Author: Jenna Elkins, NASBA Communications and Digital Media Specialist
Posted: July 26, 2017

From lakeside to seaside, west coast to east coast, NASBA hosted its June 2017 Regional Meetings at locations that portrayed small town charm. Beginning with the Western Regional Meeting, June 6-8, attendees traveled to the tip of Idaho to a small lake town known as Coeur d’Alene. Those who attended the Eastern Regional Meeting, June 27-29, ventured to Newport, RI, a unique coastal community.

Held each summer and open to all members of the 55 U.S. Boards of Accountancy, NASBA’s Regional Meetings provide a forum for Boards of Accountancy members and staff to discuss the issues and new regulatory developments facing the accounting profession. At the Western Regional Meeting, there were 167 attendees and the Eastern Regional Meeting had 187 attendees. In total, 52 out of the 55 Boards of Accountancy were represented at the meetings.

This year’s Regional Meeting presentations included:

Accreditation Task Force Recommendations: Raymond N. Johnson, Chair, NASBA Education Committee, and Ed Barnicott, Vice President – Strategic Planning & Program Management, NASBA
Regulating Professional Skepticism in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics: W. Michael Fritz, Chair, NASBA Regulatory Response Committee, Catherine R. Allen, Chair, NASBA Standards Setting Advisory Committee, Miklos A. Vasarhelyi, Director, Rutgers Accounting Research Center (Western), Hussein Issa, Rutgers Business School, Dept. of Accounting and Information Systems (Eastern)
Legal Heads Up: Who is Responsible?: Noel L. Allen, Outside Legal Counsel, NASBA
• Focus on Uniform Accountancy Act Issues: Coming Attractions: J. Coalter Baker, Chair, NASBA Uniform Accountancy Act Committee, Implementation: John Johnson, Director of Legislative & Governmental Affairs, NASBA
Considering Confidentiality: The Impact of a New Interpretation: Janice L. Gray, Chair, NASBA Ethics Committee, Lisa A. Snyder, Director of Professional Ethics, AICPA (Western), Jason Evans, Associate Director for Professional Ethics, Individual and Behavioral Standards, AICPA (Eastern)
Report from the CPA Examination Review Board: Douglas E. Warren, Chair, CPA Examination Review Board (Western), Barbara A. Ley, Member, CPA Examination Review Board (Eastern)
New Model Rules for CPE: Jessica Luttrull, Associate Director – National CPE Registry, NASBA
The Revised Uniform CPA Examination Rolls Out: Colleen K. Conrad, Executive Vice President & COO, NASBA, Richard C. Gallagher, Director – Examination Content, AICPA (Western), Michael A. Decker, Vice President – Examinations, AICPA (Eastern)

Along with the presentations were updates and Q&As from NASBA’s executive leadership, as well as panel discussions and breakout sessions for the regions on various topics. Many questions were answered, concerns heard, relationships formed and fruitful discussions happened. Held annually, these meetings are an integral part of NASBA connecting with and supporting the leaders of the Boards of Accountancy.

For more information about the 2017 Western Regional Meeting, click here. For more information about the 2017 Eastern Regional Meeting, click here.

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