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The Role of Auditors in Company-Prepared Information: Present and Future

Introduction

The pace of change in business is accelerating, and the volume of information available to investors and other stakeholders in the US financial reporting ecosystem continues to grow. Investors and others are using both audited financial statements and—increasingly—unaudited company-prepared information to make decisions.

This publication provides a foundational understanding of the current role of auditors in various types of company-prepared and publicly disclosed information. It also serves to assist audit committees and investors in understanding how auditors are positioned to help fill existing gaps in enhancing the reliability of decision-useful information by providing an independent assurance of data, processes, and controls related to some of the common types of public-facing company-prepared information beyond audited financial statements.

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high-quality performance by public company auditors; convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues that require action and intervention; and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs.

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