PDT Awards of Distinction

AGA’s Professional Development Training (PDT) awards, annually recognize individuals for their contributions to AGA and the government financial management community. Congratulations to the 2022 PDT award recipients!

Note: 2022 award submissions are now closed.       

Robert W. King Memorial Award

  • One boxed medallion award is presented.
  • Recognizes superior service that enhanced AGA's national prestige and stature.
  • All AGA members are eligible, except for individuals serving on the National Governing Board or employees of AGA at the time the award is present.

Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes government employees who have demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership and notable contributions to financial management; and encouraged increased interest, growth, development, and distinctive leadership in the field of financial management.
  • Nominees must have been employed in government service at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.

Einhorn-Gary Award

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes an AGA member or an organization that has, over a sustained period, made major contributions to advancing government accountability at the local, state, and/or federal level.
  • Nominees must have a record of active participation in AGA activities and/or programs at the chapter and national level to be considered for this award.

Achievement of the Year Award

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes leadership or outstanding achievement in developing, implementing, and improving financial management in government service in the past year.
  • Nominees must have been employed in government service at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.

Educator Award

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the education and training of government financial managers.
  • Nominees do not have to be government employees or AGA members.

International Achievement Award

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes leadership or outstanding achievement in international government financial management.
  • Nominees must have been employed in government service at the time the work being recognized was performed.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.

Cornelius E. Tierney/EY Research Award

  • One crystal award and $1,000 check are presented.
  • Recognizes individuals who throughout their careers (minimum of 15 years) have made continuous contributions to governmental financial management by their direct participation in research activities and/or through their encouragement and support of others engaged in government financial management research.
  • The nominated researcher(s), through their individual efforts, enhanced the image and effectiveness of government accountants, auditors, and financial managers by their efforts in one or more of the following areas:
    • Basic Research—The gathering of information on a systemic basis for a fuller knowledge or understanding of governmental financial management, thereby contributing to the improvement of government management policies, procedures, and practices.
    • Applied Research—The application of knowledge leading to the development of new methods and techniques for governmental financial management, thereby contributing to the improvement of the image, operations, control, and accountability of government.
    • Education—Basic and applied research relating to the education of government accountants and financial managers, thereby enhancing their technical and operational capabilities. 
  • Nominees do not have to be members of AGA.

Relmond P. Van Daniker Government Transparency Award

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes outstanding reporting by a government in the past year through the generation of a report, website, dashboard, or information display, etc. for the public and/or government officials.
  • Reports/Communications/Information Displays/Websites/Presentations produced by the local, state, or federal government units may be nominated to highlight great examples of transparency.
  • Successful entries will communicate large quantities of financial information, provide access to information, and achieve a better understanding of the government’s financial results, positions, service efforts, accomplishments, or subsequent decisions; communications in which information is simply available to the largest possible audience, is quickly and easily comprehensible, is presented in a manner that facilitates understanding, and has been read, used, and or acted on will be recognized.
  • Your nomination must include a pdf of or link to the information display being submitted.

Emerging Leader Award of Excellence

  • One crystal award is presented.
  • Recognizes younger government financial managers for notable contributions towards excellence in financial management, with the desire that the recognition will encourage others to achieve early in their professional lives.
  • Nominees must have 5–10 years of experience within the government financial management industry.
  • Nominees do not have to be AGA members.
  • Nominees cannot receive this award more than once.

*To apply, click the button below and create a profile on Submittable. Applications are due by April 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

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Nomination Information

  • Nominate online by Dec. 4, 2019.
  • 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.