Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program)
The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.
Reports submitted to the CAFR program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and the GFOA Special Review Committee (SRC), which comprises individuals with expertise in public-sector financial reporting and includes financial statement preparers, independent auditors, academics, and other finance professionals.
2012 Program Results
Governments that participate in the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program are asked to submit their report within six months of the end of the fiscal year. The GFOA's review process typically requires an additional 4 to 6 months. Therefore, the 2012 program results are for comprehensive annual financial reports for fiscal years that ended during calendar year 2011. The members of the Special Review Committee listed here are those who reviewed one or more of those reports.
Information for participants and potential participants:
Information for reviewers and potential reviewers: