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.

Elmer Staats Award (federal) 

  • 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.

Distinguished Federal Leadership Award (federal)

  • 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.

Excellence in Government Leadership Award (state/local)

  • 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.

William R. Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award (state)

  • 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.

Distinguished Local Government Leadership Award (local)

  • 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.

Andy Barr Award (private sector)

  • 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.

Private Sector Financial Excellence Award (private sector)

  • 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.

Eleanor Clark Diversity Leadership Award

  • 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.

Nomination Information

  • 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.