President's Message

From Chapter President Erica Williams:

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I would like to begin this January President’s Message with a note of thanks to you for your support of the Montgomery/Prince George’s County Chapter this program year. We experienced quite a few surprises and curveballs along the way, but through the dedication of our board members and volunteers, our programs and events were successful and ran smoothly. I am truly pleased with the team that I have been blessed with this year. Because of their efforts and time, the first half of this program year was a success. Please thank our leadership team for their service and contributions in helping make sure chapter events are an enjoyable experience for all who participate.


We are pleased to announce Jason Marsico will be kicking off the new year as our January dinner meeting speaker. Mr. Marsico, U.S. Department of the Treasury, will present "Re-imagining the Citizen's Guide: Making Federal Finance Accessible to the Public." I look forward to seeing you at the luncheon on January 9th. Coming this month, watch for information regarding Membership and Young Professionals networking events.


Looking back at December, we had a well attended Winter workshop that was held at the Government Accountability Office in DC. We were joined by some of the top federal financial management professionals in Government and private industry who instructed on topics such as GAO’s Fraud Risk Management Framework, FASAB Update, OMB Update, and Regulatory Ethics and Behavioral Ethics. Thank you to all who participated! We are excited to offer another workshop this year. Stay tuned for more details on how to register for our Spring workshop.


With each new year, some people set New Years Resolutions that they plan to accomplish during the year. While New Years Resolutions seem great, less than 10% of people actually accomplish what they set out to do. Given the start of the new year, I want to take this opportunity to share why I prefer to set SMART goals instead of resolutions. Have you heard of the SMART methodology? SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound. For example, one of my 2019 SMART Professional goals is to improve my skillset by taking two training courses for federal financial management; one by June 30, 2019, and the other by December 31, 2019. When I use this method, I find it helps me stay motivated and allows me to track my progress during the year because my goals are not vague. I encourage you to take some time today and think about the goals (spiritual, professional, financial, physical, social, etc.) that you want to accomplish this year. Once you’ve figured out at least one SMART goal that you are going to focus on this year, write it down! Greg S. Reid once said, “A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action makes your dreams come true.” There is so much power in writing down your goals.


As you develop your 2019 SMART goals, please keep in mind that AGA has many ways to help you achieve your professional goals this year. Whether it is by attending a chapter dinner meeting, workshop, social outing or obtaining chapter loaned CGFM study guide materials, our events and programs can help you expand your technical knowledge and your network. If you would like more information about the benefits of joining AGA, please reach out to me at I am always happy to discuss ways you can get involved and how you can meet your professional goals with AGA.


Again, Happy New Year! Wishing you great success in achieving your dreams and goals!


Erica N. Williams

Chapter President

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