Nominations for the Scantlebury Award Open Through March 22

2015 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award For Distinguished Leadership in Financial Management Improvement

Nominations are being accepted now through March 22, 2016, for the 2015 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award For Distinguished Leadership in Financial Management Improvement. The awards will be presented at the JFMIP Federal Financial Management Conference in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2016.


Since 1971, the Principals of the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program have sponsored an annual award program directed to excellence in financial management. The award was established to recognize senior financial management executives who, through outstanding and continuous leadership in financial management, have been principally responsible for significant economies, efficiencies and improvements in the government. In 1981, the award was designated as the Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award in honor of the Chief Accountant of the GAO and the chairman of the JFMIP Steering Committee.


All government employees who are senior executives and have demonstrated outstanding distinguished leadership resulting in effective financial management improvements over the years are eligible to be nominated. Nominees from small entities with fewer than 1,300 full-time employees will receive every consideration provided they meet the selection criteria. Previous nominees may be nominated provided they meet the other provisions of this announcement; the nomination should be updated to include the latest achievements of the nominee.

Selection Criteria

The Awards Committee will base its determinations on two factors: sustained leadership in financial management and specific accomplishments in financial management. For purposes of this award, the term financial management has been interpreted to include, but is not limited to, the following areas: accounting, auditing, information technology, budgeting, asset management, control and allocation of resources, cost reduction, financial analysis, financial systems development, management analysis, planning, productivity measurement and improvements, and financial and performance reporting. For more details, review the nominations packet.

Nomination Procedures

Each nomination must include a copy of the nomination form, a short biographical sketch of the nominee, and a statement of justification for the award. Including the nomination form, the nomination package must not exceed five pages. Submissions must be in English and must be received on or before March 22, 2016, to be eligible for consideration. Any nominations received after the closing date will not be considered. Agencies are encouraged to use incentive awards program channels for solicitation and selection of nominees. No more than three nominations should be submitted from the head of your agency. Email your nomination to


The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) of the federal government is a cooperative undertaking for the Department of the Treasury, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The JFMIP Principals are the Secretary of the Treasury; the Comptroller General of the United States; the OMB Director; and the Director of OPM. The JFMIP Principals work in cooperation with each other and with operating agencies to improve and coordinate financial management policies and practices throughout the government.