Fairfax County Receives Certificate of Distinction


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Oct. 10, 2007

Fairfax County Receives Certificate of Distinction

Fairfax County was presented with a Certificate of Distinction this week by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) at its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Fairfax County is one of only 24 jurisdictions to achieve this level of recognition among more than 200 communities participating in ICMA’s Center for Performance Measurement.

The county received the certificate for collecting and using performance data from 14 government service areas (such as police, fire and rescue, libraries, etc.) and applying that information to training, data verification, public reporting, planning and decision-making, networking and accountability.

“This recognition demonstrates Fairfax County’s commitment to high performance, accountability and transparency in managing our government services,” said County Executive Anthony H. Griffin. “A number of these benchmarking comparisons are included in the annual budget, which shows how Fairfax County’s performance ranks in relation to other similarly sized jurisdictions, as well as other participating Virginia localities.”

According to the Center for Performance Management, communities receiving the Certificate of Distinction report performance data to the public through budgets, newsletters and/or information provided to elected officials, as well as perform staff training and data verification efforts to ensure the data’s reliability. The recognized communities demonstrate a commitment to using performance data in strategic planning and management decision-making, and share their performance measurement knowledge with other local governments. Communities participating in the Center for Performance Management use the data to identify management practices that contribute to high performance, so that local governments can learn from each other and continuously improve.

For more information on the ICMA visit www.icma.org. Information on the Center for Performance Management can be found at www.icma.org/performance.

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