Grant Ashley, FBI Executive Assistant Director and CPA, is the 2005 recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Government Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. Ashley is the highest-ranking CPA in the FBI.
The award, presented by William F. Ezzell, a partner at Deloitte and former AICPA president at the AICPA’s 22nd Annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference on Monday, recognizes CPAs working in government who have made significant contributions to increased efficiency and effectiveness of government organizations and to the growth and enhancement of the profession.
During his 25-year career with the FBI, Mr. Ashley has served as a Financial Analyst, Special Agent and now as member of the FBI’s senior management. As a senior executive, he has implemented significant changes in how the FBI conducts field financial transactions. Many of those changes have been adopted throughout the FBI, enhancing Bureau operations. In addition, Mr. Ashley dramatically restructures the Criminal Investigative Division (CID), freeing up more than 1,000 employees to work on counter-terrorism initiatives. Mr. Ashley was awarded the Presidential Rank Award by the U.S. Government in 2003 for his contribution of re-allocating resources for the counter-terrorism effort.
Currently, Mr. Ashley oversees the following divisions and programs: Criminal Investigative; Cyber Crimes; Criminal Justice Information Services; Training and Development; Laboratory; Operational Technologies; Office of International Operations; Critical Incident Response Group; and Office of Law Enforcement Coordination. He has been responsible for improving mission focus, organizational structure, business practices and cost effectiveness within these entities.
Mr. Ashley has also worked diligently to forge a collaborative relationship with the AICPA, especially in the financial fraud detection and prevention areas. He orchestrated a highly successful webcast, viewed by more than 20,000 CPAs on “Arresting Financial Fraud: The Inside Story from the FBI,” in conjunction with the AICPA. He has facilitated outreach from other areas of the FBI to the AICPA, particularly in publicizing and promoting career opportunities for CPAs in the federal government. Today, the FBI is actively recruiting CPAs. In 2004, 15 percent of the FBI’s new hires were projected to be CPAs.