AICPA Presents Awards to Outstanding CPAs in Government

Wendy Payne

Wendy Payne

The AICPA has announced that Wendy M. Payne of Washington, D.C., is the Institute’s recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award honoring her lifelong contribution to the profession.

The Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award recognizes significant contributions to the efficiency, effectiveness or innovative service delivery of the CPA’s respective local, state or federal employer organization over the length of a career.

The AICPA also announced that Leah L. Nikaidoh, of Cincinnati, Jacob Flournoy, of Little Rock, Ark., and Anne Harty, of Rock Hill, S.C., are recipients of the Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award. Nikaidoh received the federal impact government award, Flournoy the state impact award and Harty the local 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 profession. Current or recent accomplishments, within the past three to five years, are the focus of this award.

Payne is executive director of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) in Washington, D.C. She manages the research staff supporting board deliberations and chairs the Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee of the FASAB. She led the FASAB in a highly complex and controversial reporting entity project in December 2014.

Payne has been a major driving force in improving and advancing the federal government’s financial reporting, and is one of the nation’s foremost federal accounting experts.

Nikaidoh is the national single audit coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General in Cincinnati.

Flournoy is internal audit director for the University of Arkansas System, where he established the Internal Audit Department and worked with the board of trustees and senior management to develop charters for the University’s Audit and Fiscal Responsibility Committee and the Internal Audit Department.

Harty is the chief financial officer/municipal clerk for the City of Rock Hill, S.C., where she oversees the divisions of accounting, risk management, customer services and records management.

“Our 2015 winners of the Outstanding CPA in Government Awards have raised the proverbial bar within our profession to new heights and, in doing so, have earned our esteem and respect. These amazing individuals, each with a significant story to tell, are paramount in their fields and have created a new standard of excellence,” says Tommye Barie, chair of the AICPA’s board of directors.