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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Rep. Platts honored for role in improving federal financial management

Rep. Todd Platts, R-Pa., has been named the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Federal Leadership Award.

The honor is given annually by the Association of Government Accountants, an organization of finance professionals working in federal, state and local governments, the private sector and academia.

The award recognizes elected or appointed federal officials who exemplify and promote excellence in government management. Awardees must have demonstrated leadership in enhancing financial management through legislation, regulations, practices, policies and systems.
Platts is the outgoing chairman of the House subcommittee on government management, finance and accountability. According to information from the subcommittee, he held 59 hearings during the 108th and 109th congressional sessions.

Oversight topics included government-wide accounting, systems issues, debt collection and internal financial controls.

Platts’ interest in improving internal controls isn’t new.

In 2004, he helped craft the Department of Homeland Security Financial Accountability Act and shepherded it through Congress. The law marked the first time an agency was required to have its internal controls audited.

The award will be presented by AGA representatives at the organization’s national leadership conference in February.

-Aimee Curl, FederalTimes.com

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