Assurance Services Executive Committee 

About the Committee

Vision: A dynamic Profession that continuously evolves to provide high quality, value-added, innovative assurance and advisory solutions in furtherance of the public interest.

Mission: To support the Profession in serving the public interest by continuously anticipating, identifying, assessing and addressing evolving market needs and demand for assurance and advisory solutions.

Objectives: ASEC’s focus is to continuously anticipate, identify, assess and address significant developments and opportunities relating to emerging assurance and advisory needs, and to determine and develop relevant thought leadership, guidance and criteria, tools, or other member support. Accordingly, the primary objectives of ASEC are to:

  1. Anticipate, identify and assess new service opportunities related to market needs and demands and emerging technologies 
  2. Where needed, develop and communicate assurance and advisory guidance (including, where necessary, underlying suitable criteria)
  3. Support the innovation of traditional services (e.g. the financial statement audit and existing attestation services) to enhance quality and meet evolving market needs
  4. Collaborate with industry, government and other specialized groups to enhance members’ ability to efficiently and effectively meet market needs related to new and existing services
  5. Maintain and evolve existing guidance and criteria developed by ASEC

Committee Task Force Activity

The ASEC Emerging Assurance Technologies Task Force is responsible for developing a conceptual framework and guidance to capitalize on emerging technologies affecting the business information supply chain, covering both internal and external reporting.

Currently two concurrent projects are in process:




Members of the Committee

Robert Dohrer (Chair), RSM International

Bradley Ames, HP

Christine M. Anderson, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Bradley Beasley, Beasley Mitchell & Co

Nancy Bumgarner, KPMG LLP

Jim Burton, Grant Thornton LLP

Chris Halterman, Ernst & Young,LLP

MaryGrace Davenport, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jennifer Haskell, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Brad Muniz, Sobel

Michael Ptasienski, US House of Representatives - Office of Inspector General

Joanna Purtell, UTC

Miklos Vasarhelyi, Rutgers Business School

Daniel Joseph Hevia (liaison to ASB) Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, P.A.

Staff Contacts

Erin Mackler, Director - Assurance and Advisory Services, SOC Reporting

Assurance Services Executive Committee Projects
Whitepaper - How to Design a Credible Verification Program

This whitepaper, which complements the whitepaper, Assurance Services: A White Paper for Providers and Users of Business Information, is intended to assist organizations such as government agencies and legislative bodies (federal, state, tribal and local), business organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and associations that are considering establishing and designing a third-party verification program.

It identifies the essential elements of an effective verification program and the factors that should be considered when designing such a program. It also describes the advantages of including CPAs as assessors in a third-party verification program and incorporating the standards CPAs following into the programs.

Whitepaper - Assurance Services: A Whitepaper for Providers and Users of Business Information

This whitepaper was created to educate providers and users of business information on the value and essential qualities of independent, third-party assurance services and the increase confidence in reported information due to those services. The paper identifies factors that should be considered in choosing a quality assurance provider.


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