Washington (Aug. 26, 2004) -- The American Institute of CPAs has chosen Texas State Auditor Lawrence F. Alwin as the 2004 recipient of its Outstanding CPA in Government Award.

The award recognizes CPAs in government who have made significant contributions to increased efficiency and effectiveness of government organizations and to the growth and enhancement of the profession. AICPA Government Performance and Accountability Committee chairman Costa Triantaphilides presented the award this week at the institute's Annual National Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference in Washington.

Alwin has served as Texas’ auditor for the past 19 years. During his tenure, Texas has received 14 consecutive Certificates of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Governmental Finance Officers Association. Under Alwin’s direction, the Texas State Auditor’s Office has used innovation to provide more efficient auditing and more effective communication without increasing costs, resulting in the identification of findings valued at more than $1 billion in the last four years alone.

Alwin’s leadership has helped to develop a series of electronic audit tools and guides used by auditors and organizations around the world, to implement the first state agency balanced scorecard and to streamline internal operations to reduce administrative costs by roughly $225,000 per year.

He was a founding member of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Committee and currently serves as a member of the Domestic Accountability Working Group of the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He was the president of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers from 2002 to 2003, on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, a member of the board of directors of the Texas Society of CPAs, and an advisory member to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Alwin has also served on the AICPA’s Members in Government Committee.

Earlier this year, he received the Excellence in Government Leadership Award from the Association of Government Accountants.

-- WebCPA staff

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