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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Are You Working Hard This Week?

As we come across the last few weeks of the year, many of us are juggling activities: finishing up projects, covering for co-workers who may be on vacation; as well as, working through your inbox, catching up on calls and catching up on the office small talk. This could equate to logging many ...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: Digital Badges Demonstrate Competency

The AICPA has developed new certificate programs specific to employee benefit plan audits and single audits. According to the AICPA’s Frequently Asked Questions related to the employee benefit plan (EBP) certificates, “these programs provide a way for audit practitioners to demonstrate...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: The Benefits of Lean Accounting

As part of a new initiative at my firm, we have been given the opportunity to read various business books to earn points for a new marketing plan that has been put into place. One of the suggested readings is “The Goal,” written by Eliyahu Goldratt. As I was reading this book, I kept asking...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: CPA Profession Top Priorities for 2015

It’s hard to believe 2015 is already here and another busy season is upon us. The beginning of a new year is a time for making resolutions, personally and professionally. It is also a time to consider what the new year may bring for the CPA profession. In December 2014, the AICPA published an ...


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THE SMOKE DETECTOR: A Concept For The Future Of Practice Monitoring

The AICPA released a concept paper entitled “Evolving the CPA Profession’s Peer Review Program for the Future ” on December 15 as part of its Enhancing Audit Quality initiative. The paper outlines AICPA efforts to improve the current peer review system and increase protection to the...