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Anticipating the independent private sector audit after the Year 2 conflict minerals reporting cycle

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Learn about Year 2 filings under the SEC’s final rule on conflict minerals.

August 25, 2015

This issue discusses findings from our analysis of registrants’ Year 2 filings under the SEC’s final rule on conflict minerals. This newsletter also examines (1) the current state of conflict minerals reporting under the final rule, especially in light of a recent federal appellate court ruling regarding the rule’s constitutionality; (2) the independent private sector audit (IPSA); and (3) recommended next steps for registrants that are subject to the final rule and other conflict minerals reporting requirements.

FASB issues ASU on employee benefit plan accounting

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Learn about FASB's recently issued ASU, which provides guidance on certain aspects of the accounting by employee benefit plans.

August 14, 2015

This issue discusses the FASB's recently issued ASU 2015-12, (Part I) Fully Benefit-Responsive Investment Contracts, (Part II) Plan Investment Disclosures, (Part III) Health and Welfare Benefit Plans, which provides guidance on certain aspects of the accounting by employee benefit plans. The ASU, which is being released in response to consensuses reached by the EITF, (1) requires an employee benefit plan to use contract value as the only measurement amount for fully benefit-responsive investment contracts, (2) simplifies and increases the effectiveness of plan investment disclosure requirements for employee benefit plans, and (3) provides employee benefit plans with a measurement-date practical expedient similar to the practical expedient provided to employers in ASU 2015-04, Practical Expedient for the Measurement Date of an Employer's Defined Benefit Obligation and Plan Assets.

SEC proposes rule on "clawback" policies

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Learn about the SEC's proposed rule on executive compensation.

August 5, 2015

This issue discusses SEC Proposed Rule Release No. 33-9861, Listing Standards for Recovery of Erroneously Awarded Compensation, which is aimed at ensuring that executives do not receive “excess compensation” if the financial results on which previous awards of compensation were based are subsequently restated because of material noncompliance with financial reporting requirements. The newsletter highlights key provisions of the proposed rule and their potential accounting and tax consequences to help companies better understand the proposal and determine how (or whether) to comment on it.

FASB issues ASU on simplifying the measurement of inventory

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Learn about the FASB's ASU on the measurement of inventory.

July 24, 2015

This issue discusses the FASB’s recently issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-11, Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory, which requires entities to measure most inventory “at the lower of cost and net realizable value,” thereby simplifying the current guidance under which an entity must measure inventory at the lower of cost or market (market in this context is defined as one of three different measures).

SEC and PCAOB take steps toward enhancing audit committee and auditor disclosures

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Learn about the SEC's and PCAOB's releases on audit committee and auditor disclosures.

July 15, 2015

This issue discusses the following releases recently issued by the SEC and PCAOB: (1) SEC Release No. 33-9862, Possible Revisions to Audit Committee Disclosures; (2) PCAOB Release No. 2015-004, Supplemental Request for Comment: Rules to Require Disclosure of Certain Audit Participants on a New PCAOB Form; and (3) PCAOB Release No. 2015-005, Concept Release on Audit Quality Indicators — Notice of Roundtable. These three releases contemplate expanding disclosures about an audit and how the audit committee oversees the auditor.

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