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May 17, 2016

2016 Spring Council: Mark Koziel discusses the future firms of 2020

On Tuesday, the final day of sessions at the 2016 AICPA Spring Council in New Orleans, Mark Koziel, vice president of Firm Services & Global Alliances at the AICPA, discussed the theoretical firms of 2020 and how professionals can stay ahead of the ever-changing business landscape.

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May 16, 2016

2016 Spring Council: Kim Drumgo and Rich Caturano give update on diversity and inclusion initiatives

During Monday's session at the AICPA's 2016 Spring Council meeting in New Orleans, Kim Drumgo - director of diversity & inclusion at the AICPA - alongside Rich Caturano - chairman of the National Commission on Diversity & Inclusion - gave an update on the accounting pipeline and professional resources in attracting and retaining diverse professionals.

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Barry Melancon focuses on change at the 2016 AICPA Spring Council

On Monday morning, Barry Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA, gave his semi-annual Council report at the 2016 AICPA Spring Council in New Orleans. Melancon, himself a resident of Southern La., welcomed members and focused primarily on the concept of necessary change in the profession during today's "very, very, fast-paced time of change and evolution."

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May 13, 2016

2016 ACAT Exam registration open until June 1

Registration for the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) exam - given to those wishing to obtain ACAT Accredited Business Accountant/Advisor (ABA), Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP), and Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA) credentials - is now open for registration, the Council announced on Friday. The Spring/Summer exam testing window for 2016 will be June 10-July 30, with a registration deadline of June 1, 2016.

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Illinois State University launches new 'Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis'

The Department of Finance, Insurance, and Law at Illinois State University’s College of Business announced last week the launch of their Institute for Financial Planning and Analysis, with professor of finance Edgar Norton named the Institute's director.

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May 12, 2016

NJCPA awards 'Lisa Donahue Scholarship' to namesake's daughter

The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA), with contributions from Bowman & Company, announced this week that the recipient of the Lisa A. Donahue Scholarship was Sarah Donahue, daughter of the award's namesake.

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May 11, 2016

AICPA webinar series on cybersecurity begins May 12

The AICPA announced a series of webinars on cybersecurity this week, in partnership with Ridge Global, the risk management firm founded by Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The three-part series, which starts on May 12th and extends through the summer, is designed to help CFOs, controllers, CPAs and management accountants gain more understanding and insight into emerging cybersecurity threats.

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May 10, 2016

Becker Professional Education announces document review simulation (DRS) for CPA Exam prep

Becker Professional Education announced on Monday the launch of a new document review simulation (DRS) as part of its CPA Exam Review. The task-based simulation, created by the AICPA, will notably begin appearing on select CPA Exams this year.

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May 9, 2016

BlumShapiro Consulting teams up with Microsoft CityNext to bring innovation to city life

BlumShapiro Consulting - a division of New England advisory firm BlumShapiro - announced on Monday their participation in Microsoft CityNext, a "partner-led initiative that empowers cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive with a simplified approach," per Microsoft's website.

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Sage, Prince Harry & his support for veterans

My first hire, Alex, who is my right hand and my left foot, is married to a disabled veteran. Alex is in her mid-thirties and her husband is in his early forties. I see the weekly, sometimes daily struggles of the after effects of our veterans and their families. It’s right in my office.

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