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DHS Earns Prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting for the Eighth Consecutive Year

Underpinning each of the Department of Homeland Security’s diverse missions is a pledge to uphold the highest accountability standards to the American public. One marker of this commitment is the Department’s transparency in reporting spending and program performance. We are proud to announce that for the eighth consecutive year, DHS has earned the prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award for financial reporting.

The CEAR Award, sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants, is the highest form of recognition in Federal government management reporting. The Award acknowledges the publication of an informative, high-quality Agency Financial Report (AFR) with insightful information regarding agency spending and program performance. The AFR is produced annually as part of collaborative efforts throughout the Management Directorate’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Components. The Fiscal Year 2020 AFR was noteworthy because DHS received and accounted for over $45 billion through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, above normal mission funding.

The Department is very proud of this exceptional accomplishment. Thanks to tremendous teamwork and the leadership of the Office of Chief Financial Officer, the Department is able to uphold the highest standards in transparency and accountability while fulfilling its missions. This notable accomplishment is further proof of the Department’s commitment to remaining transparent and being a good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

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