General Cable Corporate was fined more than $75M for "...not having effective programs & internal controls necessary to proactively address corruption risks and accounting errors." Terrible considering it would have cost them <$50K to become compliant using the Vibato program and they would have also been able to experience the benefits of compliance such as more efficient procedures, shorter close duration, balanced workloads, etc...The CEO & CFO also had to return a total of $5.8M in combined compensation - that they were entitled to - but that they forfeited simply because they failed to follow the rules and comply with the Sarbanes Oxley laws. Expensive lesson...Read More
On June 9th, Big Four auditing firm, KPMG, stepped down as FIFA’s auditing firm after working with them for more than 16 years. KPMG has confirmed its resignation, but declines to comment further. Many questions have been raised as to why a Big Four auditing firm missed or looked passed so many red flags. FIFA has been in the news a great deal the first half of this year with a new president, uncovered and hidden bonuses to
executives, and internal audit stepping down.
10 years ago today Enron Chairmen and CEO Kenneth Lay and CEO and COO Jeffrey Skilling were convicted. The top executives at Enron cheated investors and set a negative tone at the top. Enron overvalued assets and used complex accounting gimmicks like overestimating future income and cash flow. The FBI states that to date Enron was the most complex white collar crime investigation they have dealt with.Read More
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5 Reasons why YOU should speak out against Jeffrey Skilling’s early jail release.
Let’s face it, dealing with internal controls from time to time can be a headache and can certainly get out of hand. The power of an organized internal control structure yields a plethora of benefits in terms of cost efficiency, reduced workload, fewer headaches, and happier employees – You know what they say, Organized People Play™.
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Here's a quick tip on how your 10-K language may need to change to represent your compliance with the new COSO 2013 standards / Sarbanes-Oxley. Remember, this is due by 12/15/2014, it is not optional, and if you directly reference the 1992 guidance like most companies do, you will need to make this edit.
There are 17 Principles discussed in the new COSO 2013 guidance that every public company must demonstrate compliance with by 12/15/2014.
Now this is interesting. Whistleblower protection laws previously did not apply to contractors so, as a for instance, if and accountant were to find fraud, they could not report it to the SEC or PCAOB without risking a lawsuit for violating their non-disclosure agreement and they were not protected under Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (whistleblower section). This was the reality for all consulting firms. We were essentially required to keep our mouths shut or suffer literally being sued into the ground for trying to “do the right thing.” This was always a concern for us consulting firms because “doing the right thing” is required by the SEC and PCAOB or you could face sanctions that would never allow you to work with a public company again; however, if you did “do the right thing,” then you could literally face losing your business, home, and career for violating your contract with your fraudster customer. This was a serious dilemma.
I found an interesting article from intuit relating to IT General Computer Controls (ITGCC) and what is the definition of a minimum requirement for a password to be accepted as 'complex.' According to the article from Intuit: