The Securities and Exchange Commission said it will host a roundtable -- possibly in April -- to discuss on how auditors and their smaller publicly traded clients are dealing with the Section 404 internal controls requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley. SEC Chairman William Donaldson has asked for an "appropriate delay" for smaller public issuers and non-U.S. companies whose compliance deadline was scheduled for July 15, 2005 and whose market cap is between $75 million and $700 million. Large U.S. companies, above that threshold, are already required to comply with the internal controls mandate as of Nov. 15, 2004. SEC chief accountant Don Nicolaisen said if a delay is provided, companies should use that time to continue documenting and testing internal controls.

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