Jeanette M. Franzel

Jeanette M. Franzel
Board Member
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board


Jeanette M. Franzel was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in February 2012.

Prior to joining the Board, Ms. Franzel served 22 years at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), ending her tenure as a Managing Director overseeing financial management and auditing issues across the federal government.  During a decade in GAO's Senior Executive Service, she supervised audits for large, complex agencies with hundreds of billions of dollars as well as for small programs with limited resources.  From 2008 through 2011, Ms. Franzel's team performed oversight of the U.S. government's efforts to help stabilize the financial markets and promote economic recovery..

From 2003 to 2012, Ms. Franzel oversaw the periodic updating and issuing of GAO's Government Auditing Standards ("The Yellow Book") which is used throughout the world.  She also provided extensive policy and technical support to the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions which develops auditing standards for national audit offices around the world.

In 2011, Ms. Franzel was the recipient of GAO's Distinguished Service Award and the AICPA's Outstanding CPA in Government Award.  In 2010, she received the International Achievement Award from the Association of Government Accountants.

Earlier, Ms. Franzel worked for three years at a small CPA firm.  Prior to her career in accounting and auditing, Ms. Franzel taught elementary school and high school in South America.

Ms. Franzel has a B.A. in Accounting and Spanish from the College of St. Teresa as well as an MBA from George Mason University.  She also completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University.  Ms. Franzel is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor, a certified management accountant, and a certified government financial manager.

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