When to Apply

All reports, related documents and program fees are due 30 days after the PAR or AFR is due to OMB and Congress. The Summary of Performance and Financial Information (SPFI) is due 15 days after OMB's due date. 

  • Nov. 15, 2018 — Auditor’s report must have this date, or prior, to receive the CEAR Award.
  • Dec. 14, 2018 — Six printed copies of the report must be submitted to AGA. Digital copies and/or a URL to the report is NOT acceptable.
  • Feb. 21, 2019 — Continues to be optional. If you wish to submit a SFPI, please submit six copies of the SPFI to AGA.

Application Filing Fee

  • $7,500 for CFO Act agencies
  • $5,000 for agency components, ATDA Act agencies, and congressional or judicial branch agencies

The filing fee is due when the application and other documents are submitted. AGA Federal Tax ID: 53-0217158

FY18 CEAR Program Agency Application 

Award Applicant Criteria

The following steps are to assist the agencies in the preparation and submission of the Fiscal Year 2018 Performance and Accountability/Agency Financial Reports. Please include all required documents to complete your submission. AGA will contact the agency's point-of-contact should the packet received be incomplete.

  • Follow the FY 2018 CEAR program guidelines when preparing PAR/AFR reports once it is available in summer 2018.
    FY18 CEAR program guidelines
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     FY18 CEAR program guidelines
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     FY17 CEAR program
  • Reference commendable practices — summary of results from the FY 2017 reports for examples of exemplary sections from PAR/AFR reports.
  • Completed CEAR application for your agency. 
  • An original letter signed by your agency’s chief financial officer or equivalent-level official requesting that your report be reviewed by the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting program.
  • Six (6) printed copies of your PAR/AFR (a signed, print-ready copy is acceptable).
  • Six (6) printed copies responding to last year's recommendations - If your agency participated in the program the prior year, we strongly encourage your agency to make six (6) copies of a letter responding to each of last year’s recommendations for strengthening the PAR/AFR. Excellence in PAR/AFR is an evolving process.
  • Optional:
    • The CEAR program highly encourages all agency applicants to send names of high-level individuals representing the CFOs, inspectors general and other officers who participated in performance activities from participating agency who are available to serve as program reviewers.
    • To assist the review team, agencies are requested to submit, with their PAR or AFR, one copy of the guidelines to which you adhered, detailing on which pages of your PAR/AFR the requirements in the guidelines are met. Completing and submitting a copy of the guidelines in this manner helps the agency ensure it has included each of the appropriate items of information in the report and helps the reviewers readily locate the required items.

New This Year! – Value-Added Distinction Award

For over 20 years, the CEAR program has enabled hundreds of financial management personnel increase their understanding of financial management and how to effectively present what their agencies are doing. It is now time to move the CEAR program to the next level by providing you (and your fellow CFOs) an opportunity to demonstrate through your AFRs and PARs, how your financial management is adding value to agency management and mission delivery. 

AGA is proud to announce the "Value-Added Distinction" award to the CEAR program! Please click here for detailed information and how your agency can participate. There is no extra cost to participate. 

Mail completed application packet to:
ATTN: CEAR Program
2208 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA  22301


Contact cear@agacgfm.org or call 703.684.6931 ext: 322