On April 4, 2013, Iowa Auditor of State David A. Vaudt was named as the next chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), effective July 1, 2013. The appointment was made by the Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), which oversees the GASB and its sister organization, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
Vaudt was appointed by the FAF Trustees to a single, seven-year term, a change from the past practice of appointing GASB chairs to an initial five-year term with the possibility of serving a second five-year term. Vaudt will succeed current GASB Chairman Robert H. Attmore, who is retiring on June 30.
"We're very pleased to welcome David Vaudt as the new chairman of the GASB," said Jeffrey J. Diermeier, chairman of the FAF Board of Trustees. "David's extensive experience with and knowledge of the challenging accounting and financial issues facing state and local governments will enable him to continue the strong tradition of leadership and transparency established by our outgoing chairman, Bob Attmore, during his nine distinguished years as head of the GASB."
Vaudt has served as Iowa's constitutionally elected auditor of state since January 2003. In that position, he has been responsible for auditing the state's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Single Audit Report. He also has supervised the annual audit of more than 200 Iowa cities, counties, school districts, and other government organizations and agencies.
AICPA Statement on Attmore Retirement
The following is a statement by Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, president and CEO of the American Institute of CPAs, on the announced retirement of Robert H. Attmore, CPA, CGFM, chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB):
“Bob Attmore has been a steady hand at GASB’s helm with numerous successes in his nine years as chairman. He did a great deal to bring more transparency to the financial reporting of state and local governments, particularly in the realm of pension obligations and their effect on the finances of governmental employers. In addition, during Bob’s tenure the Board took on numerous projects to develop standards for new or evolving transactions and to update several longstanding GASB statements. His drive for improvement and care for the public interest will be sorely missed. We wish him the best of luck in retirement.”
Previously, Vaudt worked for twenty-five years in KPMG's Des Moines office, including thirteen years as a partner. He specialized in the office's government services practice and also served as the office's human resources and recruiting partner. In the latter roles, he was responsible for conducting the annual reviews and evaluations of managers and staff and for leading the on-campus recruiting effort for audit professional staff. He also served as an instructor for KPMG national governmental accounting and auditing continuing education courses.
Vaudt was president of the National State Auditors Association from 2011 to 2012, chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) from 2003 to 2004, and chair of the Iowa Accountancy Examining Board from 1995 to 2002. He also has served on the boards or audit committees of civic or government organizations, including the Better Business Bureau of Iowa, the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, the Des Moines public school system, the Young Women's Resource Center, and the Walnut Creek Family YMCA.
"All of us at the FAF look forward to working with David as we continue to pursue our objective of more closely aligning the goals and operations of the FAF, the FASB, and the GASB in the months and years ahead," said FAF President and CEO Teresa S. Polley.
"These are challenging times for state and local governments," Vaudt said. "I look forward to quickly engaging with the other GASB members and the wide range of GASB stakeholders, especially the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, to get a sense of the issues that they believe are the most pressing as we move ahead. I'm also looking forward to working during my transition with Bob Attmore, who has done an exceptional job of leading GASB in the past nine years."
Source: April 4, 2013, FAF Press Release