Peace Corps Honored for Excellence in Financial Reporting and Accountability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Peace Corps has earned its 13th consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) award from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). The Agency received the award for its 2019 Fiscal Year Agency Financial Report in a virtual ceremony in August.

“This award exemplifies our accountability to the American people, a responsibility we dedicate ourselves to every single day,” said Richard Swarttz, chief financial officer at the Peace Corps. “I am proud to be part of a team that continues to show its commitment to transparency and excellence for every citizen of this country.”

AGA presents the CEAR award to federal agencies annually for producing high-quality Performance and Accountability Reports and Agency Financial Reports. The CEAR award program was established in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officers Council and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to improve accountability through streamlined, effective reporting that clearly shows agency accomplishments with taxpayer dollars and the challenges that remain.

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About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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