Closing a statutory loophole revealed by the Madoff scandal, the House has passed legislation authorizes the PCAOB to flexibly examine the auditors of broker-dealers. Thus, the Wall Street Forum and Consumer Protection Act, HR 4173, would bring auditors of broker-dealers under the PCAOB oversight regime. The Board can inspect the auditors of broker-dealer financial statements; and will have investigatory, examination and enforcement authority over the auditors of broker-dealers. In addition, brokers and dealers would be brought into the Board’s funding scheme by paying a fee allocation in proportion to their net capital compared to the total net capital of all brokers and dealers that are not issuers, in accordance with the rules of the Board. The Act also authorizes the Board to refer an investigation concerning a broker or dealer’s audit report to the relevant self-regulatory organization. Moreover, the Board is authorized to share with the SRO all information and documents received in connection with an investigation or inspection without breaching its confidential status.