Academic journal article The Journal of Government Financial Management

AGA: A Report to Our Members

Academic journal article The Journal of Government Financial Management

AGA: A Report to Our Members

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Citizen-Centric Report for 2008-2009

About AGA

How AGA Operates

AGA operates under a national-chapter partnership with its 100 chapters located throughout the U.S., Guam, Japan, Puerto Rico and Saipan. AGA is governed by a National Board of Directors (NBD), which includes regional leaders and chapter presidents. AGA's 16-member National Executive Committee (NEC) acts for the NBD, meeting quarterly to discuss strategic issues. The day-to-day operation of the Association is handled by the National Office, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 28 employees reporting to an executive director who reports to the AGA National President. More than 800 volunteer members serve the Association through committees, boards and chapters.

Who We Are

AGA's 15,235 members are employed by state and local governments (44 percent), the federal government (30 percent), and the private sector (15 percent). The remainder is made up of students, retirees and academicians. The membership crosses most fields and disciplines, including accounting, auditing, budgeting, contract management, finance, grants management and systems. AGA members are students and entrylevel employees, mid-level professionals, senior executives and elected officials.

How We Have Progressed In 2008-2009

Strategic Goals

AGA's four strategic goals are: Accountability, Certification, Education and Research, and Service. The implementation of all programs contributes to the achievement of these goals. The pie charts located on the next page illustrate how the financial data fit into these four goals. Programs were aligned with each of the four goals based on where their greatest contribution was made.

Accountability

Promote and advance accountability in government through AGA's Citizen-Centric Reporting Program, Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Program, Service Efforts and Accomplishments Reporting (SEA) Program and AGA's Financial Management Standards Board (FMSB), which comments on proposals by various standards-setters.

* AGA hosted a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in honor of 17 federal agencies that were awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR)- the second consecutive year with a record number of award recipients.

* AGA's Financial Management Standards Board (FMSB) members are asked to testify at Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) hearings. FMSB has an annual joint meeting with the GASB, one of only three groups to be invited to do so.

Certification

Make the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) the government accountability community's preferred professional designation.

* In 2008, the number of applications received was 15 percent higher, the number of exams purchased was 29 percent higher, the number of exams taken was 25 percent higher and the number of new CGFMs was 16 percent higher than in 2007.

Education and Research

Provide comprehensive education and research to meet the changing needs of the government accountability profession. Conferences: Professional Development Conference & Exposition (PDC), National Leadership Conference (NLC), National Performance Management Conference (PMC), Internal Control & Fraud Conference; Research Projects, Audio Conferences, Education and Government Financial Management Classes.

* An average of 70 telephone lines were used during AGA's 13 audio conferences, worth 2 CPE hours each.

* AGA-sponsored on-site training classes are now offered on 19 different topics in the areas of financial management, internal controls, grant and contract management, ethics and leadership.

* The research program began in 2005 and now boasts 20 completed reports (including one in 2005), with four more under way. Research reports receive media coverage, have been used to inform congressional hearings and are kept as reference tools by the GAO, the Library of Congress and the Congressional Research Service. …

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