Washington - The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has begun the process of releasing the names of public accounting firms that have submitted applications for registration with the oversight body created as a result of the sweeping Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform legislation.

Under Sarbanes-Oxley, firms that audit public companies must be registered with the PCOAB by Oct. 22 in order to continue preparing audits. Non-U.S. firms have until April 19, 2004, to register. The board has 45 days in which to review registration applications.

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