Washington (Sept. 2, 2003) -- The American Institute of CPAs honored San Jose city auditor Gerald Silva with its Outstanding CPA in Government award at its 20th Annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference, here.

The award recognizes CPAs in government and their significant contributions to increased efficiency, the effectiveness of government organizations, and growth and enhancement of the profession.

Silva was one of three finalists selected by a panel of judges.

He has served as San Jose's city auditor since 1985. Since assuming the position, his office has identified nearly $200 million in cost savings or revenue improvements, at an audit cost of $25 million.

In addition to identifying cost savings and methods to increase revenues, Silva’s office has made audit recommendations that benefited San Jose in the areas of improved operations, economy, efficiency and program effectiveness.

Silva’s office conducts financial audits, performance audits, special studies, and sales and business tax audits.

Prior to his role as city auditor, Silva served three years as Arizona’s state budget director. He also spent seven years with the California auditor general's office and four years at the Arizona auditor general's office.

Silva also serves on the Advisory Council for Government Auditing Standards, the Association of Government Accountants’ Financial Management Standards Board, and the AICPA's Members in Government Committee.

-- WebCPA staff

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