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Layoffs-Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago-Update

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Update: My sources say that this was just Round One. There may be a Round Two and Three coming, up to 100 in total, in order to bring the bank more in line, staffing and activities-wise, with the rest of the circuit. Is PwC going to claim, a la KPMG/Fannie, that they were deceived about […]



New At Forbes Online: The Precarious Financial Position Of The New York Times

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Update: This column was linked to by the NYT Public Editor! I published some New York Times numbers over at Forbes.com, “Time Is Running Short For The New York Times”, in anticipation of the company’s 3Q earnings announcement on October 30.



A Need for Transparency In Financial Staffing: A Guest Post From Dan Gaffney

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

According to Freelancers Union, almost one-third of the American workforce is independent. That’s nearly 42 million people and growing. The staffing industry, which should support the wave of new freelancers, hasn’t adapted since William Russell Kelly founded the Russell Kelly Office Service in Detroit in 1946.



An Interview For The Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Conference

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

David Levitt of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 in New Jersey
asked me back in April to answer a few questions for a conference panel I, unfortunately, could not attend live.



Laboring In The Big 4 – A Labor Day Special Report

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Is this really the way to run a professional services firm?



McKenna Featured By Chicago Magazine

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

I am immensely grateful for the support of all journalists but I’m especially gratified by the support and encouragement of those in my hometown of Chicago. It’s a curious thing that I have never been quoted in the Sun Times or Crain’s Chicago Business, and only once in the Chicago Tribune.  The accounting industry is […]



Now Available: A New e-Book on Careers In The Big Four

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Available now on the Kindle: re: The Auditors on Careers: A Compilation On Recruiting, Salaries, and the Competitive Employment Landscape



Will More Women Mean Better Audit Firms?

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

This column originally appeared in Going Concern on June 16, 2010. From the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce website: Deb [DeHaas] is the vice chairman and Central region managing partner for Deloitte LLP, which includes 23 offices across 12 states. With 9,000 professionals, Deloitte is the largest Big Four organization in the region. In this role, […]



PCAOB Disclosure Of Deloitte Private Report: A Regulatory Inflection Point?

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

My American Banker column on Tuesday focused on the risks to banks, their audit committees, and shareholders of an auditor who blows off its regulator. Deloitte’s ongoing conflict with the PCAOB poses the risk of undue scrutiny by other regulators and unwanted publicity to all its clients.



Building a Community Around Your Blog From Scratch – Ten Steps

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Here are my ten steps to building my blog community. They might not work for everyone, but they’ve worked for me. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list or all the details. Please let me know if you have any questions or want to dig into a subject further.