Members of the editorial staff of Practical Accountant have been attending AICPA Fall and Spring Council meetings for as long as I can remember. At first, the meetings were rather predictable, as the agenda was usually set well in advance, and any real discussions occurred at the regional meetings--that preceded the full Council meetings.

Things began to change for those who remember when the push for a new designation, Cognitor, failed . It has also been evident over the last couple of years, as representatives from state societies like New York have been vocal at some of these meetings. Then there was the Council of spirited debate over funding of financial planning, valuation, and technology certifications by the AICPA. What was most interesting was that a number of former AICPA chairs spoke on the subject from the floor.

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