What Is Advocacy?

Advocacy is an undertaking by an individual or group intended to inform the public policy debate and effect legislative change.

Led by PICPA members and the PICPA Government Relations Team, PICPA's advocacy work encompasses a broad range of activities designed to encourage fair tax policy, improve government efficiency, solve CPA licensing issues, and promote business growth.
PICPA Advocacy Explained

PICPA's Advocacy Goals

JPosition PICPA members as trusted advisers and fiscal experts.

JBuild relationships with legislators and their staff and leaders of regulatory agencies.

JGarner support for the PICPA’s legislative priorities.

How We Accomplish Advocacy Goals

Mobilize

Send a weekly Legislative Update, issue election guides, host webinars, and urge the PICPA's 22,000 members to collectively fight for the interests of the accounting profession. Form committees to address specific legislative concerns. 

Advise

Provide expert guidance to legislators who frequently consult the PICPA on fiscal matters. Testify on Capitol Hill and submit comment letters to regulatory agencies. Help draft legislation. Participate in an annual Day on the Hill
 
Collaborate

Conduct annual or quarterly meetings with select state departments, including the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, to compare priorities. Any legislative dealing will have proponents and opponents: identify various stakeholders upfront to arrive at truly bipartisan policy proposals.

Support 

Support the election of candidates through our Certified Public Accountant Political Action Committee (CPA-PAC), a nonpartisan, member-managed organization representing CPAs in public practice, industry, and government, as well as new and veteran members of the profession.
 
Lobby

Advocate for or against a piece of legislation in strict accordance with Pennsylvania law, the  PICPA's priorities, and the input of PICPA members. The PICPA's lobbying efforts work in conjunction with the activities previously outlined.

How can you get involved? Learn more about the PICPA's advocacy programs, or contact Alex Fabian, PICPA's government relations manager.