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Accounting News Roundup: Whistleblower Dissuasion; A History of Spreadsheets; Edible Coffee Cups | 02.26.15

SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers [WSJ]
The Commission is hearing all kinds of stories about whistleblower dissuasion and is asking for NDAs, employment contracts, etc.: "Some of these types of documents sometimes include clauses that impede employees from telling the government about wrongdoing at the company or other potential securities-law violations, according to lawyers who handle whistleblower cases and some members of Congress. In some cases, the firms require employees to agree to forgo any benefits from government probes, effectively removing the financial incentive for participating in the SEC program."

KPMG names William O'Mara global head of audit [Reuters]
Succeeding Larry Bradley.

Cathleen Koch joins E&Y as Americas tax policy leader [Reuters]
She left her position in Senator Harry Reid's (D-NV) office where she served as chief tax adviser on tax and economic policy.

IRS Won’t Collect Additional Taxes From Filers Who Used Incorrect Forms [WSJ]
The Treasury is basically saying, "Oh forget it," to the 50,000 filers who used the incorrect 1095-A statements.

Spreadsheets! [NPR/Planet Money]
A twenty-minute podcast on the "Reality by the numbers. What spreadsheets have done to us."

KFC Introduces Edible Cookie Coffee Cups in the UK [Eater]
Cookies shaped as cups "wrapped in sugar paper and lined with a layer of glorious white chocolate." Incredible.