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About the COA Award
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 annual comprehensive 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.
Net Investment Calculation Notice
Please note that GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award Program (COA) will begin requiring all applicants to submit the calculation of the net investment in capital assets they report for governmental activities and business-type activities, as applicable, on their government-wide statements of net position. The requirement will be effective for all COA applications submitted on or after March 1, 2022. For more information, please see the letter that was recently sent to program participants.
The calculation of the net investment in capital assets submission may be made in any appropriate format and a calculation template is available.
Developing a Report and Program Eligibility
General Purpose Checklist
Type of Report:
Responses to Prior Year Comments:
Who Can Participate
Separate Component Unit Reports & Separate Departmental Reports:
Demonstration of Legal Compliance & Ineligible Reports
The Review Process
How We Review
Who Our Reviewers Are
Award Qualifications & Deficiencies