The issuance of the so-called Final Report of the Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession to the U.S. Department proves conclusively to me that many of the powers that be need to gain a better understanding of transparency. It isn’t what’s in the massive document that tells me this, but it is what is specifically left out of both the document and the press release announcing the report’s approval.

The release (HP-1159) didn’t mention that the vote wasn’t unanimous but 14-1, or that what was released wasn’t the final report, but the draft final report, which included the following statement, “All of the Committee members voted to issue the Committee report. (WE MAY NEED TO AMEND THIS SENTENCE IF ONE OR MORE COMMITTEE MEMBERS DO NOT SUPPORT THE REPORT)”

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