Browse

    By Area of Interest


    By Topic


    By Industry


    By Document Type


    Member Only Content


    By Date

    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

    Open Hide documents in this section

    Page  1 2 3 4 5 >> 
    Showing results 1 - 15 of 1081
    Order by:


    IRS Regulation and Administration

    Overview This section contains policies and AICPA comments related to tax administration and policy.
    Published on August 25, 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 August 21, 2014

    The CPA Advocate - Archived Articles 2014

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

    AICPA Submits Comments on FASBs Conceptual Framework Exposure Draft

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2014.  The Financial Reporting Executive Committee and the Private Company Practice Section’s Technical Issues Committee each submitted letters generally supporting the goals of the project and offered recommendations to make the project more useful.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    AICPA Encourages Deferral of Effective Date on GASB Fair Value Statement

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2014.  The comment letter to GASB expressed general support for the Exposure Draft’s general alignment to FASB’s standards on fair value.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    AICPA Identity Theft Recommendation Adopted by IRS

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2014.  The AICPA has urged the use of truncated Social Security numbers and other taxpayer identification numbers on payee information statements for several years.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Definition of Attest and Patent Trolls Top List of 2014 State Legislative Issues

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2014.  The AICPA is developing a summary of the issues important to the accounting profession that were in play during 2014; the summary will be available this fall.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    IRS and AICPA Discuss 2015 Tax Filing Season Issues

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2014.  IRS officials predict a tough tax filing season because of budgetary constraints, new health insurance and foreign bank reporting rules and delayed Congressional action on tax extenders.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Mobile Workforce Bills Gain Support in Congress

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2014.  Cosponsor numbers of bills to provide relief from the current web of inconsistent state income tax and withholding rules on nonresident taxpayers that impact both employers and employees climbed to 36 in the House and 16 in the Senate.  The AICPA has pushed for the reform for
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Nearly Half of U.S. Senators Sign Letter Expressing Concern about Accrual Accounting Proposal

    Newsletter The CPA Advocate: August, 2014.  Forty-six U.S. Senators signed a recent letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) encouraging them to preserve the ability of CPA firms and other businesses to use the cash basis of accounting for tax purposes.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Washington State Resources and Contact Information

    Link Washington state resources in the areas of accountancy, government, study, and taxes.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Alabama State Resources and Contact Information

    Link Alabama state resources in the areas of accountancy, government, study, and taxes.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Iowa State Resources and Contact Information

    Link Iowa state resources in the areas of accountancy, government, study, and taxes.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Kansas State Resource and Contact Information

    Link Kansas are state resources in the areas of accountancy, government, study, and taxes.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    North Dakota State Resources and Contact Information

    Link North Dakota state resources in the areas of accountancy, government, study, and taxes.
    Published on August 21, 2014

    Page  1 2 3 4 5 >> 
    Showing results 1 – 15 of 1081
    Show Results per page
    Copyright © 2006-2014 American Institute of CPAs.