State Board Report

February  2008

At their January 18, 2008 meeting in California, the NASBA Board of Directors elected Billy M. Atkinson (TX) Board Secretary, passed a resolution supporting the continuation of the efforts of NASBA’s National Examination Preparedness Committee, and heard reports on the progress of the Mobility Task Force, International Regulators Conference Committee, and the CPA Licensing Examination Committee. They also learned the Regional Directors will be working to get all states actively participating in the Accountancy Licensing Database (ALD), as part of the drive to ease licensee interstate mobility while ensuring the boards’ ability to regulate all who offer professional services within their jurisdictions. Just as NASBA is working to have all states adopt the revisions to the Uniform Accountancy Act’s Section 23, which enables most CPAs to offer services without additional notice or fees, the ALD helps the boards have current information on the individuals and firms practicing in their states.

Michael Skinner (GA), chair of the Committee on Relations with Member Boards, told the Board of Directors that the Regional Directors are ready to do all they can to promote the use of the ALD in their Regions. They noted that, while the public protection value of the ALD is obvious to all, the growth of the database has been slower than anticipated. “Our committee has taken on the challenge to try to make this a higher priority among the state board members,” Mr. Skinner told the Board. President David Costello has pledged NASBA staff support to smooth technical difficulties state boards might encounter in bringing their licensee information on to the database.

Ken Bishop, Mobility Task Force chair, reported 34 states have now voiced their support for moving forward on increasing mobility through the Section 23 model. By the end of 2009, the Task Force anticipates there will be 40 states that have passed mobility legislation. His group is assisting states in drafting bills that fit their own accountancy acts, but that maintain the basic provisions of the Section 23 model.

NASBA is planning for a May 2008 special examination conference, Joseph Cote, Chief Operating Officer, told the Board. The conference will discuss the current Uniform CPA Examination and the current computer-based-testing agreement. It will also cover examination possibilities for the future. It is hoped that all state boards will be represented at this conference.

Also being developed by NASBA is a conference of international regulators of the accounting profession which tentatively is scheduled for October in Boston, following the Annual Meeting, President Costello reported.

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