PCAOB Invites Auditors of Brokers and Dealers to Participate in its 2012 Forum on Auditing Smaller Broker-Dealers

Washington, D.C., March 1, 2012 

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board today announced that it will host the Forum on Auditing Smaller Broker-Dealers in Chicago, Houston, Jersey City, and San Diego in 2012.

The agenda for the first two meetings, in Chicago and Houston, also is being released today. It is substantially the same agenda as the 2011 forums, which were held in Jersey City and Huntington Beach. Firms that attended a forum in 2011 should attend either the Jersey City or San Diego forum scheduled for later in 2012, since it is anticipated that the content in these sessions will be updated.

"We find these forums useful because they give us a chance to hear from auditors of smaller broker-dealers about the issues and challenges they are facing," said James R. Doty, PCAOB Chairman. "Scaling the rules appropriately to reflect distinctions in business models of brokers and dealers will be an important aspect of our process."

These forums provide a unique opportunity for PCAOB-registered public accounting firms auditing brokers and dealers to interact with PCAOB Board members and staff and to learn more about the PCAOB. They are hosted by a Board member of the PCAOB

They also enable the PCAOB to hear the comments and concerns of auditors working with smaller brokers and dealers and to consider this feedback as the Board continues its rulemaking.

The 2012 forum agenda for the first two meetings includes:

The program also includes presentations from representatives of both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. It will end with a regulatory panel discussion.

Registration is limited to PCAOB-registered firms that audit brokers and dealers. There is no fee charged to participate in these events but preregistration is required. Attendees also have the opportunity to earn continuing professional education credits.

The 2012 schedule is as follows:

For more information, see the link on the right under Related Information. If you have further registration questions, please contact Margaret Hopkins at forum@pcaobus.org or (202) 207-9081.