GAO Managing Director Honored for Career in Public Financial Management
Gary Engel’s Leadership Has Generated $37 Billion for Federal Government

(WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 16, 2017) — AGA was pleased to honor Gary Engel, CGFM, CPA, Managing Director, Financial Management and Assurance, for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), with its distinguished Elmer Staats Award at a ceremony Feb. 16. The ceremony took place during AGA’s National Leadership Training, a two-day training event focused on best practices in leadership and management in government financial management.

DSC_4505.JPG “I’m very honored to be receiving this year’s Elmer Staats Award,” Engel said.  “My career at GAO has provided terrific opportunities to help strengthen financial management and reporting throughout the federal government — from directing audits of the U.S. government’s consolidated financial statements to overseeing efforts to provide training on new internal control standards.  It’s a source of great pride to be recognized for my efforts to assist Congress in making government work better, while holding programs and managers accountable.”

The award honors cumulative career achievements of federal financial executives. ​Engel was recognized for outstanding leadership that has improved federal financial management and reporting in his oversight of audits of the U.S. government’s consolidated financial statements and reports detailing challenges of specific agencies and programs. 

His efforts to improve federal debt collection, reduce improper payments and enhance auditor education are also recognized. Accomplishments in his 25-year career include:

  • Guiding more than 200 audit reports and testimonies containing more than 1,000 recommendations for financial and operational improvements across the federal government — nearly all of which have been implemented, generating about $37 billion in financial benefits for the federal government and more than 1,500 non-financial benefits; and
  • Co-directing the U.S.’s first-ever audit of the consolidated financial statements, which, along with other Engel-led efforts, helped spur passage of the Government Management Reform Act and the Accountability of Tax Dollars Act.

Engel has also dedicated his career to training others. He has authored a guide on understanding the federal government’s annual financial report and helped create the first-ever Citizens Guide to government finance for the Congress and public. He led efforts to provide training to more than 9,000 people on the new internal control standards found in the GAO “Green Book.”
Doug Glenn, AGA National President, said Engel represents the best of government financial management and AGA.
“Engel’s commitment to his work and his team is evident in all he does,” he said. “Not only is he a brilliant and trusted mind in government financial management, his leadership brings people up with him.”
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