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Become a Federal Key Person 


Introduction


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 CongAffairs@aicpa.org 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 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 August 18, 2017

The CPA Advocate - Archived Articles 2017

Newsletter The CPA Advocate, is dedicated to keeping you informed about the AICPA's advocacy efforts on the behalf of the CPA profession.
Published on August 17, 2017

AICPA Submits Tax Reform Testimony for Three Congressional Hearings

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2017.  The hearings by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy and the Senate Finance Committee focused on tax reform related to individuals and families and small businesses, as well as on comprehensive tax reform.
Published on August 17, 2017

South Dakota State Senator Deb Peters, CPA, Becomes New NCSL President

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2017.  It is “vital for states to have a voice in Washington, D.C.,” Deb Peters, CPA, said at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit.
Published on August 17, 2017

AICPA Urges IRS to Make Changes to Proposed Partnership Audit Regulations Outlines Recommendations for Improvement

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2017.  The AICPA has urged the IRS to make changes to its proposed regulations that would implement the Centralized Partnership Audit Regime.
Published on August 17, 2017

Mobile Workforce Bill Now Co-Sponsored by More than Half of U.S. Senators

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2017.  The bill now has 52 bipartisan co-sponsors.
Published on August 17, 2017

AICPA Participates in Federal Trade Commission Roundtable Regarding Licensing Portability

Newsletter The CPA Advocate, August, 2017.  AICPA Assistant General Counsel Virgil Webb described the profession’s work to enact state individual CPA mobility laws.
Published on August 17, 2017

TIC Asks FASB to Address Definition Confusion Committee Also Seeks More Credit Loss Guidance

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2017.  During the meetings TIC members offered recommendations on multiple projects about how to ease issues associated with implementation of standards and offered suggestions about guidance that is being developed.
Published on August 17, 2017

AICPA Urges Withdrawal of Half of Regulations Identified by Treasurys Review of Tax Rules under President Trumps Executi...

Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2017.  One of the four affected regulations was issued under section 2704 and relates to restrictions on liquidation of an interest and the valuation of interests in corporations and partnerships for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes.
Published on August 17, 2017

2017 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

Comment Letters AICPA submitted comments to Treasury and IRS.
Published on August 15, 2017

AICPA Comment Letter on Centralized Partnership Audit Regime

Comment Letter The AICPA has submitted comments and recommendations regarding proposed regulations (REG-136118-15) issued June 14, 2017 by the IRS intended to implement the new Centralized Partnership Audit Regime created by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
Published on August 15, 2017

AICPA Comments on Notice 2017-38 Implementation of Executive Order 13789

Comment Letter The AICPA has submitted recommendations to Treasury in response to Notice 2017-38, Implementation of Executive Order 13789 (Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens).
Published on August 03, 2017

Audit, Attest, and Quality Control ASB Comment Letters

Comment Letter ASB comment letter to other organizations.
Published on August 01, 2017

AICPA Request to Testify at IRS Hearing on Centralized Partnership Audits

Comment Letter On July 31, the AICPA requested to testify at the Treasury and IRS public hearing taking place on September 18, 2017 regarding these proposed regulations.
Published on August 01, 2017

AICPA Hearing Testimony to HWM Tax Policy Subcommittee on Individuals & Families

Comment Letter AICPA submit statements for the record of the hearing on July 19, 2017 on “How Tax Reform Will Simplify Our Broken Tax Code and Help Individuals and Families”,  suggesting that Congress provide sufficient time to implement transition rules (e.g., alternative minimum tax (AMT) carryovers, suspended and passive losses, etc.).
Published on August 01, 2017

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