Advanced Financial Reporting for Governments: September 11-13, 2013

Newly revised and updated for the most recent authoritative standards

Group-live course

Prerequisite:  Intermediate Governmental Accounting or its equivalent

Course level: Advanced

CPE credits: 20

Time: 2.5 Days, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (local time) (WTh), 8:00 am - 11:30 am (F)

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Who Will Benefit

Accounting and financial reporting professionals who have prepared, or wish to be able to prepare, a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).


Participants will examine in detail the format and contents of a CAFR prepared in accordance with both generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the program requirements of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program.

Note:  This program is an expanded form of the GFOA’s one-day seminar on Preparing a CAFR.

Advance Preparation


Seminar Objectives

Those who successfully complete the seminar should be able to:

  • Identify the three basic sections of a CAFR and the essential components of each

  • Differentiate basic financial statements, required supplementary information, and other supplementary information within a CAFR

  • Identify the basic elements of a letter of transmittal

  • Identify the appropriate elements to include in management’s discussion and analysis

  • Format each of the basic financial statements

  • Classify data in each of the basic financial statements

  • Format combining and individual fund statements

  • Properly apply commonly misunderstood note disclosure requirements

  • Prepare required statistical presentations

Note: It is recommended that attendees bring a copy of the GFOA’s 2005 Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting: Using the GASB 34 Model, to the seminar with them.

Recommended Reading

2005 Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting: Using the GASB 34 Model (Chapters 10, 11, and 13).

Registration Fees

GFOA member:  $685     Nonmember:  $865