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. Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners

Note: The 2023 National Leadership Awards submission is now closed. 

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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.