A Call For Accounting Integrity

This post is not one where I go through one of my “pet issues” in accounting (e.g. fair value accounting, goodwill accounting, pension accounting, or employee stock option accounting).  Rather, I am writing to encourage all finance bloggers, and those that read me to write Mary Schapiro at the SEC, and encourage her to appoint Jack Ciesielski to be Chief Accountant at the SEC.

Why do I write this?  I only track the blogs of two accountants, Jack Ciesielski, and Tom Selling.  Tom has written a post supporting Jack for the position of Chief Accountant for the SEC.  Here is a confirmation of the possibility in this Bloomberg article.

I first met Jack Ciesielski in 1997 at a lunch for the Philadelphia Financial Analysts.  I immediately appreciated his acumen.  After that, when I moved down to Baltimore, I got to know him better at the Baltimore Security Analyst Society (Now Baltimore CFA Society) meetings.  I have learned a lot from him.

Now, I have nothing to deprecate the other fellow being considered, the acting Chief Accountant.  He may be a wonderful choice for the position, but Jack is a CFA Charterholder, so he understands the concerns of investors.  Further, his newsletter has pointed out flaws in accounting methodologies for over a decade.  Jack is not merely a critic, but he understands where US GAAP and IFRS accounting are weak.  He has not “gone along to get along,” but has offered helpful criticism on accounting standards.

To my fellow bloggers out there, please link to this post, and ask your readers to petition the SEC Chairman to appoint Jack CiesielskiThey can do so here.  To my readers, please also petition the Chairman of the SEC, and ask her to appoint Jack.  It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just that you know that Jack has supported accounting integrity for many years.  If there is any doubt look in the deep past on his blog, where his musings went to everyone, not just clients.

I will write my own missive to Ms. Schapiro tomorrow.  If it is any good, I will post it here.