Robert L. Bunting, former AICPA chairman, and David M. Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, are the 2009 recipients of the Institute’s Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service.
The medal is the highest award granted by the AICPA.
Bunting served as the 2004–2005 chair of the Institute’s board of directors and is president of the International Federation of Accountants.
He has been a member of the AICPA’s governing Council and many of its committees, including the Audit, Finance, Compensation, Nominations and Management of an Accounting Practice committees. He has also served as chairman of the Board of Examiners, Assurance Services Executive Committee and as a member of the Special Committee on Standards of Professional Conduct for CPAs.
From 1982 to 2004, Bunting was president and chairman of Moss Adams LLP in Seattle and is a past president of the Washington Association of CPAs and a current member of the boards of the Catherine Wilkins Foundation, United Way and Historic Seattle.
Walker served as U.S. comptroller general, which heads the Government Accountability Office, from 1998 to 2008. In this position, he was an outspoken, nonpartisan advocate for addressing the major fiscal challenges facing the country.
Today, Walker serves as president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. He also serves as chairman of the United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee and is on the boards of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Partnership for Public Service.
Walker is also a central figure in the feature documentary, “I.O.U.S.A.,” a nonpartisan account of his national “Fiscal Wake- Up Tour” to alert the country about its looming fiscal crisis.