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Friday Footnotes: The Future of Remote Work; Talent Crunch Gets Crunchier; SEC Sucks | 5.28.21

KPMG launches relaxed work policies to combat remote work fatigue [Accounting Today] “Since the start of the pandemic, the firm has employed a continuous listening approach, using regular experience surveys and other feedback channels to stay connected with people and better understand the challenges they’re facing and support they need,” Darren Burton, vice chair of human resources at KPMG, told Accounting Today. “Recent survey feedback showed that our employees, like so many other workforces across the globe, continue to face challenges around well-being and resilience. In response, we decided to immediately implement these small, but impactful changes in the hope that we can better support our people to disconnect, recharge and manage stress.”

POGO Urges New SEC Chair to Reform the Audit Industry [Project on Government Oversight] The letter to SEC chair Gary Gensler highlights meme stocks, an ineffective PCAOB, and other annoyances that probably keep ole Gar up at night.

Deloitte Receives $115M Task Order to Support Currency Printing Agency Info System [GovCon Wire] Deloitte has been awarded a five-year, $115 million task order to provide information system support services to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, G2Xchange FedCiv reported Friday.

PwC sets down 3-day office guidelines for staff [Irish Times] “Flexibility will be a two-way street. There are times where the business or client needs will make demands of us that won’t permit flexibility. The flip side of this is that when those demands aren’t there, you should have much more scope to control how and where you work,” said managing partner Feargal O’Rourke.

EY staff to work from home at least two days a week after lockdown eased [The Guardian] “There will always be a need for EY to have office space across the UK, but how we use our offices in the future will change with a greater emphasis on collaboration rather than as a place for individual working,” said UK chair Hywel Ball.

Why Are Accounting Jobs So Hard to Fill? And What Can Be Done About It [CPA Practice Advisor] Globally, accounting and finance roles (certified accountants, auditors, financial analysts) ranked seventh out of 10 positions that are the hardest to fill. In the U.S., accounting and finance roles ranked fifth out of 10 jobs that are the hardest to fill, while in Canada and Australia, they ranked eighth and ninth, respectively.

A leader laser-focused on filling the pipeline [Journal of Accountancy] The AICPA’s new chair will be leading the fight for talent.

Crypto investor sues IRS over tax enforcement rules [Fortune] Joshua Jarrett, a cryptocurrency investor, has filed suit against the IRS. He claims that taxing newly created tokens as income “is in direct contradiction of over 100 years of U.S. tax law.”