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Audit Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for providing independent, objective oversight of our accounting functions and internal controls as more fully discussed above under "Our
Corporate Governance." The Audit Committee has the sole authority to retain and terminate our
independent auditing firms, and is responsible for recommending to the Board of Directors that our financial statements be included in our annual report on Form 10-K.
Audit Committee took a number of steps in making this recommendation for our 2016 annual report. The Audit Committee discussed with our independent auditing firms those matters required to be
discussed by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board ("PCAOB"), including information regarding their independence and the scope and results of their audit. These communications and discussions
were intended to assist the Audit Committee in overseeing the financial reporting and disclosure process. The Audit Committee also discussed the independent auditing firms' independence and received
the letters and written disclosures from the independent auditing firms required by the PCAOB. Finally, the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed the annual audited financial statements with our
management and the independent auditing firms in advance of the public release of operating results, and before the filing of our annual and quarterly reports with the Securities and Exchange
on the foregoing, and such other matters deemed relevant and appropriate by the Audit Committee, the Audit Committee recommended to the Board of Directors that our audited financial statements
be included in our 2016 annual report on Form 10-K as filed with the SEC on February 24, 2017.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
Michael R. Eisenson (Chairman)
John D. Barr
Kimberly J. McWaters
Ronald G. Steinhart