THE IPA INSIDER E-NEWS UPDATE
January 24, 2018
INSIDER ADVICE
Advice From Managing Partners

If you’ve ever felt frustrated motivating partners, and managing their range of personalities and egos, perhaps there’s some comfort in knowing you’re not alone. IPA asked MPs to offer anonymous insights into their role as firm leader.

More than 70 MPs responded to IPA’s survey, sharing candid feedback on challenges faced and solutions found, the frustrations and rewards, the misperceptions and realities.
IN THE NEWS
On Jan. 22, the U.S. Department of Justice brought charges, and the SEC initiated enforcement actions against, several former KPMG LLP and former PCAOB personnel related to an alleged misappropriation of confidential PCAOB inspections information. The details of the allegations are available from the SEC .
MERGERS IN THE NEWS
H&R Block will be the new, exclusive DIY desktop tax software provider available at Walmart stores nationwide, and sold directly by Walmart on walmart.com. Among the key product enhancements for this year’s desktop software products is the addition of “drag and drop,” which imports tax information from any source, including last year’s tax return from other tax prep services.
INFORMATION FORUM
If you are not educating your employees on cybersecurity best practices, you are missing the biggest opportunity for improvement in your entire cybersecurity profile. Your employees have business-need access to a lot of important data, and their ability to protect that data - or to inadvertently let it walk out the door of your organization - is strong. 
Bitcoin, which has been plastered all over the news lately, is the new green – as in currency. Since Bitcoin’s founding in 2009, the cryptocurrency has had many ups and downs. Regardless of Bitcoin’s uncertain future, the underlying technology is where the true disruptive power lies. 
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
IPA is highlighting Michelle Thompson, MP and CEO at Richmond, Va.-based Cherry Bekaert. "Our mission is to make a difference for our people and our clients. Growth creates opportunities for our people – whether it’s expansion into new markets or the addition of new service offerings."
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