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    "We've come a long way, baby!"
    That statement could be said about
    AGA's Certificate of Excellence in
    Accountability Reporting (CEAR)
    Program. CEAR began as a response
    to the Federal Financial Management
    Status Report and requests by the U.S.
    Office of Management and Budget and
    the Chief Financial Officers Council
    for a certificate program to encourage
    and recognize excellence in the annual
    accountability reports federal government
    agencies are required to produce.
    The certificate is considered evidence
    of a fair presentation of an
    agency's programmatic and financial
    affairs. Each report is reviewed by
    teams of volunteers and a technical
    consultant, who has been with the
    program since its inception. The goal
    of the program is two-fold:
     Review individual accountability
    reports, either Performance and
    Accountability Reports (PARs) or
    the new Annual Financial Reports
    (AFRs)-and provide recommendations
    for improving quality.
    This goal is particularly important
    considering the limited resources
    available within the government
    to review the reports for the
    purposes of improving quality
    and usefulness while providing
    suggestions for improvement.
     Evaluate the reports and publicly
    recognize excellence by issuing the
    Certificate of Excellence to those
    agencies that meet the criteria.
    In 1998, teams reviewed six FY97
    reports but awarded no certificates.
    By 1999, 11 agencies submitted their
    FY98 reports with two receiving the
    certificate. An awards ceremony for
    the agency awardees, National Aeronautics
    and Space Administration and
    the Social Security Administration,
    and the 44 reviewers was held at the
    Library of Congress on a November
    morning. For the FY02 reports, the
    awards ceremony continued to be
    held at the Library of Congress but
    earlier, in September 2003, with a
    guest speaker and refreshments and
    photographs. That year the CEAR
    Program received 12 reports to review,
    awarded seven certificates and used
    48 reviewers. By 2005, the event had
    moved to the National Press Club with
    a black-tie awards reception and dinner.
    Twenty-one reports were received
    and 10 agencies were awarded certificates
    for their FY04 reports. Corporate
    Partners Deloitte and KPMG LLP are
    long-time sponsors of the event.
    This year, 21 FY09 PARs or AFRs
    were received by AGA with a record
    19 receiving the CEAR Award.
    The black-tie event was held at the
    By: Eveanna Barry, MS
    Excellence in
    certificate of
    excellence in
    presented to the
    in recognition of your outstanding efforts
    preparing SSa's performance and
    accountability report for the fiscal
    year ended September 30, 2009.
    A Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting is presented
    by AGA to federal government agencies whose annual
    Performance and Accountability Reports achieve the
    highest standards demonstrating accountability
    and communicating results.
    U.S. Social
    Relmond P. Van Daniker, DBA, CPA
    Executive Director, AGA
    John H. Hummel, CGFM
    Chair, Certificate of Excellence
    in Accountability Reporting Board
    The....see more attached.....

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    The article is about the development of the Certificate of Excellence in Accounting Reporting and the Service Effort and Accomplishment programs. The purpose of the programs is to review the individual accountability reports like the Performance and Accountability Reports and the new Annual Financial Reports and giver recommendations for improving the quality of reports. The other purpose of the Certificate of Excellence in Accounting Reporting and Service Effort and Accomplishment is assess the reports and publicly recognize excellence by issuing the Certificate of Excellence in Accounting Reporting to those that comply with the criteria(Barry, E, 2010),.
    The reports review that started in 1998 have increased to 24 reports in 2008, 21 reports in 2009 and 17 in 2010. The objective now to identify the different departments within the government that produce reports and request them to produce reports; There is ongoing work for preparing a toolkit for preparing a SEA report. This kit will help produce a standard report and the kit will provide several illustrations required to have illustrations form the GASB(Barry, E, 2010),.
    The reason why the Certificate of ...

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