With formal comments due to the PCAOB by December 11, and as the polite applause dies down, a cooler perspective should see this tinkering as no more a “game change” than raising the stakes from a penny to a nickel.
That’s because the PCAOB is playing it small all the way. Board member Steven Harris emphasized “the need not to change what auditors do, but to change how they report what they do” (The emphasis is his, not mine). Board member Lewis Ferguson concurred, noting that “the standard does not require the auditor to do any additional work.”
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