AICPA presents the Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award

The Institute also presents the Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award

August 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 11, 2014) – The American Institute of CPAs  (AICPA) is pleased to announce that Randy C. Roberts, CPA, CGFM, Phoenix, Ariz. is the Institute’s recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award representing for lifelong contribution to the profession.

The AICPA also  announced that Kenneth L. Williams, CPA, Indianapolis, Ind. and Melinda A. Hitz, CPA, CGMA, Garden City, Kan. are the recipients of the Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award. Williams received the federal impact government award and Hitz the local impact award.

Bill Balhoff, CPA, CGMA, CFF, 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.

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.

“Randy, Kenneth and Melinda are among the most influential leaders practicing government accounting and auditing throughout the country.  They have many things in common, and in particular, they share the energy, talent and integrity that is vital in today’s government arena,” Balhoff remarked.

Roberts is the Senior Technical Director for the Arizona Office of the Auditor General.  His role in the office is to provide technical research and assistance to office staff, auditees, and peers and provide audit and accounting standards implementation oversight. In his previous role as Professional Practice Director, he was responsible for the quality assurance activities in the office, including providing technical research and assistance; performing quality assurance reviews of office audit reports and other publications; and giving technical trainings and presentations. Randy’s experience, all with the Auditor General Office’s since 1981, includes auditing most levels of government: the state, universities, counties, community colleges, hospitals, health plans, and school districts.

He has been extremely active in the audit community during his career, having served, and continuing to serve in many capacities, and for organizations such as the AICPA, the Government Accountability Office, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the National State Auditors Association, and the Arizona Society of CPAs. As an active member of the Institute he  serves on the Government Accounting & Auditing Update Conference committee and has served on the Auditing Standards Board during the clarity standards project and on the State and Local Government Expert Panel, and contributed  to the State and local government audit guide and Government auditing standards and A-133 audit guide.  He was awarded the National State Auditor’s Association Awarded the William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award and its Special Recognition Award.  The Arizona State Society of CPAs honored him with the Lifetime Member Award.

Williams currently serves as an IRS territory manager with 13 employees in the states of Indiana and Kentucky. Ken and his staff service approximately 2,500 volunteers who annually prepare for free over 224,000 tax returns for low income, elderly, disabled, military and English as a second language individuals. His group also assists individuals and organizations via community tax education and Earned Income Tax Credit outreach, financial literacy and asset building efforts.

He previously served as IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Territory Manager for Illinois, Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Ohio. During this period he was instrumental in getting a quick tax law change via the Armed Forces Tax Council so troops receiving combat pay were not prevented from receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit. Ken also served in Research and Analysis, National Office Appeals, Regional Appeals and the Examination Division.  In 2014, he received the Spirit of IRS award as an unsung hero in achieving the IRS mission and serving the nation's taxpayers. In 2009 he received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Indiana CPA Society.

Hitz is the Finance Director for the City of Garden City.  She is the current Chair of the Kansas Society of CPAs, the first person from the government sector to hold that position in its 82-year history.  After 12 years in public accounting, she became the first Finance Director for the City of Garden City where she continues to elevate the Finance Department to rival much larger municipalities. 

Hitz is in charge of the preparation of Garden City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, with assets in excess of $100 million. She is responsible for the preparation of the City’s annual budget, a budget that had $81 million in expenditures for 2013. She handles the City’s debt issues and works with the rating agencies on the City’s credit rating. utility billing and collection is a major component of her job duties.  She is active in the American Institute of CPAs, Government Finance Officers Association, the Kansas Government Finance Officers Association  and the USD #457 School Foundation. She has served on the board of directors for several organizations in Garden City and statewide.