Washington (Dec. 4, 2002) - The new accounting oversight board is eager to launch its own inspections of accounting firms in 2003, which may or may not include input from the American Institute of CPAs or other parties.

The independent board, which was mandated by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, met privately Monday, and later told reporters that it plans on increasing the number of firms scrutinized in 2003.

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