NGMA Partners with AGA

Online Candidate Assessment Tool for Grants Management Professionals

Firmly grounded in research, this tool helps hiring managers assess the skills and expertise of potential grants management professionals.

In an era where public officials must do more with less, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) and the National Grants Management Association (NGMA), released a free, state-of-the-art, online resource designed to help hiring managers assess candidates for grants management positions. It allows hiring managers to use a standard online tool to assess job candidates or to create their own assessment tailored to a specific job opening.



 Collaboration Issues Call-To-Action on Government Guidance

Document offers three practical decision tools to help government officials write laws, regulations or guidance

This call-to-action guide is designed to help promote trust in government by limiting government requirements to those that are essential. The call-to-action was issued jointly by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Association of Educational Federal Finance Administrators (AEFFA), National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA), National Association of State Auditors Comptrollers & Treasurers (NASACT), National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and the National Grants Management Association (NGMA).

The call-to-action is based on the premise that trust in any government erodes when it places unnecessary burdens on its people. The call-to-action is comprised of three decision tools to help government officials in adopting requirements that are essential, that are expressed in plain writing and that underscore the importance of only collecting data that is needed and that will actually be used.

  The tools provide a common way to evaluate the appropriateness and clarity of requirements, and the nature of data needed to assess programs. They include:  
  TOOL 1  
Determining Whether a Requirement Should be Included in a Law, Regulation or Guidance
  TOOL 2  
Promoting Clarity through Plain Writing
  TOOL 3
Obtaining and Protecting Good Data

The concepts included in this call-to-action are based on a 1999 perspective paper by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Education (ED). The perspective paper and a subsequent paper developed by the ED OIG in 2007, addressed statutory decision-making related to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESEA, which funds over 36 federal education programs, was reauthorized in 2002 through the No Child Left Behind Act.



About AGA:
AGA is the member organization for financial professionals in government. We lead and encourage change that benefits our field and all citizens. Our networking events, professional certification, publications and ongoing education help members build their skills and advance their careers.

About AEFFA: 
AEFFA is a not-for-profit organization for state-level educational finance administrators working primarily with federal funds issues.

About NAFEPA: 
NAFEPA has been a key organization for educators working with federal programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since 1974. The organization’s major functions of support, education, training and technical assistance are achieved through publications, an annual conference and a strong state represented board of directors. NAFEPA serves nearly 4,000 members across the nation.

About NASACT: 
NASACT is the professional organization for officials who have been elected or appointed to the offices of state auditor, state comptroller or state treasurer.

About NASCIO: 
NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories and the District of Columbia. NASCIO fosters government excellence through quality business practices, information management and technology policy.

About NGMA: 
NGMA is a thought leader in grants management with members representing all types of grantees and federal agency grantors. NGMA offers a Certified Grants Management Specialist credential and a variety of training events including the Grants Management Body of Knowledge and other current grant topics.