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Clerk’s Finance Department Earns Two Reporting Awards
Yulee, FL – January 9, 2013 – The Nassau County Clerk’s Finance Department has earned two awards for excellence in financial reporting. The Clerk’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (“CAFR”) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011 has earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This is the sixth year in a row that the Clerk’s Finance Department has earned this award. The Certificate of Achievement is awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association (“GFOA”) and is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The GFOA also recognized the Clerk’s Popular Annual Financial Report (“PAFR”) for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011 with an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting. The GFOA established the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program in 1991 to encourage and assist state and local governments to extract information from their comprehensive annual financial report to produce high quality popular annual financial reports specifically designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable to the general public and other interested parties without a background in public finance and then to recognize individual governments that are successful in achieving that goal.
An impartial panel of judges evaluates the CAFR and PAFR in order to meet the high standards of each program. The standards for the CAFR include demonstration of a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate an entity’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The PAFR award is based on an evaluation of creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal.
Both the CAFR and PAFR are available on the Clerk’s website: www.nassauclerk.com
“These awards demonstrate that my Finance Department staff continues to excel in the area of financial reporting, which is essential considering that the Florida Constitution designates the Clerk as the custodian of all county funds. We aim to make financial information easily accessible for our citizens in the spirit of transparency and accountability in order to protect the public trust. I strongly encourage citizens to visit our website and view each of these reports.” said Clerk of Court John A. Crawford.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C.
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