September 16, 2010
SEC Adopts Internal Control Amendment for Non-Accelerated FilersThe SEC adopted amendments to its rules and forms to conform them to Section 404(c) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), as added by Section 989G of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”). Section 404(c) provides that Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act shall not apply with respect to any audit report prepared for an issuer that is neither an accelerated filer nor a large accelerated filer as defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). Prior to enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, a non-accelerated filer would have been required, under existing Commission rules, to include an attestation report of its registered public accounting firm on internal control over financial reporting in the filer’s annual report filed with the Commission for fiscal years ending on or after June 15, 2010.
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