September 29, 2015, letter commenting on PCAOB's July 2015 Release No. 2015-005:

"Concept Release on Audit Quality Indicators"

Published: Sep 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2015.

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James R. Dalkin
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This letter provides GAO's response to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's (PCAOB) Release 2015-005, Concept Release on Audit Quality Indicators. GAO promulgates generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS) in the United States. GAGAS provide a framework for conducting high-quality audits of governments and other entities expending government funds. Depending on how the concepts illustrated in this release are implemented, an audit quality indicator (AQI) project could set a precedent for how audit quality is assessed well beyond the audit environment under the PCAOB's purview. AQI-based auditor evaluations could become an industry-wide expectation for auditors of many types of organizations, including those subject to GAGAS audits.