After several delays for smaller businesses, the Securities and Exchange Commission appears set to enforce its latest compliance deadline as it stands: All public companies, regardless of size, will be required to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley section 404 beginning this year.
Governance risk and compliance consultancy Protiviti wants to reinforce that fact for smaller public companies. To that end, the firm is offering a free webcast titled, "Auditor Attestation: What You Can Expect - A Smaller Public Company Perspective" on Aug. 12. Led by Protiviti managing directors Bonnie-Jeanne Garet and Paresh Raghani, the seminar is slated to cover the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's guidance for small company auditors and a simple approach to Sarbox compliance for small companies, among other things.
In a release announcing the webcast, Protiviti managing director Jim DeLoach, who will moderate the event, said simply, "Smaller public companies need to prepare now for their Section 404 audits in order to prevent a fire drill' prior to the Dec. 15 deadline."
I will be listening in Wednesday and hope to get the chance to speak to the presenters. Stay tuned for highlights.