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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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2016 Tax Advocacy Comment Letters

Comment Letters AICPA submitted comments to Treasury and IRS.
Published on December 06, 2016

AICPA Oral Testimony 2 REG-163113-02, Docket ID IRS-2016-0022 Hearing

Testimony Proposed Regulations Regarding the Valuation of Interests in Corporations and Partnerships for Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) Tax Purposes (REG-163113-02, Docket ID IRS-2016-0022).
Published on December 01, 2016

AICPA Oral Testimony REG-163113-02, Docket ID IRS-2016-0022 Hearing

Testimony Michelle Gallagher, CPA, ABV/CFF testifies on the section 2704 proposed regulations regarding valuation discounts for estate and gift taxes. Proposed Regulations Regarding the Valuation of Interests in Corporations and Partnerships for Estate, Gift, and Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) Tax Purposes (REG-163113-02, Docket ID IRS-2016-0022).
Published on December 01, 2016

Advocacy Resources for State Boards of Accountancy

Article
Published on November 30, 2016

Accounting and Financial Reporting Positions and Comment Letters

Comment Letter The Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) has issued the following comment letters to communicate its views and positions on accounting and financial reporting proposals issued by standard setters, such as FASB, GASB, and the IASB.
Published on November 30, 2016

Providing Services to Businesses in the Marijuana Industry

Sample Policy A sample of state board positions on licensees providing services to businesses in the marijuana industry, including examples from Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Published on November 30, 2016

Talking to State Boards About Marijuana Policies

Sample Policy These suggestions, based upon existing policies, can help guide discussions with state boards of accountancy that are developing guidance for their licensees.
Published on November 30, 2016

FinREC Comment Letter on Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815) Targeted Improv...

Comment Letter This letter provides comments from FinREC on Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), “Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities.”
Published on November 30, 2016

FinREC Comment Letter on Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815) Targeted Improv...

Comment Letter This letter provides comments from FinREC on Proposed Accounting Standards Update (ASU), “Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815): Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities.”
Published on November 30, 2016

Comment letter from the State and Local Government Expert Panel on GASBs Changes Proposed on Fiduciary Activities Projec...

Comment Letter Members of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel have reviewed the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Changes Proposed on Fiduciary Activities Project, and are pleased to offer their comments.
Published on November 29, 2016

Comment letter from the State and Local Government Expert Panel on GASBs Changes Proposed on Fiduciary Activities Projec...

Comment Letter Members of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel have reviewed the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Changes Proposed on Fiduciary Activities Project, and are pleased to offer their comments.
Published on November 29, 2016

Comment letter from the State and Local Government Expert Panel on GASBs Exposure Draft (ED), Omnibus 201X

Comment Letter Members of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel have reviewed the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Exposure Draft (ED), Omnibus 201X, and are pleased to offer their comments.
Published on November 29, 2016

Comment letter from the State and Local Government Expert Panel on GASBs Exposure Draft (ED), Omnibus 201X

Comment Letter Members of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel have reviewed the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Exposure Draft (ED), Omnibus 201X, and are pleased to offer their comments.
Published on November 29, 2016

State Policy Update Reflecting on 2016, Preparing for 2017

Webcast Learn about trends affecting the accounting profession during the State Regulation and Legislation Team’s annual end-of-year webcast. Wed., Dec. 14, at 3 pm EST
Published on November 28, 2016

Following Success of States Marijuana Ballot Initiatives, CPAs Seek Guidance on Working With Businesses in This Industry

Article Following success of states’ marijuana ballot initiatives, CPAs seek guidance on working with businesses in this industry
Published on November 28, 2016

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