DES MOINES, IOWA (August 13, 2019) — Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced former Deputy State Auditor Andy Nielsen of Ankeny as the winner of the 2019 Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award. Nielsen received the award from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) at the organization’s national conference in Washington, DC on August 12, 2019.
“This is a distinguished recognition for a truly outstanding public servant,” Gov Reynolds said. “Andy Nielsen served the state of Iowa for nearly four decades, including 23 years as Deputy State Auditor. The professionalism and integrity he brought to his job as well as his work mentoring other CPAs is both a tribute to the profession, and to the entire State of Iowa.”
Nielsen first joined the Iowa Auditor of State’s Office in 1981, ultimately rising to serve as Deputy State Auditor, leading the Financial Audit Division responsible for the audits of state agencies, counties, cities, school districts and other various governmental entities. He retired from the State Auditor’s Office in December.
AICPA’s Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award recognizes a member’s significant contributions to the CPA profession through government service at the local, state or federal level over a candidate’s career. Award winners must have demonstrated exceptional leadership, high ethical standards, and a track record of professional excellence.
In honoring Nielsen, AIPCA noted that he has spent countless hours training and mentoring governmental CPAs, auditors, accountants, city and county clerks, and elected officials.
In May, Nielsen also received the Iowa Association of CPA’s Public Service Award as recognition for “a distinguished record of personal commitment to community, charitable, civic, and public service activities, and enhanced the professional image of CPAs.”