Financial Executives International (FEI), a professional association of 15,000 CFOs, controllers and treasurers, has identified the ten most critical financial reporting challenges facing public companies for the year 2001:
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1. Audit Committee Governance -- Fulfill new "independence," financial
"expert" and financial "literacy" requirements for audit committees.
New requirements affect all publicly traded companies over $200 million
in market capitalization.
2. International Accounting Standards -- Prepare for changes in domestic
GAAP that will ensure compatibility among the accounting principles of
countries around the world. (To stay updated, visit
3. Revenue Recognition -- Comply with SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin 101.
4. Regulation Fair Disclosure (Reg FD) -- Ensure all material information
is simultaneously disclosed broadly to meet new SEC requirements.
5. Business Combinations and Goodwill Accounting -- Evaluate and, if
applicable, implement FASB''s proposed new guidelines on accounting for
business combinations and goodwill.
6. Consolidated Financial Statements: Purpose and Policy -- Consider the
impact of a proposed new FASB rule change requiring consolidation of
entities based on "control" rather that percentage of stock ownership.
7. Auditor Independence -- Disclose and justify, through board audit
committees, any hiring of the company's audit firm for IT and other
consulting work. Comply with the SEC's new rules governing financial,
employment and business relationships with the auditors, the scope of
non-audit services from the auditor, and the required proxy disclosures
on audit fees and audit committee consideration of the auditor's
independence. (http://www.sec.gov/rules/final/33-7919.htm )
8. Materiality -- Ensure compliance with SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin 99
which bases materiality on what an investor would consider significant.
9. Restructuring and Asset Impairment Charges -- Comply with SEC Staff
Accounting Bulletin 100 and consider issues related to the new FASB
Exposure Draft. (http://www.sec.gov/rules/acctreps/sab100.htm)
10. New SEC Leadership -- Monitor changes in SEC policy as new leadership
begins after Arthur Levitt's anticipated departure in February.
Financial Executives International (FEI) is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. FEI's 15,000 members hold policy- making positions as chief financial officers, treasurers and controllers. For more information, visit http://www.fei.org/.
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