DON'T FIX PEER REVIEW - IT AIN'T BROKEAlthough I find some comments I can agree with in recent opinion articles by Lou Grumet ("Rethinking the 'peer' in peer review," Sept. 26-Oct. 9, 2005, page 6) and Eli Mason ("Quality review and its future vs. peer review and its failure," Oct. 24-Nov. 6, 2005, page 6), I am writing to say, peer review ain't broke - don't fix it, especially if the fix means turning the program over to the government at any level. That will fix (kill) it, for sure.
I have been involved in the program since it has been in existence, as a peer reviewer, state committee member and chair, three years on the AICPA Peer Review Board, and as a state technical reviewer. Over the years, I have seen the accounting and auditing practices of small firms, including my own, improve very much in quality as a direct result of peer review.
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