Resource Collections

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  • Annual CAQ Symposium

    The Annual CAQ Symposium is designed to bring together practice leaders and audit research scholars for discussion of important issues and exploration of how research can inform those issues. On the pages for each event, find videos, summaries, and lists of panel participants (along with biographical information for those panelists).

  • Audit Committee Issues

    Policymakers across the globe increasingly recognize the vital role of audit committees and their importance to audit quality. In close collaboration with partner organizations, the CAQ is actively engaged in policy developments related to audit committees.

  • Audit Quality Indicators

    The CAQ has been at the forefront of the movement to develop quantitative and qualitative metrics regarding the audit—commonly referred to as audit quality indicators (AQIs)—that could be used to better inform audit committees about key matters that may contribute to the quality of an audit.

  • Auditor Independence

    Along with skepticism and objectivity, independence is a pillar of audit quality. Audit firms are committed to continuously enhancing their policies, processes, and systems to monitor independence on audit engagements.

  • Auditor Reporting

    Engaging constructively with policymakers and key stakeholders, the CAQ and its members have made substantial and practical contributions to ongoing efforts to enhance information presented in the auditor’s report to investors and other users.

  • Audits of Brokers and Dealers

    A significant portion of the CAQ’s member firms audit brokers and dealers. The CAQ monitors and provides resources to aid its membership in this area, which is a focus for policymakers.

  • Classroom and Training Resources

    The CAQ creates educational videos that can be used in the classroom or as training resources. Available videos include a “Video Vignettes” series that provides a view into the types of conversations that take place during an audit. Videos also include classroom-ready excerpts derived from an expert panel at a CAQ event.

  • Cybersecurity

    A complex and evolving issue, cybersecurity has serious implications for public companies, their boards, investors, and other stakeholders. The CAQ works to illuminate the role of auditors in this critical area.

  • Effective Disclosure

    The CAQ is a prominent voice in the discussion about effective financial disclosures. Convening key investor and financial groups, the CAQ has developed concrete recommendations on ways to facilitate investors’ access to meaningful information.

  • Fair Value Accounting

    The CAQ has engaged on the issue of fair value (or mark-to-market) accounting, regarding both its usage broadly in the markets and in the context of auditing fair value measurements.

  • Fighting Fraud

    The CAQ produces a range of resources to promote deterrence and detection of financial reporting fraud. Additionally, the CAQ is a founding member of the Anti-Fraud Collaboration, which unites organizations representing members of the financial reporting supply chain.

  • ICFR

    Robust internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) is a keystone of investor confidence. The CAQ has advanced the discussion around ICFR and produced a range of resources on the issue.

  • IFRS

    In an increasingly interconnected global economy, market participants are considering whether it is possible or desirable to move toward a more uniform global “language” for financial reporting. As the discussion has taken place around International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the CAQ has been an active voice.

  • Independent Standard Setting

    The CAQ has been outspoken against policy provisions that would interfere with the independence of the accounting and auditing standard-setting processes.

  • Mandatory Firm Rotation

    The CAQ has been a leading voice on the issue of mandatory audit firm rotation, which has significant implications for investors, audit committees, public company auditors, and the markets.

  • Research Advisory Board Funding Grants

    The CAQ and the public company auditing profession are dedicated to supporting valuable independent academic research that can have important, real-world impact on audit quality and the future of auditing.

  • Risk Assessment Panel Discussion

    The panel discussion videos are short excerpts from a CAQ event where practitioners and a leading academic provide perspectives on various issues related to the auditors’ risk assessment of a company. Included are the panelist bios and free short descriptions of each video excerpt.

  • Role of the Auditor

    The CAQ has been at the forefront of the discussion around the role of the public company auditor and whether it should evolve to meet the changing information needs of investors.

  • Sarbanes-Oxley

    The enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002, a law aimed at fostering more reliable financial reporting and enhancing audit quality, was a watershed moment for investors, public company auditors, and the markets. The CAQ has worked to create understanding of the impact of this important law. It has opposed efforts to weaken SOX section 404(b), which provides investors with important assurance by the independent auditor regarding management’s representations about the effectiveness of their company’s internal control over financial reporting (ICFR).

  • The Access to Audit Personnel Program

    The CAQ, in connection with the Auditing Section of the AAA, established a program designed to facilitate accounting and auditing academics’ ability to obtain access to audit firm personnel to participate in their research projects.

  • The CAQ at AAA

    Since 2008, the CAQ has organized and participated in panel discussions at the Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA).

  • Transparency of Audits

    The CAQ has engaged on the issue of effectively enhancing transparency in the audit, endeavoring to facilitate access to meaningful information for financial statement users and other constituencies.

  • Video Vignettes

    The vignettes provide insights into the types of conversations that occur between audit team members, as well as between auditors and preparers. The discussions captured in the videos can also be used in other teaching situations, as they highlight communications and interviewing techniques, professional skepticism, and how to navigate conversations on difficult and sensitive issues.