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State Board Report

May 2016

Additional ways in which the Accountancy Licensee Database (ALD) and CPAverify could be used to benefit the public at large and the profession were suggested to the NASBA Board at their April meeting. "Accountancy License Database: A Vision for 2020," was presented to the Board of Directors by ALD/CPAverify Committee Chair Laurie J. Tish, who commented: "Now that the database has participation from almost all jurisdictions and the completeness of the database is improving with daily data updates and more states sending disciplinary information and firm data, the value of the ALD and CPAverify has never been greater."

The guiding principles for the ALD, Ms. Tish explained, are: data completeness, data security, data accuracy, communication and education, optimize use and responsible use. She underscored: "Use of the data in the ALD will undergo thoughtful consideration by NASBA staff and the ALD/CPAverify Committee who will both adhere to an approval set of data use policies. Extreme caution will be practiced to assure that Boards of Accountancy have authority over the use of the data in the ALD."

In looking to the future, the ALD/CPAverify Committee expects to aggregate and disseminate enforcement and disciplinary data from other agencies, send out disciplinary alerts to Boards of Accountancy, interface with other information sources to identify those who are falsely claiming to be licensed CPAs and alert the public to their available reference information.

Maria L. Caldwell, NASBA Director of Compliance Services and In-House Counsel, summarized her division’s activity at the April Board meeting. Besides looking at resources to enhance the ALD and new tools to offer the Boards, Ms. Caldwell’s team has been meeting with State Board staff encouraging them to add disciplinary information to their websites. They have been working with the Department of Labor to ensure the appropriate referrals of deficient reports by licensees are being sent to the State Boards.

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