Many accountants and accounting technicians work in certified public accounting firms that perform tax and auditing services but the majority work as Management or 'Private' Accountants. Many accountants have their own businesses as well. The role of the accounting department has expanded greatly. Accountants and accounting technicians help organizations make wise decisions by preparing and analyzing a variety of financial and non-financial information. They manage the assets of the business and ensure the records of the business comply with the law. Accounting staff are critical in the fight to cut waste and fraud, and 'forensic accountants' work directly with law enforcement to keep financial systems clean. Accountants use special accounting and finance software, and in small businesses the Accountant is often the computer expert. CLC also offers a one-year Accounting Diploma (32 credits) that includes most courses from the first year of the AAS degree. Graduates of this program will have the background to perform entry-level accounting duties such as accounts payable, accounts receivable or payroll.