Accounting & Audit
AICPA & CIMA Recognize Three Exceptional CPAs for Outstanding Work in Government
The Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award recognizes the impact of recent significant contributions of CPAs to the efficiency, effectiveness, or ...
Aug. 15, 2022
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), representing the unified voice of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (Association), has presented Elaine M. Howle, CPA, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., with its 2022 Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award, honoring her dedication to the accounting profession.
The AICPA & CIMA also presented its 2022 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award at the state and local level to:
- Joseph R. Morrissette, CPA, of Bismarck, N.D., with the 2022 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award at the state level.
- Charles W. Warren, CPA, CGMA, of Fort Smith, Ark., with the 2022 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award at the local level.
“Elaine, Joseph and Charles are among the most talented and prominent leaders in government accounting and auditing today,” said Anoop Mehta, CPA, CGMA, chair of the AICPA and the Association. “We are delighted to recognize and celebrate these outstanding individuals for their significant contributions and exceptional leadership to our governments and communities.”
The Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award recognizes an AICPA member’s 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.
Howle began her career with the California State Auditor’s office over 35 years ago. She advanced through the office’s leadership roles and was appointed California State Auditor in 2000 where she served for 21 years. Under Howle’s leadership, the California State Auditor’s office served a vital role in the State’s system of checks and balances, by examining the fiscal health and performance of state and local entities, to ensure that government provides the essential services to the public in the most efficient and effective manner.
Recognized nationally as a leader in her profession, Howle has received various awards including the National State Auditors Association’s William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award (2016). Additionally, the Institute of Internal Auditors’ American Center for Government Auditing honored Howle as among 2014’s 15 Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing. She was also named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine in November 2012 and received the national David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award in June 2012. After a rewarding career in state service Howle, retired on December 31, 2021.
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.
Morrissette brings nearly 30 years of experience working with the state budget, revenue forecast, and tax policy. He was appointed Director of the Office of Management and Budget in February 2018 where he oversaw the leadership and support of the state government through five divisions: Fiscal Management, Human Resource Management, Central Services, Facility Management, and Risk Management. Prior to his appointment as Director, Morrissette served four years as the Deputy Tax Commissioner. He has also served as a member of the state’s Revenue Forecasting Advisory Council since 2002.
Warren has more than 34 years of experience, beginning his career as a CPA in Fort Smith with Baird, Kurtz & Dobson, CPAs. He also worked for ERC Properties, Inc. for 15 years and another two years for Hankins & Company, CPAs in Fort Smith. During this time Warren garnered a leadership position in the Fort Smith Council of Parent Teacher Associations. Here he worked closely with the Superintendent of the Fort Smith Public Schools and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2009.