Government Finance Case Challenge

AGA invites undergraduate students to compete in the virtual Government Finance Case Challenge.* Student teams will collaboratively analyze data for a specified U.S. state, city or county government and develop a Citizen-Centric Report (CCR).

Submissions will be judged by a panel of government finance experts, and the top teams will later present their findings via video format.

The experience promises to challenge students' moral reasoning, raise their awareness of the importance of accountability and open doors to a career in government.

*This competition is only open to currently enrolled undergraduate students.


  • Teams must be registered by noon eastern Sept. 22, 2017.
  • The case city will be announced to all participating teams by email Sept. 25, 2017.
  • Submissions are due 5 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Submissions must include the Citizen-Centric Report and the Word document outlined in the rules below.
  • Finalists are announced by Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.
  • Finalists submit their video presentation by Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.
  • The winning team will be announced late November or early December. 


  • Teams can have up to three members. Members must be students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the school they represent.
  • Up to two teams from each school may apply.
  • Student teams should familiarize themselves with the Citizen-Centric Reporting model. Each submission should conform to the criteria in the content guidelines. Submissions will be judged on the extent to which the report is consistent with the guidelines. However, each team should exercise its own judgment about the content of the report within the general guidelines. There is no "formula" for a winning presentation.
  • In addition to the report, each student team should submit a short Word document (2-4 page) that summarizes the criteria the team used to decide what to include (and what not to include) in the performance report and why. The purpose of this document is simply to help the evaluation committee understand the team's deliberative process so that they can review the report in the context of that process. Names of all team members and their school should be included in the document header.
  • Teams may use primary and secondary resources available to them. Please cite any sources using MLA format. All primary research must be conducted by team members. Any late entries will result in a penalty of one point from the overall final score for each day that the entry is late.
  • All members from each of the finalist teams will offer a brief presentation (25 minutes or less) via video. This presentation will determine the final winner and will provide students with an additional opportunity to demonstrate their case findings and presentation skills. Teams may use any creative format for the video presentation.
  • Gift cards will be awarded to the competition champions.
  • AGA reserves the right to cancel the program if there are fewer than ten entries.
  • The CCR must be factual. Please be sure the information is correct. The CCR will be checked for accuracy.

Past Winners

The University of Guam produced the winning CCR and video presentation, focusing on Stamford, Conn.

North Carolina State University produced the winning CCR and video presentation for the fall 2015 competition focusing on Bowie, Md. Congratulations to Krizia Fajarito, Edward Hwang, Kornravee Sintavanon and their adviser, Scott Showalter.