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CPA Board of Examiners seeks volunteers  
April 2013

The Board of Examiners (BOE), a senior AICPA committee, is accepting applications until May 15 for the 2013–2014 volunteer year, which begins in October.

The AICPA creates, administers, and scores the Uniform CPA Examination, which is a requirement for licensure. The BOE oversees the exam’s development and scoring; ensures that the exam is consonant with entry-level knowledge and skill requirements of CPAs; and represents the exam to state boards of accountancy and the profession. The 18-member BOE comprises CPAs, state board regulators, psychometricians, and educators. It represents a cross-section of the CPA profession, with members from the Big Four, industry, academia, and government.

The BOE committee structure includes:

State Board Committee. This panel includes state board executive directors and chairs and serves as the communication link between the BOE and the 55 state and territory boards of accountancy.

Content Committee. This panel is composed entirely of CPAs, with four subcommittees representing each section of the exam, and is responsible for setting content policies and monitoring the development of examination content in accordance with BOE guidelines and policies.

Psychometric Oversight Committee. This panel is composed of Ph.D.s in educational measurement and psychometrics and oversees the psychometric integrity of the exam.

More information about the BOE and its committees is available at aicpa.org/cpa-exam. Those interested in volunteering for the BOE should visit aicpa.org and click “Volunteer” at the top of the page to access AICPA Volunteer Central.


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Award honors significant contributions to PFP discipline  
April 2013

Clark M. Blackman II, founder of Alpha Wealth Strategies in Houston, received the AICPA’s 2012 Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award.

The annual award, which was presented at the 2013 Advanced Personal Financial Planning Conference in Las Vegas in January, recognizes an AICPA volunteer who significantly contributes to the advancement of personal financial planning as a practice discipline.

Blackman has been active in the PFP division for two decades and is the immediate past chair of the division’s executive committee. He has worked to strengthen ties with state societies, enhance the Institute’s annual financial planning conference, and develop tools and guides to help CPAs expand their practices to include financial planning services. Under his leadership, the PFP executive committee received standard-setting authority last fall from the AICPA governing Council.

Blackman has had several articles published over the last 15 years, including in the JofA, and has been a featured speaker at national conferences. He also serves on the JofA’s Board of Editorial Advisers. He was inducted into the AICPA Business & Industry Hall of Fame in October 2005.


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AICPA director named one of "25 Influential Black Women in Business"  
April 2013

Kimberly Brown Drumgo, AICPA director–Diversity & Inclusion, was selected as one of The Network Journal’s (TNJ) “25 Influential Black Women in Business.”

The annual awards, presented by TNJ, a business news magazine for black professionals, honor women whose professional achievements have made a significant impact on an industry or profession and who also have made an important contribution to their community.

A judging committee selected this year’s 25 women out of hundreds of nominations of professionals and entrepreneurs. Honorees typically are business owners, partners, presidents, CEOs, board chairs, or other senior management executives with significant decision-making authority in the corporate, nonprofit (including academia and medicine), or government sectors.

The awards were presented at a luncheon in New York, and each honoree was to be featured in a profile in the March issue of TNJ.


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