These are the duties of the firm's National Accounting
Staff—some 20 men and women, highly trained in accounting
and auditing concepts and experienced in their
application to everyday practice.
Working out of Chicago, New York, Washington, Kansas
City and San Francisco, the staff spends its more-than-busy
days answering questions, anticipating and resolving
new problems, adding to the accounting literature.
Officially, the job of the national staff is to answer questions
from our audit people around the country, turn out
a constant stream of technical publications on new developments
and special problems, support the firm's partners
who serve on key posts in professional associations, and
work on the problems which occur when a client gets into
trouble—from the first hint that a problem is coming until
it is resolved.
Unofficially, the national staff is the place to go when
there is just no answer to a complicated accounting problem.
The staff consists of a permanent cadre of experienced
partners and managers working with a group of audit people
who come from field offices for a one-or-two-year assignment.
This rotating program has a number of very positive
benefits—it brings a continued fresh outlook to the staff
and helps disseminate the accumulated experience from
the national staff to the field offices.