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1. An audit scope that has the potential for significant impact, and is responsive to the needs and concerns of decision-makers and/or the public;
2. Audit conclusions that are persuasive, logical, and firmly supported by the evidence, which was gathered using appropriate research methods and tools;
3. Audit recommendations that are feasible, and will make government programs more effective and efficient;
4. Audit results that are communicated in a clear, concise way; and
5. An audit scope, methodology, recommendations, or report format that is innovative.
Audit shops compete against other shops of the same size. The judges will award one Exemplary Award and typically two Distinguished Awards in each size category. The shop that is recognized as producing the Exemplary report will receive the benefits of a conference registration and travel expenses to the annual conference. The number of Knighton Award categories match the current membership categories.
> The submitting office must be a current organizational member of ALGA. Organizational members are local governments, school districts, boards, and authorities that conduct audits as a primary duty. Organizational members must hold current ALGA memberships for all auditors in the audit shop, including the Chief Audit Executive;
> The submitting office must have issued the audit report during the previous calendar year;
> The submitting office must take “majority responsibility” for the conduct of the performance audit. This criterion is intended to ensure that ALGA's members are given equal opportunity for recognition based upon an audit shop's professional growth and achievement rather than its budget; and
> The performance audit report must have been conducted in accordance with either Yellow Book or Red Book standards, and must contain a standards compliance or modified standards compliance statement.
1. Section A captures general and contact information about the submitting audit shop.
2. Section B affirms that the audit organization has met the minimum eligibility requirements, and gives ALGA permission to share award winning reports with its members by placing them on its website.
3. Section C seeks additional information on how the report submission meets or exceeds three of the five Knighton Award criteria. It asks the submitting audit shop to provide a short description or background information for the judges that address how the:
- Audit scope has the potential for significant impact, and is responsive to the needs and concerns of decision-makers and/or the public;
- Audit recommendations are feasible, and will make government programs more effective and efficient; and
- Audit scope, methodology, recommendations, or report format is innovative.
Note: The submission process has been simplified and streamlined. Section C replaces the Transmittal Letter required in previous years. In addition, supplemental information (such as newspaper clippings, news reports, etc.) submitted in conjunction with the report to illustrate audit impact, is no longer allowed, and will not be considered by the judges.
4. Section D, which is optional, asks for the submitting audit shop’s participation in the awards program transparency efforts. The shop’s willingness to participate (or not participate) has no impact on the judging process. Submitting shops are asked whether they would like to share their report submission on ALGA’s website if they do not win an award, and are asked to share the number of hours spent on the submitted audit.
5. Section E captures the Chief Audit Executive’s approval of the Knighton Award Submission Form and affirms the accuracy of the information provided.
> An award plaque presented during ALGA's annual conference;
> A congratulatory letter, co-signed by the ALGA President and Awards Program Committee Chairperson, addressed to the Chief Audit Executive and an additional official requested by the award winner; and
> A press release announcing the award and its significance.
The Exemplary award recipients from each size category are provided the opportunity to share their report with ALGA members during a concurrent session at the ALGA Annual Conference, and during a webinar sometime after the conference. If the audit shop agrees to present their winning audit report, they will receive:
> Travel costs to the Annual Conference, including:
- Airfare at the 21-day advance coach fare - Three nights hotel accommodations - an additional night of hotel accommodations (total number of nights not to exceed four nights) may be paid if it is more cost effective for ALGA.
- Airfare and hotel expenses are not to exceed $1,000.
> One Conference registration
Note: The ALGA Conference Chair (the President-Elect) has the discretion to modify or limit the airfare and hotel accommodations when it is in the best interest of ALGA.
1. Active membership in ALGA for at least 10 years.
2. Service to ALGA as an Officer, Board Member, and/or Committee Chair.
3. Contributions to ALGA were significant and introduced, improved, or sustained ALGA's initiatives, programs, or mission.
4. Retired from the local government auditing profession.
Note: Specific requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Board.
1. A plaque suitably inscribed
2. Recognition at the Annual Conference and in the Local Government Auditing Quarterly
3. A press release distributed to the local press in the recipient's hometown
4. A complimentary individual membership to ALGA
5. A complimentary subscription to the Local Government Auditing Quarterly
6. A complimentary registration for the Annual Conference
1. A completed Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form (available on the ALGA website);
2. A Nomination Letter providing a brief explanation of why the nominee should be considered for the award, and specific examples of the nominee's contributions to ALGA. If a waiver to any of the awards criteria is sought, the Letter should include an explanation of why the nominator believes it should be waived; and
3. Letters of support from two ALGA members not affiliated with the nominee's former local government agency.