March 2019: Certified Government Financial Manager Month

WHEREAS, the Greater Lansing Chapter and West Michigan Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) are professional organizations, part of the Association of Government Accountants, which has a network of 15,000 members in 100 chapters in the United States and around the world, and approximately 200 active members representing state, federal, municipal, and private sector accountants, auditors, and financial managers in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, AGA Greater Lansing Chapter and West Michigan Chapter members have responded to AGA’s mission of advancing government accountability, as it continues its broad educational efforts with emphasis on high standards of conduct, honor, and character in its Code of Ethics, and are making significant advances both in professional ability and in service to the citizens of Michigan by mastering increasingly technical and complex requirements; and,

WHEREAS, the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) program of AGA provides a means of demonstrating professionalism and competency by requiring CGFM candidates to have appropriate educational and employment history, to abide by AGA’s Code of Ethics, and to pass three examinations requiring expertise in Governmental Environment, Governmental Financial Management and Control, and Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting, and requires each CGFM holder to maintain certification by completing at least 80 hours of continuing professional education in government financial management topics or related technical subjects every two years;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan do hereby proclaim the month of March 2019 as Certified Government Financial Manager Month in Michigan.