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Government Oversight of Accounting Fraud & Abuse

Over the years the government has become more involved in the oversight of accounting fraud and abuse. What are some of the actions that the government has enacted? Have they been successful? Why or why not?

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The main act was the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was created in the early 2000's as a result of the accounting scandals that took place. Enron was the main reason, followed by WorldCom. As part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (also called SOX), the PCAOB was created, which is the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In addition, we have also seen whistle blower laws, which basically protect whistle blowers from any acts of employer retaliation. In addition, the SEC now requires that certain standards are adhered to, for public companies. Public companies must have a code ...

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This solution discusses the actions that have been initiated by government in relation to the accounting fraud and abuse that has taken place in recent decades at major corporations.

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