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New OIG Project Expands Telemedicine Audits to State Medicaid Programs

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Following on the heels of its plans to review Medicare payments for telehealth services, the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) just announced a new project to review...more

Changes to Audit and Truth in Negotiations Act in FY 2018 NDAA

For DoD acquisitions, the Conference Report for FY 2018 NDAA includes provisions that would streamline the DCAA Incurred Cost Audit process by involving private auditors and increase the TINA threshold. Conference Report...more

FERC Issues 2017 Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Report adds transparency on surveillance activities and confirms that despite the lack of quorum for much of FY 2017, FERC enforcement activity continued prior trends....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/EU Developments

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Releases New Targeted Exam Letter Regarding Order Routing Conflicts - On November 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released the contents of a new Order Routing Conflicts targeted...more

I-19 - Part 2 of Interview on Conducting Internal Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt's latest episode provides the second of his two-part interview with David Cohen on conducting internal pay equity audits....more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of Change

On November 14, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley R. Bricker gave remarks before the Financial Executives International 36th Annual Current Financial Reporting Issues Conference: Effective Financial Reporting in a Period of...more

Deportation and Employment Enforcement Likely to Increase with Nomination of New Director for ICE

Worksite immigration enforcement is likely to increase dramatically in the near future, and employers should make a thorough review of their hiring and employment practices to ensure they are compliant with federal laws and...more

House Lawmakers Retreat From NIST Cyber Auditing Role In Proposed Bill

by King & Spalding on

Members of the House of Representatives Science Committee modified a bill that would have made the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) responsible for auditing federal agencies’ cybersecurity protections....more

SEC Approves Significant Changes to Auditor’s Reports: New Disclosure Implications for Companies

by King & Spalding on

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, unanimously approved new rules and amendments designed to render auditor’s reports more informative to investors. These provisions were proposed by the...more

Rethinking Independence in Internal Investigations

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

For a company under actual or potential government scrutiny, an independent internal investigation performed by outside counsel, sometimes coupled with cooperation with the government, can mean the difference between...more

ICE Director: “We’re Taking Work Site Enforcement Very Hard This Year.” Promises to Significantly Increase the Immigration...

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), echoed the Administration’s immigration enforcement focus on employers as a crucial part of curbing...more

Employers Should Prepare Now for Increased ICE Enforcement

by Littler on

Increased immigration enforcement and a reduction in illegal entry into the United States remain among the Trump administration's highest priorities. Notably, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan has reportedly ordered Homeland...more

New Audits and Penalties on Medicaid Plans and Providers Related to Encounter Data in Value-Based Payment Models

by Epstein Becker & Green on

For value-based payments, encounter data[1] provides valuable information in much the same way that claims data does for fee-for-service arrangements. With the growing prevalence of value-based payments, especially in the...more

SEC Approves New PCAOB Auditing Report Standard

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) unanimously approved (the “Approval Release”) the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101,...more

IRS Large Business & International Division Rolls Out 11 Additional Compliance Campaigns For Audits

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On Friday, November 3, 2017, the IRS Large Business and International division (LB&I) announced the identification and selection of 11 additional compliance campaigns. In January 2017, LB&I unveiled its first 13 campaigns to...more

SEC Approves New PCAOB Standard

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Recently, the SEC approved the PCAOB’s new auditor reporting standard, AS 3101, The Auditor’s Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor Expresses an Unqualified Opinion. Hailed as the most significant change...more

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations - $24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who...more

PCAOB Rules to Require Reporting of Critical Audit Matters and Enhanced Details in Public Company Audit Reports

Auditors of public companies will be required to move beyond a simple “pass or fail” opinion and include significant new information in audit reports under rules proposed this year by the Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

The New Auditor Reporting Standards

Late last month, the SEC approved the new auditing standards adopted by the PCAOB back in June, which substantially modify the content of the auditor’s report. They also raise various concerns that public companies and the...more

Sec Approves New Audit Reporting Standard Requiring Auditors to Disclose More Detailed Information Learned During the Audit

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101....more

Winter is Coming – and the PTO Will Be Pruning the Deadwood Out of Trademark Registrations

by Baker Donelson on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a new random audit procedure for trademarks aimed at removing deadwood from the Register. Trademark owners seeking to register marks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)...more

Government launches new ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ website

by Dentons on

Following the recent Race Disparity Audit, the Government has launched a new ‘Ethnicity Facts and Figures’ website containing information about how people from different backgrounds are treated in UK society, including in the...more

SEC Approves Expanded Auditor’s Report

For better or worse, auditors' reports at public companies are going to become more interesting. How this will impact interactions between auditors, companies, audit committees and shareholders is not yet clear. ...more

SEC Approves Enhanced Auditor Reporting Model

by WilmerHale on

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s revised auditing standard, AS 3101, governing the contents and form of the audit report. As noted by SEC...more

Increased Immigration Worksite Enforcement Looming in 2018

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The days of speculation may have ended. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) acting director recently made clear that Form I-9 audits and worksite enforcement actions will surge in the coming year....more

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