M E M O R A N D U M
|DATE:||June 12, 2002|
|RE:|| Release Nos. 33-8098; 34-45907; International Series Release No. 1258
File No. S7-16-02
On June 7, 2002, Commissioner Glassman, Alan Beller (Director of the Division of Corporation Finance) and other members of the Division of Corporation Finance staff met with representatives of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries about, among other topics, the proposed disclosure in Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) about companies' critical accounting estimates and the initial adoption of material accounting policies. During the meeting, ASCS members (including Broc Romanek who acted as the ASCS spokesperson on this issue) indicated that they were still in the process of considering, and had not formulated final views on, these proposed Commission rules. The ASCS spokesperson also provided the staff with a copy of the attached flowchart reflected his understanding of the proposals. In explaining some preliminary thoughts on the proposals, the ASCS:
The ASCS also suggested the Commission consider whether some or all of the proposed disclosure should be made by the auditors rather than company management in MD&A.
The ASCS indicated that they were aware of the section of the MD&A proposing release discussing plans for future revisions to MD&A disclosure. The ASCS agreed with the Commission's position that MD&A disclosure needs to be fixed. The ASCS suggested that the Commission consider doing those revisions in one large MD&A release.
Attachment A: Quarterly Assessment of Accounting Estimates
Attachment B: Disclosure Decision Tree