For Immediate Release

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Tammy Lanier, Director
Communications and Public Information
Cell: 281.543.7845 or Office: 713.696.0752

Carol Vaughn, Communications Manager
Communications and Public Information
Cell: 281.660.9205 or Office: 713.696.0756

HCDE’s Popular Annual Financial Report commended
by Government Finance Officers Association in Washington, D.C.

Harris County Department of Education received an exemplary award from the Government Finance Officers Association in Washington, D.C. for its HCDE Popular Annual Financial Report. 

HCDE is one of 12 entities in Texas to receive the award for its financial report for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2009.  This year 196 total entities, including municipalities, were granted the award.  Nationally, 17 school districts gained the award. 

The GFOA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting considers creativity, presentation, understandability and reader appeal in its evaluation. 

“This is the third year that our HCDE Business Services division has been honored for its report,” said County School Superintendent John E. Sawyer.  “We are proud to deliver an exemplary, clear report of our finances to the public.”

Each honoree receives a plaque with a seal of commendation from the GFOA.  The GFOA’s purpose is to promote and enhance the professional management of governments for the public benefit by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices through education, training, facilitation of member networking and leadership. 
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