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Abstract Ethics is referred to as a systematic study of reflective choices based on the standards of right and wrong. from happening again. Bush approved by signing into the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. the acts protects from incidents such as Enron. the set up permits the organization to ensure the most accurate financial information of private and public companies. etc. Tyco. President George W. Furthermore. World Com. Certified Public Accountants and accounting professionals must implement professional ethical standards on a regular basis that were established by business organizations that standardize Ethical Professional Practices on the accounting field. which he later labeled as the most influential reform of American business practices since the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. as well as the goods which will eventually be directed. . As of July 30. 2002. The following organizations established codes of conduct and principles in order to manage procedures while protecting the interest of investors and public. Primarily. The following training manual discusses the United States accounting rule-making bodies and their influence on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Professional ethics pertain to the actions of decision makers so they establish the foundation of making viable ethical decisions. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was introduced in order to protect investors and the public from financial and/or accounting fraud.
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is a group which sets the standards of financial accounting for publicly held companies.S. (U. The 1934 Act requires periodic reporting of information of any publicly traded company’s securities. Sarbanes-Oxley included the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with the intent to produce accurate financial statements and audits in order to protect both investors and the public as previously stated. Securities and Exchange Commission). The SEC sets particular regulations which have the same authority as the laws implemented by Congress. The Security Exchange Commission (SEC) was introduced in the 1934 Act which sets the rules for purchases. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is otherwise known as the 1934 Act which determines what is security and whats not.The Act initiated numerous reforms to hold corporations accountable financially and prevents corporations from committing accounting fraud. As a company trades security exchanges or meets the criteria of shareholders they must register its securities. The SEC has the responsibility of introducing rules to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Furthermore. The United States presently offers ethical standards that meet the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as well as endorsing compliances based on the Code of Conduct and the rules and regulations by accounting professionals. and trade of securities by public companies. . the company is required to present 10-K annual reports and 10-Q quarterly reports. as well as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The FASB manages the preparation of financial reports with standards devised by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). resell. PCAOB is also responsible for supervising the auditing profession.
Management is responsible for identifying the framework used to determine the efficiency of the company’s financial records. and assessment of the efficiency of the company’s internal operations. . The Sarbanes-Oxley Act acknowledges the PCAOB provisions in section 101. The PCAOB evaluates the procedures for accounting professions. In general. The Act pertains to the internal operations of finance as they are presented by principal management. The standards above apply to the control in using the process cycle flowchart or process cycle control mix. companies must implement the respective documentation to identify key controls. Furthermore. In addition. Company management has the responsibility of establishing documentation which ensures: • Proper user involvement in the systems design and modification process • Review of the specifications of the system • Approval by user management and information processing management • Identification of control and auditability.The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB) purpose is to produce added layers of force and to influence public trust. the idea of government is supervised by the accounting profession. investigates suspicious activity by auditors. the Act provides assurance in terms of efficiency and preparation of financial reports and statements of the GAAP. Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley requires upper management to evaluate and report on the company’s internal operations and financial reporting. there is a statement which accurately controlling internal operations and financial reports. and influences the quality of audits and financial statements. In regards to the Sarbanes-Oxley.
For example. The internal operations in this environment are manipulated by entity level controls. there must be business plans and budgets that represent realistic goals by specifically linking risks to strategic plans and their intentions. Finally. and applying the appropriate characteristics which display accountability and responsibility. the revenue process can justify authorization and the information presented. management has the responsibility to update budgets and the forecasts as conditions in the company change. In addition. The framework is designed based on five elements: 1) Control Environment is otherwise known as integrity. 3) Control procedures represent the internal workings of the internal control process as it needs to be evaluated on a regular basis to ensure transactions are recorded on the financial statements. Establishing a process which ensures the staff will effectively receive training for their respective positions. Particular examples of internal controls to manipulate entity levels controls are code of conduct and other selective policies related to ethical and moral behavior. 2) Risk assessment is the entity which involves evaluating and identifying risks linked to the preparation of the corporation finances . the internal control process must be included with a verification check that all purchase orders are entered and processed. Furthermore. the COSO framework needs to be followed. and the competence of the organization. The activities should include particular controls that ensure justified authorization of transaction and segregation of duty controls. In particular. The management team is responsible for exercising steps to manage and controls risks inside there environment. internal operations include identifying risk factors and establishing a process to manage them. The intent of the . of which includes the management’s operational methods and style.In order to apply efficient financial controls. ethics.
Particular controls can potentially include overridden controls which are responsible for ensuring the process is completed appropriately. Most importantly. The purpose of monitoring controls is to identify any deficiencies that might be present and correct them. If the internal operations are established with this internal control process. 4) Monitoring is the continuous assessment of quality controls over a given amount of time. which otherwise includes security authorization. an effective environment will be created were financial reports will be done accurately. the internal procedures are intended to fulfill all the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. data field checks.controls is to authorize transactions independently from individually recorded information by any group or individual that has custody over assets or funds. and documentation. The strategic plan for the IT system and the management staff is to effectively support the business objectives and reporting needs. The activities include controls above information reporting. 5) Information and communication controls guarantee that proper identification. and communication of the information in a manner that permits personnel to complete their responsibilities. storage. .
Conclusion To close. objectivity and integrity. it is essential to accept into condition every facets of internal control referred in the SOX. which are obligatory characteristics in ethical accounting practice. . Publicly held companies must ensure that its accounting professionals will act with independence. Company must stand by to ethical rules that governs audit process and financial activities as a whole.
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