Utah State Auditor Tom L. Allen has been named the 1990 Outstanding Financial Executive from state and local governments by the Association of Government Accountants.
The association is a non-profit national organization with more than 12,000 members. Each year, it selects an outstanding financial executive in the private sector, one from the federal government and one from state and local governments.The agency also honors the year's leading budget manager, law enforcement officer, legislator, public administrator, computer accountant and contract and internal auditor.
The awards will be presented at a special banquet in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11. Other recipients include Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp, Sens. John Glenn (Ohio) and William Roth (Delaware) and Reps. John Conyers (Michigan) and Frank Horton (New York).
Allen, a certified public accountant, was recognized for his work in improving financial operations and auditing in the state and local governments in Utah and for his significant involvement in public finance and auditing issues with various national organizations.
"While Utah may seem somewhat backwards to people in Washington and on the East Coast, we are really being recognized as one of the leaders in public financial matters. Utah is one of only seven states to have a Triple A Bond rating. We were the fourth state to receive the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 1985 and earlier this year we were ranked second by Financial World Magazine, which evaluated each state as if it were an independent business," he said.
Allen is involved nationally, including representing six states in the mountain and plains region on the National Intergovernmental Audit Forum from 1985 to 1990.
He serves on the executive committee of the National State Auditors Association and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. He has served on various institute task forces and committees, including one to improve the quality of audits of governmental units and to develop a certificate of Educational Achievement Program for Governmental Accounting and Auditing.
He was nominated for the award by Richard Moon, who works in the local government division of the state auditor's office, on behalf of the Northern Utah Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants. Allen was director of the local government division before being elected state auditor in 1984.
In the nomination, Allen was praised for his "unselfish desire to improve state and local governments as he serves the inividual citizens of this state and country" and for being "extremely aware of his responsibility to set an example of ethics in government."
Allen, a graduate of Weber State University, lives in Kaysville with his wife, Paula, and four children. He worked for a CPA firm and as a federal contract auditor before joining the state auditor's office in 1972.