Journal of Government Financial Management

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The Journal of Government Financial Management (Journal) is a valuable resource in the profession, featuring articles and columns from practitioners and academics with insights based on research and experience. The quarterly publication, produced by AGA since 1950, is distributed to members and international libraries, comprising a circulation of approximately 14,250.

The Journal audience, like AGA’s membership, is diverse. Journal readers are professionals in federal, state and local government financial management and related disciplines, as well as in the private sector, nonprofits and academia. Non-members may purchase single copies of printed issues, based on availability, for $33 each. The annual subscription rate is $110 in the continental U.S. and $130 elsewhere. AGA membership includes a complimentary subscription of the Journal.

The Journal includes ethics questions each month, which are submitted by readers and answered by our team of ethics experts. If you have an ethics question, please submit your anonymous question for review. Am ethics expert will respond. Anonymous questions, and related answers, may be published in the Journal and/or other AGA publications. We reserve the right to restrict or edit submitted content.

Upcoming Editorial Calendar


Summer 2023: Why Don't Americans Trust Government?

With inflation, public pension liability, deficits, debt, fraud, waste and abuse, in addition to pandemic relief programs, American trust in government is at an all‑time low, according to Pew and Gallup. How can the government accountability profession help regain public trust? How can AGA promote transparency, fiscal stewardship and responsibility, as well as build understanding with citizens? From entities that maintain citizen trust or satisfaction, what are their best practices and lesson learned to help rebuild trust in government?
Submission deadline: March 6, 2023

Fall 2023: Balancing Act

All organizations must balance mission objectives with efficiency and spending with results. What are the best ways to enhance accountability and transparency, keeping oversight in mind, to achieve this balance?
Submission deadline: June 6, 2023

Winter 2024: Preparing for the Worst

How do governments at every level prepare for the unexpected? How can they measure effectiveness after a crisis? What are important lessons learned, best practices or case studies from crises in the accountability field?
Submission deadline: September 6, 2023

Spring 2024: Building an Objective Organizational Culture

Career public servants strive to stay “above the fray” of politics. How can organizations attract and retain diverse employees who maintain objectivity? In hybrid environments, how should managers measure employee performance and motivate staff? What might happen if public sector managers used succession planning and career pathing?

Submission deadline: December 4, 2023

Summer 2024:  Calculating the Value of Good Government. 

Sound leadership and oversight benefits government program participants but calculating the value of program management is complicated. How should we measure it? What are best practices and needed improvements in this area?

Submission deadline: March 5, 2024


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Articles published since 2010 in the Journal of Government Financial Management are available for download. Non-members may purchase single copies of printed issues, based on availability, for $24 each within the U.S. and possessions; $29 elsewhere. The annual subscription rate is $110 in the U.S. and possessions; $130 elsewhere. AGA membership includes a complimentary subscription of the JournalJoin today!

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