State Auditors Meet in Beaver Creek for 38th Annual Conference
Communications, HR & Pension Auditing Top Agenda
Section: NSAA

NSAA 2017

The 2017 NSAA Annual Conference will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will be hosted by new NSAA President Steve Eells, state auditor of New Jersey. The dates and conference hotel will be confirmed and announced soon.
NSAA President Dianne Ray recently welcomed state auditors to Colorado for the thirty-eighth annual conference of the National State Auditors Association. The conference was held June 14-16 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and featured a record attendance of nearly 150, including 37 principal state auditors and representation from 43 member offices. The conference was preceded on June 13 by a day of meetings of NSAA’s committees. 

Technical Agenda & Other Activities
The conference featured two roundtable sessions and several general sessions covering a diverse range of topics. PowerPoint presentations and speaker bios from the conference are available at

Awards & Resolutions
An awards lunch was held on Wednesday, June 15. President Ray announced the winner of the 2016 NSAA William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award: Elaine Howle, state auditor of California.

Greg Hook, deputy legislative auditor of Maryland and chairman of NSAA’s Excellence in Accountability Awards Committee, announced this year’s Excellence in Accountability Awards. Receiving those awards were:
Several resolutions were approved by members at the annual June business meeting:
  • Thanking President Ray for her service.
  • Wishing Bob Peterson, state auditor of North Dakota, well upon his retirement.
  • Wishing Tori Hunthausen, Legislative Auditor of Montana, well upon her retirement.
  • Wishing Robert Ward, state auditor of Connecticut, well upon his retirement.
  • Wishing Gary Blackmer, previous director of Oregon’s Division of audits, well upon his retirement.

NSAA wishes to thank all those who helped with the conference, especially Dianne Ray and staff from her office. Active involvement by the state audit community is the reason for that: thanks to all who participated and attended. 

Last but not least, thanks to this year’s conference sponsors: ACL, Arbutus Software, Bronner Group, CliftonLarsonAllen, Eide Bailly, Governing Magazine and TeamMate.