President's Message

Colleagues,

The beginning of the new calendar year is a time for reflection and setting sights on new and exciting things to come.  During the past 12 months, we have experienced a change in administration, policy shifts, and a renewed emphasis on operating with more efficiency, while preparing for uncertain times.  The first half of the DC Chapter’s program year was filled with opportunities for learning and collaboration.  The Chapter welcomed new members and offered education opportunities, many at no cost to members.  We heard from industry thought leaders, shared experiences at networking events, and collaborated on emerging issues impacting the financial community.

Specifically, we heard from industry leaders at our Luncheon Speaker Series that exemplify commitment to the DC Chapter and the profession:   

•    Mark Reger – Deputy Controller of the United States, Office of Management and Budget
•    Stephen Goss – Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration
•    Terri McKay – Director, DOD Defense Finance and Accounting Service  

Our community service focus was the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Toys for Tots.  Together we increased awareness for these outstanding organizations, contributed some well-deserved financial assistance, and proudly gave back to our community.  

All these events, networking, social and educational, have etched fond memories of an exciting 2017.

As we pivot to 2018, the changing dynamics and uncertain operating environment of government will impact mission execution.  To prepare for these uncertain times, the Chapter is providing more education, networking and career development opportunities for you - our valued members. In the spring, the Chapter will host the 17th Annual Federal Financial Management Training titled “Embracing Disruptions to Achieve Positive Outcomes."

To further augment members’ professional development, the Chapter will host its 4th Annual Speed Mentoring Program to connect professionals in the government financial management community.  Members will also enjoy networking programs, including happy hours, sporting events, and the highly anticipated annual tour of local wineries.  The Chapter’s community service program will assist middle school students in the Junior Achievement of Greater Washington learn about reality-based financial planning.  Community service programs will also showcase the Capital Area Food Bank, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer.

The AGA Washington DC Chapter will culminate its program year with the annual DC Chapter Awards Gala at Clyde’s of Gallery place with a celebration of the year’s achievements.  

AGA’s Washington DC Chapter is here to help provide you the tools to navigate and lead through dynamic times.  Our website at AGA DC.org provides details for these outstanding programs.  

Regardless of the time of year, our dedicated Corporate Sponsors support the Chapter’s value proposition of providing quality programming to its members; and the Chapter is better served due to the generous support of our sponsors.  Many of the programs and events mentioned here would not be possible without their generous support. As you prepare for 2018, commit to actively participate in Chapter programs to demonstrate by example and share with others and take advantage of the full range of opportunities offered. 

Sincerely,

Salim R. Mawani, CGFM
2018 AGA Washington, DC Chapter President

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