The Latest Rules and Regulations That Impact Your Government Entity

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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Risk management and internal control

Risk management and internal control are vital to a business’s financial health, but can often be put to the wayside amongst required day-to-day work. However, the benefits of taking the time to prioritize risk management can far outweigh the time put in up front. With the wide range of uncertainties faced by organizations, risk management …

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Time’s almost up to comment on revenue recognition

It’s coming, are you ready for it? Do you remember the revenue recognition standards? In our last two blogs, we discussed the government accounting standards board working on a new revenue/expense recognition project. This has huge implications on government accounting. The research phase of the project has been completed and now the board is on …

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New revenue, expense recognition considerations Part II

GASB is looking to address expanded guidance on revenue for classification and recognition through either the Exchange/Non-Exchange Model or the Performance/No-Performance Obligation Model. This blog will provide a brief overview of the Performance Obligation Model. If you missed our post on the Exchange Model, click here. Performance Obligation Model The Performance Obligation Model classifies a …

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Considerations for new revenue, expense recognition

GASB is currently looking to address expanded guidance on revenue for classification and recognition through one of two primary ways: Exchange/Non-Exchange Model, or Performance/No-Performance Obligation Model This blog will provide a brief overview of the Exchange Model. The Exchange Model The Exchange Model classifies an exchange transaction as when each party receives and gives up …

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