Washington (June 30, 2003) -- The accounting oversight board has approved strict ethics rules for its board and staff -- in an apparent effort to stave off any future conflicts of interest that could impede the group's work.

In a flurry of announcements issued Monday, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board also adopted a new rule for seeking help from outside experts in the financial markets -- including working auditors and accountants, to help the board carry out its work.

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