NYSSCPAs Breakfast Briefing: Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank – Update

When is a whistleblower not a whistleblower?

When she’s the reluctant whistleblower, Enron’s Sherron Watkins.

On Friday January 28, 2011, I moderated a briefing for the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) on the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial services regulatory reform bill.  This was a special audience, in my opinion, because it consisted of CPAs and those who support and work with them.


Here’s a blurb about the event in the Society’s annual report:

The four breakfast briefings held during the 2010/11 fiscal year were well attended by NYSSCPA members, nonmembers and the media, and featured expert panelists on topical issues. For the Breakfast Briefing on “Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank,” Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins, CPA, was a featured panelist, in a session that received widespread attention by the media. Moderator Francine McKenna of Forbes, and author of the blog re:The Auditors, live-tweeted the event for her significant Twitter following of more than 6,600. Panelists and moderators for breakfast briefings were recruited from regulatory bodies, firms and the media.

I’ve written at Forbes about the event, including some quotes from Sherron Watkins that made news.

Also see:

Whistleblower Rule: Business Leaders Want it Changed The Fiscal Times

A report prepared by journalist Steve Burkholder appears in BNA’s Securities Regulation & Law Report, Accounting Policy & Practice Report and their Corporate Accountability Report available to subscribers only.

Why Enron Whistleblower Sherron Watkins Doesn’t Trust the SEC BNET

Enron Whistleblower Would Go to WikiLeaks Now Accounting Today

Enron Whistleblower: I Would Have WikiLeaked Fox News Houston


Breakfast Briefing on Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank

Friday, January 28, 2011, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

FAE Conference Center

3 Park Avenue (at 34th Street)

19th Floor

Sponsored by The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.


  • Sherron Watkins, the Enron Whistleblower.
  • Marion E. Koenigs, Deputy Director, Accountant, Division of Enforcement and Investigations, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.
  • Paul Atkins, Managing Director, Patomak Partners and former Commissioner for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Moderator: Francine McKenna, re: The Auditors Blog

Note: This event is free, and CPE is not available.

This is the tenth in a series of NYSSCPA Breakfast Briefings.  (Other briefings featured the Presidential Tax Foru,; Madoff and Taxes, an Economic Update, Key Washington Tax Issues and the Financial Reform Law. All Breakfast Briefing webcasts are available on the NYSSCPA home page at www.nysscpa.org.)

For other questions, contact Lois Whitehead, NYSSCPA Public Relations Manager at 212-719-8405 or lwhitehead@nysscpa.org.

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