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ACPEN Signature:  2017 Accounting and Auditing Update
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ACPEN Signature: 2017 Accounting and Auditing Update

Total Credits: 8 including 3 Accounting - Technical, 3 Auditing- Technical, 2 Regulatory Ethics - Technical

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ACPEN Signature |  Accounting and Auditing |  Ethics
Laura Billingsley, CPA |  Jeffery D. Mechanick, CPA, M.B.A. |  J. Michael Inzina, CPA, CGFM, CGMA |  Kurt G. Oestriecher, CPA |  Guler Ann ​ Wiefling, CFE |  Stephen Howard, CFE
Course Levels:
8 Hours


The 2017 Accounting and Auditing Update is designed to provide its participants with a comprehensive, in-depth review of what’s happening at the FASB, AICPA, and other professional bodies who may impact accounting and auditing this year, including FASB Statements and Interpretations, Statements on Auditing Standards, Auditing Interpretations, Audit Guides, Statements of Position, exposure drafts and projects in progress, with emphasis on the practical application and impact on practitioners in small to medium sized firms and members in industry. 

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives

*Review the latest developments at the FASB, AICPA, and other professional bodies impacting accounting and auditing

Major Subjects

*Update of FASB Statements and Interpretations and review of the activities of the Private Company Council.

*Review of the latest Statements on Auditing Standards

*Explanation of SSAE 18; Attestation Standards—Clarification and Recodification.

*SAARS Updates

*Review of the Requirements to take steps to avoid Business Fraud through the use of internal controls and the Risk Assessment process overview.

*Professional Ethics Executive Committee Update

Course Materials


Jeffery D. Mechanick, CPA, M.B.A. Related seminars and products: 1

Jeffrey D. Mechanick, CPA, M.B.A., is an assistant director at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), where he provides strategic and technical oversight of all activities involving nonpublic entities (private companies and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs)), chairs the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, and participates in some of the FASB’s broader outreach activities. He has also been the lead staff person for the AICPA/FAF/NASBA Blue-Ribbon Panel on Standard Setting for Private Companies and the FASB/IASB Financial Crisis Advisory Group. Since joining the FASB in 2006, Mr. Mechanick has worked extensively on behalf of the not-for-profit sector and, more recently, the private company sector. Among his work, he has managed the FASB Staff Position (FSP) project on Not-for-Profit Endowments and UPMIFA (FSP FAS 117-1); been a core team member on the project on Mergers & Acquisitions by NPOs (Statement 164); and consulted on many other projects, including Fair Value Measurements (FAS 157) and Postretirement Benefit Obligations (FAS 158). He has also spoken at numerous conferences sponsored by the AICPA, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, many state CPA societies, and various other organizations.  Prior to joining the FASB, Mr. Mechanick spent a combined 20 years working in and with the not-for-profit sector, as the chief financial officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., and before that, as a senior audit manager with KPMG, LLP.  Mr. Mechanick earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in biological sciences from The University of Chicago and an MBA in professional accounting from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. He is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs, and has served on the AICPA’s NPO Expert Panel.

J. Michael Inzina, CPA, CGFM, CGMA Related seminars and products: 4

J. Michael Inzina, CPA, CGFM, CGMA  is president and CEO of Audit Litigation Training and Efficiency Consulting, Inc. (ALTEC), a consulting company serving the accounting and auditing community in audit efficiency, training, ethics and litigation support.  He has over thirty-five years in public practice and is also a partner with the firm of Stagni & Company, LLC, concentrated in governments and nonprofit organizations.  Mike holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Louisiana (Monroe), where he graduated summa cum laude in May 1976.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Society of Louisiana CPAs, the Association of Government Accountants and the GFOA, and earned the CEA in governmental in 1990.  He was awarded the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation in 1996, and the Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation in 2012.  Mike is a past chapter president and member of the Society of Louisiana CPAs Board of Directors and served two terms as chairman of the Governmental Positive Enforcement Program of the Louisiana State Board of CPAs.  He has served on numerous committees of the Society of Louisiana CPAs, and presently is a member of its Ethics committee. Mike has twice served as a member of the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee (1986-1989, and 2000-2003), and served as a member of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board from 1997 to 2000. From 1986 to 1993, he served as a member of AICPA Independence and Behavioral Standards Subcommittee, and was Subgroup Chairman of the Governmental Technical Standards Committee.  During this time he conducted numerous investigations of complaints filed by federal, state and local agencies alleging substandard performance of audits of governmental and nonprofit entities, and represented the Professional Ethics Division at hearings of the Joint Regional Trial Board. He contributed to the GASB Statement 34 Implementation Guide, AICPA Statement of Position 98-3, the industry audit and accounting guide Audits of State and Local Governmental Units, the AICPA Practice Aid to SAS 99 (fraud) and assisted in revisions to the Louisiana Governmental Audit Guide and in drafting state legislation affecting governmental accounting and auditing requirements. He has served as technical consultant and instructor for the Louisiana Division of Administration (Office of Community Development), and as consultant to the Louisiana Department of Education.  Mike frequently appears as moderator and panelist on the Accountants CPE Network. He has been named twelve times as an Outstanding Discussion Leader by the American Institute of CPAs and the Louisiana, South Carolina and West Virginia state societies.  He received a Special Recognition Award from the Society of Louisiana CPAs Board of Directors for his contributions to continuing education in 1994, and was awarded the 2001 National Education and Training Award from the Association of Government Accountants.  In 2009, Mike was named national Beta Alpha Psi Business Information Professional of the Year.

Kurt G. Oestriecher, CPA Related seminars and products: 1

Kurt G. Oestriecher, CPA, is a partner with Oestriecher & Company, CPAs of Alexandria, La. He is the partner in charge of accounting and auditing services and is also involved in litigation support and small business consulting engagements.

Guler Ann ​ Wiefling, CFE Related seminars and products:

Guler Ann ?Wiefling, CFE, specializes in conducting fraud, ethics and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, regulatory and contract compliance, internal audit and litigation support. A Certified Fraud Examiner, she assists clients with ongoing development of internal controls, corporate governance, financial planning and analysis, as well as audit planning and execution. She brings a unique perspective to serving her clients, having worked in both industry and consulting for more than 20 years. Prior to Weaver, Wiefling was a vice president at Charles River Associates in their finance practice. She also worked as a director at Grant Thornton. Prior to that, she held audit and global investigation and compliance positions at Hewlett-Packard. Wiefling earned a Master of Business Administration degree in management information systems and finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

Stephen Howard, CFE Related seminars and products:

Stephen Howard, CFE, is Director, Forensics and Litigation Services, for the accounting firm of Weaver, LLP, in its Houston, Texas. Stephen brings more than 17 years of experience providing litigation services and forensic accounting assistance to clients in various industries in the public and private sectors. His knowledge in litigation cases includes securities litigation, patent royalty disputes and lost-profits analysis resulting from contractual breaches and business interruption claims. He has provided financial consulting services, transaction services such as business valuations and financial modeling, internal audit services, litigation support and other consulting services to clients in various industries. Furthermore, Howard is an accomplished risk management and compliance executive with significant experience leading global compliance programs, audits, investigations and strategic initiatives. Howard has played a vital role in assisting clients with designing, implementing and overseeing robust financial risk management and assessment programs. Additionally, he has extensive experience in fraud investigations and forensic accounting, including earnings management investigations, fraudulent financial statement reporting, various accounting improprieties, procurement fraud and money laundering. Howard earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Houston Baptist University.

Additional Info

Basic Course Information


Minimum to intermediate level of auditing experience.

Advanced Preparation None
Designed For

Partners and managers responsible for planning and supervision of engagements, audit staff members who need to understand the changes which have occurred to enable them to conduct engagements, and persons in industry responsible for accounting, financial statement preparation, and internal audits.

Original Recording Date 10/18/2017
Yellow Book Yes
Course Developer Business Professionals' Network, Inc.
Date Added to Catalog 02/02/2017

Additional Information

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Official Registry Statement

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Instructional Delivery Method Group Internet Based
Course Registration Requirements

Online Registration

Refund/Cancellation Policy

Please contact the ACPEN help desk 1-877-602-9877 or if you wish to cancel your attendance for a previously purchased webcast and are requesting a refund or transfer. 



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