Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting Board

I. Mission of board

The mission of the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Board is to encourage federal agencies to publish high-quality accountability reports, provide federal agencies with assistance in preparing and reviewing their reports, and provide special recognition to federal agencies that produce an exceptional accountability report.

II. Purpose of board

The CEAR Board shall oversee all aspects of AGA’s CEAR Program. Through AGA’s CEO, the board is responsible for (1) establishing, maintaining and interpreting program eligibility requirements; (2) establishing, maintaining and interpreting certificate review manuals and procedures; (3) establishing, maintaining and interpreting technical requirements for review panel members; and (4) approving or rejecting federal agencies’ accountability reports submitted for consideration for the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting.

III. Authority of board

The board shall carry out the following functions:

  • Establishing, maintaining and interpreting the CEAR Program’s eligibility requirements.
  • Establishing, maintaining and interpreting the CEAR Program’s review manuals and procedures.
  • Establishing, maintaining and interpreting technical requirements for review panel members.
  • Approving or rejecting federal agencies’ accountability reports submitted for consideration for the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting.

IV. Structure of board

The Board shall consist of seven members (including the chair and vice chair). Of the seven members, five members will include representatives from the Chief Financial Officers Council, the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, the Presidents Council on Integrity and Efficiency or the U.S. General Accounting Office, Office of Management and Budget, and public accounting profession. In addition, there shall be two at-large positions. The association’s CEO and technical director shall be ex-officio board members.

The national president shall appoint the seven board members, the board chair and board vice chair. The NEC shall approve all appointments.

Board members shall be appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed for an additional three-year term. The chair and vice chair will serve a one-year term, but he/she can be appointed to serve additional terms.

V. Reference to Bylaws and/or Policy and Procedures Manual

Bylaws

Article V, Section 2 (h) provides that the “NEC shall review actions and programs of the National Boards, Committees and Task Forces …”

Article VIII, Section 1 provides that “The National President, upon ratification by the National Executive Committee, may establish such Boards, Committees and Task Forces as may be needed to assist the National Board of Directors, the National Executive Committee and the National President in carrying out the programs and operations of the Association.”  

Article VIII, Section 4 provides that “The responsibilities of the Boards and Committees shall be specified in these Bylaws and/or stated in the Policies and Procedures adopted by the National Executive Committee.”

Policy and Procedures Manual (No specific references are made to the CEAR Board.)