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Compensation Issues – Revisited

We have completed another retirement plan audit season and have noticed a number of common errors occurring with compensation. I previously discussed these issues in my blog series “Compensation: The Missing Link – Part 1”...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought two FCPA cases this week, one of which was in conjunction with the DOJ. Both centered on the payments for gifts and travel in China. In addition, the SEC filed three manipulation cases, an action...more

How to Prepare Your Hospital or Medical Practice for a Meaningful Use Audit

For the past several years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has incentivized hospitals and eligible professionals to adopt and make “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (“EHR”)...more

New Compensation Data Requirements Increase Burdens in Upcoming OFCCP Audits

Despite concerns regarding data security issues and potential compliance burdens, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently notified more than 2,500 entities of upcoming audits...more

SEC and PCAOB Combine Their Focusses on Broker-Dealer Audits and Independence in Settlements with Fifteen Audit Firms

On December 8, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) announced settlements with fifteen audit firms for violating independence rules applicable to auditors of...more

Multistate Tax Commission Gauges State Interest in Funding Transfer Pricing Expertise and Expands Audit Program

At its Fall Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on December 11-12, the MTC’s Executive Committee voted to formally contact states to solidify whether there is sufficient financial commitment to fund any potential MTC transfer...more

SEC Accounting Staff Speeches at Annual AICPA Conference

On December 8 and 9, staff members of the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant, including the SEC chief accountant in his first published speech since he arrived at the SEC, discussed various accounting and financial...more

Executive Order Requires State Agencies and State Contractors to Use E-Verify

On December 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order No. RP-80, which requires state agencies and state contractors to use E-Verify. The Order imposes, as a condition of all state contracts for service, a...more

SEC Sanctions 8 Auditors in “Broken Gate” Enforcement Sweep

The SEC this week issued cease-and-desist orders against eight auditors, fining them $140,000 collectively, for violating auditor independence rules by preparing the very broker-dealer financials they were to audit....more

Legal Alert: SEC and PCAOB Address Independence Requirements in Audits Related to Broker-Dealers’ Financial Statements

Confirming that auditor independence continues to be a regulatory priority, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued orders on December 8,...more

Tame the Beast: Prepare for the Year-End Audit Now

With year-end soon rearing its ugly head, not-for-profits have a lot on their plates. For calendar-year-end organizations, preparing now for the audit that inevitably ensues after December 31st is the best way to ensure a...more

Department Of Labor And AICPA Comment On Deficient Employee Benefit Plan Audits

At a recent American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (”AICPA”) conference, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration reportedly commented that the ERISA...more

HHS to Audit Hospital Reporting of GPO Payments: GAO Report Suggests Further Scrutiny of GPO Shareback with Hospitals

On November 24, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report examining the contracting practices and funding structures of health care group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) and their potential...more

Undocumented Worker Can Cause Health Plan Problems

Employers know that since the 1980s they have been required to check the lawful work status of employees that they hire through the I-9 process. Employers also know that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can audit...more

Heightened Supervision of Branch Offices — Tips for the Coming Year

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have heightened their expectations of what constitutes a “comprehensive” branch self-inspection program. Firms...more

FHFA Releases New Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Instructions on Single-Family Seller/Servicer Oversight

On December 1, 2014, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a new advisory bulletin with significant implications for “all entities that sell single-family mortgage loans to [Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac] or perform...more

Holding AGM s and tabling of accounts – what do I need to know?

It is not uncommon for Hong Kong companies to overlook certain procedural requirements regarding the holding of annual general meetings (AGM s) and the tabling of audited accounts at those meetings. This may happen where,...more

The OIG Work Plan: Does OIG Always Know Best?

Provider Compliance Departments routinely set audit priorities based, in part, on OIG’s Work Plan, but what should a provider do if it disagrees with a position that the OIG takes? Providers should be prepared to defend their...more

CFPB’s Supervisory Highlights Document Mortgage, Student Loan Violations

Why it matters In the latest edition of The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) Supervisory Highlights, the Bureau reported continuing violations in several markets. The Fall 2014 report, which covers...more

2014 FERC Enforcement Report Emphasizes Internal Compliance Procedures, Self-Reporting, and Importance of Cooperation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) 2014 Report on Enforcement (Report), issued on November 20, 2014, provides an overview of and statistics regarding FERC’s enforcement...more

Preparing for HIPAA Compliance Audits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the office responsible for administering and enforcing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), will...more

Managing a FERC audit

What happens when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission audits a public utility? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has jurisdiction over interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil, as well...more

OIG updated work plan includes evaluations of CFPB enforcement-related processes and procedures

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) work plan, updated as of November 7, 2014, indicates that the OIG’s ongoing projects include audits of the CFPB’s information security program, pay and compensation program,...more

DOL’s New Audit Focus? Health Plan Claims and Appeals and Hard to Value Assets

In recent talks and appearances, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor have issued a warning about new areas of focus of DOL audits and enforcement actions. While there are a number of different enforcement...more

Changing Regulatory Regime Necessitates New Solutions To An Old Problem: 5 Elements Critical To An Anti-Fraud Compliance Program

US government regulators have become more aggressive in their detection and enforcement of fraud against the government. One of the key tools they are using to combat such fraud is the False Claims Act. Most FCA cases are...more

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