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Published date01 July 2018
Date01 July 2018
VOLUME 29, NUMBER 3 July 2018
7AS 3101: The PCAOBs New Auditor Reporting Requirements
Paul M. Clikeman
AS 3101, The Auditors Report on an Audit of Financial Statements When the Auditor
Expresses an Unqualified Opinion (PCAOB, 2017) represents the most significant change to
American audit reports in more than 70 years. The new standard form unqualified report,
which is required for audits of fiscal years ending on or after December 15, 2017, moves the
auditors opinion to the first paragraph, uses section titles to identify important information,
clarifies that the financial statement notes are included within the scope of the audit, and
requires auditors to disclose the year they began serving consecutively as the companys
auditors. For large accelerated filers in 2019 and smaller PCAOB clients in 2020, auditors must
begin identifying and discussing critical audit matters. These are the issues that arose during the
audit that involved especially challenging, subjective or complex auditor judgment.When AS
3101s reporting requirements are completely implemented, American audit reports will
change from three or four paragraphs of standardized boilerplate language to a longer, much
more flexible report describing the specific judgments and procedures unique to each client.
16 COSOs Updated Enterprise Risk Management FrameworkA Quest For Depth
And Clarity
Kyleen Prewett and Andy Terry
In 2004, COSO published its first comprehensive guidance on enterprise risk management
(ERM) - Enterprise Risk Management Integrated Framework. Then, in June of 2017, COSO
released a new, more detailed and complex ERM framework titled Enterprise Risk
ManagementIntegrating with Strategy and Performance. This article examines the
relationship between ERM and internal control, and then examines the similarities and
differences between the 2004 and 2017 COSO ERM Frameworks. While little is new in the
2017 Framework, its focus on the integration of ERM with strategy-setting and performance
and deeper recognition of the role of governance and culture provides a comprehensive
framework and impetus for firms to be intentional about integrating these important concepts.

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