President's Message

The crisp morning air, leaves changing from green to amber or maroon, and drastic fluctuations in daily temperatures – welcome the arrival of fall and onset of winter for the Nation’s Capital. For most of us, fall’s arrival brings an increased number of commitments and activities—some done out of passion and excitement, and others out of sheer obligation. This time of year is traditionally a very busy time for government workers and the contractors that support them.

In the short few months since the beginning of the chapter’s fiscal year, the chapter has produced several outstanding luncheon programs, hosted free audio conferences, conducted numerous member services events and early career programs, including the always popular tri-chapter annual picnic, and supported numerous community service programs. This momentum continues into the new calendar year with the highly anticipated Federal Financial Management training program taking place in April. This training program offers 16 continuing education credit hours, including 2 hours of instructor-led ethics training. The chapter is committed to providing low cost value-add education and training. The chapter and its members also continue our tradition to pay-it-forward with our nationally recognized community service programs. Also by popular demand, our awarding-winning CGFM team continues to identify creative ways to encourage members to prepare and complete the CGFM accreditation program. These educational, engaging, and entertaining programs are made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

The New Year also welcomes opportunities for members to collaborate and network. We have numerous activities planned to demonstrate leadership and mentoring, including our partnership with Junior Achievement to educate high school students about financial planning and managing budgets. Our mentorship program allows members to serve as mentors to aspiring government financial professionals and mentees to leverage the experiences of seasoned professionals, and in turn, also allows seasoned professionals to leverage the knowledge of their peers. These programs are structured to provide a hands-on perspective of financial management requirements and skills necessary for success through all levels of your career.

The DC Chapter continues to expand our membership and inform potential members of the tremendous value of AGA membership. Your path to success may be the roadmap followed by aspiring professionals.

Within a few short months, the fiscal year-end commitments, budget scenario drills, holiday family time, and calendar year-end celebrations will be in our rearview mirror. We should take time to pause and enjoy this time of year with the vibrant fall colors displayed by nature, especially as we pass the numerous majestic monuments and historic structures that encompass the Nation’s Capital.


Salim R. Mawani, CGFM
President - AGA Washington DC Chapter


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