The Treasury Department has selected a Kansas professor to study the effects of financial restatements.The department picked Susan Scholz, a professor at the University of Kansas, to carry out the study, which will look at the impact of public company financial restatements and the reasons behind them. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson discussed the need for a better understanding of these issues back in May.While Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and tougher auditing standards have forced companies to issue a growing number of restatements, some observers have questioned whether immaterial restatements might unnecessarily harm investor confidence.Scholz will examine the factors triggering public company financial restatements, describe the restatements, analyze their impact, and evaluate their significance.The Treasury Department chose Scholz through the competitive bidding process. She is an associate professor and Harper Faculty Fellow at the University of Kansas School of Business, and received her doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California.

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