CFO survey overview


Grant Thornton Public Sector, in partnership with AGA, conducts regular surveys of the government Chief Financial Officer (CFO) community to better understand the challenges they face. The CFO Surveys are published as a series of articles providing timely and topical insights.



June 2022:

As the CFO’s portfolio continues to grow, they have become a critical partner in rebuilding trust by delivering value to their internal customers, such as the  mission/program areas, and external customers, including citizens. To better understand how CFOs are delivering value to their organizations, Grant Thornton and AGA conducted a series of roundtables and interviews with federal and state financial management executives. Grant Thornton and AGA found that CFOs are delivering value by brokering strategic partnerships, enhancing transparency of financial information, maintaining proper stewardship of funds, and creating a workforce with a laser focus on the customer.


Download to read the full June 2022 report.



January 2022:

In the face of a pandemic, a new presidential administration, a workforce in transformation, and trillions of dollars in stimulus funds in distribution, federal CFOs continue to lead their organizations as agents of strategic change. In this report, we explore the state of efficiency and effectiveness in today’s workplace and its implications on the future of work.


Download to read the full Winter 2022 report.



July 2021:

Over a year into the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and after $5 trillion in stimulus funding was released through six major pieces of legislation, CFOs face a new challenge -- making long-term decisions for the ‘new normal,’ meaning the post-pandemic future of work. In this report, Grant Thornton and AGA explore the methods used by public sector CFOs to build resiliency in their organizations and make decisions in the wake of the crisis.


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December 2020 Annual Survey:

In the first article in our COVID-19 CFO Survey Series, federal and state CFOs and budget officers describe the ways they moved to respond, restore and resume finance operations, as well as monitor and disburse more than $2.6 trillion in funds related to the pandemic. The leadership demonstrated by the CFO community extends well beyond financial management (FM).


Download to read the December 2020 Annual Survey




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