties to view them at their leisure.  The seventh available webinar entitled, "Internal Controls for the Fixed Asset Process" is available for download by clicking on this text. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, Controls Testing, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

Sarbanes-Oxley Webinar: Internal Controls Non-Profits Should Consider

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sat, Jan 30, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

We have pre-recorded our webinar series to allow interested parties to view them at their leisure.  The sixth available webinar entitled, "Internal Controls Non-Profits Should Consider" is available for download by clicking on this text. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, Controls Testing, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

PCAOB Update: Auditing Standard No. 7

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 26, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

The PCAOB posted an update today on the following topic:

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information

BPM: 'Haitian Relief Contributions Now Tax-Deductible'

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Jan 25, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Our busines partner, Burr Pilger Mayer, sent out a nice article today regarding contributions to Haitian Relief and their tax eligibility.  Here is an excerpt from their article: 

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Tags: Tax Information

Sarbanes-Oxley Webinar: How to Perform a Risk Assessment

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Jan 25, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

We have pre-recorded our webinar series to allow interested parties to view them at their leisure.  The fifth available webinar entitled, "How to Perform a Risk Assessment " is available for download by clicking on this text. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, Controls Testing, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

Sarbanes-Oxley Webinar Available: SOX for the Small Company

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sun, Jan 24, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

We have pre-recorded our webinar series to allow interested parties to view them at their leisure.  The third available webinar entitled, "SOX Basic®" is available for download by clicking on this text. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, SOX Basic®, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

Sarbanes-Oxley Webinar Available: Entity Level Best Practices

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sun, Jan 24, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

We have pre-recorded our webinar series to allow interested  parties to view them at their leisure.  The second available webinar entitled, "Entity Level Best Practices" is available for download by clicking on this text. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, Controls Testing, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

Entity Level Control - Code of Conduct

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sun, Jan 24, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

One of the controls prescribed by The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), who provides the guidance for the Entity Level Process, relates to the use of a robust code of conduct. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

Sarbanes-Oxley Webinar Available: Financial Close Best Practices

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sun, Jan 24, 2010 @ 03:00 AM

We have pre-recorded our webinar series to allow interested parties to view them at their leisure.  The fourth available webinar entitled "Financial Close Best Practices" is available for download by clicking on this text. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, Controls Testing, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

Sarbanes-Oxley Webinar Available: SOX Compliance Made Simple ®

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sun, Jan 24, 2010 @ 03:00 AM

We have pre-recorded our webinar series to allow interested parties to view them at their leisure.  The first available webinar entitled "SOX Compliance Made Simple" is available  for download by clicking on this text. 

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Tags: Compliance tools, Controls Testing, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley

1/20/10 news on the permanent 404(b) reprieve for non-accelerated filers

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Thu, Jan 21, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

On Jan. 20th, the bill was:

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Tags: Non-accelerated filer 404(b) information

"What Sarbanes-Oxley Did and Didn't Cure in our Financial System"

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Jan 18, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Terry Connelly, Dean of Golden Gate University's Ageno School of Business (my alma mater), discusses the United States response to the accounting and finance scandals of the early 2000's in two videos that are available on YouTube.  The videos are titled "What Sarbanes-Oxley Did and Didn't Cure in our Financial System" and is available via these links in two parts:

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Another Satisfied Vibato Customer Success Story!

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Jan 18, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Omni Bio Pharmaceutical, Inc, located in Denver, CO and referred to Vibato from Hein & Associates, is a small company in terms of overall employee size but is still an accelerated filer and will be subjected to the 404(b) requirements in their coming year-end audit.  Because of their unusual business size relative to their nearly $300M market cap, Omni was faced with the challenge of finding the right Sarbanes-Oxley service provider who would understand the needs of a company with a large market cap and small overall employee size:

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New PostVibato wins another accelerated filer for the SOX Compliance Made Simple® software toolset

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Sun, Jan 17, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Vibato is pleased to announce yet another win of an accelerated filer who is looking to utilize the SOX Compliance Made Simple® software toolset to streamline their existing internal controls infrastructure and reduce the amount of time and cost associated with the maintenance of their Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.  Our new client, a 100+ year-old technology-based company out of Japan, has selected SOX Compliance Made Simple for its Microsoft-based ease of use that does not require their team members to install or learn a new application just to manage their Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.  We are delighted to welcome this new client to the Vibato family of products! 

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Vibato Wins Another Green-tech Client for a Sarbanes-Oxley Implementation!

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Thu, Jan 14, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Vibato is delighted to announce yet another win from the Green-tech community!  Vibato seems to be cornering the Green-tech market for Sarbanes-Oxley implementations which suits us just fine. Our new client is out of the Los Angeles area and specializes in proprietary starch-based, renewable plastics created from breakthrough technology.  This new client has engaged us to implement our SOX Basic® product, which is suited for smaller companies who want a robust internal control infrastructure that is tailored for their needs.

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Tags: 404, Sarbanes-Oxley

More 404(b) Permanent Reprieve News

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 12, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

According to Open Congress.org, only 33% of visitors to the site support the H.R.4173 - Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 which includes the permanent reprieve of Section 404(b) for non-accelerated filers.  Again, non-accelerated filers have a market cap of less than $75M and have been granted a reprieve on Section 404(b) since SOX was adopted.  In November, 2009, the SEC announced that non-accelerated filers will have to comply with Section 404(b) by June 15, 2010 and H.R. 4173 was put through as an effort to permanently repeal the need for non-accelerated filers to have to comply.  Open Congress.org has some nice visual displays detailing the progress of the bill.

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Tags: Non-accelerated filer 404(b) information

Vibato in Chicago on 1/14 & 1/15/2010

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 12, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Vibato representatives will be taking meetings in Chicago, Illinois on January 14th & 15th at the Ritz-Carlton on 160 East Pearson Street at Water Tower Place.  Feel free to give us a call at (707) 477-0008 or (510) 910-1604.

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Vibato in Salt Lake City, Utah on 1/27 - 2/4

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 12, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Vibato representatives will be in Salt Lake City, Utah taking meetings from January 27 to February 4th at the Hotel Monaco on 15 West 200 South.  Feel free to give us a call at (707) 477-0008 or (510) 910-1604.

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Are Audits a Waste of Time & Money without Sarbanes-Oxley?

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Wed, Jan 06, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Are audits a waste of time & money without Sarbanes-Oxley?  I would never have questioned the value of an audit without SOX until I saw Grant Thornton's comments today. 

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Amendment to strike 404(b) reprieve from the omnibus financial reform bill

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 05, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski attempted to push through an amendment to the omnibus financial reform bill (H.R. 4173) or the "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009" on December 10, 2009 to strike the provisions within H.R. 4173 that would exempt non-accelerated filers from Section 404(b).  Kanjorski's amendment was voted down, 153 - 271. As is stands, the bill will go to the Senate for final vote.  The vote has yet to be scheduled.

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Tags: Non-accelerated filer 404(b) information

Follow the progress of the Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act of 2009

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 05, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Follow the progress of the omnibus financial reform bill (H.R. 4173) or the "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009" via this link:

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Tags: Non-accelerated filer 404(b) information

Status of Non-Accelerated Filer Permanent 404(b) Reprieve

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Tue, Jan 05, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

The omnibus financial reform bill (H.R. 4173) or the "Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009" was passed by the House of Representatives via a vote of 223-202 on December 11, 2009.  This bill would seek to permanently grant a 404(b) reprieve for non-accelerated filers (those with a market capitalization below $75 million).  The bill must now be passed by the Senate to be put into law and their vote has yet to be scheduled.  As it stands now, non-accelerated filers must comply with 404(b) by June 15, 2010; 404(a) has been in effect since 2007 and is not in debate.

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Vibato in the News: TheStreet.com

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Jan 04, 2010 @ 03:00 PM
Todd Thomas from TheStreet.com, published a number of Vibato's New Year's Resolutions in his "CEO Special Report," which he authored as a special edition of IMPACT Consulting and Development's "Leadership Matters" newsletter.

 

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley, Vibato

Vibato in the News: Six Sigma

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Jan 04, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Six Sigma should be utilized in all SOX or process reengineering implementations.  Think of it this way, just as you would be expected to be graded when you go to school, you should also expect to grade your process reengineering effort which means you should set expectations ahead of time and then measure the output against these expectations.  If an ROI cannot be determined prior to starting the implementation, then perhaps the implementation direction is not clear or perhaps the project is not even necessary.  Vibato uses Six Sigma methodologies in all of our products and implementations.  Learn more about Six Sigma via this link:

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley, Vibato, Six Sigma

Lora Bentley Interview: Vibato's Simple Sarbox New Year's Tips

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Mon, Jan 04, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

Lora Bentley of IT Business Edge published the remainder of our New Year's Resolutions.  The article can be read via this list: 

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Tags: Sarbanes-Oxley, Vibato, audit scope