Outstanding CPA in Government 2009

2009 Outstanding CPA in Government Award Winners

The winners of 2009 AICPA Outstanding CPA in Government Award were announced at the AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference on August 10, 2009.

The 2009 awardees are:  



 Robert (Bob) Dacey
State Level

Thomas (Tom) McTavish, CPA 
Federal Level

 Lena Ellis, CPA
Local Level

Robert F. Dacey, CPA

Robert F. Dacey is Chief Accountant for the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), a member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, and advisor to the United States Comptroller General on accounting and auditing matters. Mr. Dacey has provided leadership for significant GAO efforts in financial accounting and auditing, as well as in information security, homeland security, and other information technology areas. He served as Director of the consolidated financial statement audit for the initial three audits of the U.S. government’s financial statements. He also led GAO’s initial financial audit efforts at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, and the development of comprehensive audit manuals for financial auditing and information security as well as related training.

Mr. Dacey is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and also served as a member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board (ASB) and the federal government’s Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee.

Mr. Dacey is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager. He received a B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.

Thomas McTavish, CPA

Thomas H. McTavish has served as Auditor General of the State of Michigan since 1989. Prior to his appointment as Auditor General of Michigan, Mr. McTavish was Deputy Auditor General for Audit Quality and Operations in the Pennsylvania Auditor General's office and previous to entering public service was an audit manager at a CPA firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania .

Mr. McTavish is President of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT), and is a member and past president of the National State Auditors Association (NSAA). He also serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Governmental Financial Management, a NASACT entity created exclusively to enhance state-level governmental accounting, auditing, and treasury management functions throughout the world.

Mr. McTavish is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Government Accountants, the Midwestern Intergovernmental Audit Forum, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Military Officers Association of America, and the American Legion, and has served as a Board Member on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of CPA's.

Mr. McTavish is a retired Navy Captain, USNR, and last served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Audit Service Headquarters 106 Naval reserve unit. Also, for 16 years, he was an Associate Lecturer teaching business courses part-time at two community colleges and the Pennsylvania State University .

Mr. McTavish is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University , and is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Lena H. Ellis, CPA

Lena H. Ellis is the Financial Management Services Director and CFO for Fort Worth, Texas .  Ms. Ellis was appointed CFO in 2008 and holds a leadership role with the City of Fort Worth ’s Audit and Finance Advisory Committee.    Ms. Ellis has over 25 years of experience in government and has made many contributions to and implemented many improvements in various government organizations.

Ms. Ellis is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served as a member of the AICPA’s Government Performance and Accountability Committee (GPAC).   Also, she served as a member of the Government Audit Committee Toolkit Task Force that produced the Audit Committee Toolkit for government organizations in 2005 .

Ms. Ellis is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association’s Committee on Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting.    She received a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University .