David Hahn, a senior financial management analyst in the state's Division of Financial Management, has been awarded the George A. Bell Award from the National Association of State Budget Officers for “outstanding contributions and service to public budgeting and management in state government.” The award, which has been given annually since 1978, has only once before gone to an Idaho analyst, when it went to Larry Schlicht in 2005, marking his 32 years of work on state executive budget materials, issues and policies. Hahn is the DFM's budget team leader and handles budgets for constitutional officers, the Tax Commission, the legislative branch, the military division and more; he's also led DFM efforts to implement zero-based budgeting.
Since Schlicht's award in 2005, the winners of the national award have come from Alabama, California, Kentucky and Maryland.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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