In light of the increasing convergence between public and private sector accounting models, should local governments be required to adopt requirements similar to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)? Survey results from 42.2% of municipal finance officers from Ohio and Florida suggest they embrace in concept the enhanced accountability resulting from adopting principal officer certification (POC) and the independent audit committee (IAC) for larger cities. However, like their counterparts in the private sector, they have reservations regarding the benefits of implementation relative to costs. Theories of innovation diffusion and planned behavior provided a theoretical framework for multivariate analysis. The contradictions in our findings may relate to respondents’ reservations regarding the private sector financial reporting model that is becoming increasingly prevalent in public financial management.
Frank, H. and Fink, D. (2008), "Enhancing accountability: should regulations similar to sarbanes-oxley be expanded to the local sector?", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 439-465. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPBAFM-20-04-2008-B003Download as .RIS
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