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2004-05-28

Internal Auditors Find Control Gaps

Most companies have flaws in their framework for complying with Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley, survey finds.

2004-05-28

Cisco and FASB: Options Showdown

Employees at Cisco sent plenty of comments to the FASB.

2004-05-28

Sarbox Costs 'Unpredictable,' Still Rising

Some public companies are considering going private.

2004-05-27

Prison Time for Former CFO of NTG

Finance chief helped Network Technologies Group swindled millions of dollars from its lender.

2004-05-27

Computer Associates Offers Settlement

'Add another zero and this becomes a serious offer,' says one observer.

2004-05-27

Former Rite Aid Exec Is Sentenced

Three other former company officials are scheduled to be sentenced this week.

2004-05-26

Ebbers Faces Six New Charges

Lying to securities regulators was one of six charges U.S. prosecutors have added to the case.

2004-05-26

Internal Auditors Find Control Gaps

Most companies have flaws in their framework for complying with Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley.

2004-05-26

SEC Fines Approaching 2003 Levels

The SEC is continuing to levy fines against corporate wrongdoers at the stiff pace it assumed in 2003.

2004-05-25

Looking under the Hood

New standards for internal controls put more power in the hands of auditors.

2004-05-25

Sarbanes-Oxley Forces Options Exercise

Dominion Resources is letting executives pay back the debt with profits on company equities.

2004-05-25

Two Former Finance Execs Charged with Fraud

Allegations are that the two engaged in a revenue-recognition scheme to inflate share price of the company.

2004-05-25

E&Y Faces Criminal Probe on Shelters

This investigation is the latest blow to the firm.

2004-05-25

Pitt Would Enhance Financial Reports

The former SEC chairman believes that companies should reveal their thought processes as well as their finances.

2004-05-25

SEC Accountant Strips Auditors of Tax Fees

Auditors can no longer use a loophole to claim contingency fees for their clients tax savings.

2004-05-19

SEC Settles with Warnaco, Former CFO

The SEC sends a message that 'getting the numbers right' is not enough.

2004-05-19

Third Canadian Tech Executive Fired

Hip Interactive joins Descartes Systems and Nortel Networks in a bevy of planned restatements.

2004-05-19

Fresh Ideas on Auditor Independence

Some off-the-wall tactics might be needed to keep audits honest.

2004-05-18

Onetime Enron Director Departs Qualcomm

Qualcomm Inc. announced the resignation of Frank Savage, a former director of Enron Corp., from its board of directors.

2004-05-18

Shakeups on Comcast, Best Buy Boards

Pension funds and shareholder activists flex their governance muscles.

2004-05-18

Plea Deal Sets Stage for Cendant Testimony

Ex- CFO of Cendant predecessor company CUC International is expected to testify against ex-Cendant chairman and vicechairman.

2004-05-18

SEC Charges Lucent, Executives

Imposes the largest penalty ever for not cooperating with an SEC probe.

2004-05-17

Setting Revenue Recognition Standards

Global accounting standard setters are moving closer to crafting one set of comprehensive guidelines for how and when companies should report revenue.

2004-05-17

Appeals Panel 'Guts' Section of Sarbox

"Extraordinary Payments" subject to Sarbanes-Oxley.

2004-05-17

Whistle-blower - David Franklin Says $26.6M Will Not Change Me

Whistle-blowing is not for everyone: "It takes real staying power."

2004-05-17

Pfizer settles fraud case for $430 million

The penalties include a $240 million criminal fine.

2004-05-14

Sarbanes-Oxley and Health Plans

Employee health plans often obscures the view of benefit costs and internal controls that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act demands.

2004-05-14

Former Rite Aid CEO Gets Up to 10 Years

Martin Grass pleads guilty to conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

2004-05-14

More Restricted Stock for More CEOs

Restricted stock is playing a major role in CEO compensation.

2004-05-14

House Bill Would Impede FASB

SEC would require companies to expense stock options granted to the 5 highest-paid officers.

2004-05-11

Citigroup Settles WorldCom Investor Lawsuit

Citigroup Inc. took two very expensive steps toward resolving some very embarrassing relationships.

2004-05-11

CFOs Still See Room to Cut Costs

So where are they finding opportunities to rein in spending?

2004-05-11

SEC Feels Pressure to Weaken Some Rules

The proposals have split the agency largely along partisan lines.

2004-05-11

PCAOB Establishes Standing Advisory Group

Standing Advisory Group to assist the PCAOB in carrying out its standards-setting responsibilities.

2004-05-11

KPMG Must Reveal Tax-Shelter Clients

KPMG lost a major battle in its tax shelter controversy.

2004-05-11

Euro Clash

Relations between the United States and the EU are at an all-time low.

2004-05-11

PCAOB Disapproves First Auditor

Last week, the accounting industry issued its first rejection.

2004-05-03

Sell-Side Analysts Dropping Small-Caps

In a mass exodus to larger companies, sell-side analysts are departing midsized and smaller corporations.

2004-05-01

SEC Probes Bally; CFO Resigns, Returns

Investigation concerns the fitness company restatement.

2004-05-01

Pitt Lambastes SEC Board-Nomination Plan

Pitt has criticized the SEC plan to give investors a voice in nominating candidates to boards of directors.


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