The Journal of Government Financial Management
Most governments issue annual financial reports; in the US, state and local governments issue the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or its equivalent. However, these reports have been found to be neither readily accessible nor particularly informative to non-financial experts such as the general public. In response, professional associations such as AGA, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and the Government Financial Officers Association, have promoted the use of different types of popular financial reports as an alternative reporting mechanism. According to GASB, financial reporting plays a critical role as a tool for public accountability in a democratic society. Yet, various statistics point to citizens' general distrust of and dissatisfaction with financial reporting and the information provided by their governments. Surveys conducted by AGA have found that the majority of citizens believe that government needs to be responsible for providing financial and accounting information, but that government, at all levels, have failed to be transparent.
Yusuf, Juita-Elena and Jordan, Meagan M., "Popular Financial Reports: Tools for Transparency, Accountability and Citizen Engagement" (2015). School of Public Service Faculty Publications. 14.