CEAR® Virtual AFR/PAR Preparer Training

Aug. 4, 2021 | 9 –11 a.m. ET | 2 CPEs | FOS: AUDG

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Hear from the experts on how to prepare an award-winning Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) or Agency Financial Report (AFR) for your agency.

Whether you are compiling a PAR or AFR, you will hear about strategies and successful practices for comprehensively presenting the program and financial information and easy-to-read style. We will also discuss the updated FY2021 Guidance for Preparing AFR/PARs driven by updates to OMB Circulars A-11 and A-136. The final FY2021 CEAR Guidance is still in DRAFT format until A-136 is issued. Please click button below to reference current draft version for the training. 

FY2021 CEAR Guidelines

Demonstrate your commitment to excellence by participating in this training!
For FY2021, OMB understands that most agencies will be able to submit their AFR or PAR by the customary 45 days after year-end. 

Learning Objective:

The program guidelines have been developed to help an agency prepare a PAR/AFR and/or SPFI. Training attendees will: 

  • Learn methods to identify and include other content that can improve a report’s usefulness and readability.
  • Learn about and  apply updates from OMB Circulars A-11  and A-136 into producing the AFR/PAR.
  • Leverage best practices of communications and tools to complete the project on time.


  • Diane Dudley, CGFM, CPA, CEAR Board Chair
  • Harold Steinberg, CGFM, CPA, CEAR Technical Consultant, AGA
  • Ann Ebberts, PMP, CEO, AGA
  • Robin Gilliam, CPA, PMP, Assistant Director, FASAB

Keynote Preparer Speaker

  • Gail Bruss, Program Manager, GSA

Program Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Field of Study: Professional Development (PD)
Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based

Registration Confirmation/CPEs

All attendees will receive an email from AGA stating that their CPE certificate is ready to download within five business days after training. 


Email cear@agacgfm.org or call 800.242.7211 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)