The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has recognized Citizen Potawatomi Nation for excellence in accounting and financial reporting. The award for fiscal year 2012 recognizes the tribe’s adherence to financial transparency and full accountability of the CPN financial resources.
“This award confirms that we’re taking good care of CPN’s money and meeting the highest financial reporting standards,” said Chairman John Barrett. “Our tribal citizens can remain confident that we’re being accountable and handling their money in the most transparent and responsible way possible.”
The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and represents a significant accomplishment by Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
“This is a third party confirmation that can assure the Potawatomi people that the financial statements of the Nation have met the utmost standards for 25 years,” said Susan Blair, chief financial officer.
The award recognizes CPN’s efforts to provide financial statements and accurately present the financial condition of all tribal funds for the previous fiscal year.
“This award is additional assurance to our tribal citizens that we are being responsible with and protecting CPN assets,” Blair added. “It makes me very proud to know that we have such an excellent accounting team that is dedicated to doing the best they can in their areas. It also continues to give a confirmation that the Nation’s leadership is committed to striving for excellence.”
Submissions are judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate the financial story for CPN.
The GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945 to recognize individual governments for their achievements in financial reporting.