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WHEREAS, the Richmond Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) is part of the Association of Government Accountants a professional organization that has a network of more than 14,000 members in 101 chapters in the United States and around the world; and
WHEREAS, approximately 300 active members of the AGA representing state, federal, municipal and private sector accountants, auditors, and financial managers are located in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, AGA Richmond 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
WHEREAS, AGA Richmond Chapter members are making significant advances both in professional ability and in service to the citizens of Virginia 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
WHEREAS, CGFM also requires candidates 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, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2019 as CERTIFIED GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL MANAGER MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.