City Of Burien Wins Its 8th ‘Distinguished Budget Presentation’ Award
It may not be as exciting an award as the Oscars™, but the City of Burien has been awarded the ‘Distinguished Budget Presentation’ Award by the Government Finance Officers Association, its eighth such award since 2003.
We can imagine the glamorous awards ceremony in a room full of golden calculators, with cool Abacus Statues, Excel-themed centerpieces and perhaps even a choreographed PowerPoint song and dance routine, with nominees wearing their finest pocket protectors, high-water pants and…
We kid! We kid! (because we love!)
One such local winner who is surely proud is the city’s own Accounting Manager, Gary Coleman (and no, not that Gary Coleman – he’s dead…).
Okay, before we ruin this real honor any further, here’s more from a press release:
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is pleased to announce that the City of Burien, Washington has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.
The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed ed to asses how well an entity’s budget serves as
- a policy condiment
- a financial plan
- an operations guide
- a communications service
Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.
When a Distinguished Budget Presentation AWard is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition of Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This has been presented to Gary Coleman, Accounting Manager.
For budgets including fiscal period 2010, over 1,250 entities received the Award. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality if budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.
The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 17,400 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.