SOX Definitions

  • F

    FPCA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a federal U.S. law aimed at preventing the bribery of foreign government officials in an effort to obtain or retain business.

  • FTC (Federal Trade Commission)

    The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is a United States federal regulatory agency designed to monitor and prevent anticompetitive, deceptive or unfair business practices.

  • P

    PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board)

    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is a Congressionally-established nonprofit that assesses audits of public companies in the United States to protect investors' interests.

  • R

    Regulation Fair Disclosure (Regulation FD or Reg FD)

    Regulation Fair Disclosure is a rule passed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that aims to prevent selective disclosure of information by requiring publicly traded companies to make public disclosure of material, nonpublic information.

  • S

    Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act)

    The Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) is a law that governs secondary trading and stock exchanges.

  • Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC)

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is in charge of conducting hearings prior to Senate votes on confirmation of federal judges and has broad jurisdiction over federal criminal law.

  • W

    whistleblower

    A whistleblower is a person who voluntarily provides information to the general public, or someone in a position of authority, about dishonest or illegal business activities occurring at an organization.

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