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Securities and Exchange Commission -- Auditor Independence With Respect to Certain Loans or Debtor-Creditor Relationships2018-May-082018-09721The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is proposing to amend its auditor independence rules to refocus the analysis that must be conducted to determine whether an auditor is independent when the auditor has a lending relationship with certain shareholders of an audit client at any time during an audit or professional engagement period. The proposed amendments would focus the analysis solely on beneficial ownership rather than on both record and beneficial ownership; replace the existing 10 percent bright-line shareholder ownership test with a ``significant influence'' test; add a ``known through reasonable inquiry'' standard with respect to identifying beneficial owners of the audit client's equity securities; and amend the definition of ``audit client'' for a fund under audit to exclude funds that otherwise would be considered affiliates of the audit client. The Commission is also requesting comment on certain other potential amendments to its auditor independence rules.Accountants,
Accounting,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Employee benefit plans,
Holding companies,
Insurance companies,
Investment companies,
Oil and gas exploration,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Utilities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Inflation Adjustments and Other Technical Amendments Under Titles I and III of the Jobs Act2017-Apr-122017-06797We are adopting technical amendments to conform several rules and forms to amendments made to the Securities Act of 1933 (``Securities Act'') and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (``Exchange Act'') by Title I of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (``JOBS'') Act. To effectuate inflation adjustments required under Title I and Title III of the JOBS Act, we are also adopting new rules that include an inflation-adjusted threshold in the definition of the term ``emerging growth company'' as well as amendments to adjust the dollar amounts in Regulation Crowdfunding.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Disclosure Update and Simplification2016-Aug-042016-16964We are proposing amendments to certain of our disclosure requirements that may have become redundant, duplicative, overlapping, outdated, or superseded, in light of other Commission disclosure requirements, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (``U.S. GAAP''), International Financial Reporting Standards (``IFRS''), or changes in the information environment. We are also soliciting comment on certain Commission disclosure requirements that overlap with, but require information incremental to, U.S. GAAP to determine whether to retain, modify, eliminate, or refer them to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (``FASB'') for potential incorporation into U.S. GAAP. The proposed amendments are intended to facilitate the disclosure of information to investors, while simplifying compliance efforts, without significantly altering the total mix of information provided to investors. These proposals are part of an initiative by the Division of Corporation Finance to review disclosure requirements applicable to issuers to consider ways to improve the requirements for the benefit of investors and issuers. We are also issuing these proposals as part of our efforts to implement title LXXII, section 72002(2) of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act.Accountants,
Accounting,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Brokers,
Employee benefit plans,
Fraud,
Holding companies,
Insurance companies,
Investment companies,
Oil and gas exploration,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Utilities,
Agriculture Department -- Environmental Policies and Procedures2016-Mar-022016-03433Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture comprised of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agency, has unified and updated the environmental policies and procedures covering all Agency programs by consolidating two existing Agency regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements. These final rules supplement the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation(ACHP), associated environmental statutes, Executive Orders and Departmental Regulations. The majority of the changes to the existing rules relate to the categorical exclusion provisions in the Agency's procedures for implementing NEPA. These changes consolidate the provisions of the Agency's two current NEPA rules, and better conform the Agency's regulations, particularly for those actions listed as categorical exclusions, to the Agency's current activities and recent experiences and to CEQ's Memorandum for Heads of Federal Departments and Agencies entitled ``Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act'' issued on November 23, 2010.Accountants,
Accounting,
Accounting,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Aged,
Agriculture,
Alaska,
Broadband,
Buildings and facilities,
Business and industry,
Coal,
Communications,
Communications equipment,
Community development,
Community development,
Community development,
Conflict of interests,
Conflict of interests,
Conflict of interests,
Credit,
Credit,
Electric power,
Electric power rates,
Electric utilities,
Energy,
Energy conservation,
Environmental impact statements,
Environmental protection,
Fair housing,
Fair housing,
Flood insurance,
Government procurement,
Government property management,
Government securities,
Grant programs,
Grant programs-agriculture,
Grant programs-business,
Grant programs-communications,
Grant programs-education,
Grant programs-energy,
Grant programs-health,
Grant programs-housing and community development,
Grant programs-housing and community development,
Home improvement,
Housing,
Housing standards,
Housing standards,
Indians,
Insurance,
Intergovernmental relations,
Investments,
Loan programs,
Loan programs,
Loan programs,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-business,
Loan programs-business,
Loan programs-business,
Loan programs-communications,
Loan programs-communications,
Loan programs-energy,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Lobbying,
Low and moderate income housing,
Manufactured homes,
Migrant labor,
Mortgage insurance,
Mortgages,
Natural resources,
Nonprofit organizations,
Public housing,
Rent subsidies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Rural areas,
Securities,
Sewage disposal,
Small businesses,
Surplus Government property,
Telecommunications,
Telephone,
Television,
Transportation,
Utilities,
Waste treatment and disposal,
Waste treatment and disposal,
Water pollution control,
Water supply,
Water supply,
Watersheds,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2014-Jun-122014-13739This document contains final regulations revising the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These final regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS. These final regulations modify the standards governing written advice and update other related provisions of the regulations.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Agriculture Department -- Environmental Policies and Procedures2014-Feb-042014-00220Rural Development, a mission area within the U.S. Department of Agriculture comprised of the Rural Housing Service (RHS), Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS), hereafter referred to as the Agency, is proposing to unify and update environmental policies and procedures covering all Agency programs by consolidating two existing Agency regulations that implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements. These rules supplement the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the regulations of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), associated environmental statutes, Executive orders and Departmental Regulations. The majority of the proposed changes relate to the categorical exclusion provisions in the Agency's procedures for implementing NEPA. These proposed changes are intended to better align the Agency's regulations, particularly for those actions listed as categorical exclusions, to the Agency's current activities and recent experiences and to the CEQ's Memorandum for Heads of Federal Departments and Agencies entitled ``Establishing, Applying, and Revising Categorical Exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act'' issued on November 23, 2010, and to consolidate the provisions of the Agency's two current NEPA rules at 7 CFR parts 1794 and 1940, subpart G.Accountants,
Accounting,
Accounting,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Aged,
Agricultural commodities,
Agriculture,
Broadband,
Business and industry,
Coal,
Communications,
Communications equipment,
Community development,
Community development,
Community development,
Conflict of interests,
Conflict of interests,
Credit,
Credit,
Electric power,
Electric power rates,
Electric utilities,
Energy,
Energy conservation,
Environmental impact statements,
Fair housing,
Fair housing,
Government procurement,
Government property,
Government property management,
Grant programs,
Grant programs-agriculture,
Grant programs-communications,
Grant programs-education,
Grant programs-energy,
Grant programs-health,
Grant programs-housing and community development,
Grant programs-housing and community development,
Home improvement,
Housing,
Housing standards,
Housing standards,
Insurance,
Intergovernmental relations,
Investments,
Livestock,
Loan programs,
Loan programs,
Loan programs,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-business,
Loan programs-business,
Loan programs-communications,
Loan programs-communications,
Loan programs-energy,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Lobbying,
Low and moderate income housing,
Manufactured homes,
Migrant labor,
Mortgage insurance,
Mortgages,
Nonprofit organizations,
Public housing,
Rent subsidies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Rural areas,
Surplus Government property,
Telecommunications,
Telephone,
Television,
Transportation,
Waste treatment and disposal,
Waste treatment and disposal,
Water supply,
Water supply,
Watersheds,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2012-Sep-172012-22836This document proposes modifications of the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These proposed regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS. These proposed regulations modify the standards governing written advice and update certain provisions as appropriate. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on the proposed regulations and withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking published on December 20, 2004, setting forth standards for State or local bond opinions.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Rescission of Outdated Rules and Forms, and Amendments To Correct References2011-Nov-212011-29096The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is adopting amendments to Commission rules and forms to correct references and remove certain rules, forms, and interpretive releases, to conform to changes in federal securities laws.Accountants,
Accounting,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Authority delegations (Government agencies),
Classified information,
Confidential business information,
Conflict of interests,
Electric utilities,
Government employees,
Holding companies,
Investment companies,
Natural gas,
Organization and functions (Government agencies),
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Trusts and trustees,
Uniform System of Accounts,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Commission Rules and Forms Related to the FASB's Accounting Standards Codification2011-Aug-122011-20413The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is adopting technical amendments to various rules and forms under the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and the Investment Company Act of 1940. These revisions are necessary to conform those rules and forms to the FASB Accounting Standards Codification\TM\ (``FASB Codification'').\1\ The technical amendments include revision of certain rules in Regulation S-X, certain items in Regulation S-K, and various rules and forms prescribed under the Securities Act, Exchange Act and Investment Company Act. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Accountants,
Accounting,
Advertising,
Brokers,
Investment companies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service; Correction2011-Aug-112011-20380This document contains amendments to the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service to correct errors in final regulations (TD 9527) that were published in the Federal Register on Friday, June 3, 2011. The regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS and providers of continuing education programs. The regulations modify the rules governing of practice before the IRS and the standards with respect to tax returns.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2011-Jun-032011-13666This document contains final regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS and providers of continuing education programs. The regulations modify the general standards of practice before the IRS and the standards with respect to tax returns.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting in Exchange Act Periodic Reports of Non-Accelerated Filers2010-Sep-212010-23492The Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') is adopting amendments to its rules and forms to conform them to Section 404(c) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the ``Sarbanes-Oxley Act''), as added by Section 989G of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the ``Dodd-Frank Act''). Section 404(c) provides that Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act shall not apply with respect to any audit report prepared for an issuer that is neither an accelerated filer nor a large accelerated filer as defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the ``Exchange Act'').Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2010-Aug-232010-20850This document contains proposed modifications revising the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The proposed regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS and providers of continuing education programs. The proposed regulations modify the general standards of practice before the IRS and the standards with respect to tax returns. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations and withdraws the notice of proposed rulemaking published on September 26, 2007.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting in Exchange Act Periodic Reports of Non-Accelerated Filers2009-Oct-199-24990We are amending temporary rules that require companies that are non-accelerated filers to include in their annual reports, pursuant to rules implementing Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, an attestation report of their independent auditor on internal control over financial reporting for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2009. The amendments will extend the compliance date for filing attestation reports, so that a non-accelerated filer will be required to file the auditor's attestation report on internal control over financial reporting when it files an annual report for a fiscal year ending on or after June 15, 2010.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Treasury Department -- Contingent Fees Under Circular 2302009-Jul-289-17743This document proposes modifications of the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These proposed regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS. The proposed amendments modify the rules relating to contingent fees under Circular 230. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on the proposed regulations.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Modernization of Oil and Gas Reporting2009-Jan-149-409The Commission is adopting revisions to its oil and gas reporting disclosures which exist in their current form in Regulation S-K and Regulation S-X under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as Industry Guide 2. The revisions are intended to provide investors with a more meaningful and comprehensive understanding of oil and gas reserves, which should help investors evaluate the relative value of oil and gas companies. In the three decades that have passed since adoption of these disclosure items, there have been significant changes in the oil and gas industry. The amendments are designed to modernize and update the oil and gas disclosure requirements to align them with current practices and changes in technology. The amendments concurrently align the full cost accounting rules with the revised disclosures. The amendments also codify and revise Industry Guide 2 in Regulation S-K. In addition, they harmonize oil and gas disclosures by foreign private issuers with the disclosures for domestic issuers.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Modernization of the Oil and Gas Reporting Requirements2008-Jul-098-14944The Commission is proposing revisions to its oil and gas reporting requirements which exist in their current form in Regulation S-K and Regulation S-X under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as Industry Guide 2. The revisions are intended to provide investors with a more meaningful and comprehensive understanding of oil and gas reserves, which should help investors evaluate the relative value of oil and gas companies. In the three decades that have passed since adoption of these requirements, there have been significant changes in the oil and gas industry. The proposed amendments are designed to modernize and update the oil and gas disclosure requirements to align them with current practices and changes in technology. The proposed amendments would also codify Industry Guide 2 in Regulation S-K, with several additions to, and deletions of, current Industry Guide items. They would further harmonize oil and gas disclosures by foreign private issuers with the proposed disclosures for domestic issuers.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting in Exchange Act Periodic Reports of Non-Accelerated Filers2008-Jul-028-14942We are adopting amendments to temporary rules that were published on December 21, 2006, in Release No. 33-8760 [71 FR 76580]. Those temporary rules require companies that are non-accelerated filers to include in their annual reports, pursuant to rules implementing section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, an attestation report of their independent auditors on internal control over financial reporting for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2008. Under the amendments, a non-accelerated filer will be required to file the auditor's attestation report on internal control over financial reporting when it files an annual report for a fiscal year ending on or after December 15, 2009.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Small businesses,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting in Exchange Act Periodic Reports of Non-Accelerated Filers2008-Feb-078-2211We are proposing to amend temporary rules that were published on December 21, 2006, in Release No. 33-8760 [71 FR 76580]. These temporary rules require companies that are non-accelerated filers to include in their annual reports, pursuant to rules implementing Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, an attestation report of their independent auditor on internal control over financial reporting for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2008. Under the proposed amendments, a non-accelerated filer would be required to provide the auditor's attestation report on internal control over financial reporting in an annual report filed for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2009.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Small businesses,
Labor Department -- Annual Reporting and Disclosure2007-Nov-167-21765This document contains amendments to Department of Labor regulations relating to annual reporting and disclosure requirements under Part 1 of Subtitle B of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). The amendments contained in this document are necessary to conform the annual reporting and disclosure regulations to revisions to the Form 5500Annual Return/ Report of Employee Benefit Plan, including a new Form 5500-SF (Short Form or Short Form 5500), filed for employee pension and welfare benefit plans under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (Code). The changes to the Form 5500 forms and implementing regulatory amendments are intended to facilitate the transition to an electronic filing system, reduce and streamline annual reporting burdens, especially for small businesses, and update the annual reporting forms to reflect current issues, agency priorities and new requirements under the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Some of the forms revisions apply on a transitional basis for the 2008 reporting year before all of the form revisions are fully implemented as part of the switch under the ERISA Filing Acceptance System (EFAST) to a wholly electronic filing system for the 2009 reporting year. The current effective date of the electronic filing requirement under 29 CFR 2520.104a-2 also is being postponed in this document to apply to plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2009. The regulatory amendments will affect the financial and other information required to be reported and disclosed by employee benefit plans filing the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan, including the Form 5500-SF, under Title I of ERISA.Accountants,
Employee benefit plans,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Agriculture Department -- Regulatory Streamlining of the Farm Service Agency's Direct Farm Loan Programs; Conforming Changes2007-Nov-1507-5659This rule removes the Farm Service Agency's direct Farm Loan Programs regulations from the Rural Development's mission area loan program regulations. In addition, it makes conforming changes to FSA's regulations for the boll weevil eradication loan program, the servicing of minor program loans, the special apple loan program, and the emergency loan for seed producers program.Accountants,
Accounting,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Agricultural commodities,
Agriculture,
Community development,
Cotton,
Credit,
Disaster assistance,
Energy conservation,
Flood plains,
Fruits,
Government contracts,
Government property,
Government property management,
Grant programs-housing and community development,
Historic preservation,
Housing,
Insurance,
Livestock,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Low and moderate income housing,
Marital status discrimination,
Military personnel,
Mortgages,
Natural resources,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Rural areas,
Seeds,
Sex discrimination,
Surplus Government property,
Taxes,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2007-Sep-267-18918This document contains final regulations revising the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These regulations affect individuals who practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The amendments modify the general standards of practice before the IRS.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2007-Sep-267-18919This document contains proposed modifications of the regulations governing practice before the IRS (Circular 230). These proposed regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS. The proposed amendments modify Sec. 10.34 of Circular 230 relating to standards with respect to tax returns.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Definition of the Term Significant Deficiency2007-Aug-097-15556We are defining the term ``significant deficiency'' for purposes of the Commission's rules implementing Section 302 and Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Amendments to Rules Regarding Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting2007-Jun-277-12298We are adopting an amendment to our rules to clarify that an evaluation which complies with the Commission's interpretive guidance published in this issue of the Federal Register in Release No. 34-55929 is one way to satisfy the requirement for management to evaluate the effectiveness of the issuer's internal control over financial reporting. We are also amending our rules to define the term material weakness and to revise the requirements regarding the auditor's attestation report on the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting. The amendments are intended to facilitate more effective and efficient evaluations of internal control over financial reporting by management and auditors.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting2006-Dec-276-22099We are proposing interpretive guidance for management regarding its evaluation of internal control over financial reporting. The interpretive guidance sets forth an approach by which management can conduct a top-down, risk-based evaluation of internal control over financial reporting. The proposed guidance is intended to assist companies of all sizes to complete their annual evaluation in an effective and efficient manner and it provides guidance on a number of areas commonly cited as concerns over the past two years. In addition, we are proposing an amendment to our rules requiring management's annual evaluation of internal control over financial reporting to make it clear that an evaluation that complies with the interpretive guidance is one way to satisfy those rules. Further, we are proposing an amendment to our rules to revise the requirements regarding the auditor's attestation report on the assessment of internal control over financial reporting.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting in Exchange Act Periodic Reports of Non-Accelerated Filers and Newly Public Companies2006-Dec-216-21781We are extending further for smaller public companies the dates that were published on September 29, 2005, in Release No. 33-8618 [70 FR 56825], for their compliance with the internal control reporting requirements mandated by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Under the extension, a non-accelerated filer is not required to provide management's report on internal control over financial reporting until it files an annual report for its first fiscal year ending on or after December 15, 2007. If we have not issued additional guidance for management on how to complete its assessment of internal control over financial reporting in time to be of sufficient assistance in connection with annual reports filed for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2007, we will consider whether we should further postpone this date. A non-accelerated filer is not required to file the auditor's attestation report on internal control over financial reporting until it files an annual report for its first fiscal year ending on or after December 15, 2008. We will consider further postponing this date after we consider the anticipated revisions to Auditing Standard No. 2. Management's report included in a non-accelerated filer's annual report during the filer's first year of compliance with the Section 404(a) requirements will be deemed ``furnished'' rather than filed. Management's report for foreign private issuers filing on Form 20-F or 40-F that are accelerated filers (but not large accelerated filers) also will be deemed furnished rather than filed for the year that such issuers are only required to provide management's report. Companies that only provide management's report during their first year of compliance in accordance with our rules must state in the annual report that the report does not include the auditor's attestation report and that the company's registered public accounting firm has not attested to management's report on the company's internal control over financial reporting. We also are adopting amendments that provide for a transition period for a newly public company before it becomes subject to the internal control over financial reporting requirements. Under the new amendments, a company will not become subject to these requirements until it either had been required to file an annual report for the prior fiscal year with the Commission or had filed an annual report with the Commission for the prior fiscal year. A newly public company is required to include a statement in its first annual report that the annual report does not include either management's assessment on the company's internal control over financial reporting or the auditor's attestation report.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Small businesses,
Agriculture Department -- Servicing and Collections-Unauthorized Recipients of Financial Assistance2006-Dec-1906-9763This action amends the servicing regulations that apply when it is determined that unauthorized recipients have received financial assistance under USDA Business, Cooperative, and Community Facility loan and grant programs. The changes make clear that the first demand letter notifying the recipient of the Agency's determination serves as the initial step in the Agency's collection efforts, and that it may serve as the basis for the recipient's appeal rights. The terms of the first demand letter remain in full force and effect, unless the demand letter is subsequently amended in writing by the Agency after discussions with the recipient or modified as a result of judicial proceedings.Accountants,
Accounting,
Credit,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Rent subsidies,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting in Exchange Act Periodic Reports of Non-Accelerated Filers and Newly Public Companies2006-Aug-156-13277We are proposing to further extend for smaller public companies the dates that were published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2005, in Release No. 33-8618 [70 FR 56825] for their compliance with the internal control requirements mandated by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Pursuant to the proposal, a non- accelerated filer would not be required to provide management's report on internal control over financial reporting until it files an annual report for a fiscal year ending on or after December 15, 2007. If we have not issued additional guidance for management on how to complete its assessment of internal control over financial reporting in time to be of assistance in connection with annual reports filed for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2007, this deadline could be further postponed. Under the proposal, the auditor's attestation report on internal control over financial reporting would not be required until a non-accelerated filer files an annual report for a fiscal year ending on or after December 15, 2008. If revisions to Auditing Standard No. 2 have not been finalized in time to be of assistance in connection with annual reports filed for fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2008, this deadline could also be further postponed. We also are proposing to provide a transition period for newly public companies before they become subject to compliance with the internal control over financial reporting requirements. Under the proposal, a company would not become subject to these requirements until it previously has been required to file one annual report with the Commission.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Small businesses,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Internal Control Over Financial Reporting in Exchange Act Periodic Reports of Foreign Private Issuers That Are Accelerated Filers2006-Aug-156-13289We are extending the compliance date that was published on March 8, 2005, in Release No. 33-8545 [70 FR 11528], for foreign private issuers that are accelerated filers, but not large accelerated filers, for amendments to Forms 20-F and 40-F that require a foreign private issuer to include in its annual reports an attestation report by the issuer's registered public accounting firm on management's assessment on internal control over financial reporting.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Labor Department -- Annual Reporting and Disclosure2006-Jul-2106-6330This document contains proposed amendments to Department of Labor (Department) regulations relating to annual reporting and disclosure requirements under Part 1 of Subtitle B of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA or Act). The proposed amendments contained in this document are necessary to conform the annual reporting and disclosure regulations to proposed revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan forms and instructions. The proposed changes to the Form 5500 and implementing regulatory amendments are intended to facilitate the transition to an electronic filing system, separately proposed at 70 FR 51542 (August 30, 2005), reduce and streamline annual reporting burdens, especially for small businesses, and update the annual reporting forms to reflect current issues and agency priorities. The regulatory amendments thus would, upon adoption, apply for the reporting year for which the electronic filing requirement is implemented. The proposed regulatory amendments will affect the financial and other information required to be reported and disclosed by employee benefit plans filing the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan under Part 1 of Subtitle B of Title I of ERISA.Accountants,
Employee benefit plans,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2006-Feb-0806-1106This document proposes modifications of the regulations governing practice before the IRS (Circular 230). These proposed regulations affect individuals who practice before the IRS. The proposed amendments modify the general standards of practice before the IRS. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on the proposed regulations.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2005-May-1905-9959This document contains final regulations revising the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These regulations affect individuals who practice before the Internal Revenue Service. These regulations clarify the standards for covered opinions.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Amendment to Rule 4-01(a) of Regulation S-X Regarding the Compliance Date for Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (Revised 2004), Share-Based Payment2005-Apr-2105-8013The Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') is amending Regulation S-X to amend the date for compliance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (revised 2004), Share-Based Payment (``Statement No. 123R'') so that each registrant that is not a small business issuer will be required to prepare financial statements in accordance with Statement 123R beginning with the first interim or annual reporting period of the registrant's first fiscal year beginning on or after June 15, 2005. We also are amending the effective date for compliance with Statement No. 123R so that each small business issuer will be required to prepare financial statements in accordance with Statement 123R beginning with the first interim or annual reporting period of the registrant's first fiscal year beginning on or after December 15, 2005.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Asset-Backed Securities2005-Jan-0705-53We are adopting new and amended rules and forms to address comprehensively the registration, disclosure and reporting requirements for asset-backed securities under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The final rules and forms accomplish the following: update and clarify the Securities Act registration requirements for asset-backed securities offerings, including expanding the types of asset-backed securities that may be offered in delayed primary offerings on Form S-3; consolidate and codify existing interpretive positions that allow modified Exchange Act reporting that is more tailored and relevant to asset-backed securities; provide tailored disclosure guidance and requirements for Securities Act and Exchange Act filings involving asset-backed securities; and streamline and codify existing interpretive positions that permit the use of written communications in a registered offering of asset-backed securities in addition to the statutory registration statement prospectus. We also request additional comment regarding the appropriate treatment of certain structured securities that do not meet our definition of ``asset-backed security.''Accountants,
Accounting,
Advertising,
Brokers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2004-Dec-2004-27678This document contains final regulations revising the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These regulations affect individuals who practice before the Internal Revenue Service. These final regulations set forth best practices for tax advisors providing advice to taxpayers relating to Federal tax issues or submissions to the IRS. These final regulations also provide standards for covered opinions and other written advice.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2004-Dec-2004-27679This notice proposes amendments to the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These regulations affect individuals who are eligible to practice before the IRS. The proposed modifications set forth standards for State or local bond opinions. This document also provides notice of a public hearing regarding the proposed regulations.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Asset-Backed Securities2004-May-1304-10467We are proposing new and amended rules and forms to address comprehensively the registration, disclosure and reporting requirements for asset-backed securities under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Principally, we are proposing to: Update and clarify the Securities Act registration requirements for asset-backed securities offerings, including expanding the types of asset-backed securities that may conduct delayed primary offerings on Form S-3; consolidate and codify existing interpretive positions that allow modified Exchange Act reporting that is more tailored and relevant to asset-backed securities; provide tailored disclosure guidance and requirements for Securities Act and Exchange Act filings involving asset-backed securities; and streamline and codify existing interpretive positions that permit the use of written communications in a registered offering of asset-backed securities in addition to the statutory registration statement prospectus.Accountants,
Accounting,
Advertising,
Brokers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Agriculture Department -- Farm Loan Programs Account Servicing Policies-Elimination of 30-Day Past-Due Period2004-Feb-0404-1792The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending its regulations to eliminate the 30-day past-due period prior to a determination that the borrower is delinquent and clarify the use of the terms ``delinquent'' and ``past due'' with regard to direct loan servicing and offset. Because the regulation only allows debt writedown after a borrower becomes delinquent, this change would allow Farm Loan Programs (FLP) borrowers to receive debt writedown on the day after a missed payment, assuming all other primary loan servicing criteria are met, instead of waiting 31 days.Accountants,
Agriculture,
Bankruptcy,
Credit,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Low and moderate income housing,
Agriculture Department -- 2002 Farm Bill Regulations-Loan Eligibility Provisions2004-Feb-0404-1793This rule amends the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) regulations for direct and guaranteed farm loans to implement provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Act). Specifically, the rule provides that borrowers who are current on an FSA loan before the beginning date of the incidence period of a Presidentially-declared disaster or emergency, but who receive debt forgiveness on that loan following the disaster, are eligible for direct and guaranteed operating loan (OL) assistance if all other regulatory requirements are met. It also amends the regulations for direct farm ownership (FO) loans by making applicants eligible if they participated in the business operations of a farm or ranch for at least three of the past 10 years and meet other regulatory requirements. In addition, the rule amends regulations concerning reamortization of amortized Shared Appreciation Agreement (SAA) recapture debt.Accountants,
Agricultural commodities,
Credit,
Livestock,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Rural areas,
Water resources,
Youth,
Agriculture Department -- Debt Collection Improvement Act-Treasury Offset and Cross Servicing2004-Jan-2204-1261This action amends the regulations governing the servicing of Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) loan and grant programs by adding a section to clarify that any amounts paid by RBS on account of the liabilities of a guaranteed loan borrower will constitute a Federal debt owing to RBS by the guaranteed loan borrower. RBS may use all remedies available to it, including offset under the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA), to collect the debt from the borrower.Accountants,
Accounting,
Credit,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2003-Dec-3003-31898This notice proposes modifications of the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These regulations affect individuals who are eligible to practice before the IRS. The proposed modifications set forth best practices for tax advisors providing advice to taxpayers relating to Federal tax issues or submissions to the IRS and modify the standards for certain tax shelter opinions. This document also provides notice of a public hearing regarding the proposed regulations.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Agriculture Department -- Loan Payments and Collections2003-Oct-2803-27046The Agencies are revising their internal loan payment and collections regulations to replace the current regulations. This action is necessary since existing regulations are obsolete and do not accurately reflect the current payment and collections methodologies employed by the Agencies. The intended effect is to simplify and update the regulations; update internal control procedures for safeguarding collections; remove references to the Concentration Banking System (CBS) procedures which were eliminated in November 1997; and to add procedures for new electronic payment methods that are currently in use by the Agencies (Preauthorized Debits, FedWire, Customer Initiated Payments, etc.). These amended regulations are to ensure the Agencies' field offices have current guidance on the payment and collection methods available and how to use them.Accountants,
Accounting,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Agricultural commodities,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Business and industry,
Coal,
Community development,
Credit,
Energy,
Government property,
Government property management,
Grant programs-housing and community development,
Housing,
Livestock,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Low and moderate income housing,
Migrant labor,
Mortgages,
Nonprofit organizations,
Nuclear energy,
Public housing,
Rent subsidies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Rural areas,
Surplus Government property,
Transportation,
Volunteers,
Waste treatment and disposal,
Water supply,
Treasury Department -- Removal, Suspension, and Debarment of Accountants From Performing Audit Services2003-Aug-1303-20565The OCC, Board, FDIC, and OTS (each an Agency, and collectively, the Agencies) are jointly publishing final rules pursuant to section 36 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA). Section 36, as implemented by 12 CFR part 363, requires that each insured depository institution with total assets of $500 million or more obtain an audit of its financial statements and an attestation on management's assertions concerning internal controls over financial reporting by an independent public accountant (accountant). The insured depository institution must include the accountant's audit and attestation reports in its annual report. Section 36 authorizes the Agencies to remove, suspend, or debar accountants from performing the audit services required by section 36 if there is good cause to do so. The final rules establish rules of practice and procedure to implement this authority and reflect the Agencies' increasing concern with the quality of audits and internal controls for financial reporting at insured depository institutions. Although there have been few bank and thrift failures in recent years, the circumstances of the failures that have occurred illustrate the importance of maintaining high quality in the audits of the financial position and attestations of management assessments of insured depository institutions. The final rules enhance the Agencies' ability to address misconduct by accountants who perform annual audit and attestation services.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Bank deposit insurance,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Claims,
Crime,
Equal access to justice,
Federal Reserve System,
Investigations,
Lawyers,
National banks,
Penalties,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting and Certification of Disclosure in Exchange Act Periodic Reports2003-Jun-1803-14640As directed by Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, we are adopting rules requiring companies subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, other than registered investment companies, to include in their annual reports a report of management on the company's internal control over financial reporting. The internal control report must include: a statement of management's responsibility for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the company; management's assessment of the effectiveness of the company's internal control over financial reporting as of the end of the company's most recent fiscal year; a statement identifying the framework used by management to evaluate the effectiveness of the company's internal control over financial reporting; and a statement that the registered public accounting firm that audited the company's financial statements included in the annual report has issued an attestation report on management's assessment of the company's internal control over financial reporting. Under the new rules, a company is required to file the registered public accounting firm's attestation report as part of the annual report. Furthermore, we are adding a requirement that management evaluate any change in the company's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during a fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the company's internal control over financial reporting. Finally, we are adopting amendments to our rules and forms under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 to revise the Section 302 certification requirements and to require issuers to provide the certifications required by Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 as exhibits to certain periodic reports.Accountants,
Accounting,
Investment companies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Small businesses,
Agriculture Department -- 2002 Farm Bill Regulations-Loan Eligibility Provisions2003-Apr-0903-8646The Farm Service Agency (FSA) proposes to amend the regulations for direct and guaranteed farm operating loans (OL) to implement the provision of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Act) relating to loan eligibility for applicants with prior debt forgiveness resulting from a disaster or emergency designated by the President. FSA is proposing that borrowers who are current on an FSA loan at the onset of a Presidentially-declared disaster or emergency, but who receive debt forgiveness on that loan following the disaster, would be eligible for OL loan assistance if all other regulatory requirements were met. FSA is also proposing to amend the regulations for direct farm ownership (FO) loans to comply with the 2002 Act. FSA is proposing that applicants may qualify for a loan if they participated in the business operations of a farm or ranch for at least three of the past five years, rather than having operated a farm or ranch for that length of time. This portion of the rule is intended to make more borrowers eligible for FSA farm loan assistance. Finally, FSA is proposing to amend regulations concerning reamortization of amortized Shared Appreciation Agreement (SAA) recapture debt.Accountants,
Agricultural commodities,
Credit,
Livestock,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Rural areas,
Water resources,
Youth,
Agriculture Department -- 2002 Farm Bill Regulations-General Credit Provisions2003-Feb-1803-3562This rule amends the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) regulations to comply with provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Act). In addition, this rule clarifies direct loan eligibility criteria in accordance with the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994. This rule amends the regulations that govern the direct and guaranteed farm loan programs of FSA by revising eligible loan purposes, percentage of loan guarantees, terms for downpayment loans, the direct loan ``term limit'' and numerous other provisions affecting loan making, servicing and collections. The rule is intended to focus more FSA resources on beginning farmers and ranchers and make more borrowers eligible for FSA farm credit assistance.Accountants,
Accounting,
Agricultural commodities,
Agriculture,
Credit,
Disaster assistance,
Government property,
Government property management,
Livestock,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Low and moderate income housing,
Rural areas,
Sex discrimination,
Water resources,
Youth,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Strengthening the Commission's Requirements Regarding Auditor Independence2003-Feb-0503-2364The Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') is adopting amendments to its existing requirements regarding auditor independence to enhance the independence of accountants that audit and review financial statements and prepare attestation reports filed with the Commission. The final rules recognize the critical role played by audit committees in the financial reporting process and the unique position of audit committees in assuring auditor independence. Consistent with the direction of Section 208(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, we are adopting rules to: revise the Commission's regulations related to the non-audit services that, if provided to an audit client, would impair an accounting firm's independence; require that an issuer's audit committee pre-approve all audit and non-audit services provided to the issuer by the auditor of an issuer's financial statements; prohibit certain partners on the audit engagement team from providing audit services to the issuer for more than five or seven consecutive years, depending on the partner's involvement in the audit, except that certain small accounting firms may be exempted from this requirement; prohibit an accounting firm from auditing an issuer's financial statements if certain members of management of that issuer had been members of the accounting firm's audit engagement team within the one-year period preceding the commencement of audit procedures; require that the auditor of an issuer's financial statements report certain matters to the issuer's audit committee, including ``critical'' accounting policies used by the issuer; and require disclosures to investors of information related to audit and non-audit services provided by, and fees paid to, the auditor of the issuer's financial statements. In addition, under the final rules, an accountant would not be independent from an audit client if an audit partner received compensation based on selling engagements to that client for services other than audit, review and attest services. As described further in the release, these rules also will have an impact on foreign accounting firms that conduct audits of foreign subsidiaries and affiliates of U.S. issuers, as well as of foreign private issuers. Many of the modifications to the proposed rules, such as those limiting the scope of partner rotation and personnel subject to the ``cooling off period,'' have the added benefit of addressing particular concerns raised about the international implications of these requirements. Moreover, additional time is being afforded to foreign accounting firms with respect to compliance with rotation requirements. The release also provides guidance on the provision of non-audit services by foreign accounting firms, including the treatment of legal services and tax services.Accountants,
Accounting,
Brokers,
Investment companies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Retention of Records Relevant to Audits and Reviews2003-Jan-3003-2118We are adopting rules requiring accounting firms to retain for seven years certain records relevant to their audits and reviews of issuers' financial statements. Records to be retained include an accounting firm's workpapers and certain other documents that contain conclusions, opinions, analyses, or financial data related to the audit or review.Accountants,
Accounting,
Agriculture Department -- Farm Loan Programs Account Servicing Policies-Elimination of 30-Day Past-Due Period2003-Jan-0903-394The Farm Service Agency (FSA) proposes to amend its regulations to eliminate the 30-day past-due period prior to a determination that the borrower is delinquent and clarify the use of the terms ``delinquent'' and ``past due'' with regard to direct loan servicing and offset. Because the regulation only allows debt writedown after a borrower becomes delinquent, this proposed change would allow Farm Loan Program (FLP) borrowers to receive debt writedown on the day after a missed payment, assuming all other primary loan servicing criteria are met, instead of waiting 31 days.Accountants,
Agriculture,
Bankruptcy,
Credit,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Low and moderate income housing,
Treasury Department -- Removal, Suspension, and Debarment of Accountants From Performing Audit Services2003-Jan-0803-98The OCC, Board, FDIC, and OTS (each an Agency, and collectively, the Agencies) propose to revise their respective rules of practice pursuant to section 36 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDIA) (12 U.S.C. 1831m). Section 36, as implemented by 12 CFR part 363, requires that each insured depository institution with total assets of $500 million or more produce an annual report containing the institution's financial statements and certain management assessments. The depository institution must provide the report to the FDIC, the appropriate Federal banking agency, and any appropriate state bank supervisor. Section 36 also requires that the depository institution obtain an audit of its financial statements and an attestation on management's assertions concerning internal controls over financial reporting by an independent public accountant (accountant) and include the accountant's audit and attestation reports in its annual report. Congress gave the Agencies authority to remove, suspend, or debar accountants from performing the audit services required by section 36 if there is good cause to do so. This proposal would amend the Agencies' rules to establish rules of practice and procedure for the removal, suspension, and debarment of accountants and their firms from performing section 36 audit services for insured depository institutions. The proposal reflects the Agencies' increasing concern with the quality of audits and internal controls for financial reporting at insured depository institutions. Although there have been few bank and thrift failures in recent years, the circumstances of the failures that have occurred illustrate the importance of maintaining high quality in the audits of the financial position and attestations of management assessments of insured depository institutions. The proposed regulations enhance the Agencies' ability to address misconduct by accountants who perform annual audit and attestation services.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Bank deposit insurance,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Banks, banking,
Claims,
Crime,
Equal access to justice,
Federal Reserve System,
Investigations,
Lawyers,
National banks,
Penalties,
Securities,
Agriculture Department -- Reengineering and Reinvention of the Direct Section 502 and 504 Single Family Housing (SFH) Programs2002-Dec-2402-32190The Rural Housing Service (RHS), published an interim final rule on November 22, 1996 (61 FR 59761-59802) requesting comments on the Single Family Housing regulations. This action incorporates the changes made as a result of the comments received and is taken to further reduce unnecessary Federal regulations, improve customer service, and improve the agency's ability to achieve greater efficiency, flexibility and effectiveness in managing its SFH portfolio. The intended effect of this action is to improve service to rural America and comply with the Administration's goal of reducing unnecessary Federal regulations.Accountants,
Accounting,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Aged,
Agriculture,
Business and industry,
Claims,
Coal,
Community development,
Conflict of interests,
Credit,
Credit,
Disaster assistance,
Energy,
Energy conservation,
Environmental impact statements,
Fair housing,
Flood plains,
Grant programs-housing and community development,
Home improvement,
Housing,
Insurance,
Legal services,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Low and moderate income housing,
Manufactured homes,
Migrant labor,
Military personnel,
Mortgage insurance,
Mortgages,
Nonprofit organizations,
Nuclear energy,
Public housing,
Rent subsidies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Rural areas,
Surplus Government property,
Taxes,
Transportation,
Truth in lending,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Strengthening the Commission's Requirements Regarding Auditor Independence2002-Dec-1302-30884The Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') is proposing amendments to its existing requirements regarding auditor independence to enhance the independence of accountants that audit and review financial statements and prepare attestation reports filed with the Commission. The proposed rules recognize the critical role played by audit committees in the financial reporting process and the unique position of audit committees in assuring auditor independence. As directed by section 208(a) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, we are proposing rules to: Revise the Commission's regulations related to the non-audit services that, if provided to an audit client, would impair an accounting firm's independence; define the circumstances whereby an issuer's audit committee can and should pre-approve all audit and allowable non-audit services provided to the issuer by the auditor of an issuer's financial statements; prohibit partners on the audit engagement team from providing audit services to the issuer for more than five consecutive years; prohibit an accounting firm from auditing an issuer's financial statements if certain members of management of that issuer had been members of the accounting firm's audit engagement team within the one- year period preceding the commencement of audit procedures; and require that the auditor of an issuer's financial statements report certain matters to the issuer's audit committee, including ``critical'' accounting policies used by the issuer. In addition to the provisions required by the Act, we also are proposing rules defining an accountant as not being independent from an audit client if any partner, principal or shareholder of the accounting firm who is a member of the engagement team received compensation based on any service provided or sold to that client other than audit, review and attest services. Further, we proposed to amend and require additional disclosures to investors of information related to the audit and non-audit services provided by, and fees paid by the issuer to, the auditor of the issuer's financial statements.Accountants,
Accounting,
Brokers,
Investment companies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Retention of Records Relevant to Audits and Reviews2002-Nov-2702-30036As directed by section 802 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, we are proposing rules requiring accounting firms to retain for five years certain records relevant to their audits and reviews of issuers' financial statements. Records to be retained would include an accounting firm's workpapers and certain other documents that contain conclusions, opinions, analyses, or financial data related to the audit or review.Accountants,
Accounting,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2002-Jul-2602-18598This document contains final regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These regulations affect individuals who are eligible to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. These regulations modify the general standards of practice before the Internal Revenue Service.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Taxes,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Framework for Enhancing the Quality of Financial Information Through Improvement of Oversight of the Auditing Process2002-Jul-0502-16539The Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') is proposing rules designed to restore investors'' faith in the financial information that they rely on for their investment decisions. The proposed rules reform oversight and improve accountability of auditors of public companies, thereby enhancing the reliability and integrity of the auditing and financial reporting processes. Under the proposed rules, a registrant's financial statements will not comply with the requirements of the securities laws and Commission rules and regulations thereunder unless the registrant's independent accountant is a member of a Public Accountability Board (``PAB''), and the registrant engaging the accountant to audit or review financial statements or prepare attestation reports that are filed with the Commission is an adjunct member of the same PAB to which the accountant belongs. To improve oversight of and investor confidence in the quality of financial reports filed with the Commission, the Commission will not recognize a PAB unless the PAB meets certain conditions and performs certain functions. A PAB must have a Board that is dominated by persons who are not members of the accounting profession and must be subject to the Commission's oversight. A PAB must be committed to improving the quality of financial statements relied on by investors and the professional conduct of accountants by, among other things, directing periodic reviews of accounting firms' quality controls over their accounting and auditing practices and, when appropriate, disciplining accountants. A PAB also would set, or rely on and oversee designated private sector bodies to set, audit, quality control, and ethics standards. Disclosure would be required in Commission filings if an executive officer, director, or director nominee of a registrant has been sanctioned as a member accountant by a PAB within the last five years and the sanction has not been reversed, suspended, or vacated.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Requirements for Arthur Andersen LLP Auditing Clients2002-Mar-2202-6947The Securities and Exchange Commission (the ``Commission'') is adopting rules to assure a continuing and orderly flow of information to investors and the U.S. capital markets and to minimize any potential disruptions that may occur as a result of the indictment of Arthur Andersen LLP. In addition, the Commission is modifying, in a manner appropriate for the protection of investors, the requirements for including audited financial statements in registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933 and filings required by the Trust Indenture Act of 1939 by registrants that are unable to or elect not to have Andersen issue a manually signed audit report, if the audit report was not issued on or before March 14, 2002. The rules the Commission adopts today, as well as the interpretations set forth in this release, are necessary to effect these modifications. The Commission emphasizes that companies should make their own independent decisions regarding completion of current audits and that these actions are intended only to provide neutral flexibility for companies as they make those decisions. In the document, the Commission also publishes companion orders relating to, among other matters, the inclusion of financial statements in filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 where those filings would have included audited or reviewed financial statements for which Andersen had been engaged as the independent public accountant. To further an understanding of the interactions between the rules we adopt today, the interpretations set forth in this document and the exemptions provided in the orders, this document includes a description of a number of actions taken in those orders.Accountants,
Accounting,
Investment companies,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Small businesses,
Trusts and trustees,
Agriculture Department -- Farm Loan Programs Account Servicing Policies-Servicing Shared Appreciation Agreements2002-Mar-1902-6210On August 18, 2000, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) published a final rule at 65 FR 50401-50405, which reduced the term of future Shared Appreciation Agreements (SAA), lowered the interest rate on amortized SAA recapture, and deducted the value of certain capital improvements from the shared appreciation recapture calculation. This document contains a correction to the final rule.Accountants,
Credit,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Agriculture Department -- Farm Loan Programs Account Servicing Policies-Reduction of Amortized Shared Appreciation Recapture Amortization Rate2002-Feb-2102-4100The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending its regulations to reduce the amortization rate on Shared Appreciation Agreement recapture and clarify the references made to Shared Appreciation (SA) loans. Pursuant to statutory mandate, the amortization rate on all future (SA) payment agreements will be the current Homestead Protection Program interest rate less 100 basis points (1 percent). In addition, the amortization rate on all SA payment agreements in existence as of October 28, 2000, will be similarly reduced. Additionally, SA loans will now be referred to as SA amortized payments and the Promissory Notes used in the amortization of these amounts will be referred to as payment agreements. This change is being made to clarify the fact that SA agreements are an amortization of an existing debt which is not derived from obligated loan funds.Accountants,
Credit,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Labor Department -- Furnishing Documents to the Secretary of Labor on Request Under ERISA Section 104(a)(6) and Assessment of Civil Penalties Under ERISA Section 502(c)(6)2002-Jan-0702-141This document contains a final rulemaking under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) that implements certain amendments to ERISA added as part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA '97). The final rule implements section 104(a)(6) of ERISA by requiring the administrator of an employee benefit plan subject to Part 1 of Title I of ERISA to furnish to the Department, upon request, certain documents relating to the employee benefit plan. The final rule also establishes procedures relating to the assessment of civil penalties for failures or refusals by administrators to furnish requested documents to the Department and establishes procedures for review of such penalties by the Department. The final rule affects employee pension and welfare benefit plans, plan sponsors, administrators and fiduciaries, and plan participants and beneficiaries.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Claims,
Employee benefit plans,
Law enforcement,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service2001-Jan-1201-499This notice proposes modifications of the regulations governing practice before the Internal Revenue Service (Circular 230). These regulations would affect individuals who are eligible to practice before the Internal Revenue Service. The proposed modifications would clarify the general standards of practice before the Internal Revenue Service and would modify the standards for providing advice regarding tax shelters. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on the proposed regulations.Accountants,
Administrative practice and procedure,
Lawyers,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Revision of the Commission's Auditor Independence Requirements2000-Dec-0500-30244The Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') is adopting rule amendments regarding auditor independence. The amendments modernize the Commission's rules for determining whether an auditor is independent in light of investments by auditors or their family members in audit clients, employment relationships between auditors or their family members and audit clients, and the scope of services provided by audit firms to their audit clients. The amendments, among other things, significantly reduce the number of audit firm employees and their family members whose investments in audit clients are attributed to the auditor for purposes of determining the auditor's independence. The amendments shrink the circle of family and former firm personnel whose employment impairs an auditor's independence. They also identify certain non-audit services that, if provided by an auditor to public company audit clients, impair the auditor's independence. The scope of services provisions do not extend to services provided to non-audit clients. The final rules provide accounting firms with a limited exception from being deemed not independent for certain inadvertent independence impairments if they have quality controls and satisfy other conditions. Finally, the amendments require most public companies to disclose in their annual proxy statements certain information related to, among other things, the non-audit services provided by their auditor during the most recent fiscal year.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Labor Department -- Small Pension Plan Security Amendments2000-Oct-1900-26880This document contains a final rule amending the regulations governing the circumstances under which small pension plans are exempt from the requirements to engage an independent qualified public accountant (IQPA) and to include a report of the accountant as part of the plan's annual report under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). These regulatory amendments provide a waiver of the IQPA annual examination and report requirements for employee benefit plans with fewer than 100 participants at the beginning of the plan year. The amendments being made by this final rule are designed to increase the security of assets in small pension plans by conditioning the waiver on enhanced disclosure of information to participants and beneficiaries and, in certain instances, improved fidelity bonding requirements. The amendments do not affect the waiver for small welfare plans (such as group health plans) under 29 CFR 2520.104-46. Conforming amendments are also being made to the simplified annual reporting requirements for small pension plans specified in 29 CFR 2520.104-41. These amendments affect participants and beneficiaries covered by small pension plans, sponsors and administrators of small pension plans, and providers of investment and administrative services to small pension plans.Accountants,
Employee benefit plans,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Agriculture Department -- Farm Loan Programs Account Servicing Policies-Servicing Shared Appreciation Agreements2000-Aug-1800-20679This action amends the terms and servicing of Shared Appreciation Agreements. This final rule allows the remaining contributory value of capital improvements made during the term of the Shared Appreciation Agreement to be deducted when calculating the recapture amount under the agreement, reduces the maturity period of such agreements executed after the effective date of this issuance from 10 years to 5 years, and reduces the interest rate on Shared Appreciation loans from the Non-program loan rate to the Farm Loan Program Homestead Protection rate. These changes will give borrowers an opportunity to repay a portion of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) debt that was written off, while ensuring that the Government promptly recaptures some appreciation of the collateral. This rule also will encourage improvement of Agency security during the term covered by the Shared Appreciation Agreement.Accountants,
Credit,
Loan programs-agriculture,
Loan programs-housing and community development,
Securities and Exchange Commission -- Revision of the Commission's Auditor Independence Requirements2000-Jul-1200-17207The Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' or ``Commission'') is soliciting comment on proposed rule amendments regarding auditor independence. The proposals modernize the Commission's requirements by providing governing principles for determining whether an auditor is independent in light of: investments by auditors or their family members in audit clients, employment relationships between auditors or their family members and audit clients, and the scope of services provided by audit firms to their audit clients. The proposals would, among other things, significantly reduce the number of audit firm employees and their family members whose investments in audit clients are attributed to the auditor. They would also identify certain non-audit services that, if provided to an audit client, would impair an auditor's independence. The scope of services proposals would not extend to services provided to non-audit clients. The proposals also would provide a limited exception for accounting firms that have certain quality controls and satisfy other conditions. Finally, the proposals would require companies to disclose in their annual proxy statements certain information about, among other things, non-audit services provided by their auditors during the last fiscal year.Accountants,
Accounting,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
Securities,
Labor Department -- Annual Reporting and Disclosure Requirements2000-Apr-1900-9611This document contains amendments to Department of Labor (Department) regulations relating to the annual reporting and disclosure requirements under part 1 of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA or the Act). The amendments contained in this document are necessary to conform the regulations to revisions to the annual return/report forms (Form 5500 Series) intended to streamline the annual report required to be filed by administrators of employee pension and welfare benefit plans under part 1 of Title I of ERISA. The regulatory amendments, in conjunction with the revisions to the Form 5500 Series, which were published in the Federal Register on February 2, 5026-FR-65, are intended to reduce the annual reporting burdens on employee benefit plans while ensuring that the Department has access to the information it needs to carry out its administrative and enforcement responsibilities under ERISA and that participants and beneficiaries have access to the information they need to protect their rights and benefits under ERISA. Other amendments contained in this document modify the reporting requirements for certain group insurance arrangements. The remaining amendments are technical in nature and are designed to clarify existing reporting regulations. The amendments will affect the financial and other information required to be reported and disclosed by employee benefit plans filing Form 5500 Series reports under part 1 of Title I of ERISA.Accountants,
Employee benefit plans,
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements,
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