The National Nominating Committee has chosen Richard V. Norment, CGFM, a member of the Nashville Chapter, as its candidate for President-Elect. Norment, who is assistant to the comptroller of the treasury and director of county audit for the State of Tennessee, would take office on July 1, 2001. The nominee for Treasurer-Elect is Eva J. Williams, CGFM, a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. Williams is a program manager at the Internal Revenue Service.
AGA is seeking applications from agencies wishing to showcase their Best Practices at the PDC in San Francisco.
AGA plans to cosponsor a nationwide satellite teleconference with the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. The teleconference will cover the implementation of GASB’s new reporting model for state and local governments.
A new newsletter, Certified Government Financial Manager TOPICS, debuts as an insert to the main TOPICS newsletter, with profiles on successful CGFMs and other items of interest to the CGFM community. The newsletter will eventually be moved to the website.
Thirty-eight chapters have signed on to host the nationwide GASB Statement 34 Implementation Seminar.
AGA members can now receive their monthly newsletter TOPICS through the website, rather than waiting to receive it by mail.
Disabled AGA member reports that the CPE Online program, which offers quizzes based on the content of The Government Accountants Journal, is helping him to meet the CPE requirement for his CGFM designation.
The NEC has appointed a Regional Governance Task Force to pick up where the last Governance Task Force left off—with a study of national committees and Regional Vice President responsibilities.
AGA welcomes the Northern Mariana Islands Chapter.
AGA plans to cap 50 years of advancing government accountability with a weekend of events in September. They include a luncheon hosted by the Washington, D.C. Chapter, a symposium at the Library of Congress and a gala dinner dance.
The Academy for Government Accountability takes a bold step by moving one of the Government Financial Management Courses to the Internet.
The recent GASB telecast trains 5,500 state and local government financial managers on the far-reaching changes required by GASB’s Statement 34.
AGA closes the books on fiscal year 1999–2000, the first year that the Association’s finances reflect the use of improved cost accounting techniques intended to record the full cost of major programs.
Rutgers University is now requiring students in its governmental accounting graduate degree program to take the CGFM Exams.
AGA’s 49th Annual PDC in San Francisco is judged, “Simply the Best,” as the Association continues its 50th Anniversary celebration. A high point was the awarding of the Robert W. King Award to charter member and Past National President Raymond Einhorn.
It was the perfect ending to a perfect year. AGA’s 50th Anniversary came to a gala close on Sept. 14–16 in Washington, D.C., where the Association was founded on Sept. 14, 1950. Members came from far and wide to help celebrate the ending of a remarkable year, filled with unforgettable moments. It all began last year in New Orleans with the unveiling of the 50th Anniversary logo, continued with a National Community Service Day in September of 1999 and at PDC2000 in San Francisco this summer. The grand finale weekend had been in the planning for more than two years.
The Association’s new corporate identity and logo were unveiled at the PDC.
Past National President Arthur Litke, who served in 1972-1973, has died.
CGFM TOPICS, issued twice this year as an insert in Government Financial Management TOPICS, has been launched as an electronic newsletter for the first time. The July newsletter was sent as an e-mail attachment to nearly 4,000 professionals, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) has announced that Frank W. Sullivan, CGFM, and N. Anthony Calhoun, CGFM, have received Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Awards for distinguished leadership in financial management improvement in the public sector. Sullivan is deputy assistant secretary for finance at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Calhoun is deputy executive director and chief financial officer of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
The first audit to determine compliance with the CGFM Program’s continuing professional education (CPE) requirement has been completed. CGFMs are required to earn 80 CPE hours every two years. AGA is pleased to report that the vast majority of those CGFMs audited have complied with the CPE requirement.
In a move intended to continue the growth of the CGFM Program, the National Executive Committee (NEC) authorized two new staff positions. The NEC, accepting a recommendation from the Association’s Professional Certification Board, approved the creation of a deputy executive director of professional certification position as well as a professional certification administrative assistant position.
Congress recently changed the GI Bill so that the benefits can be used to pay for a veteran’s civilian occupational licensing or certification examination. The move is considered a victory by AGA, which has been pushing for the change as part of the Coalition for Professional Certification. AGA believes certification, such as through the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Program, can help ease the transition of the military veteran into the private work force.
The National Science Foundation and the Social Security Administration were honored with AGA Certificates of Excellence in Accountability Reporting at an Oct. 17 awards ceremony at the Library of Congress.
Frederick Neuman, 87, AGA National President in 1980-1981, died of leukemia on Oct. 5. He was the director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency from 1976 until his retirement in 1981 and Special Consultant to KPMG for more than 15 years.
William J. Anderson Jr., CGFM, a past president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter, has been chosen by the National Nominating Committee as AGA’s next National President-Elect. Richard O. Bunce Jr., CGFM, a past president of AGA’s Richmond Chapter, has been chosen as the next Treasurer-Elect.
AGA has entered into an official partnership with the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) to help advance the common interests of both Associations. AGA will benefit significantly through this formal link to the state government financial management community.
Over the past few years, the AGA National Office staff has taken a number of strides to improve its communication with the AGA membership around the world. As is the case in all business communication, e-mail in particular has revolutionized our ability to break down barriers and get the word out as quickly as possible.
AGA’s flagship publication will begin its 50th volume year with a new name—The Journal of Government Financial Management. The National Executive Committee (NEC) voted in December to accept the recommendation from the Journal Editorial Board that The Government Accountants Journal’s name be changed to more accurately reflect the publication’s coverage of the entire profession.
AGA’s Financial Management Standards Board has expressed its support of a revised audit and accounting guide to aid state and local governments in making financial reporting changes required by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).
After an illustrious career in federal service spent ferreting out fraud, waste and abuse, June Gibbs Brown, CGFM, has retired from the federal government. Brown, who served as the 1985-1986 AGA National President, was most recently the inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Her retirement ceremony in January was attended by more than 250 people, including the now-former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala.
Bob Holden, a member of AGA’s Mid-Missouri Chapter, was sworn in as his state’s Governor on Jan. 8. The Holden Plan, the platform upon which he was elected, included the planks for improvements in education, health care, crime, environmental protection and transportation.
Eleanor M. Clark, CGFM, the first woman to hold AGA’s highest elected office of National President, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Virginia. A member of AGA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, she was a member for more than 30 years.
The Spring issue of The Journal marks a turning point for AGA’s flagship publication. The Journal began Volume 50 with a new name—Journal of Government Financial Management—and a new online offering. With this quarter’s issue, we instituted The Journal Online, to be located in the Members Only section of AGA’s website.
NEC approves charters of Roanoke, Tallahassee and Central Indiana Chapters.
AGA forges strategic partnership with the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC), in which the state comptrollers endorse the CGFM as a professional designation for government financial managers working in the state comptroller community. This agreement follows an earlier pact with the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers.
Chartering ceremonies were held in May for AGA’s newest chapter in Roanoke, VA. The Roanoke Chapter is the fourth AGA chapter in the Commonwealth of Virginia and was founded with the assistance of several members from the Richmond Chapter.
Small in size—at about 150 members—but strong in influence, the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) has joined AGA in a formal partnership that is expected to help the state financial management community through improved access to educational events.
AGA’s 50th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition was one of the most successful ever, bringing together more than 1,200 professionals who learned from the top financial managers in government while networking with their peers and enjoying historic Boston over the Fourth of July holiday.
We regret to report that three AGA members were on the list of casualties in the September 11 attack on the Pentagon. The three were members of the Northern Virginia Chapter. Killed were U.S. Department of Defense employee Patricia E. (Patty) Mickley, CGFM, 41, of Springfield, VA; U.S. Department of the Army employees Diana B. Padro, 55, of Woodbridge, VA; and Janice M. Scott, 46, of Springfield, VA.
The North Central Region’s first regionally linked website is off to a robust start. Designed and maintained by two-time national champion Mary Hudson, CGFM, who works for CALIBRE Systems, Inc., it notched more than 600 hits in its first three weeks.
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, will speak at AGA’s 13th Annual Federal Leadership Conference on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Past Dallas Chapter President Jack Carrington Jr. died on July 19, 2001 following a long illness. He was 57. Carrington was Dallas Chapter President in 1988–1989.
With local, regional, national and international flavors, together with well-rounded excellence in all areas, the 11thBiennial Pacific Emerging Issues Conference and related activities rose to exciting new levels under the leadership and management of new conference chair, Chase Masuda, CGFM.
AGA is pleased to introduce and welcome its new Corporate Partners. These prestigious companies have chosen to support AGA’s continued growth by becoming Charter Corporate Partner members: Accenture, AMS, CACI International Inc., Influatec, Logistics Management Institute, Optimum Management Systems LLC and SAP.
The National Nominating Committee has chosen Jullin Renthrope, CGFM, as AGA’s next National President-Elect. Evelyn A. Brown, CGFM, a past president of AGA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, has been chosen as the next National Treasurer-Elect.
AGA recently honored five federal agencies with the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting. One hundred people were on hand Nov. 14 at a Library of Congress ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of the National Science Foundation, Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Labor.
The PDC Technical Committee, chaired by John E. “Jack” Carson, CGFM, has announced several confirmed keynote speakers for AGA’s 51st Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition. Keynoters include Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker; Office of Personnel Management Director Kay Coles James; Dr. Alan R. Zimmerman, CSP, professional motivational/leadership speaker; Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Sean O’Keefe (tapped to be NASA administrator) and Indiana State Auditor Connie Kay Nass.
President Bush’s Budget Director Mitch Daniels used his speech at AGA’s 13th Annual Federal Leadership Conference to announce a major restructuring in the federal budget, which focuses on “how well” rather than “how much.”
President Bush has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to permit government agencies to “use appropriated funds or funds otherwise available to the agency to pay for expenses for employees to obtain professional credentials, including expenses for . . . professional certification and examinations to obtain such credentials.”
As cooperation between federal, state and local governments becomes more and more essential, intergovernmental collaboration will continue to evolve. With that in mind, AGA’s National Executive Committee has decided to consolidate the State and Local Government Leadership Conference and the Federal Leadership Conference into one National Leadership Conference, to be held in February of each year in Washington, D.C.
The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) has announced that AGA members Larry J. Eisenhart, CGFM, deputy chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of State, and Ohio Auditor of State James M. Petro, a member of AGA’s Central Ohio Central, are this year’s recipients of the Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Awards for distinguished leadership in financial management in the public sector.
At its March meeting, AGA’s National Executive Committee (NEC) approved a $3.2 million operating budget for the 2003 fiscal year (April 1, 2002 – March 31,2003).
In 2002, AGA is all about getting back to basics—enhancing our education program, promoting the CGFM Program, expanding our membership to encompass all government accountability professionals and enhancing member services.
AGA’s Immediate Past National President Richard V. Norment, CGFM, CIA, has set a goal of $30,000 for the AGA Relief Effort. As the fund-raising effort on behalf of the three AGA families affected by the September 11th Pentagon attack comes to a close, we will spend these final weeks focused on that goal.
AGA is proud to announce the recipients of the 2002 Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting. Eight agencies, more than any other year since the program’s inception, have been recognized for outstanding fiscal year 2001 Accountability Reports and Performance and Accountability Reports.
Using common themes such as enhancing security, improving accountability and navigating change, speakers at AGA’s 51st Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition spent three and a half days giving more than 1,300 attendees the tools they need to continue “Transforming the Government Enterprise.”
In an effort to reduce expenses and take full advantage of available technology, AGA’s National Executive Committee voted in September to cease the printed version of TOPICS after the March 2003 issue.
More than 125 AGA members, government officials and colleagues attended a standing-room-only awards ceremony on Sept. 17, 2002 at the Library of Congress to acknowledge the outstanding Accountability Reports or Performance and Accountability Reports of eight federal agencies: the Departments of Energy, Interior, Labor and State; the General Accounting Office, National Science Foundation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Social Security Administration.
Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker and a host of other high-level state and federal officials have signed on to speak at AGA’s First National Leadership Conference.
AGA’S Denver Chapter kicked off its 50th Anniversary year with a bang on Thursday Oct. 24. The Denver Chapter was the first chapter ever chartered by AGA, then known as FGAA, the Federal Government Accountants Association.
The National Nominating Committee has chosen Bobby A. Derrick, CGFM, to serve as the candidate for AGA’s next National President-Elect. Jeanne B. Erwin, CPA, has been selected to serve as the Nominating Committee’s candidate for National Treasurer-Elect.
Themes for each day of the 2003 Professional Development Conference & Exposition have been set: Defining the Business Challenges, Meeting the Business Challenges and Becoming more Citizen-Centric.
AGA’s National Board of Directors has supported the National Executive Committee’s recommendations and approved a new dues structure. Dues increases will be incorporated into the 2003–2004 renewal packages and will take effect April 1, 2003.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recently approved AGA’s funding to launch a Certificate of Excellence in Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting Program. This important initiative is aimed at encouraging state and local governments to prepare and issue high-quality Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reports.
Let’s give “three cheers and three cheers more … “ to AGA’s Mid-Missouri Chapter leaders for persuading the Missouri State Division of Personnel to recognize the CGFM as equal to a bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience.
This is the last printed issue of AGA’s Government Financial Management TOPICS newsletter. Beginning with next month’s April issue, TOPICS will be delivered to AGA members online through the AGA website.
At its March meeting, AGA’s National Executive Committee (NEC) accepted the retirement plans of Executive Director Charles W. Culkin Jr., CGFM, who plans to move to his Florida home in July.
AGA is committed to getting back to basics this year, and with the results of our membership survey now in, your Association is fine tuning its efforts to meet your needs. The online membership survey, with 47 questions, was conducted late last year to help the National Office better customize AGA services to best meet the needs of the membership. The survey marks the beginning of a quality assurance program for AGA, as the results will be used to determine how AGA spends its resources.
Charles W. Culkin Jr., CGFM, AGA’s longest-serving executive director, will retire on July 11. He and his wife Cindi will be relocating from Virginia to their home in Sarasota, FL. Culkin spent more than six years in the post, during which time he helped to modernize the National Office operations, develop new programs such as the CEAR and SEA certificates and to expand the CGFM Program.
AGA has formed an Executive Director Search Committee to organize the search for an executive director to replace the retiring Charles W. Culkin Jr., CGFM. The committee will review and interview applicants and make a recommendation to the National Executive Committee, which will hire the new executive director.
AGA announces the recipients of the 2003 Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting for outstanding fiscal year 2002 Performance and Accountability Reports (PARs):
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Labor
- Department of State
- General Accounting Office
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Patent and Trademark Office
- Social Security Administration
The CGFM Exam 2 Study Guide can be purchased online on the AGA website after July 7. This guide is the perfect alternative for those of you who were unable to attend the CGFM preparatory classes offered by Management Concepts. And for those of you who found the Course 2 reading list on the AGA website daunting, AGA has produced a study guide that is portable and can be taken anywhere, anytime.
AGA’s National Executive Committee has selected Relmond Van Daniker, DBA, CPA, as its new executive director. Van Daniker replaces Charles W. Culkin Jr., CGFM, AGA’s longest-serving executive director, who retired in July after more than six years in the post. The appointment was approved at the NEC’s July 30 meeting, upon the recommendation of the five-member Executive Director Search Committee. Van Daniker, who has been the executive director of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers since 1985, will relocate from Lexington, KY, and start his new job with AGA on Oct. 1.
AGA is pleased to announce formation of its newest chapter in Albuquerque, NM.
Relmond P. Van Daniker, DBA, CPA, begins as AGA's new executive director.
AGA is pleased to recognize these longstanding AGA members for their years of dedicated service to the Association. All of these individuals have received an exclusive member service lapel pin, inscribed with the number of years they have been AGA members. Their involvement and support has helped shape AGA into the premier organization for accountability professionals that we see today. AGA thanks you for your continued support! 50-Year Members Harold Barton, Montgomery (AL) *Nathan Cutler, CGFM, Space Coast Clarence Jauchem, Washington, D.C. Gilbert Kufahl, San Francisco 45-Year Members Bernard Dembro, Boston George Dimitrakis, Boston Michael Gudis, CGFM, At-Large Herbert Kittrell, CGFM, New Orleans Charles Lowe, Washington, D.C. Francis Lyle, Washington, D.C. Edward Mahoney, Washington, D.C. David Rudolph, CGFM, Baltimore *Frank Sato, At-Large *Susumu Uyeda, CGFM, Washington, D.C. Fred Yamron, Orange County 40-Year Members Paul Caron, At-Large Victor Ell, Los Angeles Arthur Gordon, New York George Holiner, New York Thomas Keating, Philadelphia William Myers, Montgomery/PG County Harry Palmer, New Mexico James Payne, CGFM, San Francisco Alan Strelser, Washington, D.C. J.P. Wilde, Virginia Peninsula Robert Willis, Dallas Herbert Witt, CGFM, San Francisco, John Wrafter, New York Capital
Member Keeps His AGA Membership Through 40 Years of Changes: Robert (Bob) H. Willis has held many professional roles over his long career—federal government auditor, computer program manager, instructor and owner of his own CPA firm, just to name a few—but one thing has stayed the same. He has remained a member of AGA’s Dallas Chapter for 40 years, longer than any other chapter member.
The chapter honored Willis with a Certificate of Appreciation and AGA’s 40-year membership pin in September. “The other 35 people in the room—except for other retirees being honored—were too young to remember me,” he said, laughing.
Willis heard about the Association, then called the Federal Government Accountants Association (FGAA), from his father-in-law, Arthur Nobles, an early FGAA member, who was then the chief of general accounting for the U.S. Postal Service in Dallas, where Willis worked for a few years in the early 1950s. That was just the start of his federal government career.
AGA Mourns Passing of T. Jack Gary Jr., CGFM: AGA is sad to announce the October passing of Charter Member and Past National President T. Jack Gary Jr., CGFM. Gary, who was 92, served from 1952–1953 as the third National President of what was then the Federal Government Accountants Association. “Let me say that this Association has been the most satisfying and rewarding part of my professional career," Gary said in a 2000 interview.
Position Announcement: Association Technical Manager: The Association of Government Accountants is seeking an enthusiastic self-starter to fill its new Technical Manager position. Responsibilities include monitoring, researching and analyzing government financial management issues and developing strategies and position papers for committee review.\
AGA’s National Nominating Committee has chosen Sam M. McCall, CGFM, to serve as the candidate for AGA’s next National President-Elect. Karen J. Holmcrans was selected as the Treasurer-Elect candidate.
Pilot Year for SEA Program Off to Strong Start
The 20 evaluations performed under AGA's Certificate of Excellence in Service Efforts and Accomplishments (SEA) Program are well under way. The first sets of comments will be returned to charter participants in early February and the rest of the evaluations will be returned by late March. A program evaluation summary will be developed and available in late spring, 2004.
AGA Hires Anna D. Gowans Miller, CPA, as Technical Manager: Anna D. Gowans Miller, CPA, has accepted the newly created AGA staff position of technical manager. Having a technical manager on staff will enable AGA to better represent the interests of members in matters regarding government financial management legislation and regulation.
AGA extends its congratulations to Robert H. Attmore, CGFM, a member of the New York Capital Chapter, who was appointed last week as the next GASB chairman, succeeding Tom L. Allen, a member of AGA’s Northern Utah Chapter. Allen, who has served as GASB chairman since 1995, is not eligible for reappointment. Attmore, retired deputy state comptroller, Office of the State Comptroller, State of New York, will begin his term July 1, 2004.
More than 400 people participated in AGA’s Second Annual National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 19 and 20. Many attendees said they were pleased to hear just how much is being done behind the scenes by the first responders in this time of crisis.
April is CGFM Month in Wisconsin: AGA’s Southern Wisconsin Chapter has solicited support for the Association’s CGFM certification from the top officials in state government—Governor James Doyle and Secretary of State Douglas LaFollette. And with no hesitation, the governor’s office issued an official proclamation declaring April Certified Government Financial Manager month in the state of Wisconsin.
Texas State Auditor Announces Resignation: Lawrence F. Alwin, CGFM, CPA, Texas State Auditor and a member of AGA’s Austin Chapter, announced last Thursday that he will resign his position on March 31, after serving in that capacity for 19 years.
David Richard, CIA, has been named the new president of The Institute of Internal Auditors.
Food Stamp recipients in 38 states who have questions about the program get their questions answered by someone in India. JP Morgan Chase & Co., which administers a key part of the Food Stamp program for the states, has outsourced its call center.
Let’s say you’re the controller of a large federal agency, and you get a call from a company that offers financial management services. What’s your first thought? Hank Steininger, CGFM, chair of AGA’s Corporate Partner Advisory Group (CPAG), is well aware that it would be, “What are they trying to sell me now? That’s why it’s so important for industry and government to come together through the CPAG, which offers “neutral ground” for both sides to discuss financial management issues, best practices and solutions, he said. The private and public sectors can learn from each other, especially if the conversations never include a sales pitch from industry, and government leaders know they can speak freely.
AGA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2004 National Awards. The awards will be presented during the Professional Development Conference & Exposition, June 27-30, in Washington, D.C. The recipients of the Robert W. King Memorial Award is Richard V. Norment, CGFM, CIA, Assistant to the Comptroller for County Audit, Comptroller of the Treasury, State of Tennessee
AGA Member Zack E. Gaddy, CGFM, Named DFAS Director: Zack E. Gaddy, CGFM, CPA, a member of AGA’s Denver Chapter, has been named the new director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).
Results of the 2003–2004 Back to Basics, Back to Benefits Membership Campaign: The results are in. A total of 1,243 members joined AGA during the past membership year. Of that total, 563 were recruited by 322 current AGA members. Kirk Schanzenback, president of the New York Capital Chapter, is the recipient of the Recruiter of the Year Award for encouraging 26 professionals to join AGA.
AGA proudly announces the recipients of the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting
- Department of Education (1)
- Department of the Interior (4)
- Department of Labor (4)
- Department of State (3)
- Federal Aviation Administration (1)
- General Accounting Office (3)
- General Services Administration (1)
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission (3)
- Patent and Trademark Office (2)
- Social Security Administration (6)
(The number in parenthesis indicates the number of years, including this year, that the agency has received the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting.)
Americans' use of the Internet to access government information is growing rapidly, according to a new study. The report, "How Americans Get in Touch With Government," showed a 50 percent growth from 2002 to 2003 in the number of Americans who visited a federal, state or local government website or contacted a government official online.
Denver Auditor’s Office Gives CGFM Applicants a Boost: The list of government agencies that formally recognize the specialized skills and knowledge earned by CGFMs is growing. Dennis Gallagher, elected City Auditor of the City and County of Denver, has requested that "preferred skill status" be granted to all job applicants who have earned the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation. The CGFM preference applies to all accountant, auditor and other professional financial management positions within the Auditor's Office of about 100 employees.
The PDC came to a close as Immediate Past National President Jullin Renthrope, CGFM, passed the gavel to 2004-2005 National President Bobby Derrick, CGFM. President Derrick promised a year of excitement and optimism as he visits chapters and discusses leadership.
The U.S. General Accounting Office has a new name: the Government Accountability Office. In early July President Bush signed the GAO Human Capital Reform Act, which also gives Comptroller General David M. Walker the authority to institute a performance- based pay system, separating the agency’s 3,200 employees from the federal general schedule system.
During the third-quarter of fiscal 2004, federal agencies took the largest leap forward yet on the Bush administration's traffic-light-style score card marking accomplishments in five areas of management reform. The score card, released every three months by the Office of Management and Budget to rate 26 major agencies' accomplishments in the five areas of President Bush's management agenda, boasted 27 improved marks for the quarter ended June 30.
CEAR Program Training Boasts Record Attendance! Almost 80 individuals attended the annual CEAR Program workshop, "Producing an Excellent Performance and Accountability Report" in Washington, D.C. last week. The event provides instruction for performance, budget, CFO and IG staff and others involved in the production of their agency's Performance and Accountability Report (PAR).
Raymond Harris, CGFM, a member of AGA's New York Capital Chapter, will join the AGA National Office staff Sept. 13 as the director of education. He is retiring from the New York State Comptroller's Office where he served as the internal control officer and executive assistant to the deputy comptroller. Formerly, Harris was the audit director for the New York State Office of Mental Health for nine years.
In Memory of R. Schuyler Lesher Jr., CGFM: AGA regrets to report the passing of R. Schuyler Lesher Jr., CGFM, a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. Lesher, deputy chief financial officer and director of the Office of Financial Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, died August 23 after a nearly two-year battle with cancer.
Can accounting be viewed as a ‘sexy’ career choice? Maybe so, if the number of new accounting majors among college freshmen is any indication. Academics say the corporate scandals over the last few years has piqued the interest of today’s students. According to the AICPA, the number of accounting degrees awarded nationwide in 2003 jumped 11 percent from the year before.
New PCB Member Well-Positioned to Help CGFM Gain Greater Recognition: Vandee DeVore, CGFM, one of the newest member of AGA's Professional Certification Board (PCB), has already proven she has the right stuff to help guide the CGFM Program to greater recognition. It was DeVore and other members of the Mid-Missouri Chapter who worked with the Missouri State Division of Personnel last year to ensure the CGFM can be used as a substitute for a bachelor's degree and two years of professional experience for the state's auditor classifications.
AGA Name Change Focus Group Begins Work: A focus group charged with exploring a possible name change for AGA has begun its work and is asking members for their input. The focus group, appointed by National President Bobby A. Derrick, CGFM, and chaired by Past National President Richard V. Norment, CGFM,
Lisa S. Thatcher, director of AGA's Certificate of Excellence Programs, will leave the Association on Oct. 28. She is taking a new position as a consultant in the Unisys Global Public Sector component, working on an organizational performance management team. Lisa has played a significant role in the success of AGA's Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Program.
Tennessee, Maine, Utah, New York and Illinois top the states in providing e-government services, according to the fifth annual study of state and federal websites by researchers at Brown University.
New AGA Group Membership Program: ADVANTAGE: AGA is pleased to announce its new government organization group membership program called ADVANTAGE. Join other government agencies that value their staff and are willing to invest in their professional development and continuing education. This new program is designed to give government employers the opportunity to support their staff in part or in whole and in turn accrue additional benefits that would defray a portion of the organizational membership fee.
Spotlight on AGA's CGFM Program—Celebrating a Decade of Success: When Jeffrey C. Steinhoff began planning for his 1993–1994 term as AGA National President, a new certification program was not on his priority list. Steinhoff, who is managing director of the Financial Management and Assurance Team at the Government Accountability Office, testified quite often before congressional committees at that time. One particular hearing stands out. “During the hearing, Senator James Sasser, the chairman, really asked a lot about my professional credentials and made a pretty big deal about me being a CPA, and that added a sense of greater reliability, and greater reliance on whatever I was saying,” Steinhoff recalled. “I really didn’t think those skills and that exam I passed quite some time before that was all that applicable to the issues I was discussing at the hearing.” Chairman Sasser had unknowingly planted a seed that would bloom into AGA’s CGFM Program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
After Congress enacted the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was left with a question: Should it change the standards for government auditors? GAO's Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards, a group of auditing experts from the public and private sectors, met Nov. 8 to debate that proposition. GAO sets governmentwide auditing standards through the Yellow Book, which was last updated in 2003, and is considering changes for its next revision.
All but two major agencies submitted financial statements by Nov. 15, just 45 days after the close of the fiscal year, meeting a deadline that is nearly three months earlier than last year's, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced.
College graduates with accounting degrees are entering the working world at a good time—recruiters are eager, jobs are plentiful and offers are attractive. Demand for accounting services is way up because of new regulations spawned by corporate scandals such as Enron and WorldCom. Recruiters from PricewaterhouseCoopers plan to hire about 3,100 people off U.S. college campuses this year, up almost 19 percent from last year.
AGA's National Nominating Committee Selects New Slate of National Officers To Take Office on July 1, 2005: Jeffrey S. Hart, CGFM, a member of AGA's Denver Chapter, Office of the Inspector General, EPA, leads the slate as National President-Elect Designate. Thomas J. Sadowski, CGFM, a member of AGA's Mid-Missouri Chapter, Director of Accounting at the University of Missouri, was chosen as National Treasurer-Elect Designate.
Association of Government Accountants is here to stay—for now anyway. The Name Change Focus Group, convened by National President Bobby A. Derrick, CGFM, recommended no change to AGA’s name and that recommendation was accepted by the National Executive Committee (NEC) at its Dec. 10 quarterly meeting.
AGA welcomes Peter V. Aliferis, CGFM, as its new director of Professional Certification. An AGA member for more than 20 years and one of the earliest supporters of the CGFM credential, Aliferis is looking forward to spreading the word to professionals and their employers about the benefits of certification.
A majority of financial executives (57 percent) say Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance was a good investment for stockholders, according to a report released this month by Oversight Systems, the 2004 Oversight Systems Financial Executive Report On Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, a nationwide survey of 222 financial executives.
The U.S. Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Council has unveiled a Metric Tracking System, a website designed to provide federal financial managers, taxpayers and others information on federal agencies’ financial operations. The website www.fido.gov/mts/cfo/public/
Larry E. Rittenberg, Ph.D., CPA, CIA, has been named the new chairman of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) of the Treadway Commission.
AGA's Reach Extends to Northern Mariana Islands: Mike Sablan, public auditor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, is so committed to bringing a higher level of professionalism to financial management that he arranged to bring AGA’s CGFM courses to this remote string of islands in the North Pacific.
AGA Member To Receive Distinguished Scantlebury Award: John D. Webster, CGFM, CPA, a member of AGA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, has been named the recipient of the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program’s (JFMIP) Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award for distinguished leadership in financial management.
Painting a bleak picture, the head of the Government Accountability Office said that if the federal government does not get serious about the looming fiscal crisis soon, important functions at the state and local government level will be hurt.
The Government Performance Project has completed a massive study evaluating government management in all 50 states. To weather the poor economy, any states have cut back on their analytic capacity; allowed their roads, bridges and buildings to decay at an accelerating clip; resorted to financial tactics that only defer fiscal pain; slowed down or rejected positive initiatives in human resources and—in a few extreme cases—have so undernourished government that they risk malnutrition or worse.
AGA Welcomes Julie V. Bryant, CGFM, as Director of Performance Reporting: Julie V. Bryant, CGFM, an AGA Past National Treasurer and a former president of both the Virginia Peninsula and Northern Virginia Chapters, has joined the AGA staff as our new director of performance reporting.
Member-Get-A-Member Challenge Ignites Competition!: Marion Demer, of the Idaho Centennial Chapter, continues to hold the Top Recruiter position along with Nancy Zmyslinski, CGFM, of the Greater Columbus Chapter, both with 19 recruits! James Nellegar, of the New York Capital Chapter, follows close behind with 14 recruits.
At the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program's (JFMIP) last annual conference March 10, financial management leaders pushed new ways of measuring—and controlling—government spending. JFMIP, which has certified and tested financial systems since 1950, will soon cease to exist. Most of the organization's duties, formerly shared among the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will come under control of OMB.
Thomas J. Sadowski, MPA, CGFM, CPA, recently accepted a new position as director of accounting for the State of Missouri. Previously, he was the director of accounting at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Sadowski is an AGA Past National President and Past National Treasurer. He is also the AGA National Treasurer-Elect and will take office to once again serve AGA on July 1.
AGA awarded the first-ever Certificates of Excellence in Service Efforts and Accomplishments (SEA), after in-depth evaluation of performance reports submitted by more than 20 governments and government agencies.
Eight states declared March as Certified Government Financial Manager month. Governors signed proclamations in Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
About three-fourths of Senior Executive Service (SES) members received the highest rating available under their performance appraisal systems in fiscal 2003, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has reported, and more than half of them received what OPM termed “substantial” performance bonuses.
On Monday, May 9, more than 400 federal agency financial managers gathered at the Washington Court Hotel to share their experiences in implementing the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) revised Circular A-123 and to learn more about OMB’s planned implementation guide.
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, a documentary that opened Friday in theaters nationwide, tells the inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's seventh largest company walked away with more than $1 billion while investors and employees lost everything.
The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) has announced that Keith L. Johnson, CPA, controller for the State of Idaho and member of AGA’s Idaho Centennial Chapter, has been named as chair of the FAF’s Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), for a two-year term, effective July 1.
AGA announced 10 federal agencies will receive AGA’s prestigious CEAR Awards for their outstanding 2004 Performance and Accountability Reports.
While college graduates are facing the best career prospects in three years, it's the grads with accounting degrees who are sitting pretty. No degree is more in demand, Reuters reported.
AGA hosted its largest-ever Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Orlando, FL, bringing together 1,500 professionals from all three levels of government, academia and the private sector.
Linda M. Combs, the new controller for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and a member of AGA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, will lead the Improved Financial Performance Initiative for the President’s Management Agenda.
The last of three CGFM study guides was published, giving candidates a new way to study on their own for the three rigorous examinations. The CGFM Program also conducted its first intensive review course followed by a no-cost offering of the three examinations at the PDC.
Louisiana’s Office of the Legislative Auditor is now providing educational leave and reimbursement to employees who earn AGA’s CGFM certification. The office recently changed its policy to allow employees educational leave to take the three CGFM Examinations. Employees who earn their CGFM certification can also be reimbursed for the costs of educational courses and the examination fees, for a maximum of $1,000. Before the change, staff had to pay those fees out of their own pockets.
Of 26 major agencies tracked by a presidential scorecard, the U.S. Department of Labor is the first to garner the highest rating, a green mark, in the five categories deemed priorities by President Bush.
On August 10, AGA’s revitalized Japan Chapter held its first luncheon of the year at the Naval Air Facility, Atsugi, Japan. Guest speaker was Commanding Officer Capt. Reed Ecktrom, who was also inducted into the chapter's board of directors for 2005-2006.
At the recent PDC in Orlando, AGA continued its discussion on some of the profession's most pressing issues: Human Capital, Education & Research, Performance Reporting and Citizen-Centric Government.
AGA launches relief effort to help Gulf Coast area members in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. More than $6,000 is raised in the first two weeks of the effort.
AGA prepared for its first National Performance Reporting Conference, "Service Efforts & Accomplishments Reporting: The Cornerstone for Building Trust and Enhancing Management" is the theme for conference, set for Nov. 14–15 at the Portland Marriott Downtown in Portland, OR.
From the National President: Sam M. McCall, MPA, CGFM, CPA, CIA, CGAP—Since last month’s TOPICS column, many things have happened. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have inflicted damage and destruction to communities along the Gulf Coast from Alabama to Texas. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those communities, to those providing relief efforts and assisting in restoring critical services. AGA is especially concerned about our many members and their families affected by these hurricanes. In response, AGA chapters and members around the nation are contributing to a special fund established at the AGA National Office. Collections will be sent to chapters in the affected areas for distribution to AGA members
AGA is pleased to welcome Thad Juszczak, a member of AGA's Northern Virginia Chapter, to the Finance and Budget Committee. Juszczak joined Grant Thornton's Global Public Sector in August 2004, where he specializes in budget and performance integration issues for federal clients such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Farm Service Agency of the Department of Agriculture, and NASA.
AGA recognizes Past National President and Charter Member Raymond Einhorn, CGFM, who marks 55 years of membership this year. The Association recently marked its 55th anniversary and Einhorn was among the group of federal accountants who started the Federal Government Accountants Association—now AGA—on September 14, 1950.
In 1953, the Yankees won the World Series and the Tokyo “Federal Government Accountants Association” (FGAA) was formed. With a name change in 1975 to the now familiar “Association of Government Accountants” (AGA) the Tokyo Chapter continued on until 1979 when the chapter, driven by loss of both military and civilian billets, became dormant. In 1998, our current Vice President, Mike Martin, spearheaded the reemergence of the Japan AGA Chapter for the next several years until personnel reassignments once again resulted in the chapter being placed in “caretaker” status. In 2005, the White Sox are the World Series champions and the Japan Chapter is back in full force with 33 members. Although the Japan Chapter may have only just started their game, like the Yankees and the White Sox, we are expecting great achievements.
Richard L. Fair, CGFM, CPA, a member of the Trenton Chapter and State Auditor of New Jersey, leads the slate as National President-Elect Designate. David R. Bennett, CGFM, CPA, a member of the East Tennessee Chapter and Assistant County Mayor/Finance Director, Blount County Government, was chosen as National Treasurer-Elect Designate.
Thanks to the generosity of AGA members, we received $18,615 in contributions to the ongoing Hurricane Relief Effort. And, we are pleased to report that checks have been distributed to those AGA chapters with members that were severely affected by the hurricane. The Montgomery and Jackson Chapters were each sent $5,000 checks and the New Orleans Chapter was sent a $10,000 check. At its December meeting, AGA's National Executive Committee voted to supplement the members' contributions by using the National Community Service Fund.
Many longtime AGA members will remember AGA’s Education and Research Foundation. Incorporated in 1979, the foundation was established “to contribute to the improvement of education in the field of federal, state and local government accounting, auditing, budgeting and financial management.” The foundation provided educational events, scholarship awards and small research projects in the mid-1990s. In 1999 the foundation informally changed its name to the Academy for Government Accountability to oversee AGA’s education and research programs. Newfound interest in the Academy bloomed again last year. A presentation at the September 2005 National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting was made by AGA National President Sam McCall, CGFM, Sridhar Ramamoorti, Ph.D., a member of AGA's Chicago Chapter, and AGA Executive Director Relmond Van Daniker, DBA, CPA. They introduced a revised mission statement that more accurately reflects the future of the Academy. The NEC approved the revised mission: to forge relationships among government, business and academia to support research and education initiatives and advance thought leadership in bringing transparency and accountability in government financial management. The NEC also appointed Ramamoorti to chair the Academy’s Board of Trustees for one year.
AGA is pleased to present the first two 2005 SEA Certificates of Achievement in Service Efforts and Accomplishments (SEA) Reporting Program have been awarded to Maricopa County, AZ, and Bellevue, WA.
The Intensive Review Course was again a big hit! Offered now for the second time at the National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Washington D.C. on February 1–2, it was once again sold out at 50 participants. After attending the two-day review course, the candidates tackled the CGFM Examinations over the next two days (with some taking all three exams in one day!). As a result, 23 of the participants passed all three (or finished up their remaining) CGFM Examinations at this event—even more than at the similar event in July of last year! Others passed one or two examinations and are on their way to completing the CGFM process.
Close to 400 members have sponsored new AGA members during this year’s member-get-a-member drive!
The initiative to declare March "CGFM Month" is growing every year. To date, at least 12 states have declared March 2006 "CGFM Month" (with 4 more offering their support in recognition and congratulatory letters and proclamations). This year the local governments also joined in recognizing the CGFM
At its February meeting, the National Executive Committee (NEC) further acknowledged the lifelong commitment of a distinguished group of members by changing the Lifetime Membership requirement from 50 years of membership to 40 years. In all, 97 members were granted lifetime membership in AGA.
National President-Elect Designate Richard L. Fair, CGFM, CPA, has appointed Samuel T. Mok, CGFM, CIA, as his Senior Vice President appointee to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for a term beginning on July 1, 2006, running through June 30, 2009. Mok is the chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Labor.
AGA Charter Member Raymond Einhorn, CGFM, was remembered at funeral services on Wednesday, April 12, in Washington, D.C. More than 100 family members and friends attended the service. Einhorn, AGA's 11th National President (1960-1961) died Sunday, April 9, at his home in Washington. An active, vocal 56-year AGA member, Einhorn was remembered fondly this week by his many AGA friends.
AGA is pleased to recognize the outstanding Fiscal Year 2005 performance and accountability reporting efforts of the following federal agencies, which are the recipients of the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR):
- Department of Education (3)
- Department of the Interior (6)
- Department of Labor (6)
- Department of State (5)
- Federal Aviation Administration (3)
- Government Accountability Office (5)
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission (5)
- Patent and Trademark Office (4)
- Social Security Administration (8)
(The number in parenthesis indicates the number of years, including this year, that the agency has received the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting.)
Membership campaign results are in. Close to 2,100 members joined AGA during the past membership year. Of that total, 951 were recruited by 456 current AGA members!
AGA has awarded eight Certificates of Achievement in Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting so far this year.
The National Association of Local Government Auditors has changed its name to the Association of Local Government Auditors. The association will go by the acronym ALGA (formerly N.A.L.G.A.)
June 20, 2006
AGA kicked off its 55th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition in San Diego Monday morning with an elaborate opening ceremony and a discussion of government transformation by two leaders in the accountability profession. Nearly 1,800 attendees filled a ballroom at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina to see a presentation of the colors of the Naval Base Coronado Color Guard, entertainment from Mariachi Real De San Diego, and a stirring remembrance of founding member Raymond Einhorn, CGFM, who died in April, by Past National President William J. Anderson Jr., CGFM, and Past National Treasurer Eva Williams, CGFM.
June 21, 2006
While students, professionals and top executives have rationalized and deluded themselves into excusing ethical lapses, professor Marianne M. Jennings, JD, believes the ethical decline in this country can be reversed. A presentation by Jennings, professor of legal and ethical studies at Arizona State University, kicked off the second day of AGA’s 55th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition in San Diego Tuesday morning.
June 22, 2006
The 2005–2006 AGA Program Year came to a ceremonial end yesterday, the final day of the Association's 55th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition in San Diego. Outgoing National President Sam M. McCall, CGFM, CPA, CIA, CGAP passed the gavel to incoming National president Jeffrey Hart, CGFM. The luncheon and awards ceremony included the Association's highest honor, the Robert W. King Memorial Award, which was presented this year to Past National Treasurer and former Executive Director Charles W. Culkin Jr., CGFM.
From the National President Jeffrey S. Hart, CGFM, CFE—I was very pleased to accept the gavel as your National President at the recent PDC, and I'm humbled to be included among the many giants of our profession who have held the AGA gavel before me. As some of you have already heard me say over the last year as President-Elect, I am Excited to Serve! And I want you to get excited too because we have lots of good reasons to get excited. We need your help, and every ounce of energy you put into AGA comes back to benefit you in real, tangible ways! Before I go any further, I want to thank my predecessor, Immediate Past National President Sam M. McCall, CGFM, for his outstanding leadership over the last year.
The National Executive Committee met on Friday, June 16, at the PDC in San Diego, CA for their final quarterly meeting of the 2005-2006 program year. At this meeting the NEC voted in favor of revising the Special Achievement Award to become the Emerging Leader Award of Excellence and adding two new national awards: the International Achievement Award and the Chapter CGFM Award.
AGA, for the third year, brought together more than 100 leaders in government financial management to discuss challenges facing the profession. The result is the 2006 White Paper, which outlines how four task forces plan to tackle issues in Human Capital, Education & Research, Performance Reporting and Citizen-Centric Government.
AGA's Academy for Government Accountability has awarded its first Mortimer A. Dittenhofer Dissertation Research Awards. Patricia Patrick, from Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg, and Annette Pridgen of the University of Mississippi received $2,500 and $12,500, respectively.
AGA Past National President Jeffrey C. Steinhoff, CGFM, CPA, a member of AGA's Northern Virginia Chapter, was named the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) 2006 Outstanding CPA in Government, representing the federal sector. Steinhoff, known throughout AGA as the father of the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Program, is the managing director, Financial Management and Assurance, U.S. Government Accountability Office.
AGA welcomes new Corporate Partners Lionel Henderson & Company, LogicalApps and MorganFranklin Corporation. In total, AGA has 61 Corporate Partners.
More than 400 government accountability professionals gathered in Atlanta on September 25 and 26 for AGA's First National Internal Control and Fraud Conference. The conference began with an address from the nation’s top accountability officer, Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker, CPA, who heads the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Two longtime members of AGA's Nashville Chapter recently passed away. Patricia Wright, CGFM, CFE, an AGA member since 1985, was the first woman hired in a professional accounting role at the Metropolitan Nashville government, where she worked as a financial administrator for more than 30 years. She died July 28 at age 74. Billy Rogers, a former auditor with the Comptroller's Office, Division of State Audit, was elected to the Putnam County Commission in 1978 and was running for his eighth term. He died June 15 at age 61. Gary J. White, a member of the Central Ohio Chapter, died July 30, 2006. He was an audit manager for Whited Seigneur Sams and Raue CPAs.
September 11, 2006
AGA remembers September 11, 2001 and the more than 3,000 Americans who lost their lives, including three of our own members: Patricia E. (Patty) Mickley, CGFM, Diana B. Padro and Janice M. Scott.
Two of AGA's Corporate Partners made the list of the 50 fastest growing government contractors. Congratulations to Delta Solutions and Morgan Franklin.
AGA's Second National Performance Management Conference in Schaumburg, IL, October 30 - 31, successfully provided education and networking opportunities for attendees.
Mary L. Rogers, 49, a member of AGA’s Virginia Peninsula Chapter since 2003, passed away on October 4. She worked as an accounting technician for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at Norfolk Naval Station.
Lisa Thatcher, MPA, became the first former AGA staffer to become a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
AGA President Jeffrey S. Hart, CGFM, CFE, and the Comptroller General of the United States David Walker were panelists in the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour in Denver and Seattle. The Concord Coalition sponsors the tour, and AGA co-sponsored the stops in Denver and Seattle. AGA was shadowed in both cities by a crew from 60 Minutes. Between the two cites, AGA and its programs were publicized to more than 600 top government, business and university leaders, as well as many other citizens. The Fiscal Wake-Up Tour is a series of public forums around the country designed to help educate the public on our nation’s daunting long-term fiscal challenges.
Samuel T. Mok, CGFM, CIA, a member of AGA's Washington, D.C. Chapter and chief financial officer, U.S. Department of Labor, has been chosen by the National Nominating Committee as AGA’s next National President-Elect. Thad Juszczak, also a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter and a senior manager at Grant Thornton LLP, was chosen as National Treasurer-Elect.
The State of Oregon, the City of Saco, Maine and the City of Portland, Oregon all signed on to produce four-page ‘annual state of the government’ reports to their citizens, as part of AGA’s Citizen Centric Reporting initiative. These reports will be easy to understand and will tell the citizens what they need to know about their government and how their tax dollars are being spent.
AGA holds its Fifth Annual National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
AGA announces that they and member organizations of the Government Performance Coalition will undertake the Transitions in Governance Project to help shape the agenda in the 2008 presidential election by promoting dialogue and debate on budget, management and performance issues in government. The project will use a web-based survey tool in pursuing a comprehensive picture of federal management's experiences and ideas going forward.
The first of four Sectional Leadership Meetings (SLM) was held for AGA’s Section IV Chapters. SLMs will be held in each of the other three sections in 2007.
AGA hosted its Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Nashville, TN, bringing together over 1,800 professionals from all three levels of government, academia and the private sector. A high point was the awarding of the Robert W. King Award to charter member Jullin Renthrope, CGFM, CPA, CFE, CGFO. Renthrope served as AGA's National President during the 2003-2004 program year and is a member of AGA's New Orleans Chapter and the audit manager of Louisiana's Office of the Legislative Auditor.
AGA is pleased to recognize the outstanding Fiscal Year 2006 performance and accountability reporting efforts of the following federal agencies, which are the recipients of the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR):
- U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (1)
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (1)
- U.S. Department of the Interior (7)
- U.S. Department of Labor (7)
- U.S. General Services Administration (3)
- U.S. Government Accountability Office (6)
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (6)
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (5)
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (1)
- U.S. Small Business Administration (1)
- U.S. Social Security Administration
(The number in parenthesis after each agency indicates the number of years, including this year, that the agency has received the award.)
A donation of $12,500 was made to the Academy for Government Accountability in memory of AGA Past National President and charter member Raymond Einhorn, CGFM, who passed away last year. This is the first major donation the Academy has received.
AGA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
The League of Women Voters has included AGA’s Citizen-Centric Reporting Initiative in its publication titled, Observing Your Government in Action: Protecting Your Right to Know. This resource guide, part of the League’s Citizen Initiative on Transparency, provides useful best practices and tips for observing government activities and promoting transparency.
Corporate Partner Research Update —Late spring was very busy for the Corporate Partner Advisory Group (CPAG) Research Program. Seven CPAG Research Reports were issued and we had nine research project presentations at the 2007 PDC in Nashville, highlighting just how the program has grown. AGA has 68 Corporate Partners, that include public accounting firms, major system integrators, IT companies, management consulting firms, financial services organizations and education & training companies.
AGA members raised more than $39,000 in three days during the PDC in Nashville. The money will be divided among the following charities: Habitat for Humanity, 31 percent; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 23 percent; American Heart Association, 19 percent; American Cancer Society, 17 percent; and Ronald McDonald House, 10 percent.
The Academy for Government Accountability has established the Raymond D. Einhorn Research Award to provide up to $25,000 in each of two annual awards to individuals or teams of researchers to support research that will advance knowledge, concepts and tools of government financial management or accountability, governmental accounting or auditing.
The 2007 recipient of the Academy for Government Accountability's Mortimer Dittenhofer Dissertation Award is C. Patrick Washington. Patrick is completing his Ph.D. in Public Administration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University expects to complete the program next August.
AGA's Second National Internal Control & Fraud Conference in Atlanta attracted more than 400 attendees who learned the latest about fraud detection and prevention as well as how to create a control environment that discourages fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.
Maricopa County, Arizona joins a growing list of governments that have produced four page ‘state of the government’ reports that provide understandable information to citizens about the performance and financial condition of the government as well as demographics and future challenges.
The Missouri State Auditor’s Office has begun offering salary increases to employees who earn the CGFM certification.
AGA's First Government Financial Case Challenge started on Oct. 15 with 13 universities from across the U.S. participating. The student teams will collaboratively analyze and offer a written response to a case centered on how a U.S. city government implements a performance management system.
New legislation in Tennessee requires all municipalities to employ a certified municipal finance officer (CMFO) or if total revenues are $300,000 or less, the municipality can contract with a qualified person. Finance officers in Tennessee’s cities and towns will be mandated to either undergo the training or seek approval for an exemption. Individuals who have earned the CGFM, a CPA, or the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) credential are exempt from the educational requirements of the CMFO designation.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Denali Commission and the U.S. Department of Defense are the first federal agencies to commit to producing ‘annual state of the government’ reports, as a result of AGA’s initiative to encourage governmental entities to produce concise, four-page documents that spell out the pertinent facts citizens need to get a full picture about their governments
AGA launches a project to Improve Intergovernmental Cooperation and welcomes Helena Sims to the National Office staff as the director of Intergovernmental Relations. Sims will staff the Partnership for Intergovernmental Management and Accountability, a new group that has been established by AGA to develop cooperative approaches for improving the performance and accountability of intergovernmental programs.
AGA's Financial Management Standards Board sent a comment letter to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) on its Exposure Draft, Accounting and Financial Reporting for Derivative Instruments.
Eric S. Berman, CPA, deputy comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of AGA's Boston Chapter and the Association's Financial Management Standards Board (FMSB), testified on behalf of AGA and the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) during the Governmental Accounting Standards Board's (GASB) public hearing on the proposed standard Accounting and Financial Reporting for Derivative Instruments. At the hearing, Berman reiterated AGA's position that in general, the Association supports the proposed standard.
The state of Arizona, the city of Schenectady, NY, the state of Nevada, the city of Albany, NY, the state of West Virginia and the city of West Valley, UT, joined a growing list of state and local governments and federal agencies that are producing four-page Citizen-Centric Reports and answering the call for fiscal accountability and transparency.
AGA announced the finalists in the first Government Finance Case Challenge. The honors go to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Texas at Dallas.
Prince William County Received a Certificate of Achievement in SEA Reporting. Bill Hughes, CGFM, president of AGA’s Northern Virginia Chapter, presented the Certificate of Achievement in Service Efforts and Accomplishments (SEA) Reporting to county commissioners of Prince William County, VA. This was the third consecutive year that the county received this national award.
AGA welcomed its 91st chapter—the Aroostook County Chapter in Maine.
AGA Past National President Jeffrey C. Steinhoff, CGFM, Retired after 40 years of federal service. Credited for being the “father” of AGA’s Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Program during his term as 1993–1994 AGA National President, he served as the first Professional Certification Board chairman, from 1994–1998, and continues as a board member today. He is also considered one of the fathers or principal architects behind the groundbreaking 1990 Chief Financial Officers Act.
AGA and the Council for Excellence in Government (CEG) announced the initiation of a new partnership to develop a financial management career track with the CEG’s 'Excellence in Government Fellows Program'. Through the new partnership, AGA and CEG will work to design and implement a financial management career track within the Fellows program.
The State of Nevada Unveiled its four-page Citizen-Centric Report Feb. 12, as part of AGA’s national Citizen-Centric initiative to bring clarity to fiscal reporting in municipal, county and state governments. Under the leadership of State Controller Kim Wallin, Nevada was one of the first state governments in the nation to issue such a report.
AGA’s Sixth Annual National Leadership Conference, Feb. 21 – 22, in Washington, D.C., had a record-breaking attendance of more than 700 and began with an address by Gene L. Dodaro, CGFM, chief operating officer, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Admiral Thad W. Allen, the 23rd commandant of the U.S Coast Guard, spoke about leadership and vision on the last day of the conference.
To recognize the CGFM Program and its accomplishments, AGA declared March of each year as “CGFM Month.”
The University of Texas at Dallas was selected as AGA’s first Government Finance Case Challenge Champion.
AGA begins an online Blog, a place for government finance professionals to share ideas and dialogue with some of the top names in the business.
AGA and the government accountability community lost a great leader, William R. Snodgrass, Comptroller Emeritus, State of Tennessee. Among the numerous honors he received as an AGA member was the Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 1988. Several years ago, AGA named its Distinguished State Government Leadership Award for Snodgrass. He was a strong supporter of AGA's Nashville Chapter, one of the Association's most dynamic chapters.
Thanks to the initiative and dedication of AGA regional and chapter leaders, at least 45 state and local governments have declared March 2008 as "CGFM Month."
AGA formed a new partnership with Norwich University, giving AGA members the opportunity to earn 12 graduate credits and prepare for the CGFM designation at the same time.
AGA recognized the outstanding Fiscal Year 2007 performance and accountability reporting efforts of an unprecedented 17 federal agencies, which received the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) at a dinner and awards ceremony at the National Press Club:
- U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission 2
- U.S. Department of Education 4
- U.S. Department of Energy 3
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2
- U.S. Department of the Interior 8
- U.S. Department of Labor 8
- U.S. Federal Aviation Administration 4
- The Federal Trade Commission 1
- U.S. General Services Administration 4
- U.S. Government Accountability Office 7
- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 7
- U.S. Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight 1
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 6
- U.S. Peace Corps 1
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission 2
- U.S. Small Business Administration 2
- U.S. Social Security Administration 10
*The number after each agency indicates the number of years, including this year, that the agency has received the award.
AGA mourned the loss of longtime member Herminia D. Dierking, CGFM, August 17, 1939 – March 24, 2008. An AGA member for 33 years, Dierking served as Guam Chapter President, Membership Committee Chair, Co-Chair of the Education Committee, Early Careers Chair, Program Committee Chair, Community Service Committee Chair and Pacific Rim Region Vice President-Elect and Vice-President.
AGA announced its National Award Recipients, including Sam M. McCall, CGFM, CPA, CIA, CGAP, AGA’s Tallahassee Chapter; City Auditor, City of Tallahassee, FL; AGA Past National President, recipient of the Robert W. King Memorial Award.
The state of South Carolina adopts ‘Citizen-Centric’ approach to financial reporting.
C. Morgan Kinghorn Jr., CGFM, was elected unanimously as chairman of the Academy for Government Accountability Board of Trustees. Kinghorn is the chief operating officer, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton LLP.
AGA hosted its 57th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition in Atlanta, GA, with over 2,000 professionals from all three levels of government, academia and the private sector in attendance.
Speakers included Former Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker, CPA; Bernice King, who began her remarks by letting PDC attendees know they haven’t been officially welcomed to Atlanta until a King welcomes them and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao who began by complimenting AGA on its choice of National President, Samuel T. Mok, CGFM, CIA, CICA, Managing Member of Condor International Advisors, LLC.
AGA's Nashville Chapter celebrated 30 years. The chapter was believed to be one of the largest chapters installed by AGA and has been going strong ever since.
AGA Executive Director Relmond Van Daniker, DBA, CPA, was featured in American City & County, a magazine covering state and local government issues, in an article he authored titled, "Making Sense.”
AGA's Blog Gets 'Site of the Week' from FinanceRegs.com. ?Editor Carol Katarsky writes: "A new blog offers accounting pros a glimpse into the world of auditors, government accountants and more.”
The CGFM Program completed a comprehensive update of all three CGFM Examinations, including a Job Analysis study of the role of the Certified Government Financial Manager. The new CGFM Examinations went live on Aug. 15.
AGA's Third Annual Internal Control & Fraud Conference took place in Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 22–23. The Conference concluded with an eye-opening presentation by David V. Aguilar, Chief, Office of Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
AGA's Blog was included in "Crunching the Numbers: Top 50 Accounting Blogs"
AGA welcomed it’s newest chapter, the El Paso, in El Paso, TX.
The Fourth Annual National Performance Management Conference took place Oct. 27–28, 2008, in Seattle, WA. Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag, CGFM, kicked off the last day of the Conference by describing the sweeping performance audits conducted by his office by virtue of a 2005 voter-approved initiative.
Seventeen Universities participated in AGA's Second Government Finance Case Challenge, Oct. 20–31.
AGA began a series of seven radio shows focusing on the importance of government transparency and accountability. Called, "Your Money, Your Government," the show is hosted by AGA Executive Director, Relmond Van Daniker, DBA, CPA.
AGA offers a Certificate of Excellence in Citizen-Centric Reporting for governmental entities that prepare and distribute four-page reports that provide citizens with clear information on a government’s financial condition, its performance in providing services, and challenges it faces in the future.
AGA partnered with LinkedIn to introduce its first online community.
AGA’s Seventh Annual National Leadership Conference included presenter Gene Dodaro, CGFM, Acting Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was the top award recipient in AGA’s Second Government Finance Case Challenge.
Gene L. Dodaro, CGFM, Acting Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) spoke at AGA’s Leadership Breakfast, April 8, at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.
AGA's Emerging Leaders Featured on YouTube Video. The video featured the testimonials of several Early Career members who attended the February 2009 National Leadership Conference.
AGA set up an official page on Facebook.
Seventeen Federal Agencies Received AGA's Prestigious CEAR Award based on their outstanding Fiscal Year 2008 performance and accountability reporting efforts.
AGA’s 58th Annual Professional Development Conference & Exposition took place in New Orleans, LA, with over 2,000 professionals from all levels of government, academia and the private sector in attendance.
Speakers included Alison Levine, team captain of the First American Women’s Everest Expedition and groundbreaking polar adventurer; Acting Comptroller General of the United States Gene L. Dodaro, CGFM, CPA, who leads the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO); John Edward Hasse, music historian, pianist, and award-winning author and record producer, who applied leadership lessons from the greatest jazz musicians to the challenges faced by today’s accountability professionals; Gen. Russel Honoré, USA (Ret.), Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina and Current CNN Contributor; Mary Matalin and James Carville.
The final session of AGA’s PDC featured a panel discussion with presentations by Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, Georgia State Auditor Russell Hinton, CGFM, CPA, and City of Tallahassee Auditor Sam McCall, Ph.D., CGFM, CPA, CIA, CGAP.
AGA holds their Fourth Annual Internal Control & Fraud Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16 & 17.
Active AGA member Warren Walch, CGFM, passed away. An Orange County Chapter member, Walch was an active AGA member since 1990, he was an Orange County Chapter officer, a Regional Vice President and served on AGA's National Executive Committee as a Senior Vice President from Section 3. He received AGA National President's Awards in 1998, 1999 and 2003.
The city of Stamford (CT), Benton County (WA), the city of Columbus (IN) and the Springfield-Green County Health Department (MO) join the growing list of governmental units using AGA’s Citizen-Centric Reporting format as a means to communicate financial and performance information to its constituency.
AGA completed a research study on “Managerial Cost Accounting in the Federal Government: Providing Useful Information for Decision-Making.” The report was the 22nd in the AGA Corporate Partner Advisory Group Research Series and was sponsored by corporate partner The MIL Corporation.
Twenty-three Universities registered to participate in AGA's 2009–2010 Government Finance Case Challenge. Beginning Oct. 5, 23 universities competed in AGA's Case Challenge.
AGA’s Hawaii Chapter held a successful 15th biennial Governmental Professional Development Conference, jointly sponsored with the Hawaii chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, Oct. 14–16 in Honolulu. The conference featured more than 50 national, regional and local government finance experts.
The Fifth Annual Performance Management Conference took place Nov. 5–6, 2009, in Seattle, WA. The conference kicked off with speaker Robin Arnold-Williams, Director, Executive Policy Office, State of Washington.
North Carolina State University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville were selected as the finalist teams in AGA’s Third Governance Finance Case Challenge. Each team constructed a four-page Citizen-Centric Report for a fictional U.S. city.
Nevada Releases Citizen-Centric Report on Stimulus Funds— Nevada Controller Kim Wallin released a two-page, easy-to-understand report summarizing what Nevada did with its initial infusion of stimulus funds. Nevada is the first state to issue the stimulus citizen centric report under a pilot program established by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).
AGA’s Nashville Chapter secured “preferred” status for CGFM applicants. Job seekers with the CGFM will have an advantage over uncertified competitors if they apply for certain positions in Tennessee’s Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury. AGA’s Nashville Chapter was instrumental in making the CGFM a “preferred” qualification for three positions in the Office of Management Services within the comptroller’s office: contract review administrator, business administration manager and legislative sourcing oversight manager.
AGA expanded its online community to include these four networking opportunities:
- Become a Fan of AGA on Facebook
- Create a LinkedIn Profile
- Follow AGA on Twitter
- Visit AGA on GovLoop
AGA's New Book: Managing for High Government Performance was made available. The book, a collection of essays on Performance Management in Government, includes authors Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, Shelley Metzenbaum, assistant director at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget as well as many others.