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CAQ and AAA Auditing Section Announce Access to Audit Personnel Program

Thursday, January 17, 2013

~~Joint Venture Increases Opportunities for Academics to Obtain Access to 
Auditors for Research~~

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) today announced a new program designed to facilitate accounting and auditing academics’ ability to obtain access to audit firm personnel to participate in their research projects. The CAQ and the AAA Auditing Section established the program to generate research on issues that are relevant to audit practice while providing doctoral students and tenure-track professors with access to audit firm staff to complete data collection protocols.

“We are excited to partner with the AAA Auditing Section on the Access to Audit Personnel program,” said CAQ Executive Director Cindy Fornelli. “The CAQ shares the AAA’s commitment to providing opportunities for academics to develop research that can have a profound impact on the audit. Through this program, we hope to encourage scholars to focus their research and teaching in auditing, which is critical to the sustainability of the profession. We thank our member firms for opening their doors to the next generation of accounting and auditing professors.”

“The Access to Audit Personnel program is an important step in addressing researchers’ long-standing challenge of gaining access to participants for research in auditing, which has hindered the academic community’s ability to generate research that is truly meaningful to auditors” said AAA Auditing Section President Roger Martin. “The AAA and the Auditing Section applaud the CAQ’s member firms for their support of this important program.”

A request for proposals (RFP) for the Access to Audit Personnel program seeks proposals submitted by doctoral students and tenure-track faculty. A committee of senior academics and audit practitioners will evaluate the proposals based on such factors as ability to address important research questions that are relevant to practice, contribution to academic literature and methodological soundness. 

The RFP can be accessed at:

Proposals may be submitted to The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5:00 pm, Monday, April 22, 2013.

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About the CAQ:

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. The CAQ fosters high quality performance by public company auditors, convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. Based in Washington, D.C., the CAQ is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. For more information, visit

About the AAA:

The American Accounting Association promotes worldwide excellence in accounting education, research and practice. The Association is a voluntary organization of persons interested in accounting education and research. For more information, visit