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BUSINESS
October 8, 2003 | Thomas S. Mulligan, Times Staff Writer
The government's new accounting oversight body Tuesday proposed its first set of new audit standards, or guidelines for external auditors to check and affirm the effectiveness of companies' internal anti-fraud controls.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2000
The Police Department has failed to install video cameras in its evidence rooms despite the recommendations of a 1998 audit, the city controller's office found. In a letter to Police Chief Bernard Parks and members of the Police Commission, Controller Rick Tuttle said that if the department had followed his advice two years ago, it could have deterred former Officer Rafael Perez from stealing drugs from an evidence locker.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Intel Corp., Pfizer Inc. and other companies on Tuesday urged the government's accounting oversight board to limit the scope of newly required financial-control audits so they won't become too costly and intrude on management's responsibilities. Public companies and accounting firms are at odds over how much scrutiny is needed before auditors should certify that a company has implemented adequate safeguards to prevent financial fraud. Accountants say detailed audits are required.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2006 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Small public companies that held out hope for a permanent exemption from the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform law were disappointed last week when the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to ease -- not eliminate -- the law's requirement for annual reports on internal financial controls.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Time's up! That's the message for small public companies from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which met recently to give final approval to new guidelines and amendments to the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform law. The five-member commission didn't include a hoped-for extension of the Dec. 15 deadline for small public companies to comply with provisions that critics say are too costly and time-consuming.
NEWS
December 26, 1985 | Associated Press
Congressional investigators have found that billions of taxpayer dollars are lost or mismanaged through the failure of more than half of the government's 427 accounting systems to meet federal requirements, the General Accounting Office said in a report Wednesday. "The major problems so far remain largely unchanged," the GAO said in its study, released three years after Congress passed the Financial Integrity Act to curb fraud, waste and abuse in government.
BUSINESS
January 27, 1997 | SHERWOOD ROSS, REUTERS; (Sherwood Ross is a freelance writer who covers workplace topics for Reuters.)
Controls put in place by chief executives may be flouted by employees, which could mean that when a new product flops or a scandal breaks it may be too late for the executive to save the day. "Most [CEOs] are not effectively controlling risk, nor are they leading others in their companies to do so," according to a survey by Louis Harris & Associates Inc. for accountants Coopers & Lybrand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
City leaders in scandal-battered Cudahy are asking the state to audit the city's finances and internal controls in the wake of a series of city hall bribery arrests. Last year, three officials in the working-poor L.A. County city -- including two long-term council members -- were hauled away by FBI agents for extortion and bribery. The cases revealed a city marred by corruption, election fixing and drug use in city hall, officials said. Now, the newly elected mayor and vice-mayor of Cudahy are asking State Controller John Chiang to audit the city's finances and internal controls.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
An investor has filed a lawsuit against Barnes & Noble Inc., accusing the book retailer of shoddy financial reporting that resulted in a recently disclosed Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. David Shaev, a New York attorney and Barnes & Noble shareholder, named several of the company's executives as defendants in the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court in New York County. The lawsuit is the latest dose of discouraging news for the retailer. In July, the company disclosed that many of its prior financial statements contained errors.
BUSINESS
August 15, 1991 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of Guardian Savings & Loan tried to interest regulators last month in a plan to turn the failed Huntington Beach thrift into an employee-owned, minority-controlled financial institution. But the federal government, which seized the S&L in June, would have had to put up $25 million to make the deal go through, and "there's no money for that," William J. Crawford, the thrift's chairman and president, said Wednesday.
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