Building on last week’s blog, this week’s looks at another COVID-19 report issued by GAO which looks at the common fraud schemes found. The report, published in November, provides an update on the types of frauds and the outcome of the work done to bring fraudsters to justice.
GAO has issued two COVID fraud related reports. This week’s blog looks at the first one which focuses on some of the insights and lessons learned from the fraud in the COVID-19 response. GAO has made both Congressional as well as agency recommendations to help prevent similar fraud in the future.
The AICPA’s Professional Ethics Executive Committee (PEEC) has proposed some new independence rules related to compliance audits. The AICPA is aware that much of the new COVID-19 related funding is causing many entities who have no been subject to audit requirements or single audit requirements historically to now be subject to them. They add 2 definitions and revise the definition of financial statement attest client to help identify which independence rules apply to these engagements. Comments are due September 1, 2022.
The AICPA’s Healthcare Expert Panel has issued a Technical Q&A regarding the accounting for vaccines that were provided during the pandemic. The guidance applies to nonprofits and for profit entities. The TQA requires entities to evaluate whether the transaction is exchange or nonexchange and if nonexchange whether the entity is acting as a principal or an agent.
The AICPA has issued a TQA addressing questions about how for-profit and nonprofit entities account for the new restaurant revitalization and shuttered venue grants that have been received by many organizations. As there is no on point GAAP for for-profit entities, the TQA provides examples of guidance that can be applied by analogy.