Member response to the American Institute of CPAs' recently formed audit quality centers has been favorable, an institute vice president told Council members here, noting that the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center has attracted nearly 700 firms since its launch in March. As of last week, some 690 firms have joined the voluntary center, with five to 10 additional firms enrolling daily, Susan Coffey, AICPA vice president of audit quality and professional ethics, told Council members in an update Monday. The Governmental Audit Quality Center, which launched on Sept. 27, has just begun recruiting members. Coffey noted that some 6,300 firms practice in that environment, which includes the audits of state and local governments and nonprofits, as well as certain for-profit entities that receive government funds. In addition, Coffey noted that 950 firms (auditing 96 percent of all SEC registrants) have joined the Center for Public Company Audit Firms. That center, a revamped version of what used to be the AICPA's SEC Practice Section, launched in January of this year.

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