I didn't attend the Spring Council meeting in Hawaii last week, but after reading new chairman William Ezzell's inaugural address and then talking with him at greater length during a phone interview, I sensed that something bold and new and yes -- maybe even exciting -- is happening at the American Institute of CPAs.

For one, Ezzell is the first official to firmly place the brunt of the blame for the past year's stomach-churning, Enron-fueled roller coaster ride on the profession itself and make it clear that it's up to CPAs to restore their reputations.

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