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March 14, 2006: 

The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. 
Committee on the Judiciary: 
House of Representatives: 

Subject: Federally Chartered Corporation: Financial Statement Audit 
Report for the American Chemical Society for Fiscal Years 2003 and 

Dear Mr. Chairman: 

As requested, we read the audit report covering the financial 
statements of the American Chemical Society, a federally chartered 
corporation, for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2003 and 2002. The 
corporation's purpose is to encourage the advancement of chemistry; 
promote research in chemical science and industry; increase and diffuse 
chemical knowledge; and promote scientific interests and inquiry 
through its meetings, reports, papers, and publications. 

Federally chartered corporations are required under 36 U.S.C. 10101 

* present the corporation's assets and liabilities and reasonable 
detail on the corporation's income and expenses in annual financial 
statements and: 

* obtain an annual financial audit by an independent public accountant. 

Our objective was to advise you of any matters in the report regarding 
compliance with the financial reporting requirements of the law. In 
carrying out our work, we read the corporation's financial statements 
and the accompanying notes, performed certain analytical procedures 
related to information presented in the financial statements, and read 
the auditor's report. We did not identify any instance of noncompliance 
with the above financial reporting requirements of the law. 

We did not perform an audit or review the auditor's audit 
documentation, and we are not rendering an audit opinion. 

The audit report included the auditor's opinion that the financial 
statements of the corporation were presented fairly in accordance with 
U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. We are returning the 
audit report you sent with your letter. 

This letter is intended solely for your use and the use of the 
Committee on the Judiciary. This letter will be available at no charge 
on GAO's Web site at 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this letter, please 
contact me at (202) 512-3406 or by e-mail at 
Contact points for our Offices of Congressional Relations and Public 
Affairs may be found on the last page of this letter. Key contributors 
to this letter were David Elder, Franklin Ng, and Charles Payton. 

Sincerely yours, 

Signed by: 

Steven J. Sebastian: 
Financial Management and Assurance: