Professional Awards & Accolades

Financial Reporting Excellence
The City of Durham's Finance Department participates in the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAFR Program) and has been awarded its Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting for 27 consecutive years and 29 out of the last 30 years.

To receive this award, which is only valid for 1 year, a governmental unit must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized CAFR, the contents of which conform to program standards. Such reports must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

Citizen's Financial Report
The Citizens’ Financial Report is prepared annually and submitted as part of the GFOA Popular Annual Financial Reporting Awards Program (PAFR Program). The GFOA established the PAFR 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 who may lack a background in public finance. Each year the GFOA recognizes individual governments that are successful in achieving this goal.

The City of Durham has been awarded the GFOA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for each of the past 6 years. In order to receive an award, a government unit must publish a CAFR whose contents conform to program standards of creativity, presentation, understandability, and reader appeal. An Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is valid for a period of 1 year only.

Sustained Professional Purchasing Award
The City of Durham Purchasing Division was awarded the Sustained Professional Purchasing Award for the year 2011. The SPPA is the highest award a purchasing department can obtain within the Carolina's Association of Governmental Purchasing (CAGP). The City's Purchasing Division also won this award every year since 2002. The CAGP (a chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing) is an organization committed to the professional development of all governmental purchasing personnel in North and South Carolina.

In order to achieve this award, the Purchasing Division had to demonstrate many things; among them are integrity, ethics, knowledge of the law, best practices in contracting and procurement, certifications, education, contributions to the profession, continuous improvement programs, environmental awareness, minority participation programs and electronic commerce.