The Association of Government Accountants recently hosted a dinner and awards ceremony to honor 11 federal agencies that have been awarded the 2007 Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting -- the highest number awarded since the program began. Since 1997, the program has shown progress towards achieving its goal of improving financial and program accountability by streamlining and improving the effectiveness of government reports. Recipients for the 2006 fiscal year include the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Labor, the General Services Administration, the Government Accountability Office, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Small Business Administration and the Social Security Administration. Through the program, AGA advises agencies on how to prepare integrated and user-friendly performance and accountability Reports that clearly show what an agency accomplished with taxpayer dollars and the challenges they face. The program was established in conjunction with the federal Chief Financial Officers Council and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
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