Accounting and Public Policy
The Washington Campus offers a Graduate Residency Symposium on Accounting and Public Policy, designed for students completing a Masters in Accountancy degree. The three-to-four day program in Washington, D.C. addresses critical public policy issues and trends affecting the profession of accounting. Participants gain a greater understanding of the role of Congress, the Executive Branch, regulatory agencies, trade associations, and accounting organizations. Considerable time is devoted to understanding legislative process and recent laws affecting the financial securities industry. Students gain insights into the regulatory process, including the role of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Drawing on senior-level practitioners from government and the private sector, students are exposed to the forensic accounting activities of the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the role of the Federal auditor, and the role of the lobbyists for the Big 4 accounting firms. In addition, students hear presentations on key public policy issues affecting the financial services industry and business in general, such as managing the federal budget deficit, prospects for tax reform, healthcare policy, and cybersecurity. Students also learn about the work of the Center for Audit Quality to promote the profession of accounting and auditing.
The Accounting and Public Policy Residency Symposium includes lectures, site visits, and interactive sessions to enable graduate level accounting students to better understand the complexities of policy development and implementation. This course offers an intensive, distinctive, personal and professional development experience.