Springfield, Mo., and Seattle (Feb. 27, 2004) -- In a move aimed at bolstering their internal due diligence, regional accounting giants BKD and Moss Adams have both sought additional oversight of their professional and business practices, the firms announced.

“The business failures and alleged audit shortcomings leading up to Sarbanes-Oxley, GAO Amendment No. 3 and the re-examination of ethics by many state boards of accounting have caused most accountants to think more deeply about the ethics of our profession and the associated risks to our finances and reputations," said Moss Adams chairman Robert L. Bunting. "Moss Adams is taking the serious step of taking significant action to further ensure our firm continues to meet our professional and business ethics standards.”

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