ROSEBURG -- The Douglas County Management and Finance Office has received the certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the county department's comprehensive annual financial report.

The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the governmental accounting and reporting area, according to Acting Director Todd Buikema of the Government Finance Officers Association. He added that "its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management."

The certificate has been judged by a panel to "meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive 'spirit of full disclosure' to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR."

The Government Finance Officers Association is a professional group helping the needs of almost 19,000 appointed and elected heads of local, state and provincial-level government officials and other finance staffers. The association provides publications, trainings, services and products intended to "enhance the skills and performances of those responsible for government finance policy and management."

The association's headquarters are in Chicago with offices also in Washington, D.C.

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Umpqua Post Editor