The Latest Rules and Regulations That Impact Your Government Entity

How to prepare a SEFA for a single audit

Single audits are designed to be a cost-effective way of determining whether federal grant money is being properly expended. It is up to the entity to establish and maintain a system of controls that will give reasonable assurance that the grant is being spent within the laws, regulations and specific conditions of the grant. If …

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New fiduciary fund accounting: are you prepared?

The way governments have reported their fiduciary activities has varied at times and sometimes, they are not reported at all. GASB Statement 84 aims to correct this as well as other items effecting the fiduciary accounting world. Now is the time for an evaluation of all your activities to determine whether this GASB statement will …

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All the Queen’s Horses, fraud in Dixon, Illinois

Netflix recently released a documentary called “All the Queen’s Horses.” It details the story of Rita Crundwell, the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. As the City Comptroller and Treasurer for Dixon, Illinois, Rita Crundwell embezzled more than $53 million of public funds over a 20-year period. The stolen funds …

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Prepare your organization for new standards, smooth transitions

The Government Accounting Standards Board is always issuing new standards on a range of topics such as pensions, postemployment benefit plans, lease standards and more. With so many technically complex changes issued within a short time frame, it can be hard to keep up. Implementing changes can be a time-consuming process, especially for those with …

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How to increase your focus at work

In the accounting profession, work can get busy. So much so, that many of us have probably caught ourselves saying, “I was so busy at work today, but feel like I got nothing done.” In general, one minute of focused time equals four and a half minutes of unfocused time, and while people can switch …

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Phishing vs spear phishing – don’t get scammed

You may believe that phishing emails are a thing of the past and that no one falls for them. However, emails remain the number one way for scammers to infect your computer with viruses or ransomware and they have been getting more complex with their schemes. Spear phishing Typically, phishing emails can be easily identified …

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South Dakota v Wayfair: landmark sales tax decision

There has been a lot of buzz in the past few months regarding the South Dakota vs. Wayfair, Inc. case. It’s important because state and local governments cannot enforce their sales tax laws on internet retail sales unless the retailer has a local physical presence. This is a precedent that was established in U.S. Court …

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Digital modernization, government and audits

With technology and society ever growing and evolving, government entities are evolving and changing themselves. Reports from the AICPA’s Charted Global Management Accounting group discuss some of the key factors and challenges faced by governments who are considering or are in the process of moving to a more digital organization (Part I and Part II). …

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Uniform guidance: time and effort reporting

Many questions have arisen regarding the Uniform Guidance on the reporting of personnel expenses and the need to record hours worked across multiple grants and responsibilities. The Standards for Documentation of Personnel Expenses can be found under section §200.430(i). In reading the uniform guidance, we noted three things: Paragraph (i)(1)(i) states first and foremost that …

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Completing risk assessments, a valuable management tool

Risks assessments are performed by external auditors to develop plans to meet the audit’s objectives. However, risk assessments can also be performed internally and used as a valuable management tool to determine if internal control structures are functioning as originally designed or if changes are necessary. In an everchanging regulatory environment as well as inevitable …

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