Board Members

George A. Scott

photo George Scott Mr. Scott joined the Board in 2016 and currently serves as Chairman. Mr. Scott is a retired partner and regional public sector leader from Deloitte LLP. With more than 39 years of experience at Deloitte LLP serving public sector clients, he is well known for his extensive knowledge and experience in state and local government accounting, financial reporting, compliance and auditing related issues and is frequently looked to as a resource for shaping conversations and regulatory guidance in these areas. Mr. Scott has been actively involved in professional and industry organization committees serving in a variety of roles from Task Force Member to Committee Chairman including the American Institute of CPA’s, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, Association of School Business Officials, Texas Society of CPA’s, and US Government Accountability Office.

Mr. Scott served as the Lead Client Service Partner for the States of Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana accounts as well as Regional Sector Leader, responsible for the Firm’s services to the public sector in the Mid-America Region. During his career with Deloitte LLP, Mr. Scott has also served as the National Audit Partner for K-12 Education Services ,the National Leader for Services to Local Government and Higher Education, US representative on the Deloitte’s Global Local Government Services Committee, and directed the development of arbitrage rebate services to governments and other organizations in the United States. He is recognized as a specialist in federal and state compliance, regulatory and risk, reporting and auditing and is a frequent speaker on such topics.

Mr. Scott graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. He is also a Certified Government Finance Manager and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

R. Scott Bell

R. Scott BellMr. Bell is currently a Senior Staff Accountant in the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Fiscal Assistant Secretary, where he is among the team leads responsible for preparing the Financial Report of the U.S. Government and the related Citizen’s Guide, and is a featured speaker on the financial position and condition of the Federal Government.

Mr. Bell’s career in Federal financial management and policy spans more than 25 years in both the public and private sectors, including positions with the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Small Business Administration. Mr. Bell, an MBA and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), has served as the president of the Washington, DC Chapter, Vice President of the Capital Region, and Senior Vice President for the Association of Government Accountants. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from George Mason University.

Gila J. Bronner

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Ms. Bronner is President and CEO of Bronner Group, LLC, a woman-owned, multi-disciplined professional services company that delivers comprehensive strategy, transformation and accountability consulting services to state and local governments, federal agencies, and government-related organizations. Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Bronner has assisted several hundred government entities in streamlining business practices, implementing improved internal controls, and developing strong public oversight mechanisms.

Ms. Bronner is the former director of the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program and is a nationally recognized authority on government compliance and oversight and related accountability and internal control issues. She is also a recognized thought leader on public sector implementation and compliance issues associated with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act).

Pursuant to a Presidential appointment, Ms. Bronner served as a member of the governing board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and chaired both its Finance and Audit Committees. She also served as an initial member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Advisory Council, Financial Audit Committee. In addition, Ms. Bronner served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of CPAs, Illinois CPA Society, and as a member of the Board for the University of Illinois Office of Governmental Accounting Research and Education.

Ms. Bronner received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois where she was elected to “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.” She is a licensed certified public accountant in Illinois, Indiana, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York. She joined the Board in January 2016.

Robert Dacey
photo of robert daceyMr. Dacey is currently Chief Accountant for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Mr. Dacey has provided leadership for significant GAO efforts in financial accounting and auditing, as well as in information security, homeland security, and other information technology areas. He served as Director of the consolidated financial statement audit for the initial three audits of the U.S. government’s financial statements. He also led GAO’s initial financial audit efforts at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service, and the development of comprehensive audit manuals for financial auditing and information security as well as related training. Mr. Dacey served as a member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board (ASB) and the FASAB Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee. In addition, Mr. Dacey’s long-term leadership in GAO’s information security audit efforts has resulted in numerous result-oriented reports and testimonies, including (1) addressing information security challenges in federal agencies and corporations, (2) assessing emerging information security issues, and (3) evaluating the federal government’s efforts to protect our nation’s private and public critical infrastructure from cyberthreats. Prior to joining GAO, Mr. Dacey was a senior manager with Deloitte & Touche and served as divisional business manager and controller for an international corporation. Mr. Dacey is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, and Certified Information Systems Auditor. He received a B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.

Sallyanne Harper

Sallyanne HarperSallyanne Harper is a founding member and immediate past president of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM), a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of federal enterprise risk management. She also serves as adjunct faculty in the Brookings Institution’s Executive Education Program and the George Mason University Chief Risk Officer program. Ms. Harper is also an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).Previously, Ms. Harper was the Vice-President and Executive Officer of AOC Solutions, Inc.’s Government Financial Management practice where she was responsible for all aspects of planning, performance management, human capital, and knowledge services functions. Ms. Harper also managed a significant portfolio of client engagements related to federal financial management, financial reporting, internal controls and enterprise risk management.

Prior to joining AOC, Ms. Harper had a 34-year career in public service. Ms. Harper served for 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Administrative Officer for the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Prior to coming to GAO, Ms. Harper was the Presidentially-Appointed, Senate confirmed, CFO and Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resources Management of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ms. Harper graduated from La Salle University, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in psychology and received her MBA in finance and investments from the George Washington University. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from La Salle University for her work in public administration. She is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Managers in Government program.

Patrick McNamee

photo of Patrick McNamee Mr. McNamee is an assistant professor of practice in accounting at Stetson University. Previously, he was Deputy Chief Auditor at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and had been a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Mr. McNamee led the firm’s public-sector practice, serving as the engagement partner on the audits of several federal departments and agencies.

As a PwC partner, Mr. McNamee served the profession as chairman of the task forces on liaising with the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and on social insurance, which were both overseen by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. McNamee also served as a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards.

Mr. McNamee also worked in standards-setting for the AICPA and Government Accountability Office (GAO). At GAO, Mr. McNamee led the team that updated Government Auditing Standards in 1994.

Mr. McNamee holds degrees in accounting from the University of Southern California (BS) and in management information systems from the University of Virginia (MS). He is a CPA in Virginia.

Terry K. Patton

Terry K. PattonDr. Patton is the Robert Madera Distinguished Professor of Accounting and Chair of the Accounting, MIS, and Legal Studies Department in the Dillard College of Business Administration at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He has co-authored three governmental and nonprofit accounting textbooks, including Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations (Cambridge Business Publishers); and was co-author on PPC’s Guide to Governmental Financial Reporting Model:  Implementing GASBS No. 34.  Previously, Dr. Patton was the Research Manager at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  He has served on numerous boards and serves on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council.  Dr. Patton received a doctor of philosophy from Texas Tech University as well as a master of science from the University of North Texas and a bachelor of business administration from Midwestern State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Texas), a Certified Government Financial Manager, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Graylin E. Smith

Photo: Graylin E. Smith Mr. Smith is one of the founding partners and the managing partner of SB & Company,LLC, a CPA firm in Maryland. His firm serves small business, middle market companies, state and local governmental entities, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. He is the partner in charge of the state and local governmental practice as well as its quality control leader. He began his career with Arthur Andersen and rose from staff accountant to audit partner. His volunteer service includes being a former chair of the Maryland Association of CPAs, being a former council member of the AICPA, serving on numerous committees, being a member in several professional associations, and being involved with various civic activities. He graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager and a CPA licensed in the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Mr. Smith joined the board in July 2012.

Tim Soltis

Photo: Tim Soltis As Deputy Controller, Mr. Soltis serves as a senior member of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) management team supporting the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) across multiple Cross Agency Priority (CAP) goals and in providing leadership and policy to the federal financial management and financial assistance communities to support their mission, service, and stewardship responsibilities. Additionally, he leads the critical work of OMB’s statutory Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) across a diverse portfolio and on major initiatives. He routinely engages key stakeholders within OMB and across the federal government, the oversight community (such as the Government Accountability Office and the federal Inspector’s General community), the financial assistance community (which includes state/local/tribal administrators and financial aid recipients) and external stakeholders (such as the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and private and not-for-profit partners). Prior to joining OMB, Mr. Soltis served as acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Acquisition Officer from May 2016 – January 2018 and as Deputy CFO from March 2013 – June 2018. In those roles, Mr. Soltis led multiple financial and acquisition management programs and activities for the Department of Education, to include accounting for a loan portfolio of over $1.2 trillion in assets and almost $70 billion in budget authority. He also oversaw Education’s production of the Agency Financial Report (AFR), IT investments in business systems, indirect cost rate negotiations, contracting activities, audit resolution, and the internal control programs. Mr. Soltis held various senior leadership and audit positions in the Department of Defense, including assignments in Korea and Germany, and in the Intelligence Community where he gained extensive experience leading day-to-day operations of large and complex mission support functions, compiling annual financial reports, and driving large-scale change initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Soltis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Case Western Reserve University, and he has completed executive leadership programs at Harvard and the Federal Executive Institute. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).