The recipients listed below were presented with awards for their FY 2017 reports at AGA's CEAR dinner held May 24, 2017 in Washington. Recipients are listed along with the number of times they have earned the award with the link to their report:

 

CEAR Special/Best-in-Class Awards

The 13 recipients listed below were presented with special awards at AGA's CEAR dinner following presentation of CEAR awards. Recipients were not told prior to the event whether they would receive a special award.

Please click on the agency's name above to reference report. 

  • Innovative Drill Down Linkages: U.S. Government Accountability Office
    • Report provided hyperlinks to videos of Agency head testifying on significant issues
    • Clear identification of hyperlinks, using pictures of the agency head and covers of associated reports
    • An appendix listing the URL, by page number, for every hyperlink in the report
  • Agency Head Message: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    • Identified the mission, strategic goals, and major accomplishments
    • Presented significant mission support accomplishments
    • Provided assurance on completeness and reliability of financial and performance information
  • Presentation of Performance: U.S. Small Business Administration
    • Performance results presented for a key performance goal associated with each strategic objective
    • Included a comprehensive and clear analysis of the results for each key performance goal
    • Reasons provided when targets were not achieved
    • A graphic depicting the multi-year targets and results is included for each key performance goal
  • Description of Management Control Program: U.S. Agency for International Development
    • Clear description of a comprehensive process for evaluating and reporting on internal control
    • Description indicated involvement of a significant number of agency personnel and use of documents and reviews
    • Description augmented by graphics
  • Description of Financial Management Systems Strategy and Status: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Described with narrative and graphics, the agency’s current accounting and financial reporting system
    • Described the six components for the agency’s improvement strategy:  financial systems modernization; business intelligence and analytics; systems policy, security, and controls; governance; program management; and sharing opportunities
    • For each component, HHS presented the strategy and the progress made to date
  • Description of Improving Financial Management: Federal Aviation Administration*
    • A separate section, within the Performance Section, that identified costs savings in seven different activities, and explains how they were achieved
    • Included a table that presents the targets, estimates and actual results for each of the cost savings
  • Presentation of Future Challenges and Agency Impact: National Credit Union Administration
    • Seven current and anticipated trends, conditions, etc. identified, all associated with the agency’s programs
    • For each trend, its nature and implications and the agency's responses were presented
    • Graphic provided to support trends
  • Chief Financial Officer Message: Social Security Administration
    • Briefly described the key financial management accomplishments
    • Identified the agency’s significant deficiencies, commits to their correction, and cites other parts of report providing additional information
    • Acknowledged role of employees
  • Required Footnote Disclosure (Environmental and Disposal Liabilities): National Aeronautics and Space Administration*
    • Extensive, comprehensive footnote that identifies the sources of the clean-up requirements, the methods for assigning estimated clean-up costs, and the reasons for the year-to-year changes in the liability for each of three types:  operations, asbestos, and disposal of property, plant and equipment

    • Presented information for both probable amounts reported in the financial statements and possible amounts disclosed in the footnotes

  • Improper Payments Information Act Detail: U.S. Department of The Treasury
    • Strong summary of background, process, risk susceptible programs, payment recapture, and Do Not Pay initiative in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis, with a reference to Other Information for additional information
    • Clear presentation of required detail in Other Information
    • Fully explained presentation of innovative alternative measures to setting less-than-effective improper payment reduction targets  
  • Glossary of Technical Terms: National Labor Relations Board
    • Explanations of terms involved in all aspects of protecting workplace democracy and the agency’s processes
    • Explanations are brief and easy to understand
  • Creative and Innovative Report: Peace Corps*
    • The report pictures are visually appealing from the front cover, through the introductory material, into the Management’s Discussion and Analysis sections and into the final sections of the report 
    • The report also integrates key graphics, charts, tables and “side bars”/call-out boxes and quote boxes:  to supplement the report text; to present beneficial information for readers’ everyday use; to help provide appropriate context, and to effectively and efficiently tell the agency story
  • Management's Discussion and Analysis: U.S. Department of Education
    • The report provides in-depth insight into a key national agency program.  This insight integrates both financial and program information, as well as, related risk variables.  The information and analysis provide critical insights and support transparency and accountability
    • The Financial Highlights segment of the Management’s Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) section exceeds reporting requirements by concisely highlighting critical financial statement information and analysis
    • The agency’s information, analysis and future insights are exemplary because the Annual Financial Report provides a full and complete explanation of the financial characteristics of the key programs and strategic goals

*First time the CEAR program has recognized any agency in this category