Outstanding CPA in Government 2012 Award Winner, Federal Level: John H. Fisher, Ph.D., CPA 

John worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (OIG), located in Kansas City, Missouri, for more than 30 years.  As Director of the National External Review Center (NEAR), he was responsible for managing the HHS/OIG/OAS/NEAR quality control review, peer review, and CPA outreach functions. 

On an annual basis, the NEAR staff, under John’s leadership, conducted quality reviews of more than 2,500 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 audits performed by non-Federal auditors on State and Local governments, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations receiving Federal funds.  He also served as the Single Audit Coordinator for Health and Human Services from 1998-2011.  During his career, John participated as the Federal representative in 75 peer reviews conducted by the National Association of State Auditors.

John held Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Accountancy from the University of Kansas.  He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Kansas and also held the designations of Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Government Financial Manager.  John was a member of the AICPA, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the Association of Government Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
John served as the chairman for several OMB workgroups focused on revising the Single Audit process.  He was frequently called upon for advice by many senior leaders from OMB, GAO, the CPA community, and State and local governmental auditors.  John was frequently a requested speaker on the subject of Single Audits at various national and regional conferences for professional accounting and auditing organizations; including the AICPA, AGA and the Intergovernmental Audit Forums.

In 2007, John received a joint PCIE/ECIE award in recognition for his contributions in assisting the PCIE National Single Audit project management team.  In 2005, the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants named him the Outstanding CPA in Government.

John passed away at his home in September 2011.


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