News Release 03/17/21

Financial Accounting Foundation Appoints Robert W. Hamilton to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC)


Norwalk, CT—March 17, 2021—The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) has announced the appointment of Robert W. Hamilton to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC). He is the statewide accounting and reporting manager for the state of Oregon.

Mr. Hamilton was nominated by the National Association of Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) and will assume the role vacated by the appointment of Alan Skelton to the position of director of research and technical activities of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). He will serve a two-year term that began on February 23, 2021 and concludes December 31, 2022. He is eligible for reappointment for two additional two-year terms.

The GASAC is responsible for advising the GASB on technical issues, project priorities, and other matters that affect standards setting for accounting and financial reporting by state and local governments. Members of the GASAC represent a cross-section of the GASB’s state and local government stakeholders, including users, preparers, and auditors of financial information. GASAC members are selected on the basis of their professional expertise and the depth and breadth of experience they bring to the GASAC.

“We are pleased to welcome Robert as a member of the GASAC,” noted FAF Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Casey. “His experience with the implementation of GAAP, in addition to his committed participation in the GASB task force advising the updating of the existing concepts on note disclosures, makes him a valuable addition to the Advisory Council,” Ms. Casey added.
 
Mr. Hamilton has served the state of Oregon since 2012, advancing from senior accounting analyst to his current role. He is responsible for issuing the state’s audited annual financial report, maintaining the state’s accounting manual, overseeing the statewide accounts receivable management team, providing statewide direction on appropriate accounting practices, and leading statewide implementation of GAAP changes, among other duties.

He holds a bachelor of arts in accounting from the University of Oregon and is a certified public accountant. Mr. Hamilton is actively involved with the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC), including as a member of its Executive Committee and NASACT.