Supply Chain 101 - The Basics: Customers and Suppliers

Every business has a supply chain, and to achieve your goals and greater profitability, you need to know all of the members of your supply chain. Those ... read more >

Extreme (or Not So Extreme?) Makeover: SAS 70 Edition

In March 2010, the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board (ASB) released Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 (SSAE 16), Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. SSAE 16 is a standard that addresses reports on the description, design and operating effectiveness of controls related to outsourced services performed by service organizations.... read more >

Overview of Ohio's 3C "Quick Start" Passenger Rail Plan

Overview of Ohio’s 3C “Quick Start” Passenger Rail Plan In January 2010, Governor Strickland announced that Ohio will receive $400 million ... read more >

Effective Immediately - Employers With Cafeteria Plans Can Allow Employees To Make Pre-tax Contributions for Adult Children


By Kathleen Petrucci

According to an IRS news release, as a result of changes made by the recently enacted Affordable Care Act, health coverage provided for an employee's children under 27 years of age is now generally tax-free to the employee, effective March 30, 2010.... read more >

Optimizing Surety Capacity in 2010 and Beyond

Schneider Downs and Marsh teamed up to present this hot topic on April 28, 2010 at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Woods, PA. (The two organizations ... read more >

Understanding and Controlling Manufacturing Costs

In the manufacturing industry, cost accounting is a fundamental requirement for achieving success. To be competitive and profitable, a manufacturer must understand and control the three basic elements of manufacturing costs – direct materials, direct labor and factory overhead.... read more >

The Emerging Importance of Internal Audit to Higher Education Institutions

In an era when effective governance is continually increasing in importance, internal audit is shifting from a best practice to a necessity in higher education. Historically, only larger, research-driven universities had internal audit departments; however, with a continually evolving environment and higher education model, mid-size and small colleges and universities must now address many of the same issues as their larger counterparts, as well as other issues unique to them.... read more >

Kids at Work, Adults at Play


By Sean Smith

Lots of young people shouting in the halls at Schneider Downs this week. April 14th? was Take Your Children to Work Day. Sean Smith gives a rundown.... read more >

The Tax Code May Catch Up with Technology - 21 Years Later


By Martin DiGiovine

On April 14, 2010, The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4994 (The Taxpayer Assistance Act of 2010). Included in the legislation is a provision that would eliminate the strict substantiation rules that are currently in place for employer-provided cell phones and similar devices. Martin DiGiovine explains what this could mean.... read more >

Is Your 401(k) Plan Still the Benefit It Was Intended to Be?

As employers continue to battle through tough economic times, and dollars and staffs are stretched to the limit, having talented and hard working employees has never been more important to companies than it is right now. Trying to attract new employees can be a struggle as well, and employers need to make sure they are ahead of the curve in the benefits offered.... read more >