FY 2017 CEAR Awardees

The recipients listed below were presented with awards for their FY 2018 reports at AGA's CEAR dinner held May 21, 2019 in Washington. Recipients are listed along with the number of times they have earned the award: 


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.

  • Best Executive Summary: Architect of the Capitol
    • Clear, concise Executive Summary of financial and performance results
    • Concise yet complete summary represents a best practice. For example:
      • Summary performance indicators are clear and easily understood
      • Summary of integrated information, graphics and tables with visually appealing pictures
  • Best Fraud Reduction Report: U.S. Department of the Treasury
    • Addresses multiple approaches of how fraud risk is evaluated and addressed within the Department
    • This input could serve as a model of how this topic should be addressed by other agencies
  • Outstanding Example of Contacts for Obtaining Additional Information About Programs: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs*
    • Easy access to the list of offices and other information sources such as internet addresses for obtaining more information about the agency's programs
  • Best Agency Head Message: U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
    • Introduces message by explaining benefit of agency to the public
    • Describes in clear, but detailed manner three of the agency’s major accomplishments
    • Provides complete information and assurances on financial, control, and information requirements
  • Most Innovative Presentation of A Matter of Wide Public Interest: Federal Aviation Administration*
    • Side-bar titled "What’s in the Price of an Airline Ticket," that presents an eye-catching graphic of how the taxes and fees for an air-line ticket are used to fund air travel
    • Accompanied by an informative, easily-read explanation of the collection and disposition of the monies, color coded to the graphic
    • Touches upon a matter significant to every flying member of the public
  • Most Inspiring Photos and Captions: National Aeronautics and Space Administration*
    • Report integrated capitvating, colorful photographs that tell the agency story
    • Photographs help the report “come alive” and capture the reader’s interest
    • Interesting stories highlight key agency contributions, leaders, facilities, capabilities, challenges, innovations and insights - educate and “connect” with the reader
  • Best Use of the Internet to Facilitate Obtaining Additional Information: U.S. Agency for International Development*
    • For each of the agency’s eight major programs, they included a hyperlink to a web page providing a YouTube video of an accomplishment or information about the program
    • Each hyperlink is preceded by a brief statement of the program’s purpose
    • The use of each program’s logo was used to identify availability of information – an eye-catching technique
  • Best Overall Quality (Editorial Excellence/Well Written): U.S. Small Business Administration
    • Well-written, engaging, easily understood Management Discussion and Analysis that articulates the agency’s contribution to the public by clearly describing its mission, goals, objectives, outputs, and outcomes; and supports the presentation with colorful charts and graphs 
    • Polished report that demonstrates an attention to detail and a desire to set high standards for AFRs
  • Best in Addressing of Matters of Importance to All Americans: Federal Trade Commission
    • Agency head’s letter describes fraud convictions obtained (or in process) at multiple organizations
    • Uses actual achievement stories to highlight purpose of the performance goals and how the achievement of these goals aids in the protection of the consumer
  • Best Overview of Social Insurance Data and Status: U.S. Social Security Administration*
    • Clear, detailed explanation within the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of the financial performance and status of the trust funds
    • Provides readers with an easily understood picture of the amounts to be collected and paid over a 75-year period to current and future participant program, and the difference between the two programs
  • Exceptional Performance Reporting in a Performance and Accountability Report: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Provides clear, concise strategic performance highlights & trends
    • Performance structure was clearly linked to its strategic goals
    • Performance summary graphically notes 2017 and the 5-year performance trend
    • Report integrates visually succinct “stop light” coding for optimum communication
  • Best Summary of Significant Accounting Policies: U.S. Department of Homeland Security*
    • Clear, logically sequenced, non-repetitive, and informative disclosure of accounting principles used to prepare the financial statements
    • Provides policies for every significant financial statement line and type of financial activity
    • The only report that provides a complete and correct explanation of the FECA program, a program that exists in every agency
  • Best Process for Assuring DATA Quality: U.S. Government Accountability Office
    • Definition and background section explaining how each measure is calculated, why this measure is thought to be significant, and what the agency has changed because of monitoring the measure over the years
    • Data Sources section providing the source(s) of the actual information to be reported as results
    • Verification and validation section that iterates the techniques that independent staff or others perform to ensure the reported results are correct

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

Here are some photos from the 2018 (FY 2017) CEAR awards dinner held May 22, 2018. You can view, download and share all photos from the event on Flickr.

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Important Dates

  • Nov. 15, 2021: Auditor's report must have this date.

    Auditors must have Nov. 16, 2020 date on reports; however, due to delays caused by COVID-19, agencies requiring extra time can request an extension until December 30, 2020 to submit the report to OMB and Congress.

  • Dec. 2, 2021: Reviewer’s Training
  • Nov. 15, 2021: Agency applications due
  • Dec. 15, 2021: Reviewer applications due
  • Dec. 15, 2021: CEAR Program agency application and filing fees due
  • Dec. 31, 2021: SPFI (optional)