Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
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Signed in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 reformed public accounting practices and other corporate governance processes and shored up the capital markets. We've imported the complete legislative text into a searchable askSam database file.
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More About the Sarbanes-Oxley Act:
- The Act was signed by President Bush
on July 30, 2002. You can read the President's remarks at the
- The Act is officially titled the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 and commonly called SOX or
- The law is named after sponsors Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-OH).
- Sarbanes-Oxley was approved by the House by a vote of 423-3 and by the Senate 99-0.
- The text in the askSam database was
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of Congress "THOMAS" Web site.
- For more information see Wikipedia:
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 includes provisions addressing audits, financial reporting and disclosure, conflicts of interest, and corporate governance at public companies. The Act also establishes new supervisory mechanisms, including the new Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, for accountants and accounting firms that conduct external audits of public companies.
In general, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act applies to public companies, that is, companies (including banks and bank holding companies) that have a class of securities registered under section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the 1934 Act), or are otherwise required to file periodic reports (e.g., 10-Ks and 10-Qs) under section 15(d) of the 1934 Act. Bank holding companies, state member banks, and foreign banks that meet these qualifications are subject to the requirements of the Act, as well as any rules and regulations that the SEC may adopt to implement the Act. Some of the Act's provisions are currently effective, while others will become effective on a specified future date or upon the issuance of implementing rules by the SEC.