The American Institute of CPAs has named Robert Dacey, of Washington, D.C., Thomas H. McTavish, of Lansing, Mich., and Lena Ellis, of Ft. Worth, Texas, as the 2009 recipients of its Outstanding CPA in Government Award.

Dacey received the federal government award, McTavish the state award and Ellis the local award. AICPA Chairman Ernest Almonte presented the awards at the institute’s 26th Annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Dacey, chief accountant of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, has been a key part of the GAO’s efforts to serve Congress and improve financial and information security management throughout the federal government.

McTavish, auditor general for the state of Michigan, successfully met the objectives set by the state legislature to produce more audit reports directed toward performance, rather than financial operations, and to improve communications between the auditor general’s office and the legislature.

Ellis is financial management services director and CFO for the City of Ft. Worth. Under her leadership, the city produced its first comprehensive annual financial report in four years.

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