Securities Exchange Act: Review of Reporting Under Section 10A

GAO-03-982R Published: Sep 03, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 06, 2003.
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This report responds to Representative John Dingell's request that GAO update our February 4, 2000, report on reporting under Section 10A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Section 10A requires reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) when, during the course of a financial audit, an auditor detects likely illegal acts that have a material impact on the financial statements and appropriate remedial action is not being taken by management or the board of directors. In addition to reporting on the number of Section 10A reports submitted to the SEC and the status of SEC actions pertaining to Section 10A reports, we also agreed with Rep. Dingell's office to report on the current initiatives by the accounting profession pertaining to the auditor's responsibility for detecting fraudulent financial reporting. On October 1, 2002, we briefed his office on the number of Section 10A reports submitted to the SEC since our last report. This report responds to his February 25, 2003, request that we update that work, which we have updated to reflect Section 10A reports submitted to the SEC through May 15, 2003.

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