Monday, November 12, 2007

War on Complexity

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has joined with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in an all-out “War on Complexity in Accounting.” The SEC’s Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting has the overall objective of making recommendations on reducing complexity in financial reporting. It held its second meeting on November 2, 2007. Its charter identifies four areas for attention:

  • the current approach to standard-setting;
  • the current approach to regulating compliance;
  • factors that may drive unnecessary complexity; and
  • lessons that can be learned from using international standards.