With Social Security reform the domestic cornerstone of President Bush's second term, the American Institute of CPAs was on point when it issued its recent white paper providing lawmakers with a nonpartisan and comprehensive analysis of the factors to evaluate in reforming the system. Not only did the report contain valuable and objective perspectives, but it also gave CPAs a place at the table as the discussion continues.

Combining financial knowledge with a reputation for objectivity, the CPA profession has much to offer on initiatives such as this. Contributing to the dialogue puts CPAs in an important spotlight with policy-makers, the press, businesses and clients - and diffuses the harsh light that the profession has found itself in over the past several years.

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