Understanding government finance is paramount to understanding government, as government programs are funded by citizens' tax dollars. Likewise, understanding government accountability is paramount to understanding democracy, as spending oversight is integral to ensuring ethical practices. That's where government financial managers at all levels of government come in: accountants, auditors, grants managers, IT professionals, budget officers, inspectors general and more — everyone who touches taxpayer dollars — plays a role in holding governments accountable to citizens. AGA represents all of those people. Through its vast network of 100 chapters, extensive training opportunities and Certified Government Financial Management certification, AGA helps its members nationwide promote leading practices in government accountability and boost their careers.