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GFOA is always on the lookout for news items that will be useful for finance professionals, research that might help you do your job better, and legal and regulatory updates you need to know about. Check the GFOA news page for the updates and any relevant GFOA announcements, and see the GFOA Newsletter archive for back issues of our weekly electronic newsletter.

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GFOA Awards Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship

May 20, 2017

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has announced the recipients of its 2017 scholarships. GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments. Among the ways GFOA accomplishes its mission is through education, training, and leadership.

The recipients of the four awards for the Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship are Christopher Carlos, CPA, Michelle M. DeNeui, Tiffany Leigh Jacobs, and Robert D. Symanski. Each will receive $9,000. 

GFOA Awards Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

May 20, 2017

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has announced the recipients of its 2017 scholarships. GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments. Among the ways the GFOA accomplishes its
mission is through education, training, and leadership.

The recipient of the $9,000 Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is Dora Ama Okai, who will graduate in the spring of 2018 with an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of San Francisco in California. 

Keynote Speakers to Highlight GFOA’s 111th Annual Conference in Denver

May 20, 2017

Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) 111th Annual Conference will be held May 21─24, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The keynote speakers will be Jim Collins, who will speak during the opening general session on leadership, along with a panel of experts,David Parkhurst, Paul Soglin, and Adam Atherly, who will discuss health-care cost containment at the state and local government level for the general session on Tuesday.

GFOA’s New President to Unveil Platform on Infrastructure and the Municipal Bond

May 20, 2017

On May 23, 2017, during Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) 111th Annual Conference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, GFOA’s new President and Director of Finance of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY), Patrick J. McCoy, will unveil his 2017–2018 initiative focusing on our nation’s infrastructure and the municipal bonds that build it.

GFOA Awards Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship

May 20, 2017

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has announced the recipients of its 2017 scholarships. GFOA’s mission is to enhance and promote the professional management of governments. Among the ways GFOA accomplishes its mission is through education, training, and leadership.

The recipients of the two awards for the Frank L. Greathouse Government Accounting Scholarship are Hannah F. Chu and Magali Moralez. Each will receive $9,000

GFOA Files Comments on Proposed Amendments to SEC Rule 15c2-12

May 17, 2017

On May 15, 2017, GFOA filed comments in response to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12. The letter reiterates that while GFOA promotes transparency in the market and actively supports activities to ensure that investors have appropriate information about municipal securities, GFOA has significant concerns with the SEC’s proposal.

Comments on SEC Amendments to 15c2-12 due May 15

May 4, 2017

GFOA encourages members to submit letters to the most recent proposed amendments to SEC Rule 15c-2-12. The rule requires bond dealers to review issuers’ official statements before underwriting municipal bonds and to reasonably determine that the issuer has contracted to disclose annual financial and operating information, as well as material event notices, on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s Electronic Municipal Market Access website.

Litigation on State Marketplace Fairness Legislation Could Have its Day in U.S. Supreme Court

March 16, 2017

On March 6, 2017, the South Dakota Sixth Judicial Circuit ruled a state law unconstitutional that would have required remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax if they exceed a statutory threshold of sales into the state each year. The case, South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., potentially brings the decades-long debate on taxing remote sales a step closer to returning to the U.S. Supreme Court. When South Dakota passed the law in early 2016, it became the first state to implement a remote sales tax law, which was challenged almost immediately.

SEC Proposes Amending Exchange Act Rule 15c2-12

March 16, 2017

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amending Exchange Act Rule 15c2-12 to include additional event notices under continuing disclosure undertakings. Rule 15c2-12 requires bond dealers to review issuers’ official statements before underwriting municipal bonds and to reasonably determine that the issuer has contracted to disclose annual financial and operating information, as well as material event notices, on the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s Electronic Municipal Market Access website.

154 Members of Congress Join Letter Supporting Municipal Bonds in Advance of Tax Reform

March 16, 2017

Thanks to grassroots support from state and local issuers and the dedicated support from many members of Congress, the House Municipal Finance Caucus garnered 154 co-signers on a letter addressed to Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA) about protecting munis from the potential threat of elimination through comprehensive tax reform.

GFOA Announces Christopher Morrill as Next Executive Director

February 21, 2017

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Morrill, City Manager from Roanoke, Virginia, since 2010, as its next Executive Director.  Mr. Morrill succeeds Jeff Esser, who is retiring after 35 years of distinguished service as GFOA Executive Director on June 30, 2017. Mr. Esser joined the Washington, D.C. office of GFOA in 1979 when the membership of GFOA was 9,000 and today it is 19,000.

Best Practices in School Budgeting Framework Aligns Resources and Student Outcomes

February 1, 2017

GFOA’s best practices in school guidelines are centered on a comprehensive budget process framework focused on academic and finance collaboration to best align resources and desired student outcomes. The framework represents the culmination of a multi-year effort led by GFOA, with input from numerous school district officials and other experts in education finance to develop guidelines for better budgeting tailored specifically for school districts.

Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities Raises Questions and Concerns among Local Governments

February 1, 2017

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued the executive order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States. An executive order is an official statement from the president that directs federal agencies as to how they are to expend their resources within the laws that are established by Congress and the Constitution.

School District of Fort Atkinson Works with Entire District Leadership Team on Smarter School Spending Framework

January 23, 2017

The School District of Fort Atkinson in Wisconsin recently invited GFOA staff to present to the district’s senior leadership team the Best Practices in School Budgeting, a framework for an improved budget process. Fort Atkinson is part of the GFOA’s Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting, an early adopter group of over 70 districts from across the US improving their budget processes. The Best Practices advocate for improved collaboration between finance and academic leaders and the advancement of student outcomes through more effective use of resources.

GFOA Publishes Informed Decision-Making Through Forecasting: A Practitioner’s Guide to Government Revenue Analysis

January 19, 2017

(Chicago, Illinois – January 13, 2017) The purpose of a forecast is to inform financial decision-making. Public finance managers often find that decision-makers don’t give forecasts the weight in decision-making that they should. Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Informed Decision-Making Through Forecasting: A Practitioner’s Guide to Government Revenue Analysis describes how public finance managers can make a forecast resonate with its audience.

GFOA and Issuer Groups’ Message to Congress: Munis Build Infrastructure

January 11, 2017

On January 10, 2017, GFOA and 28 other issuer groups, including our state and local sister organizations, sent a message to the entire Congress in support of the preservation of the tax exemption of municipal bond interest. The message reiterated that the municipal bond is the only infrastructure financing tool that is accessible to jurisdictions of all sizes to effectively access the capital markets. We emphasize that the municipal bond is the best way to effectively implement the infrastructure needs of each community because decision making is made at the local level.

New Year, New Action on Marketplace Fairness

January 5, 2017

On January 3, 2017, the City of Roanoke, Virginia, passed a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to act on legislation that will enable state and local governments to collect revenues due to local government. Congressional inaction over the past several years has resulted in an increase in the Virginia state sales tax from to 5.3%, from 5%, and has placed significant limitations on the jurisdiction.

IN THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ROANOKE, VIRGINIA

January 4, 2017

A RESOLUTION urging the United States Congress to enact legislation that will enable State and Local governments to collect revenues due to local government that are essential to the expansion of our local and regional economy, creation of thousands of new jobs, enhancement of the quality of life within our communities, and preservation of limited State and Local revenue sources.

Black Caucus Chair’s Message to GFOA Membership

December 8, 2016

Good afternoon.

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Multicultural Coalition Taskforce, all those who participated in the Multicultural Coalition survey, and all those who attended the annual meeting at the GFOA Black Caucus in Toronto. Higher than normal attendance and lively participation contributed to a healthy conversation about expanding the scope and mission of the Black Caucus.

Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule Delayed

December 1, 2016

On November 22, 2016, a Texas U.S. District Court judge issued a nationwide temporary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing new overtime pay rules scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. Twenty-one states joined business groups filing suit in the eastern district of Texas to stop the DOL from implementing the rules, which they say would substantially increase employment costs.