Association of Government Accountants honors agency reporting


Twenty agencies big and small were recently noted for top-notch financial and performance reporting by the Association of Government Accountants.

The “Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting” (CEAR)  singles out “high-quality Performance and Accountability Reports (PARs) and Annual Financial Reports (AFRs) that effectively illustrate and assess financial and program performance, accomplishments and challenges, cost and accountability,” the accountants association said in a news release. The association also spotlights the teams of dedicated federal professionals who (often unsung) put the reports together.

“Given the fiscal status of the United States government and the public’s perceptions about government fiscal accountability and transparency, the achievement of this year’s CEAR recipients is even more significant,” AGA Executive Director Relmond Van Daniker said in the release. The agencies being honored “truly represent a select group within the government financial management community.”

Here’s a rundown of the winners:

Architect of the Capitol

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Federal Trade Commission


Office of Financial Stability (Treasury Department)

Peace Corps

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Education Department

Housing and Urban Development Department

Interior Department

Labor Department

State Department

Treasury Department

Government Accountability Office

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Patent and Trademark Office

Securities and Exchange Commission

Small Business Administration

Social Security Administration

Also honored at the May 22 National Press Club ceremony were 10 agencies that showed “specific points of excellence” within their fiscal year 2012 PARs. Known as ‘Best in Class’ awards, the recipients included:

Health and Human Services Department: Best Summary of Management and Performance Challenges by the Inspector General

Labor Department: Most Complete Schedule of Spending

Peace Corps: Most Comprehensive and Candid Presentation of Forward-Looking Information

FTC: Best Agency Head Message

HUD: Best Presentation of a Financial Management Systems Framework

Interior: Best High-Level Discussion of Performance

Capitol Architect: Best Analysis of an Agency’s Financial Statements

FAA: Most Representative of Editorial Excellence

Department of Homeland Security: Best Improper Payment and Recovery Act Reporting

Central Intelligence Agency: Best Introduction


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