Board Sets Meeting on Auditing and Related Professional Standards, Funding Rules, Ethics Code

Washington, D.C., Apr. 14, 2003

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has scheduled an open meeting at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the William O. Douglas Room at the Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C.

The Board is scheduled to consider:

  • Issuing a statement of policy on the Board's amendment of existing - and establishment of new - auditing and related professional standards, through the use of advisory groups convened pursuant to Section 103(a)(4) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The board will also announce its plans for setting new standards and engaging in a comprehensive review of existing standards to determine whether they are consistent with the Board's mandate;
  • Requiring auditors to comply with existing auditing and related professional standards while this review is underway by exercising its authority, under Section 103(a)(3) of the Act, to adopt interim standards;
  • Adopting final rules on funding, which would govern the Board's allocation, assessment and collection of the Board's annual accounting support fee from public companies. The Board proposed rules on funding on March 13, 2003, and received eight written comments on the proposal. The comments are available on the Board's Web site at Under Section 109(g) of the Act, this fee will serve as the Board's primary source of revenue. The final rule is subject to approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • Issuing and seeking comment on a proposed Ethics Code for Board members and staff

All Board rules are subject to approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the SEC must determine by April 26 that the Board is capable of carrying out the requirements of the Act and enforcing compliance with the Act by registered public accounting firms and associated persons.

The Board intends to hold a public meeting Monday, April 21, to consider final rules on auditor registration, among other matters.