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Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Quarterly
Annually, ALGA and the Publications Committee coordinate the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Quarterly. Award winners are selected from among the previous year's contributors to the Local Government Auditing Quarterly via a two-part article selection and scoring process.

Award Purpose and Presentation
The purpose of the Award is to recognize an article published in the Local Government Auditing Quarterly that makes a noteworthy contribution to the field of auditing. It recognizes articles that educate fellow auditors on new and innovative audit practices and techniques, share experiences and lessons learned, and provide insight into the field of auditing with clarity and eloquence.

The Award for Outstanding Contribution is presented at the ALGA conference by the Publications Committee Chair and the Quarterly Editor. In addition, the author and the winning article are featured in the awards announcement email.


Announcing the 2016 Award Winners!

The ALGA Publications Committee is pleased to announce that Mr. Colin Stuart-Morse of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General is the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to the Local Government Auditing Quarterly. His article “An Audit of Water Service Accounts in Chicago: Divining Findings in Unexpected Places,” published in the Spring 2016—Auditing Utilities issue, thoroughly explains how alternative audit methods were developed when records and operational reality were not as expected. 

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This article was chosen from many exceptional articles submitted for publication in 2016. It was selected by the judges due to the usefulness and applicability of the information to anyone who carefully plans fieldwork, but encounters unanticipated situations along the way. The judges specifically noted,
“Written in a storytelling manner, this article provided a thoughtful, well-explained approach to audit methods.” “This article was clear, concise and highlights the importance of ‘out-of-the box’ approaches to auditing.” “Relevant to cities that have decades of infrastructure.”

ALGA would also like to recognize Ms. Kelly Crosby, formerly of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, with an Honorable Mention for her article “Transitioning from a Non-Audit to an Audit: Campus Policy.” This article, published in the
Summer 2016—Auditing Education issue, was noted as providing an excellent example of how a non-audit service can be transitioned into an audit.

The award winners will be recognized at the ALGA Annual Conference in Atlanta on May 22, 2017. Thank you to the volunteer judges for your support; this program would not be possible without the commitment of ALGA’s member organizations!


Previous Award Winners

Minh Dan Vuong: City of San Jose, CA
Put Pavement on the Map: Engaging Visual Aids 

Chelsea Lei: King County, WA
Why Become a Performance Auditor: Recruitment from the Perspective of a First-Year Auditor

Rebecca Takahashi: City of Austin, TX

From Zero to 90: Auditing the City of Austin's Efforts to Measure and Achieve Zero Waste

Kymber Waltmunson and Ben Thompson: King County, WA

Traditional Audit Planning vs. Scrum

All ALGA members who submitted an article for publication in the Local Government Auditing Quarterly, excluding Publications Committee members, are eligible to receive the Outstanding Contribution Award annually. Winners are ineligible for the following year’s consideration.

Articles need not be submitted or nominated by an individual author or an audit organization to be considered for the Award. The Publications Chair and Quarterly Editor nominate a group of articles for review and selection by an independent panel of Award judges.

Evaluation Criteria
The evaluation criteria are comprised of four scoring categories:
  1. Significance of the article's contribution to the field. (Content)
  2. Substantive importance and methodological rigor - significance of the topic and elegance and thoroughness of the methods presented (Effectiveness)
  3. Substantive and/or methodological innovativeness - the degree to which the article breaks new ground. (Uniqueness)
  4. Style of communication and clarity of conveying information (Organization and Prose)

Become a Judge
to serve as a judge.

Email the Publications Committee Chair for more information.