The Association of Government Accountants has presented a Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting to 17 federal departments and agencies.

The certificates were awarded to federal government entities whose performance and accountability reports or pilot program reports achieved the highest standards of clarity in communicating financial information and demonstrating accountability. The award recipients particularly stand out as a number of government agencies have been faulted for their level of financial reporting in recent surveys.

"Given public perceptions about government fiscal accountability and transparency, the achievement of this year's CEAR recipients is even more significant," said AGA executive director Relmond P. Van Daniker in a statement.

Award recipients include the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; the Departments of Education, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Labor; the Federal Aviation Administration; the Federal Trade Commission; the Federal Services Administration; the Government Accountability Office; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight; the Patent and Trademark Office; the Peace Corps; the Securities and Exchange Commission; the Small Business Administration; and the Social Security Administration.

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