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Board to Hold Forum in Seattle on Auditing in the Small Business Environment

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board will host a forum in Seattle, Washington, to help bring important information concerning the PCAOB to the small business community. The Seattle Forum on Auditing in the Small Business Environment is a program for registered accounting firms in the small business community to learn more about the work of the Board, specifically the PCAOB inspections process and the impact of new auditing standards.

The forum will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. The program will be hosted by Board Member Kayla J. Gillan and staff from the offices of inspections, enforcement and standards-setting.

The program will focus on educating smaller registered accounting firms about the Board’s work. Attendees have the opportunity to earn continuing professional education credits. This program will feature a representative from a small registered public accounting firm that has gone through a PCAOB inspection.

Invited participants are auditors from smaller registered public accounting firms. The program is limited to this group in the small business environment because they are most directly impacted by the Board’s oversight responsibilities. The goal of such a format is to ensure that there is ample opportunity for discussion of PCAOB issues facing small business communities between representatives of this sector and Board members and its staff.

In addition to Seattle, the Board plans to hold four more forums in Boston, Philadelphia, New York City and Chicago.

While there is no fee charged to participants for these events, pre-registration is required.

For forum registration questions please call (202) 207-9061 or e-mail info@pcaobus.org.