Competition in the Accounting Profession: Survey of Public Companies (GAO-08-164SP, November 2007), an E-supplement to GAO-08-163

Non-Audit Services

16. Do you use one or more Big 4 firms (PWC, KPMG, E&Y, Deloitte) for any NON-audit services?
1. Yes
2. No, but would consider using in the future
3. No, would NOT likely consider using in the future
4. No answer

17. Do you use one or more 2nd tier firms (Grant Thornton, BDO Seidman, McGladrey & Pullen, Crowe Chizek) for any NON-audit services?
1. Yes
2. No, but would consider using in the future
3. No, would NOT likely consider using in the future
4. No answer

18. Do you use one or more regional or local firms for any NON-audit services?
1. Yes
2. No, but would consider using in the future
3. No, would NOT likely consider using in the future
4. No answer

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19. IF "NO, WOULD NOT LIKELY CONSIDER" ANY 2ND TIER AND/OR REGIONAL OR LOCAL FIRMS: For those categories of accounting firms which you would not consider for NON-audit services, how important are the following accounting firm characteristics in explaining why?
(Select one answer in each row.)
    Very great importance Great importance Moderate importance Some importance Little or no importance Don't know
  a. Geographic presence
  b. Technical capability with accounting principles and auditing standards
  c. Industry specialization or expertise
  d. Reputation or name recognition
  e. Proximity to the company's headquarters
  f. Ability to handle size and complexity of company operations
  g. Ability to work with management
  h. Responsiveness to client/audit committee questions and needs
  i. Expectations or requirements of shareholders, banks, lenders, or underwriters
  j. Other - please describe below
   

  IF OTHER, please describe.


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