Steadfast, determined, consummate professional, outstanding fiscal steward, and finally, “father.” These were just some of the adjectives used by his colleagues and friends to describe AGA Past National President Jeffery C. Steinhoff, CGFM, CPA, CFE, on the occasion of his retirement this month after 40 years of federal service.
Credited for being the “father” of AGA’s Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Program during his term as 1993–1994 AGA National President, he served as the first Professional Certification Board chairman, from 1994–1998, and continues as a board member today. He is also considered one of the fathers or principal architects behind the groundbreaking 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act.
After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Steinhoff began his federal career as an auditor with the Army Audit Agency. In 1973, he moved to the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO, now the Government Accountability Office) where he spent the remainder of his career, retiring as managing director for Financial Management and Assurance.
As managing director, he headed up GAO’s largest audit unit, with responsibility for oversight of financial management and auditing issues across the federal government. Included in his duties were the audit of the government’s consolidated financial statements, the establishment of Government Auditing Standards and internal control standards, reviews of internal control, forensic auditing, financial management systems reviews, cost management, improper payments, and the full range of accountability and corporate governance issues.
The recipient of AGA’s highest honor, the Robert W. King Memorial Award in 1996, Steinhoff also received the AGA’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 1990, AGA’s Elmer Staats Award in 1999, AGA National President’s Awards in 1995, 1997 and 2003, and was one of 23 people recognized by AGA in 2000 for significant contributions toward advancing government accountability during the Association’s first 50 years.
Other awards included GAO’s Distinguished Service Award in 1984, 1991 and 1998; the America Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Outstanding CPA in the Federal Government in 2006; the first National Intergovernmental Audit Forum’s Distinguished Federal Leadership Award in 2006; Office of Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in 2007; and the Comptroller General’s Award, GAO’s highest honor, in 2007. He attained the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service and received many other awards and honors during his long career.