The AICPA established the Federal Key Person Program to maintain regular and continuing personal contact with each Member of Congress. The program accomplishes this through the development and maintenance of a cadre of politically sophisticated and knowledgeable members across the country with the ability to influence Members of Congress, in minimal time, when action is needed on a legislative issue affecting the profession.
The AICPA Federal Key Person Program is a vitally important supplement to the efforts of the AICPA professional staff in Washington, D.C. because it:
Reinforces for the Members of Congress that the views expressed by AICPA legislative staff are representative of the views of the Congressman’s constituents in the district;
- Heightens the Congressman’s accountability to his constituents and provides a double avenue to influence public policy decisions; and
- Localizes in the Members of Congress’ conscience, the political impact of federal legislation.
Key persons should be well versed in all legislative and political issues affecting the profession. In a sense, each key person is a lobbyist who must be able to communicate the AICPA’s positions to Members of Congress clearly and understandably.
Responsibilities of the Key Person Include:
Maintaining personal contact with their assigned Member of Congress.
- Staying current on legislative issues affecting the profession by reading regular publications from the AICPA.
- Taking immediate action to contact their Member of Congress when the AICPA issues a "Legislative Action Alert" concerning a particular legislative issue.
- Promptly summarizing and reporting to their coordinator and the AICPA the nature and results of each contact, including potential legislative opportunities and problems.
- Attending political fund-raising events for the AICPA Effective Legislation Committee when requested.
- Attending the AICPA Congressional Luncheon Program when requested.