Going Concern: 10 Years Of Giving You the Moon

July 20, 2009 was the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. It also happened to be the first day that Going Concern was live on the Internet.  So now July 20, 2019 is here, and it’s their 50th and 10th anniversaries, respectively. A big coincidence? Or a cosmic signature that will forever […]

Friday Footnotes: Lady Taxes; Hunting For Talent; Which Big 4 Dominates Consulting? | 7.12.19

Where should you be looking for top accounting talent? [Accounting Today] Top accounting talent, like talent for many professional services, is in short supply these days. Accounting firms are competing ferociously to attract, land and retain the most talented and experienced employees to achieve and maintain a critical competitive edge in a highly competitive industry. […]

What Price Wrong-Doing? Sanctions Against KPMG Are Complicated

“Sell in May and go away” was an investors’ adage invoked as vacation strategy in a more genteel era. Returns in the summer were said to lag the rest of the year—and in any event, that’s how brokers justified their holiday cottages on the eastern seaboard. This year the maxim has twice failed my attempt […]

The CPA Exam Needs to Evolve and You Can Help It Do Just That

The conversation about “future-proof” CPAs and the evolution of the CPA exam to include skills necessary to provide exceptional client service far into the future is not a new one, we’ve been having it for years. This isn’t one of those “hey you guys, CPAs of the future better know VLOOKUP” things, it’s a bit […]

The SEC Removed ‘Acting’ From Sagar Teotia’s Job Title

Sagar Teotia is officially your new chief accountant at the SEC, a position he had held in an acting role since Wesley Bricker surprisingly announced he was stepping down as chief accountant in June. Teotia definitely has the chops for the chief accountant office. He had served as deputy chief accountant under Bricker since 2017 […]

Promotion Watch ’19: EY Admits 733 New Partners Worldwide

Because July 1 kicks off a new fiscal year at EY, we figured a new partners announcement would be forthcoming. And it came today, via the new leader of the Black and Yellow, Carmine Di Sibio: Our Global Chairman and CEO, Carmine Di Sibio congratulates our new partners around the world. Their contributions have helped […]

Mark Weinberger’s Best Moments as EY CEO, Ranked

Y’all remember back in the day when we used to do Ranked posts? Yeah, me neither. Mostly all I remember is Caleb saying he saw something similar on a far more popular blog than ours and was like “we should do that but with accounting stuff!” At least that’s how I recall the conversation in […]

What Do Deloitte and Robbie Van Winkle Have In Common?

Ice, ICE, baby. Professional services and consulting giants Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton have collectively started $66,721,241 worth in contracts with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) since President Donald Trump took office, according to the U.S. government’s federal spending website. According to the U.S. spending database, Deloitte has started $51,017,363 worth of […]

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Sooooo Did Anyone Else Notice Thomson Reuters Just Bought Confirmation?

Thomson Reuters quietly buffed up its audit tool suite this week with the announcement that they’ve signed a “definitive agreement” to acquire Confirmation, everyone’s favorite way to get confirmations without using interns. The details of the deal are secret but we can only imagine it involves truckloads of money based on what we know about […]

Hiring Watch ’19: RSM Planning to Add to Its KC Headcount

Not Kansas City, KS, but Kansas City, MO, where in July 2020, RSM will be moving into a swanky new office space currently being developed in Country Club Plaza. RSM will occupy all of the ninth floor and half of the 10th floor in the 14-story, 214,000-square-foot office tower that will be called 46 Penn […]

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Accounting Fraud Watch: Autonomy Trial, Patisserie Valerie Arrests, Longfin CEO Charged

Plus, Patisserie Valerie’s ex-chairman doesn’t have nice things to say about Grant Thornton and Steinhoff warns of lingering damage from massive accounting fraud. Lynch says HP’s Meg Whitman couldn’t cope with ‘all the fires’ [Bloomberg] On his first day of testimony, Autonomy founder Mike Lynch said Hewlett-Packard Co.’s executives made him a scapegoat for their […]

The Lovefest For Ex-Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert Continues

Former Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert has been getting a lot of love lately. Last week, Glassdoor released its 2019 ranking of the top 100 CEOs in the U.S. based on anonymous employee reviews, and Engelbert was ranked 15th—the highest among the Big 4 CEOs and the second highest among women chief executives. This week, career […]

Former Marks Paneth Partner Admits to Screwing Investors Out of $2 Million

Steven Henning, CPA, a former partner-in-charge of advisory services at New York City-based Marks Paneth, could have as long as 20 years to think about his choices: Steven Henning pled guilty today [June 24] to participating in two wire fraud schemes. In the first, he falsely claimed to have entered into multimillion-dollar intellectual property deals […]

No Auditor Swapping For International Olympic Committee

The IOC announced today that it will keep rolling with P. Dubs. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reappointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the international professional services firm, as its external auditor for a six-year term. Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, the IOC’s audit committee chair, told members that the six-year appointment, which followed an auditor selection process that began […]

Auditor Swap: Papa John’s Dumps KPMG For Its Ex, Ernst & Young

Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Pizza chain Papa John’s must have realized this as it’s dropping KPMG as its independent auditor in favor of EY, which audited the company’s financial statements from 1990 to 2017. EY will take over Papa John’s external auditing duties for the fiscal year ending Dec. […]

Have You Been Approached By a Colleague to Participate In a Fraud?

Good morning, GCers. Some friends of ours at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario are conducting research on group fraud and other highly unethical acts, and we’re hoping you can do them a solid and help them with their project. While I’m sure they wouldn’t pass up an opportunity […]

Layoff Watch ’19: Walmart Accountants and Finance Workers In Charlotte, NC

The Charlotte Business Journal reported last week on some doom-and-gloom news for Walmart accountants based in the Queen City: Retail giant Walmart Inc. will lay off hundreds in Charlotte starting later this year as it outsources its finance and accounting operations. The retailer filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the N.C. Department of Commerce this […]

Mother Nature Vandalized a Bunch of Windows at KPMG Building In Dallas

A powerful storm with high winds hit the Dallas area during the afternoon on June 9, blowing out the windows of some downtown skyscrapers, including the building where KPMG is located. The NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth reported: At the KPMG building downtown, nearly a dozen windows were broken when construction debris from another building […]

Here’s More Proof That KPMG U.K. Totally F*cked Up the Way It Handled Bullying Allegations Against Partner

The Financial Times reported today that three—THREE—senior executives at KPMG U.K. were aware of and ignored concerns from staff as early as 2017 alleging senior partner Sanjay Thakkar was acting like a bully before they finally got around to launching an investigation about the complaints last October. KPMG employees approached the firm’s UK managing partner Philip […]

Hiring Watch ’19: Hey Auditors, PwC U.K. Now Has 500 Job Openings For You to Fill

Whoa, if you haven’t seen by now, the Queen’s PwC announced some pretty big news earlier today. The Wall Street Journal reported: Professional-services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on Wednesday announced various measures aimed at overhauling its U.K. audit business, amid growing regulatory concerns about the quality of the country’s audit sector. PwC, one of the Big […]

When It Comes to Audit Quality, Deloitte Is the KPMG U.S. of Australia

And that’s not a compliment. The Australian Financial Review reports: Deloitte has attacked the way the corporate regulator assesses audit quality as inaccurate, “not fit for purpose” and too volatile, after revealing its latest inspection findings were the poorest of the big four consulting firms. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission found that in 14 […]

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Experts: Kids These Days Don’t Give a Shit About Making Partner

Over the years, we’ve written countless articles mocking the paranoia constantly brewing in the accounting profession over [insert threat here]. Usually it’s robots coming to take your jobs or “something something millennials,” and although we’re happy to rip on Alex Jones fanbase-level fear over threats real, imagined, and/or exaggerated, there is often a smidge of […]

Wesley Bricker Is Stepping Down As SEC Chief Accountant

This just in from the SEC: The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Wesley R. Bricker, Chief Accountant, plans to leave the agency after more than six years of distinguished service. Mr. Bricker was named as the SEC’s Chief Accountant in 2016, after serving as the deputy chief accountant. Earlier, he served as a […]

CohnReznick Will Have a New CEO In 2020

Ch-ch-changes are coming at the top of CohnReznick, as partners at the top 15 accounting firm this week elected David Kessler as CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2020. Kessler will succeed Frank Longobardi, who has been CEO since October 2015. Longobardi will remain at the firm until he reaches CohnReznick’s mandatory retirement age in January 2021, […]

Deloitte Is Apparently Going to Help the Other SEC with Its Zebra Problem

From the Associated Press yesterday: The Southeastern Conference hired international accounting firm Deloitte to conduct a review of its football officiating, reacting in part to what Commissioner Greg Sankey called the intense, often opinionated view of referees by the public and media. Sankey said conversations began in September about ways to examine officiating and find […]

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Auditor Swap: AZZ Says Buh-Bye to BDO USA, Hires Grant Thornton

Auditor shopping has made the news a little more than usual of late, with high-profile companies like Fitbit and Goldman Sachs in the U.K. both kicking PwC to the curb in favor of a fresh, new set of eyes. Then there’s General Electric, which might end its century-old relationship with KPMG after this year. While […]