Media Advisory 08/18/20

FAF Reappoints Robert Scott and Alan Skelton to Leadership Roles on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council

Norwalk, CT—August 18, 2020—The Board of Trustees of the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) today announced the reappointment of Robert Scott and Alan Skelton as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC).  The reappointments are for a one-year term beginning on January 1, 2021.

The GASAC is responsible for advising the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on technical issues, project priorities, and other matters that affect standard 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 for their professional expertise and the depth and breadth of experience they bring to the Council.

The GASB is the independent, private-sector organization that sets accounting standards for state and local governments in the United States. The FAF oversees the activities of the GASB and its sister accounting standard setter, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

“We are very pleased that Robert and Alan have agreed to continue their strong leadership of the GASAC for another year,” said Kathleen Casey, chair of the FAF Board of Trustees. “They combine strategic insight with on-the-ground perspective about accounting issues facing state and local governments, and they have proven to be capable leaders and advisors to the GASB.”

Mr. Scott has been the Director of Finance and Administration for the city of Brookfield, Wisconsin since 1999.  Prior to joining the city of Brookfield, he served in similar financial management positions for Milwaukee Area Technical College and the cities of Franklin and Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  Before entering the public sector, he was employed as an audit manager with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. He joined the GASAC in 2011 as a representative of the Government Finance Officers Association and has served as chair since 2015.

Mr. Skelton serves as the State Accounting Officer for the state of Georgia and was initially appointed to the position by Governor Nathan Deal in July 2012. He was reappointed by Governor Brian Kemp in January 2019. He provides accounting leadership for the state of Georgia, which includes oversight of statewide financial reporting, issuing accounting policy and interpretation of GAAP standards, and the implementation of business process improvements. Before his current appointment, he was Deputy State Accounting Officer for three years and had more than a decade of experience in public accounting roles.