Research Committee

The objective of the research committee is to foster research among the SET membership and help facilitate the results of the research to the membership. An important aspect of this is in the solicitation and review of papers for the annual meeting. The committee is responsible for the review of the manuscripts and the subsequent recommendation for presentation at the annual meeting.

The Chair of the research committee serves as Program Liaison for the Annual AAA Meeting and attends the meeting for all section liaisons held during the annual meeting. The role of the liaison to the annual meeting is critical for the section; the liaison helps ensure that the section is able to obtain adequate sessions for paper presentations and panels.

Current members of this committee

Chair: Chair & 2018 Annual Meeting Coordinator: Daniel O'Leary
University of Southern California

William McCarthy
Michigan State University

Stewart Leecn
University of Melbourne

Kevin Moffitt
Rutgers University


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President's Letter

Andrew McLelland

Dear fellow GNP colleagues,

It is an honor for me to serve as the 2015-2016 President of the Government and Nonprofit (GNP) Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA). Seventeen years ago, I presented my first governmental research paper at the annual meeting in New Orleans. I was a really nervous Texas A&M University Ph.D. student, and the members all made me feel welcome.

They also provided valuable feedback on the paper and encouraged me to get involved with the section. When I attend conferences today, I still feel this way. Not only do we have the friendliest section in the AAA, I feel it is the most important area of accounting research. I believe we have the greatest ability to influence governmental and nonprofit practices with our collective research and expertise.

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Midyear Meeting

2017 Government and Nonprofit Section Midyear Meeting

Please mark your calendar!

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Government and Nonprofit Section Midyear Meeting will be held in Long Beach, California at The Westin Long Beach on March 10-11, 2017.

GASB Gil Crain Grant

GASB Gil Crain Memorial Research Grant

Since its formation in 1984, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has encouraged academics and other researchers to conduct studies that would be relevant to the GASB’s standards-setting activities. Over the past 30 years, such research efforts have resulted in publishing their research in research briefs, journal articles, and occasionally in GASB research reports.

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Standard Setting

Standard Setting Activities