New Orleans (Oct. 21, 2003) -- The governing Council of the American Institute of CPAs voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to retain the trio of specialty designations - the Personal Financial Specialist, Certified Information Technology Professional and the Accredited in Business Valuation - as well as earmarking $16 million in funding for the troika, at its annual fall meeting.

The council also approved a last-minute resolution to kill an annual review of the credentials by the board, but left intact mandates that they become self-supporting at separate dates, and attract a minimum number of credential holders.

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