APPAM approved this award in 1997 when the Policy Council adopted a policy for the creation of awards in recognition or memory of a specific person. That policy states that the association will not use operating funds to support honoraria for such awards. Accordingly, this award does not offer an honorarium. This is the only award offered through APPAM that also is offered by other associations in the public policy and management field.
The Steve Gold Award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance. The award is given annually by APPAM, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the National Tax Association, in memory of Steve Gold, an active member of all three organizations whose career and life tragically were shortened by illness.
Nominations are welcomed from any institution. Winners receive a plaque and recognition at the annual conference of the specific organization that chairs the selection committee.
The sponsoring organizations rotate in chairing the selection committee. The National Conference of State Legislatures will convene the selection committee for the 2016 award. The selection committee may decide not to make an award in any particular year.
2014: Ronald C. Fisher, Michigan State University
2013: Stephen Klein, Vermont Joint Fiscal Office
2012: David Sjoquist of Georgia State University
2011: Andrew Reschovsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, La Follette School of Public Affairs
2010: Gary Olson, Director of the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency
2009: George Zodrow, Rice University
2008: Elizabeth Hill, California Legislative Analysts Office
2007: Robert Lang, Director of the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau
2006: Gary Cornia, Brigham Young University
2005: Robert Strauss, Carnegie Mellon University
2004: David Crotts, Chief Economist, State of North Carolina Legislature
2003: William Fox, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
2002: Helen Ladd, Duke University
2001: Robert Keaton, Chief Budget Analyst and Director of the State Senate Fiscal Office, State of Louisiana
2000: Robert Ebel, World Bank Institute
1999: Robert Greenstein and Iris Lav, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
1998: Victor Vernon, Chief Legislative Fiscal Officer, State of Alabama
1997: John Shannon, The Urban Institute
Nominations are welcomed from any institution.