Peace Corps Receives the Association of Government Accountants CEAR Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 26, 2011 The Peace Corps received the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award for fiscal year 2010. This is the fourth year in a row the agency has received the prestigious award.

Im delighted that the Peace Corps is recognized with the CEAR Award for demonstrating its commitment to excellent financial management and accountability, said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. The agency and staff around the world work to promote effectiveness and efficiency in government so we may provide the best support to the more than 8,600 volunteers overseas.

Peace Corps Chief Financial Officer Joseph Hepp and Peace Corps Director of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning Cathryn Thorup accepted the award on behalf of the agency at a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 25th. The award is given to federal government agencies whose Performance and Accountability and Annual Financial Reports achieve the highest standards of clarity in communicating financial information and demonstrating accountability.

Since 1950, the AGA has served as an educational organization dedicated to the enhancement of public financial management. AGA\'s CEAR Program was established in conjunction with the federal Chief Financial Officers Council and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to improve financial and program accountability by streamlining reporting and improving the effectiveness of Performance and Accountability and Annual Financial Reports.

About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment. Visit for more information.

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