AGA National Awards

PDT Awards of Distinction

AGA’s Professional Development Training (PDT) awards, annually recognize individuals for their contributions to AGA and the government financial management community.  Congratulations to the 2021 PDT award recipients!

Note: 2022 award submissions are now closed.              

  • One boxed medallion award is presented.
  • Recognizes superior service that enhanced AGA's national prestige and stature.
  • All AGA members are eligible, except for individuals serving on the National Governing Board or employees of AGA at the time the award is present.  
  • Robert W. King Memorial Award Form
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes government employees who have demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership and notable contributions to financial management; and encouraged increased interest, growth, development, and distinctive leadership in the field of financial management.
  • Nominees must have been employed in government service at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.
  • Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award Form
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes an AGA member or an organization that has, over a sustained period, made major contributions to advancing government accountability at the local, state, and/or federal level.
  • Nominees must have a record of active participation in AGA activities and/or programs at the chapter and national level to be considered for this award.
  • Einhorn - Gary Award Form
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes leadership or outstanding achievement in developing, implementing, and improving financial management in government service in the past year.
  • Nominees must have been employed in government service at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.
  • Achievement of the Year Award Form
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the education and training of government financial managers.
  • Nominees do not have to be government employees or AGA members.
  • Educator Award Form
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes leadership or outstanding achievement in international government financial management.
  • Nominees must have been employed in government service at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.
  • International Achievement Award Form
  • One crystal award and $1,000 check are presented.
  • Recognizes individuals who throughout their careers (minimum of 15 years) have made continuous contributions to governmental financial management by their direct participation in research activities and/or through their encouragement and support of others engaged in government financial management research.
  • The nominated researcher(s), through their individual efforts, enhanced the image and effectiveness of government accountants, auditors, and financial managers by their efforts in one or more of the following areas:
    • Basic Research—The gathering of information on a systemic basis for a fuller knowledge or understanding of governmental financial management, thereby contributing to the improvement of government management policies, procedures, and practices.
    • Applied Research—The application of knowledge leading to the development of new methods and techniques for governmental financial management, thereby contributing to the improvement of the image, operations, control, and accountability of government.
    • Education—Basic and applied research relating to the education of government accountants and financial managers, thereby enhancing their technical and operational capabilities. 
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • Cornelius E. Tierney/ EY Research Award Form
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes outstanding reporting by a government in the past year through the generation of a report, website, dashboard, or information display, etc. for the public and/or government officials.
  • Reports/Communications/Information Displays/Websites/Presentations produced by the local, state, or federal government units may be nominated to highlight great examples of transparency.
  • Successful entries will communicate large quantities of financial information, provide access to information, and achieve a better understanding of the government’s financial results, positions, service efforts, accomplishments, or subsequent decisions; communications in which information is simply available to the largest possible audience, is quickly and easily comprehensible, is presented in a manner that facilitates understanding, and has been read, used, and or acted on will be recognized.
  • Your nomination must include a pdf of or link to the information display being submitted.
  • Relmond P. Van Daniker Government Transparency Award Form
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes younger government financial managers for notable contributions towards excellence in financial management, with the desire that the recognition will encourage others to achieve early in their professional lives.
  • Nominees must have 5–10 years of experience within the government financial management industry.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.
  • Nominees cannot receive this award more than once.
  • Emerging Leader Award of Excellence Form

Nomination Information

  • Nominate online by Dec. 4, 2019.
  • AGA chapters, individuals or government units may make nominations. An AGA chapter may only nominate one individual for each award.
  • If you are making the nomination on behalf of a chapter, you must be authorized to do so as a representative of the chapter. Chapters may contact awards@agacgfm.org for examples of successful chapter PDT award entries. 
  • All applicants will be notified of the National Awards Committee’s decision approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline. 

National Leadership Awards

These awards, presented annually at AGA’s National Leadership Training (NLT), primarily recognize individuals for their contribution to the government financial management profession. Note: 2022 award submissions are now closed. 

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Honors federal professionals who exemplify and promote excellence in government financial management, outstanding leadership, high ethical standards, and innovative management procedures.
  • Recognizes cumulative achievements of individuals who throughout their career have served as a role model for others and who have consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards.
  • Nominees must have been employed by the federal government at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • A maximum of two crystal awards are presented.
  • Honors elected or presidentially-appointed federal officials who exemplify and promote excellence in government management and have demonstrated exceptional leadership in enhancing sound financial management legislation, regulations, practices, policies and systems.
  • Recognizes individuals in either the legislative or executive branch who have made outstanding contributions to enhancing government financial management.
  • Nominees must have served in an elected federal position (e.g., Senator or Representative), or as a Presidential appointee at the time the contribution being recognized was made.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Honors state, local or tribal government professionals who exemplify and promote excellence in government financial management, outstanding leadership, high ethical standards and innovative management procedures.
  • Recognizes cumulative achievements of individuals who throughout their public career have served as a role model for others and have consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards.
  • Nominees must have been employed by the government at the time the work being recognized was perform.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • A maximum of two crystal awards are presented.
  • Honors state government professionals who exemplify and promote excellence in government financial management and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in enhancing sound financial management legislation, regulations, practices, policies and systems.
  • Recognizes exceptional leadership that led to improved financial management practices, policies, systems or operations and individuals that have consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards.
  • Nominees must have served in a state government position at the time of the recognized contribution.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • A maximum of two crystal awards are presented.
  • Honors local government professionals who exemplify and promote excellence in government financial management and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in enhancing sound financial management legislation, regulations, practices, policies and systems.
  • Recognizes exceptional leadership that led to improved financial management practices, policies, systems or operations and individuals that have consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards.
  • Nominees must have served in a local government position at the time of the recognized contribution.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Honors financial executives in the private sector who exemplify and promote excellence in the federal government, outstanding leadership, high ethical standards, and innovative management techniques.
  • Recognizes cumulative achievements of individuals who throughout their career have served as a role model for others and who have consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards.
  • Nominees must have been employed in the private sector at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Honors financial executives in the private sector who exemplify and promote excellence in state or local government financial management, outstanding leadership, high ethical standards and innovative management techniques.
  • Recognizes cumulative achievements of individuals who throughout their career have served as a role model for others and who have consistently exhibited personal and professional standards.
  • Nominees must have been employed in the private sector at the time of the recognized contribution.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.
  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Presented to a public sector leader who has demonstrated excellence and results in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in their organization and/or has made a significant impact across a greater public sector population.
  • The award is open to current and former employees in federal, state, local, and tribal governments and academia and is intended to recognize premier leadership efforts in D, E, I & A.
  • Nominees must have been employed in government service at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.

Other National and Local Awards

In addition to the awards already described, AGA has other national awards presented by committees other than the National Awards Committee. For general information purposes, a brief description of these awards follows.

AGA’s National President presents an annual Volunteer of the Year Award to one member from each chapter, recognizing significant service to a chapter. Nominations are due by May 31. 

AGA's National President presents special awards to recognize individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of its programs during that President's term. The National President is responsible for identifying and selecting those individuals so honored.

AGA sponsors an Author Award in recognition of the article in AGA's flagship publication, the Journal of Government Financial Management, that makes the most significant contribution to the literature of the profession during the preceding program year. Award winners are selected by the Journal Editorial Board. Details on eligibility and selection criteria are available via email at journal@agacgfm.org.
 

The Achievements in Chapter Excellence (ACE) Awards Program recognizes individual chapter performance and provides a standard by which each AGA chapter maintains a well-rounded operation for the professional growth of its members. Details about this program are contained in the AGA publication titled, Achievements in Chapter Excellence (ACE) Awards Support. Find out more at chapters@agacgfm.org.

Each year the National Office develops a membership recruitment campaign to encourage chapters and members to recruit and retain a diverse membership. The staff establishes membership goals for each chapter in the areas of overall growth, new member acquisition and retention. Those chapters that meet or exceed their goals are recognized at the end of the program year at the annual Professional Development Training (PDT). Top honors are also bestowed upon individuals who recruit them most new members. Other incentives, such as conference registrations and merchandise, are awarded to individual members who participate in the membership program.