There are two ways to obtain login credentials to submit a budget award application in GFOA’s Awards Management System (AMS).

If you know the person who submits your government’s Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) to the Certificate of Achievement (COA) for Excellence in Financial Reporting or Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) in the AMS:

  • Ask that person to add you as the Budget submitter. The COA and PAFR submitters have the ability to add another user on the government’s account for the Budget program or to modify his/her own access rights to include the Budget program.
  • If added this way, you will receive an email from with a username and temporary password.
  • Use the credentials in the email to log in at You will be prompted to change your password.

If you do not know who submits your government’s ACFR or PAFR to the COA:

  • Send an email to the Budget Award Program with following details:
    -Subject: Request for Budget login credentials
    -First and Last Name
    -Email address
    -Government Name
  • A GFOA staff member will process your request and send your username and temporary password via email.
  • Use the credentials in the email to log in at You will be prompted to change your password.

Add the Budget Program to your profile

If you already have AMS login credentials, you can add the Budget program to your profile by following the steps below:

1. Select “Start Process” in the blue band at the top of the screen.

2. Click the green “Start” button to the right of “User Management Form.”  A form like the one below will open.

Screenshot of user management form.

3. Click the “edit” button to the right of “Groups” next to your name to open the edit screen.  If your name is not listed, click the “edit” button next to the user number that shows (Not Set) under the name and complete the fields for your first name, last name and email address.

Screenshot from AMS system.

4. On the edit screen, choose Budget from the drop down list next to “groups” and click the green “Add” button. Be sure to click Enable Account to “On.” Click the green “save changes” button to close the edit screen.

5. Click “save changes” again on the main User Management form to submit the change.  You will need to log out and log back in to see the Budget application on your Start Process menu.