The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board adopted Thursday a bunch of new audit requirements for broker-dealers.
PCAOB adopted two attestation standards pertaining to audits of BDs designed to help protect customer funds by enhancing the quality of compliance information provided to the Securities and Exchange Commission and used in its regulatory oversight of broker-dealers.
The Board also adopted an auditing standard applicable when auditors are engaged to perform audit procedures and report on supplemental information that broker-dealers and others file with the SEC. Finally, the Board adopted related amendments to other PCAOB standards.
The Dodd-Frank Act amended the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to, among other things, authorize the PCAOB to oversee the audits of brokers and dealers registered with the SEC.
“The standards adopted today are an important step for the Board’s oversight of audits of broker-dealers authorized under the Dodd-Frank Act. They will strengthen procedures for auditors and improve the reliability of annual reports required by the SEC for oversight of customer assets held by broker-dealers,” said PCAOB Chairman James Doty, in a statement.
As the PCAOB explains, the two attestation standards cover the auditor’s examination of compliance reports and the auditor’s review of exemption reports.