AICPA Presents Awards for Outstanding CPAs in Government 2017

August 7, 2017

NEW YORK (Aug. 7, 2017) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has presented Jan Sylvis, CPA, CGMA, CGFM, of Franklin, Tenn., with the Institute’s 2017 Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award honoring her lifelong contribution to the profession.

The AICPA also presented Gloria Jarmon, CPA, CGFM, of Bowie, Md., with the 2017 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award at the federal level and Timothy M. O’Brien, CPA, of Denver, Colo., with the 2017 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award at the local level.

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA, chairman of the AICPA, presented the awards today at the Institute’s 33rd Annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference in Washington, D.C.

“Jan, Gloria and Tim are among the most prominent and significant leaders practicing government accounting and auditing throughout the country,” said Ellison-Taylor. “They share the energy, talent and integrity that is vital in today’s government arena.”

The Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award recognizes significant contributions to the CPA profession through government service at the local, state or federal level over a candidate’s career. Award winners must have demonstrated exceptional leadership, high ethical standards, and a track record of professional excellence. Sylvis has distinguished herself through the significant contributions she has made at the federal, state, and local government levels, including 19 years as the State of Tennessee Chief of Accounts. She also served in various state audit and internal audit roles within Tennessee state government for 18 years. For the last ten years, Sylvis served on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and was named GASB Vice Chair in January 2015.

The Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award recognizes the impact of recent significant contributions of CPAs to the efficiency, effectiveness or innovative service delivery of their respective local, state or federal employer organizations. Jarmon, as deputy inspector general for Audit Services, leads more than 600 auditors, analysts, and staff responsible for conducting independent audits of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

O’Brien, was elected in 2015 to a four-year term as the auditor of the City and County of Denver. His background includes 11 years in Colorado’s top auditing job, where among his legacies is the “ Great Colorado Payback”, an ongoing program that has reunited Coloradans with lost or forgotten assets of almost $400 million.

A list of previous winners can be found on the AICPA’s Outstanding CPA in Government Awards’ page.