The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office received its re-accreditation from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia (TAV) on June 14, 2019. The Office Accreditation program is a voluntary professional certificate program that is overseen by the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. Sixty-five treasurers’ offices were accredited this year. It is estimated that combined, the accredited offices handled close to $13 billion dollars in Fiscal Year 2018.
While it is not required for any treasurer’s office to be accredited, receiving accreditation acknowledges that the office meets the statewide best practices for performance in treasury management. “The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office chooses to submit to the accreditation process every year to ensure that we are good stewards of Arlington’s funds,” said de la Pava.
As part of the rigorous accreditation process, offices must successfully pass an outside audit with no findings of material weakness. The accreditation process also requires proof of continuing education such as attendance of an ethics course by the treasurer (or a principal officer) and educational requirements for staff. Accredited offices are required to have written policies in place addressing areas such as personnel, customer service, and delinquent collections. The Arlington County Treasurer’s Office has been accredited every year since 2015.
“The TAV is committed to ensuring that elected treasurers have the resources and tools they need to serve the citizens who elect them,” concluded the TAV’s Immediate Past President Evelyn Powers. “We are proud of the 65 offices that received accreditation this year and the hard work and dedication it took for each of them to meet the highest standards of excellence in fiscal management.”
About the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia
The Treasurers’ Association of Virginia has 187 active members across Virginia’s cities, counties, and towns. Its goal is to use education and networking to raise professionalism and fiscal leadership in Virginia’s treasurers and their staffs. The Association hosts multiple classes and conferences to support its members and to enable offices to stay current in practices and standards. Members adhere to a strict code of ethics and to the highest standards of performance as they seek to manage faithfully the funds entrusted to them by the citizens of Virginia.