Want to learn more about how to make that budget book resonate with your governing body and community? How about learning more on how to improve the budget process that drives all that goes into the book too?
Governments are being hit by an ever-increasing number of cyberattacks that range from targeting citizens’ private information to stealing funds. Without appropriate measures, including risk management, cyber insurance, and business continuity plans, government data are at risk.
Public participation in government is an essential part of our democratic tradition. Local government, as the government closest to the people, is uniquely positioned to rehabilitate our democratic capacities.
The cloud is no longer a novelty. The number of mature cloud customers is growing and the entire market is evolving creating both significant benefits for government, and lessons learned to discover both strengths and weaknesses.
Local governments offer financial incentives to private firms in hopes of encouraging development, creating jobs, and enhancing the local tax base, which will ultimately improve the community. However, the effectiveness of many of these incentives are questionable.
Local governments face disasters ranging from recurring storms to "once-in-a-generation" natural disasters. Disaster preparedness using tools provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), such as threat hazard identification and risk assessment methodology, can help reduce uncertainty. This session will cover different disaster preparedness strategies, including disaster identification and risk analysis methods, intergovernmental disaster response networks, and financial management strategies. It will also provide cases of how local governments coordinated and planned their disaster response from start to finish with a focus on special considerations for the finance office.
If in five years your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system looks like the same system you first installed, you have failed to leverage your technology investment. This session will focus on the period just after the "go-live" and how to provide long-term support for your ERP system.
How do you use your budget process to best align resources and student outcomes? Strong collaboration between the finance and academic teams is a starting point and plays a crucial role in GFOA's Best Practices in School Budgeting for improving your district's budget process.
Finance officers are often trained on how to generate a return on investment from financial assets, develop process improvements that generate greater efficiencies, and manage infrastructure that provides optimal service over its lifespan.
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is in the midst of research involving whether the framework for going concern needs to be updated in light of many governments experiencing financial difficulty or oversight, but without the legal ability (or desire) to declare bankruptcy.
GASB 87 on leases will become effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2019, but if you're thinking this can be placed on the back burner for a while, think again. The new lease accounting is going to require quite a lot of advanced preparation.
This session, long a staple at the annual conference, will be joined this year by the GASB Chairman. Speakers will provide a comprehensive overview of the key developments in accounting, auditing, and financial reporting that affect state and local governments.