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AGA DC President Ross Simms

President's Message

Dear Washington DC Chapter Members,

We are continuing to foster learning, certification, leadership, and collaboration for government financial management professionals. Recently, we offered one hour of CPE on Electronic Invoicing. John Hill, Assistant Commissioner for Payment Management, U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Fiscal Service, delivered the presentation which can be accessed here:

Also, the Chapter is supporting the AGA Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) program. The program was established in conjunction with the Chief Financial Officers Council and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to improve financial and program accountability and the Chapter is hosting a CEAR reviewer recruiting event. The event is designed to inform members about the purpose and benefits of the CEAR program and how they can get involved, and provide networking opportunities.

We also provided networking opportunities during our luncheon at Clyde’s of Gallery Place and the happy hour at Elephant & Castle Restaurant. Members also attended the Capital Steps - a famous DC show that puts the “mock” in democracy.

During our luncheon, I met several new members and they are getting involved. For example, Matthew Levin volunteered to develop a social media initiative for us and Anshita Joshi, a student at George Mason University, joined our Education Committee.

Our Education Committee began planning the Chapter’s Annual Training event to be held on March 29 and 30, 2016 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Thought-proving topics and prominent speakers are being considered, so save the date.

The chapter also remained active in the community. We supported the Junior Achievement‘s JA Finance Park® program. The program educates middle school students on personal finance and permits them to experience being an adult for the day. The students have a career, salary, credit score, debt, a family, and financial obligations and AGA DC volunteers helped them understand the implications of their financial decisions. In addition, we teamed with the Northern Virginia and Montgomery/Prince George’s County Chapters to raise funds for Miriam’s Kitchen, a DC organization that is committed to ending chronic homelessness.

We will soon begin our strategic planning initiative to determine how to best position the Chapter for the future and, as part of this effort, we initiated a brief survey. The survey includes questions designed to will help us assess how we’re doing and how to better assist Chapter members.

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To join our team in planning and conducting Chapter events and activities, email me at

Ross Simms
Chapter President