Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting

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AGA's Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR)® Program has helped many federal agencies improve their Agency Financial Reports (AFRs) and Performance and Accountability Reports (PARs).

The CEAR program was established in 1997 in collaboration with the U.S. Office of  Management and Budget (OMB) and the Chief Financial Officers Council (CFOC) to improve accountability through streamlined, effective reporting that clearly demonstrates to taxpayers the federal agency accomplishments and challenges that remain. The CEAR program reviews, with their detailed critiques and recommendations, are a significant factor in the steady improvement of federal government annual reports.

You can view, download and share all photos from previous CEAR Award dinners, including the 2019 (FY 2018) event on Flickr

Thank you to our sponsors KPMG and Kearney & Co.

Congratulations to the FY 2020 CEAR Award Recipients! 

The FY 2020 CEAR Award ceremony was held  as a 100% virtual event due to COVID-19.  Download the virtual ceremony program. 

Here are some comments from agencies representatives that have participated in the CEAR Program:

  • "We participate in the CEAR program because we believe it is essential to present the most informative, interesting, useful, and readable financial and performance information possible.  And we believe in continuous improvement."
  • "The CEAR program provides our team with inspiration and motivation to prepare the very best document that they can. Otherwise, the summary of best practices is very beneficial.  The summaries of Best-in-Class awards across all winning agencies are also very helpful."
  • "We always read those award descriptions and review those other agency documents to see their best practices and thus what we can do better."
  • "We participate to demonstrate our commitment to excellence and to challenge ourselves to improve our AFR continuously. The review comments are helpful (suggestions for improvement) and encouraging (highlighting we did well). It is also a pleasure to celebrate excellence during the Awards Dinner." 

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)