AICPA presents the Outstanding CPA Career Contribution Award

July 12, 2013

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Washington, D.C. (Aug. 12, 2013) – The American Institute of CPAs  (AICPA) is pleased to announce that Marcia Buchanan, CPA, of Washington, D.C. is the Institute’s recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award.


The AICPA is also pleased to announce that  Jennifer Coleman, CPA, CGMA, New Orleans, La., Pamela Leary, CPA,Juneau, Ala. and Alfredo Riverol, CPA, Miami, Fla. are the inaugural recipients of the Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award. Coleman received the federal government award, Leary the state award and Riverol the local award.


Richard Caturano, CGMA, chairman of the AICPA’s board of directors, presented the awards today at the Institute’s 30th Annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference in Washington, D.C.


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 newly introduced 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.

“Marcia, Jennifer, Pamela and Alfredo are among the most influential leaders practicing government accounting and auditing,” commented Richard Caturano, CGMA, chairman of the AICPA’s board of directors, during the presentation ceremony. “Through their vision, dedication and commitment to leadership, our 2013 winners of the Outstanding CPA in Government Awards consistently raise the bar within our profession, and have earned our esteem. They are, in fact, the cream of the crop.”

Buchanan has been a frequent speaker at professional conferences and training sessions on issues impacting government auditors and accountability professionals, as well as for CPA firms that conduct audits of government programs. She previously served on the AICPA’s Government Performance and Accountability Committee, the Government Accounting and Auditing Committee, the Single Audit Working Group and as an observer to several AICPA auditing standard task forces. Buchanan graduated from Virginia Tech and attended the Federal Executive Institute.


Buchanan is the recently retired assistant director of government auditing standards on GAO's Financial Management and Assurance Team. She had responsibility for maintaining, interpreting and promoting Government Auditing Standards, commonly known as the "yellow book," and served as a staff aide to the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards. During her almost 40 year GAO career, Buchanan gained extensive audit experience on financial audits and performance audits of audit quality, single audit and other issues. She worked on GAO’s audits on the single audit process as well as the use of single audit as an accountability mechanism for the Recovery Act. 


Coleman is the lead accountant/CPA at the U.S. Department of Energy.  With 29 years of government services experience, she held accounting roles in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Internal Revenue Service and the United States Department of Agriculture. For over 13 years, Coleman has been facilitating college accounting classes and government training seminars to work with the accounting community and to keep up with government and accounting trends. She earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans in December 1982 and a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University in 1996.

Leary is the comptroller for the state of Alaska’s department of revenue, treasury division and the deputy treasurer of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank.  She began her career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse and became partner in the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers advising clients in various disciplines including securities litigation and bankruptcy. Leary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She devotes her free time to developing young figure skaters at the Juneau Skating Club which she founded in 2003.


Riverol is chief financial officer of the city of South Miami. Prior to his leadership, the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) had 13 reported findings, of which four were considered material misstatements and significant. During Riverol’s three years tenure with the city, the IRS and SEC issues were both resolved and the city’s latest CAFR had zero findings; which was the first time in the city’s most recent history.


Riverol is a past president of the Kiwanis of North Miami Beach-Sunny Isles and received the Kiwanis International President's Award. Riverol is also a past member of the Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) program which helps teach young local students about work and the different careers. He holds two Master Degrees; Master of Public Administration (2000) & a Master of Science in Taxation (2003) both from Florida International University (FIU).