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 — virtually or in-person at AGA National office located in Alexandria, Va. — to review a compendium of all the recommendations, reach an agreement and vote on the award. 

FY 2021 Reviewing timeline 

  • Mid December 2021  — All applicants will be notified via email of status.
  • Early January 2022 — 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 FY2021 CEAR Program Guidelines, as well as other reviewing instructions.
    • Upon receipt of packet, email to confirm.
  • Early February 2022 — AGA will begin scheduling meetings with teams and lead reviewers to meet in March.
  • Late February 2022 — Reviewer comments are due to
  • March 2022 — Teams meet as scheduled. Up to two hours of CPEs will be granted to members participating during the meeting.
  • May 2022 — CEAR Award Ceremony (by invitation only); black tie preferred; Washington, D.C. All reviewers are encouraged to attend — you’ve worked hard!

Email 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)