2016 Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award Winner: Sam M. McCall, PhD, CPA, CGMA, CGFM, CIA, CGAP, CIG 


Sam McCall has been the Chief Audit Officer at Florida State University for over three years.  He was previously City Auditor for the City of Tallahassee for thirteen years and prior to that, he was Florida Deputy Auditor General for thirteen years of that thirty year career. For the last five years, Sam has also been a member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board that establishes GAAP for the federal government.  Over his forty seven year career, Sam has had the opportunity to work and contribute at the federal, state, and local government level.  In addition to professional certifications, he has masters and doctorate degrees in public administration from FSU and a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of West Florida.

Mr. McCall’s has experience in the public sector as a financial and performance auditor and administrator. His served over ten years on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States. He represented the National Conference of State Legislatures on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council that advises the Governmental Accounting Standards Board in establishing GAAP for State and Local Governments. During his three years of service, the Financing Accounting Foundation appointed him to serve two years as GASAC vice-chair.

In 2005-2006, Mr. McCall was the Association of Government Accountants National President. He currently serves on the AGA Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Professional Certification Board and Audit Committee. He has served as President of the Tallahassee Chapter of AGA, the North Florida Chapter of the America Society of Public Administration, and the Tallahassee Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr. McCall served as a member of The IIA’s International Internal Auditing Standards Board and The IIA Guidance Task Force that developed the framework for the professional practice of internal auditing and defined “internal auditing.” He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Association of Government Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of College and University Auditors, and State Association of Inspectors General.

In June 2000, the North Florida Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration recognized Sam as the chapter's Public Administrator of the Year. He has received three AGA National President's Awards and AGA’s State and Local Government Excellence in Government Leadership Award. In 2008, the AGA recognized Mr. McCall with its highest award, the Robert W. King Memorial Award. Also, in 2008, the Tallahassee Chapter of the The IIA honored Sam with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, the AGA Tallahassee Chapter recognized Sam with their Advancing Government Accountability Award and in 2012 Sam was recognized by the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum with the David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award at the Local Level. In 2014, The IIA inducted Sam into their American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners, the American Center for Government Auditing recognized Sam as one of the 15 Most Influential Audit Professionals, and AGA recognized him as the 2014 National Educator of the Year.  In 2015, Mr. McCall was recognized by Northwest Florida State College (formerly Okaloosa-Walton Junior College) as The 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.  During his career, Sam has received three City of Tallahassee Proclamations and a Florida Senate Proclamation for his contributions to government accounting and accountability.    



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