DMPS Honored by Two National Organizations for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Two national organizations – the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) – have recognized Des Moines Public Schools for excellence in financial reporting and governmental accounting.

“It’s an honor that two organizations which monitor the financial reporting of public entities across the country recognize Des Moines Public Schools as being among the very best,” said Thomas Harper, chief financial officer for the school district. “The staff and leadership of the district is committed to the highest standards in the accounting and reporting of the public’s tax dollars, and this recognition by both GFOA and ASBO confirms that commitment.”

GFOA awarded its highest honor, the Certificate of Achievement, for the school district’s most recent comprehensive annual financial report. The award is made to organizations that demonstrate a “spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story.” This is the fourth consecutive year DMPS has earned the award.

ASBO presented the school district with its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award, also in recognition of the most recent comprehensive annual financial report. The award is presented for “commitment to financial accountability and transparency.” This is also the fourth year in a row that DMPS has earned the award.