The only thing corporate America and its auditors could possibly be spending more time on these days than complying with Section 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley is lamenting it.

The time spent contemplating reports, studies and analyses of the cost - both in dollars and time - related to what has arguably become the most-discussed section of the sweeping 2002 reform law rivals, if not exceeds, the amount of press attention given to the selection of the new Pope.

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