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In a letter to the New York State Board of Regents, the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Inc. (NYSSPE) expressed some of the same kinds of concerns the CPA profession faces about protecting the public when the service is performed in a corporate practice environment. NYSSPE president Larry J. Feeser, PhD, PE, stated that his organization, recognizing the multidisciplinary environment that now exists, has been studying and pursuing necessary changes in the way in which professional design services may be delivered. He goes on to state, however, that his group also acknowledges "the importance of retaining professional integrity, ethics, and control of all functions or activities which require, for the protection of public health, welfare, and safety, the oversight by and responsibility of properly qualified individuals."

He concludes his letter as follows:

We believe it is imperative that the Board of Regents reexamine its role in professional regulation and discipline with the goal of retaining and strengthening its responsibility for fulfilling the public policy purposes of professional licensure and regulation despite the rapidly emerging trend toward corporate practice environments. Individual licensees must continue to be accountable for their actions, but we must put in safeguards which will allow them to practice in environments which will not compromise their professional judgment. We also need to identify a methodology for holding these emerging corporate entities accountable when they override or alter professional judgment.

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