Become a Reviewer


  • Do you have considerable knowledge of and experience in federal government financial management and/or performance measurement and the reporting of results?
  • Do you have general knowledge of federal government operations, the subjects covered by an AFR or PAR and, at least collectively, familiarity with the agency submitting the reports, its mission and programs?

FY2020 CEAR Program - Materials to assist in your review

  • FY2020 CEAR Guidelines (PDF)
    • Please add your recommendations in Guidelines sections V and VI.
    • Email only sections V and VI to on or before the due date.
  • Please watch the recording of the FY19 CEAR Reviewer Training, below, to see what to expect, how to be a CEAR Reviewer and many more benefits of the program! 

Reviewing process

For each agency applicant, we pull together a team of five people to review the agency report submitted. Team members will be assigned after the reviewer training and will be notified accordingly via email. Each team member, on their own, must identify and prepare written recommendations for matters in which the reviewer believes the report could be improved and decide whether the report should receive the Certificate of Excellence and possibly a special award. Once each team member completes the reviews, the team will meet as a group at the AGA national office to review a compendium of all the recommendations, reach an agreement and vote on the award.

FY 2020 CEAR Virtual Reviewer Training | Dec. 2, 2020 | 2 - 3:50 PM ET | 2 CPEs | 2 PDUs | FOS: ACCG

Demonstrate your commitment to excellence by becoming a CEAR Reviewer and participate in this training! This training is free to any one who wants to learn tips from veteran reviewers on how to approach the report for review. In addition, changes to the CEAR guidelines will be discussed. Earn 2 hours of CPE and hear from the experts on what it takes to award the CEAR Award for an agency Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) or Agency Financial Report (AFR). Click here to learn more

New this year! - You can now participate in this training via virtually from home/office! Click on the appropriate box below to regsiter to attend. Registration is now closed.  

FY 2020 Reviewing timeline 

  • Mid December 2020  — All applicants will be notified via email of status.
  • Early January 2020 — Teams will start to receive reports at their home addresses via UPS, allowing up to four weeks to review. Due dates for reviewers’ comments will be calculated from time of receipt.
    • UPS tracking will be emailed to each reviewer with a Word document of the FY19 CEAR Program Guidelines, as well as other reviewing instructions.
    • Upon receipt of packet, email to confirm.
  • Early February 2021 — AGA will begin scheduling meetings with teams and lead reviewers to meet in March.
  • Late February 2021 — Reviewer comments are due to
    • Once your review is completed, email your typed comments in sections V and VI of the guidelines to
    • Use the provided Word document of the FY19 CEAR guidelines to type your comments into sections V and VI. PDFs or any other format such as handwritten comments, will not be accepted.
  • March 2021 — Teams meet as scheduled. Up to two hours of CPEs will be granted to members participating during the meeting.
  • May 2021 — CEAR Award Ceremony (by invitation only); black tie preferred; Washington, D.C. All reviewers are encouraged to attend — you’ve worked hard!

CPEs for Reviewers

As a CEAR Reviewer, you will be able to earn up to six Continuing Professional Education credits (CPE). Here are the trainings that will offer CPEs for Reviewers.

  • Preparer's Training | Date - TBD | 2 CPEs | FOS: Personal Development (PD) 
    If your agency is participating or thinking about participating in the CEAR Program, you may choose to attend this training to get some insights on some best practices of preparing an award-winning report. 
  • Reviewer training/first-time reviewers | Date - TBD | 2 CPEs | FOS: Accounting (Governmental) (ACCG)
    AGA will be hosting a training for first-time reviewers and for returning reviewers at the GAO building in DC who needs a refresher on December 5, 2019.
  • Team meeting/training | Mar. 2021 | 2 CPEs | FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)
    Reviewers participating in the team meeting in-person at the AGA national office will be able to earn up to two hours of CPE credits! 


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