Application Filing Fee

For FY2021, the application rates are as follows: 

  • $8,000 for CFO Act agencies.
  • $5,500 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

FY21 CEAR Program
Agency Application

Award Applicant Process

The following steps are to assist the agencies in the preparation and submission of the Fiscal Year 2021 Agency Financial Reports/Performance and Accountability. 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 FY2021 CEAR Program Guidelines when preparing AFR/PAR reports. Download from the right menu. 
  • Reference the FY2020 CEAR commendable practices — summary of results from the reports for examples of exemplary sections from AFR/PAR 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  printed copies of your AFR/PAR (a signed, print-ready copy is acceptable).
  • Six  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 copies of a letter responding to each of last year’s recommendations for strengthening the AFR/PAR. Excellence in AFR/PAR is an evolving process.
  • Optional:
    • The CEAR program highly encourages all agency applicants to provide names of experienced 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 AFR/PAR, one copy of the guidelines to which you adhered, detailing on which pages of your AFR/PAR the requirements in the guidelines are addressed. 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. 
  • Helpful AFR/PAR style guide 

Packet Delivery Options

We will still accept deliveries of completed packet as usual. Agencies have the following options: 

  • Hand deliver the packet to our office located at mailing address below. 
  • Mail completed application packet to the address below.

ATTN: CEAR Program
2208 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA  22301


Contact or call 703.684.6931 ext: 322

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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)