AICPA taking nominations for Outstanding CPA in Government Award

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is taking nominations for the annual Outstanding CPA in Government award. The nomination period has been extended to May 30, 2008.

Three awards will be given – one for each level of government (federal, state and local). The awards will be presented at the Government Accounting and Auditing Conference in Washington D.C. in August. Winners will receive an award, a year of membership in the AICPA, free registration for the GAAC conference and all expenses paid for conference attendance.

The AICPA Outstanding CPA in Government Award has two major purposes. The first is to recognize the achievements of individual CPAs employed in government. The second is to promote the CPA designation as the premier professional credential for accounting, auditing, and finance professionals in government.

This award gives the AICPA the opportunity to positively recognize the achievements of outstanding CPAs in government. Nominations for the annual award can be submitted by the State Societies, members at large, federal, state, or local government agencies, or other professional associations. The active involvement of the State CPA Societies is vital to the award’s success.

To ensure recognition among the three levels of government, each year one award will be given to CPAs working in each level of government – local, state and federal. The nominee must have made his or her contribution(s) to the level of government in which he or she is being nominated.


To be eligible for the AICPA Outstanding CPA in Government Award, the nominee must be:

1) A member of the AICPA and/or a State CPA Society employed in federal, state, or local government. Elected and appointed officials are eligible. Government employees who have been retired less than one year prior to the application deadline are also eligible.

2) Distinguished by:
a. Having made a sustained and significant contribution to the increased efficiency and effectiveness of his/her government organization. (This item is the most significant criteria in evaluating the candidate.)
b. Having made a significant contribution to state and national professional organizations.
c. Having made a significant contribution to the growth and enhancement of the profession.
d. Having made the significant contribution(s) in the level of government for which nominated.

3) Nominated through a formal process by his/her State CPA Society, other professional association, an AICPA and/or State CPA Society member at large, or a federal, state, or local government agency.

4) Currently not serving as the president of his/her State CPA Society, or as a member of the AICPA Board of Directors or AICPA Government Performance and Accountability Committee


1) Each nominator may submit one nomination. State societies will be notified of any at large nominees submitted from their state.

2) Individual members of the AICPA Government Performance and Accountability Committee and employees of the AICPA are not permitted to nominate a candidate.

3) The time frame for which a nominee will be judged on for significant contributions is limited to the five years prior to the nomination year.

4) Finalists will be selected by a task force of the AICPA Government Performance and Accountability Committee.

5) The winners will be selected by an independent panel. The panel will be composed of three distinguished individuals from each level of government who are knowledgeable of the accounting profession.

6) Individuals may be re-nominated for the award in future years.


When submitting a nomination please include all the following in your nomination package

1) Completed Outstanding CPA in Government nomination form

2) Summary of Contributions and the results of the contributions to Government Organization (This item is the most significant criteria in evaluating the candidate. Please describe the improvement or benefit resulting from nominee’s contributions: (limit to three pages)

3) Summary of Contributions and the results of the contributions to State and National Professional Organizations (limit to three pages).

4) Summary of Contributions and the results of the contributions to the Growth and Enhancement of the Profession (limit to three pages).

5) A letter of recommendation from the candidate's government employer and/or other government official knowledgeable of the candidate’s accomplishments. The application should also include, at a minimum, a letter of recommendation from either the nominee’s State CPA Society, other professional association, or an AICPA or State CPA Society member.

6) If available, please be sure to attach a current resume, including notable achievements and professional associations.

Return nomination form and supporting documentation by MAY 30, 2008 to:

220 Leigh Farm Road
Durham NC 27707
Attention: Nancy-Anne Potts

E-mail submissions can be sent to Please include "Outstanding CPA in Government nomination" in subject line.


Please contact:
Nancy-Anne Potts
Phone: (919) 402-4870

You may like these other stories...

By Jason Bramwell Government leaders of eight of the world's largest economies pledged on June 18 to take a tougher stance on fighting tax evasion. The Group of Eight (G8) leaders, who met in Northern Ireland,...
By Jason BramwellAttorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify on May 15 before the House Judiciary Committee, one day after he announced the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation of the IRS for...
By Jason BramwellPresident Barack Obama says he will not tolerate political bias at the IRS and promised to get to the bottom of the agency's admitted targeting of conservative groups, according to a May 13 article in...

Already a member? log in here.

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Aug 26
This webcast will include discussions of recently issued, commonly-applicable Accounting Standards Updates for non-public, non-governmental entities.
Aug 28
Excel spreadsheets are often akin to the American Wild West, where users can input anything they want into any worksheet cell. Excel's Data Validation feature allows you to restrict user inputs to selected choices, but there are many nuances to the feature that often trip users up.
Sep 9
In this session we'll discuss the types of technologies and their uses in a small accounting firm office.
Sep 11
This webcast will include discussions of commonly-applicable Clarified Auditing Standards for audits of non-public, non-governmental entities.