About Our Blog

Looking for a place to keep up with what really matters in the world of SEC reporting?  Want to know what is happening so that you won’t be surprised?  Want to keep out of trouble with the SEC and PCAOB? Then you are at the right Blog!

Our SEC Institute Blog is a meeting place for SEC reporting professionals, including lawyers, accountants and auditors, to keep current with both day-to-day issues affecting your SEC reporting, and longer-term issues that require planning steps now.

The world of SEC reporting changes constantly.  The SEC staff uncovers new, emerging issues in filing reviews that lawyers, accountants and auditors need to learn about.  The accounting community deals with developing issues in the application of GAAP.  The auditing profession raises questions about audit procedures and areas of focus.  The SEC enforcement division brings cases that elevate issues in importance.

Our blog will help keep you on top of all of these developments, assure that your SEC reporting process is dealing with change effectively, and work towards best practices in disclosing the information the SEC requires.

The contributors to this blog are SEC Institute workshop leaders who have been involved in the SEC reporting world for decades, Carol A. Stacey and George M. Wilson.

Carol created The SEC Institute’s “Developments in the World of SOX 404 ICFR Audits and COSO Workshop 2014” and “Accounting for Business Combinations.” Before joining The SEC Institute, she was the Chief Accountant of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, an appointment she held for over five years beginning in February 2002.  Carol began her SEC career in 1996, and her other roles included Deputy Chief Accountant, Associate Chief Accountant, Assistant Chief Accountant, and Staff Accountant. Before joining the Commission, Carol worked for an SEC registrant in various capacities, including Director of Financial Reporting and Divisional Controller. Prior to that, Carol was an auditor in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

George developed the Institute’s initial “Advanced Accounting and Reporting for SEC Professionals” workshop, as well as workshops in a variety of technical areas, including “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities,” and SOX 404 ICFR audits.  Before joining the SEC Institute, George was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Accounting at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He was director of the University’s Accounting MBA program and also taught in the undergraduate accounting department. He has received the AICPA’s Outstanding Discussion Leader Award and the Minnesota State Society’s R. Glenn Berryman Award. George also served as Senior Vice President, Operations of Security Financial, where he managed the organization’s initial public offering, and as a senior manager with KPMG.

About The SEC Institute

For thirty years, The SEC Institute has been a leader in SEC compliance education, conducting workshops and seminars throughout the country with a focus on SEC and FASB rules and regulations. The SEC Institute’s goal is to help public companies in the United States and abroad do the best possible job of meeting the filing requirements of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Practising Law Institute acquired the programming assets of The SEC Institute in January 2014. The SEC Institute now operates as a division of PLI®. For additional information, please visit our website at www.pli.edu/secinstitute.com, call (888) 212-2010 or

email secinstitute@pli.edu.