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    Become a Federal Key Person 


    The AICPA established the Federal Key Person Program to maintain regular and continuing personal contact with each Member of Congress. The program accomplishes this through the development and maintenance of a cadre of politically sophisticated and knowledgeable members across the country with the ability to influence Members of Congress, in minimal time, when action is needed on a legislative issue affecting the profession.

    The AICPA Federal Key Person Program is a vitally important supplement to the efforts of the AICPA professional staff in Washington, D.C. because it:

    • Reinforces for the Members of Congress that the views expressed by AICPA legislative staff are representative of the views of the Representative's constituents in the district;
    • Heightens the Representative's accountability to his or her constituents and provides a double avenue to influence public policy decisions; and
    • Localizes in the Members of Congress' mind, the political impact of federal legislation.
    Key persons should be well versed in all legislative and political issues affecting the profession. In a sense, each key person is a lobbyist who must be able to communicate the AICPA’s positions to Members of Congress clearly and understandably.

    The AICPA keeps key persons up-to-date through the Advocacy Center. When issues arise where timely contact and feedback are needed, Federal Legislative Action Alerts are sent to key persons (generally via email).

    Program Structure

    The Key Person Program is a cooperative effort of the AICPA and the state CPA societies. Effective operation of the Key Person Program in each state is dependent upon the cooperation and support of the state society chief staff executive who is sometimes assisted by a Federal Key Person Coordinator. All reports of legislative activity and contacts with Members of Congress should be transmitted to them and to the AICPA Washington office as soon as possible after meetings or outreach.

    Key Person Responsibilities

    Responsibilities of the Key Person include:

    1. Maintaining personal contact with their assigned Member of Congress and key person coordinator.
    2. Staying current on legislative issues affecting the profession by reading regular publications from the AICPA.
    3. Taking immediate action to contact their Member of Congress when the AICPA issues a "Legislative Action Alert" concerning a particular legislative issue.
    4. Promptly summarizing and reporting to their state society contact and the AICPA the nature and results of each contact, including potential legislative opportunities and problems.
    5. Attending political fund-raising events for the AICPA Political Action Committee (AICPA PAC) when requested.
    Key Person Coordinator/State Society CEO or legislative staff Responsibilities

    Responsibilities of the Key Person Coordinator/State Society CEO or legislative staff include:

    1. Seeing that contacts with Members of Congress are made in a timely (and often time-sensitive) manner.
    2. Answering questions, providing information and counseling key persons.
    3. Summarizing key person reports and promptly reporting to the state society Chief Staff Executive and the AICPA Washington office on actual and potential situations, with their associated opportunities and problems.
    4. Recruiting key persons and their replacements. When recruiting key persons, the geographic and demographic characteristics of the state should be kept in mind. The recruitment effort should be directed toward having key persons in all legislative districts.
    5. Attending political fund-raising events for the AICPA Political Action Committee (AICPA PAC) when requested.
    6. Helping distribute AICPA correspondence (that is, Federal Legislative Action Alerts) to appropriate key persons.
    The Key Person Program is the establishment of effective communication links between CPAs and elected representatives through personal rapport.

    Become a Key Person

    If you know a federally elected official or their staff (or if you are willing to develop a relationship) and would like to be a part of this program, please e-mail or write or call:

    AICPA Key Person Program
    Attn: Congressional & Political Affairs Team
    1455 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    10th Floor
    Washington, D.C. 20004-1081
    Phone: 202.737.6600
    Fax: 202.638.4512

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    The CPA Advocate - Archived Articles 2014

    Newsletter Find 2014 archived articles from the AICPA's advocacy newsletter, The CPA Advocate.
    Published on July 21, 2014

    The CPA Advocate Newsletter

    Overview The AICPA's advocacy e-newsletter, The CPA Advocate, is dedicated to keeping you informed about the AICPA's advocacy efforts on your behalf. Watch for it in your inbox.
    Published on July 21, 2014

    Tax Advocacy

    Published on July 18, 2014

    Section 67(e) Trust Investment Expenses Advocacy Documents

    Article This page contains section 67(e) trust investment expenses advocacy comments.
    Published on July 18, 2014

    AICPA Written Statement to House Subcommittee on Economic Growth Tax and Capital Access

    Testimony This is the AICPA's written statement to the House Subcommittee on Economic Grown Tax and Capital Access Hearing on Cash Methods.
    Published on July 17, 2014

    AICPA Cover letter for Written Statement on July 10 Hearing

    Comment Letter This is the cover letter submitted to the Chiefs of Staff and Legislative Directors of the Members of the Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.
    Published on July 17, 2014

    2014 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

    Comment Letters Recent comment letters submitted by the tax section.
    Published on July 17, 2014


    Overview The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for all legal matters involving the AICPA. The OGC provides legal advice to AICPA committees, service and staff task forces as appropriate, interpret and write legislation, interface and provide support f
    Published on July 15, 2014

    AICPA Advocacy

    Home On behalf of its members, the AICPA monitors and advocates on legislative and other matters that affect the accounting profession. Working with state CPA societies and other professional organizations, the AICPA provides information to and educates federal, state and local policymakers regarding key issues.
    Published on July 15, 2014

    AICPA Files Lawsuit Against IRS Challenging Voluntary Program for Tax Return Preparers

    News The AICPA on July 15 filed a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit challenges the IRS’s new rule regulating tax return preparers.
    Published on July 15, 2014

    State Tax Tribunals

    Issue Brief This is the AICPA paper on state tax tribunals.  It was developed as a resource to state CPA societies as the various states consider this issue.
    Published on July 14, 2014

    State Regulatory and Legislative Affairs

    Overview The AICPA State Regulation and Legislation Team advocates for the accounting profession at the state level by partnering with the state CPA societies. The team monitors trends on key state legislative and regulatory issues at the national level and serves as an information clearinghouse and resource provider, offering information related
    Published on July 08, 2014

    Tax Advocacy

    Overview The AICPA regularly advocates on members' behalf with the Department of the Treasury, the IRS, Congress, and other government agencies in Washington, DC to ensure that the CPA’s voice is heard.
    Published on June 27, 2014

    AICPA and NASBA Release New UAA to Protect the Public Interest States Move to Implement Attest Language

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: June, 2014. The AICPA is strongly committed to working with state CPA societies, NASBA and state boards of accountancy to see definition of attest legislation passed as soon as possible in all U.S. states and jurisdictions that don’t have language similar to the new UAA language.
    Published on June 24, 2014

    IRSs Proposed Voluntary Program for Tax Preparers is Unlawful and Improper, Says AICPA

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: June, 2014.  The AICPA letter expressed strong concern that the IRS's proposed voluntary certification program for tax return preparers “would cause significant legal problems that may ultimately frustrate the IRS’s goals, confuse the public, and lead to litigation.”
    Published on June 24, 2014

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