State Board Report
The 31st Annual Conference for Executive Directors and State Board Staff, March 3-6 in Tucson, drew representatives from 39 jurisdictions to discuss common concerns and techniques for successful administration of State Accountancy Boards. Several Boards have been facing consolidation under umbrella organizations, others have been involved in updating their databases and many are paying closer attention to licensees who fail to meet their continuing professional education or peer review requirements.
Chair Gaylen Hansen asked the executive directors to identify early in the State Board members’ terms who would work well on NASBA committees and develop into future NASBA leaders. President Ken Bishop stated: “Getting involved in NASBA is an opportunity to talk to each other. This is a great group to get to know.”
Executive Directors Committee Chair Nicole Kasin (SD) reported that the executive directors had three requests to NASBA leadership: (1) Develop a universal user password for all NASBA log-ins; (2) Select conference locations that state governments will readily approve; (3) Hold additional discussions on the concept of “firm mobility.” Ms. Kasin praised the new legislation tracking tool that has been introduced to the Boards by NASBA Legislative Affairs Director John Johnson, the expanded CPA candidate statistics books presented by Continuous Improvement and Analytics Director James Suh, the international candidate evaluation services as described by Manager Brentini Henderson King, and the expanded newsletter and video communications assistance offered by Communications Director Thomas Kenny.
During the roll call of State Board executives a variety of topics were discussed:
William Treacy, executive director of the Texas Board, asked the other Boards what they were doing about candidates and licensees who report they have had “driving while intoxicated” convictions. The Texas Board is making a grant of $90,000 annually to the Texas Society of CPAs to run a program consisting of CPA volunteers who assist CPAs and CPA candidates overcome alcohol or substance abuse.
The Virginia Board is working with the Virginia Society of CPAs to produce a video clip for its state ethics examination, Wade Jewell, executive director of the Virginia Board reported. The Board produced two e-newsletters this year and received 6,000 responses to its recent survey. A meeting of the Virginia Board is scheduled to be held at Virginia State University.
More outreaches to campuses are planned by the Louisiana Board this year, Executive Director Clinton Cognevich told the meeting. The Board’s first meeting on a college campus was held in November at Dillard University in New Orleans, and it was “a huge success,” he commented.
Indiana conducted 1,000 CPE audits and found 212 licensees noncompliant, with 61 of those falling into the violation category. Hearings for the 212 are coming up, reported the Indiana Board’s Executive Director, Kate Lowhorn. The Board can impose a civil penalty of $1,000-5,000 for knowingly or intentionally making a false or misleading statement to the Board concerning compliance with the CPE requirement.
The Alaska, Maryland and New Mexico Boards all made it successfully through sunset reviews this year. The Texas Board’s self-directed semi-independent status is undergoing sunset review in the current session of the legislature, as is the Tennessee Board.
The executive directors welcomed as their most recent newcomer Dawne Broadfield, who had only been on the job as the Rhode Island Board’s executive director for two days. She reported the state has eliminated its auditing and accounting CPE requirement and is now doing its licensing online.
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