The winners of the 2016 Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award and the Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award were announced at the AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference on August 8, 2016.
Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award
The Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award recognizes the impact of significant contributions of the CPA to the efficiency, effectiveness or innovative service delivery of their respective local state or federal employer organization. This award replaces the previous Outstanding CPA in Government Award.
The 2016 awardee is:
Sam M. McCall, CPA CGMA
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.
Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award
The Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award recognizes CPAs working in federal, state and local government who have contributed significantly to increased efficiency and effectiveness of government organizations and to the growth and enhancement of the CPA. Current or recent accomplishments (3-5 years) are the focus of this award.
The 2016 awardees are:
Kristen Scalise, CPA, CFE - Local Level
Kristen M. Scalise has served as the Summit County Fiscal Officer since May 2011. She manages the county divisions of Auditor, Recorder and Treasurer.
Utilizing her skills as a CPA and a Certified Fraud Examiner, Kristen has been a part of the fiscal accountability of the Summit County Fiscal Office for more than 16 years. Prior to being elected Fiscal Officer, she served as Chief Deputy Fiscal Officer for 11 years. She was also employed as a Certified Public Accountant in the private sector for 11 years.
She is a strong leader in county government and has been recognized at the state level for her commitment to professional development. Kristen currently serves as chairperson of the Summit County Investment Board and Summit County Land Reutilization Corporation; she is an active board member for the Summit County Internal Audit Committee, Summit County Board of Control, Summit County Board of Revision, Summit County IT Board, Summit County GIS Advisory Board and the Statewide Legislative Committee for the County Auditor’s Association of Ohio (CAAO) since 2013. In 2014, she earned the Distinguished County Auditor Award from the County Auditor’s Association of Ohio (CAAO) for completing more than 100 hours of continued education during her term.
Her professional affiliations include the National Tax Lien Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, County Treasurers Association of Ohio, Ohio Public Treasurer Association, International Association of Assessing Officers, County Auditors’ Association of Ohio, Ohio Recorders’ Association and Government Finance Officers Association. She has also been recognized by local organizations, earning the 2014 Past Unforgotten Award from the Greater Bethel Church, 2014 Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Distinguished Service in Government from the St. Paul A.M.E. Church, and 2015 Women of Power Award from the Akron Urban League.
Under the direction of Scalise, the Summit County Fiscal Office has continued to be the recipient of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and the Ohio Auditor of State (AOS) Award with Distinction.
Kristen is a graduate of the University of Akron and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (conferred in 1992), a Certified Fraud Examiner (conferred in 2008), and she holds an Ohio Financial Accountability Certificate. In 2012, she earned the designation of Chartered Global Management Accounting (CGMA) from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).
Paul Curtis, CPA - Federal Level
Paul C. Curtis is a native Washingtonian who graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He began his career as an intern in 1977 with the U.S. General Accounting Office, now known as the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Upon graduation, Paul worked in the private sector as a Certified Public Accountant and Audit Manager at KPMG Peat Marwick. He also served as a staff member on the National Commission on Fraudulent Financial Reporting (Treadway Commission).
Paul started working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) in April 1994. Since August 2003, he has been the Director of Financial Audits, and has directed the annual audit of the EPA’s financial statements, as well as numerous other assignments.
Paul has been a long-time member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Paul currently resides in Waldorf, Maryland. Paul has a daughter, who is a teacher in Montgomery County, and a son, who is an officer in the Charles County Sheriff’s office. As a very proud grandfather, he spends much of his free time with his grandchildren. He also enjoys serving as an umpire for high-school baseball, junior college, little league, and various recreational leagues. Besides being a loyal University of Maryland Terrapins fan, Paul is also a diehard Redskins fan.