Professional Ethics Board

I. Mission of board

The mission of the Professional Ethics Board is to elevate the awareness of and disseminate information on ethics issues for AGA members and for individuals who hold the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation and for their employers.

II. Purpose of board

The board shall oversee all aspects of AGA's ethics program. Through AGA's Office of Education and Research, the board is responsible for:

  • Maintaining and interpreting AGA's Code of Ethics.
  • Overseeing the investigation and disposition of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics.
  • Providing information to AGA members and to individuals who hold the CGFM on ethics issues.
  • Assisting the AGA's Office of Education and Research in providing ethics training.
  • Promoting an ethics' perspective in AGA publications and at AGA educational events.

III. Authority of board

The board shall carry out the following functions:

  • Maintaining and interpreting AGA's Code of Ethics.
  • Overseeing the investigation and disposition of alleged violations of the Code of Ethics.
  • Providing information to AGA members and to individuals who hold the CGFM on ethics issues.
  • Assisting the Office of Education and Research in providing ethics training.
  • Promoting an ethics' perspective in AGA publications and at AGA educational events.

IV. Structure of board

The board shall consist of nine members (including the chair and vice chair). Of the nine members, at least two shall be from federal government and at least two shall be from state/local government.

Board members shall be appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed for an additional three-year term. To start up the board, three members will be appointed for a three-year term, three members will be appointed for a two-year term, and three members will be appointed for a one-year term. The chair and vice chair will serve a one-year term, but he/she can be appointed to serve additional terms. The association's executive director and the director of education and research shall be ex-officio board members.

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

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

  1.  Bylaws
    • ​​(a) Article III states that "In order to foster the highest professional standards and behavior, and exemplary service to all levels of government, the Code of Ethics has been developed as guidance for the members of the Association for Government Accountants, and for the information of their employers."
    • (b) Article V, Section 2 (h) provides that the "NEC shall review actions and programs of the national boards, committees and task forces…"
    • (c) 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."
    • (d) 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."
  2. Policy and Procedures Manual (No specific references are made to the Professional Ethics Board.)