WSR 02-02-001

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY


[ Filed December 19, 2001, 1:24 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The board is considering rule making on the use of acceptable titles.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.04.350(9).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The board will consider rule making on the use of titles in association with the requirements of recently adopted statutory section RCW 18.04.350(9) which, in part, states "The board shall by rule allow the use of other titles by any person regardless of whether the person has been granted a certificate or holds a license under this chapter if the person using the titles or designations is authorized at the time of use by a nationally recognized entity sanctioning the use of board authorized titles."

To accomplish: Clarification on what titles are not sufficiently similar to "Certified Public Accountant" that the public could be misled.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Agency study.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Dana M. McInturff, CPA, Executive Director, Washington State Board of Accountancy, P.O. Box 9131, Olympia, WA 98507-9131, (360) 586-0163, fax (360) 664-9190, e-mail danam@cpaboard.wa.gov.

The board plans to distribute the CR-101 to key stakeholders asking for preliminary comments/input by January 16, 2002. The board will discuss initial comments at its regular board meeting scheduled for January 25, 2002.

December 17, 2001

Dana M. McInturff

Executive Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office