OSA Director of Special Projects Samantha Atkinson Honored as Top State Employee

JACKSON, Miss. – Samantha “Sam” Atkinson from the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor (OSA) was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in State Government Award on Thursday, August 3. Former State Auditor and current Governor Phil Bryant presented the award at a ceremony in his office.

A resident of Brandon, Mississippi, Atkinson joined the Office of the State Auditor in July 2004 as Director of the Performance Audit Division. As Director of Performance Audit, she has overseen recent projects focusing on MAEP calculations, Economic Development Bonding to create feedback for MDA initiatives, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus audits, and has identified more than $100 million in cost savings. Recently, she has transitioned into Director of Special Projects and Audit Response, where she will be a part of a team committed to reducing Medicaid fraud throughout the State.

“Sam has been an integral part of our office since before I was elected in 2008,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “She has made a tremendous impact in the OSA to the benefit of all Mississippians, and I am grateful to have her in our office. This award is certainly a well-deserved testament to her dedication to the helping Mississippi.”

The Mississippi Excellence in Government Awards program was established by the Mississippi State Personnel Board at the direction of the Mississippi Legislature in 2012. It awards the top State employee and is presented annually by the Governor.