About the PAFR Fellowship Program
COVID-19 has made it difficult for graduate students to find meaningful summer professional work experiences (internships) - either due to hiring freezes or the inability to provide work projects that can be successfully completed while working remotely with limited supervision. This program connects graduate students with local governments that wish to develop a PAFR for submission to the GFOA award program.
ELGL and GFOA are working together to match up graduate students with local governments, and then support the students as they create a PAFR document. Local governments and students will complete an application to be considered for a match. Considerations like geographic location, organization size, and graduate student skills and abilities will be used to determine matches.
This program is "free" for local governments. Government's pay the regular $250 GFOA application fee for the PAFR program. GFOA then provides 100% of the fee to the graduate student as a stipend to produce the PAFR for the government. At the end of the program, the PAFR is submitted to GFOA for award consideration.
Applications from both students and local governments for the winter 2021 program are due January 31, 2021.
What is a PAFR?
GFOA encourages governments to supplement their comprehensive annual financial report with simpler, "popular" reports designed to assist those who need or desire a less detailed overview of a government's financial activities. These Popular Annual Financial Reports or PAFRs provide informatoin to the public and assist in promoting transparency, building trust, and helping inform on a government's financial condition.
GFOA PAFR Award Program
The GFOA established the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program (PAFR Program) in 1991 to encourage and assist state and local governments to extract information from their comprehensive annual financial report to produce high quality popular annual financial reports