PCAOB: Is it Constitutional or Not?

17 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2010 Last revised: 20 Apr 2010

Date Written: April 5, 2010


The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is a private-sector, non-profit corporation, created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, to oversee the auditors of public companies to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, fair, and independent audit reports.

Recently, the Board is faced with a case filed by Free Enterprise Fund regarding the separation of powers principles and Appointment Clause by the Constitution. This paper hopes to shed light on what would be the outcome and implication of the case on the Board’s existence as an effective auditing regulatory body.

Keywords: PCAOB, SEC, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Appointment Clause, audit, internal control, issuer, audit report, auditing standard, audit risks, investors, unconstitutional

Suggested Citation

Earwood, Gina Sanqui, PCAOB: Is it Constitutional or Not? (April 5, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1584464 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1584464

Gina Sanqui Earwood (Contact Author)

Texas Woman's University ( email )

304 Administration Drive
Denton, TX 76204
United States

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