December 6, 2017

CAQ Tool Aims to Help Audit Committees with Expanded Auditor's Report

Washington, DC – The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) has issued a new tool  that flags key considerations and questions for audit committees as implementation of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s new auditor’s reporting model gets underway.

"The public company auditing profession has supported changes to the auditor's reporting model as a means of providing meaningful information to market stakeholders in an increasingly complex and global business environment,” said Cindy Fornelli, CAQ executive director. “This CAQ tool is part of the profession's commitment to a smooth transition to the new model for preparers, auditors, audit committees, and investors.”

The Auditor’s Report: Considerations for Audit Committees explains changes to the auditor’s report and lists key questions on topics including auditor tenure, Critical Audit Matters (CAMs) and other new requirements. The new auditor’s reporting model is to be implemented with a phased approach, and the tool provides a timeline for implementation deadlines.

“While some of the most significant changes to the auditor’s report do not go into effect until 2019 for large accelerated filers, audit committees should begin discussions with auditors and management to gain an understanding of the new requirements, which are the first significant changes to the auditor's report in decades,” Fornelli said.

The tool also flags a set of key questions that the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has gleaned from audit committee members about the new auditor’s report.

"Implementation of the new auditor’s report is a topic of keen interest for directors, particularly audit committee members," said Peter Gleason, NACD President and CEO. "We think this tool can serve as a helpful resource for board members and others as implementation proceeds, and the NACD is pleased to provide input to this CAQ tool, based on feedback we’ve heard from our members."

For more CAQ tools and resources for audit committees, visit the CAQ's Audit Committee Issues page.

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About the CAQ

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous, nonpartisan public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high quality performance by public company auditors, convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs. For more information, visit www.thecaq.org.