CPA Ethics – Government
CPAs who audit government entities or work in the public sector continuously seek to represent the profession with fair-mindedness and integrity. A solid understanding of ethical standards lies at the heart of this approach. In this 4-hour government based regulatory ethics course, we’ll cover many of these elements, including:
  • A history of ethical standards including a discussion of ethics and morality,
  • Which professional and regulatory agencies CPAs should be mindful of,
  • Ethics and Independence Standards pronounced by the AICPA,
  • Ethics standards for Federal and State government employees, and
  • A review of ethics, independence and professional judgement pronouncements contained in Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

Course Publication Date: November 18, 2020

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active all access membership or ethics membership or can be purchased for $49.00!

Author:Frank Castillo CPA
Course No:ETH-GOVT-10370
Recommended CPE:4.00
Delivery Method:QAS Self Study
Level of Knowledge:Overview
Advanced Preparation:None
Recommended Field of Study:Regulatory Ethics
Learning Objectives
  • Recall various ethical principles and values used by individuals when making decisions.
  • Identify which regulatory bodies govern the practice of public accountancy.
  • Recall which responsibilities are within the purview of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
  • Recall the correct sequence of steps CPAs should take when utilizing the AICPA conceptual framework.
  • Identify principles expressed in the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Recall rules government employees are to abide by pertaining to financial conflicts of interest.
  • Recall rules government employees are to abide by pertaining to supplementation of salary.
  • Recall rules government employees are to abide by pertaining to bribery and illegal gratuities.
  • Recall rules government employees are to abide by pertaining to restrictions on former government employees.
  • Identify ethical principles including the GAGAS conceptual framework approach to independence.
  • Recall ethical considerations specific to nonaudit services.
  • Identify quality control procedures audit organizations should adopt to ensure compliance with GAGAS independence standards.

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