PCAOB Enforcement Actions Decline As Board Faces Change

By Robert Cox (February 13, 2019, 3:46 PM EST) -- After years of steadily increasing numbers of disciplinary orders made public by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, last year saw a 63 percent drop in settled orders. In 2018, the PCAOB made 20 settled orders public, compared with 54 settled orders made public in 2017 and 54 settled orders made public in 2016. Five adjudicated matters were posted in 2018 compared with one matter in 2017.

The PCAOB's decline in settled orders is consistent with a trend at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which saw a 20 percent decline in enforcement actions involving accountants in 2017 (40 actions in...

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