The plan to create a shared member network between the American Institute of CPAs and state CPA societies was built on good intentions, but CPAs themselves shouldn't spend too much time mourning the announcement that work on the state society component of the project is being halted indefinitely.

After more than six years of championing the project, J. Clarke Price, chairman of Shared Services LLC, cried "Uncle" last week, and notified state society chief executives that the network project was being shelved. Price, who is also the chief executive and president of the Ohio State Society of CPAs, has been running a beta site for the past two years that continues to cause a number of problems in his society's day-to-day operations. Whether or not Ohio's CPA members have noticed the difference, the end result is that the society is not delivering customer service the way they once did.

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