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JFMIP Mission

The Joint Financial Management and Improvement Program (JFMIP) Principals conduct a program for the continuous improvement of federal financial management and to act as a catalyst for the sharing and exchange of information to promote operational effectiveness and efficiency, professional development, and data-driven decision-making.


The Joint Financial Management and Improvement Program (JFMIP) is a cooperative venture between the Department of Treasury, the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personal Management, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. It was initiated in 1948 and was given statutory authorization in the Budget and Accounting Act of 1950 (31 USC 65 as amended).

The Budget and Accounting Procedures Act of 1950, established a cooperative undertaking which required the Department of Treasury, the General Accounting Office (now the Government Accountability Office) and the Bureau of the Budget (now the Office of Management and Budget) to work together to improve financial practices in the federal government. The organization was originally referred to as the Joint Program for Improving Accounting in the Federal Government. In 1959, it became the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP). In 1966, the Civil Service Division (now the Office of Personal Management) was added to the JFMIP organization to provide expertise in personnel matters. JFMIP has been and continues to be a program that promotes the development, modernization, and use of improved financial management practices across the federal government.

Leadership and program guidance are provided by the four Principals of the JFMIP, who are the:

  • Comptroller General of the United States
  • Secretary of the Treasury
  • Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

JFMIP currently has a Planning committee that plans meetings for the principals, the annual conference, and webinar events. The committee meets at least monthly and consists of members from all four principal organizations.


JFMIP sponsors an annual conference and periodic webinar events. These events provide the federal financial management community with relevant and timely information in topics such as government accounting, internal controls, and cybersecurity delivered by the top leaders in government. They also provide a forum for those in the federal financial management community to learn about current issues, exchange knowledge, and share experiences in improving financial management operations and policies. Suggestions for topics, speakers, and volunteers related to for JFMIP events can be provided to Below is a listing of upcoming JFMIP events.

Upcoming events:
  • October 1, 2020 JFMIP Principals Meeting (Closed – Invitation Only)
  • October 21, 2020 JFMIP Virtual Webinar

JFMIP Archive

Donald L. Scantlebury Award

Since 1971, the JFMIP Principals 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.

An 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. Additional criteria considerations are included in the nomination form.

Current year nomination is closed

Nomination form and previous year awardees:

Got Comments or Questions?

Do you have questions about the JFMIP, suggestions on how it could be improved, or do you want to volunteer in supporting its initiatives? Send an email to

Internal JFMIP Collaboration

Are you a JFMIP volunteer, a Principal, or a member of the Planning Committee? If yes - click here.