Awards

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (COA) Program

The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (COA) 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. The goal of the program is not to assess the financial health of participating governments, but rather to ensure that users of their financial statements have the information they need to do so themselves.

Program Information

Eligibility

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Award Criteria - Checklists

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Fee Schedule

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We try to complete reviews within six months of receiving applications. GFOA's efforts to deal with COVID-19 and to ensure a successful implementation of the AMS have temporarily lengthened the turnaround time for the Certificate award decisions. Our current turnaround time is approximately nine months, but we are working hard to reduce that time frame back to the normal time of six months. Thank you for your patience as we resolve this temporary backlog.

Using GFOA’s Awards Management System

Certificate applications are processed through GFOA’s Awards Management System (AMS). Each government submits its comprehensive annual financial report and application in the AMS and retrieves its results in the system once the review is completed.

Register Your Government in the AMS

Register

Submit an Application

Submit

Request an Extension

Request

Check Status of an Application

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Retrieve Result Documents

Retrieve

FAQs

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Please note:

  • Registering a government in the AMS is a one-time event. Once a government has registered, it will not need to do so again.
  • For logging in to the AMS, the government’s username is its GFOA member number. See FAQs for more information.
  • Emails from the AMS will come from notifications@lf.gfoa.org. Ask your IT department to add this email address to your allow list to ensure you receive password reset and other important emails about your COA submission.

Reviewer Information

Become a Reviewer

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Completing Reviews Using GFOA's Awards Management System

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Current members of the Special Review Executive Committee

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List of Current Reviewers

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Please note:

  • For logging in to the AMS, a volunteer reviewer’s username is his or her GFOA member number. See FAQs for more information.

If you have questions about the Certificate Program or about the AMS, please contact GFOA.