The George A. Bell Award is established in honor of NASBO’s first Executive Director.Dr. George A. Bell became NASBO's first full-time Executive Director when the post was created in 1974. He was instrumental in the organization's decision to move its offices from Lexington to Washington in order to affiliate with the National Governors Conference. He was the NASBO President in 1964-65 and was awarded life membership in 1973. The George A. Bell Service Award program was established as an entity within NASBO to sponsor the award and administer the George A. Bell memorial fund. The first George A. Bell Service Award was presented in 1978.
The purpose of this award is to recognize state budget personnel for outstanding contributions and service to public budgeting and management in state government.
Nominees not selected as the George A. Bell recipient automatically become eligible for their region's award. These awards are named after the first President from each region: John E. Burton Eastern Region Award, J.H. Rester Southern Region Award, Fred. W. Links Western Region Award and Robert M. Armstrong Midwestern Region Award.
The nomination deadline is May 26, 2023.