The importance of segregation of duties

Perhaps one of the most crucial controls an entity can have is the segregation of duties. Basically, this requires multiple people within a process to complete an objective so that no one is in charge of the process from start to finish. As you begin to think of the different processes within your entity and …

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AELR CFO designations needed

Do you file an Annual Expenditure Limitation Report? If so, did you know that, beginning in fiscal year 2021, you are required to submit to the Auditor General by July 31st who will be officially be signing the report? Per A.R.S. §41-1279.07(E), every county, city, town or community college district must provide to the Auditor …

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USFR for Arizona school districts: Procurement

When Arizona school districts undergo a financial statement audit, a compliance review is also conducted. This review is meant to evaluate whether the school district is compliant or non-compliant with the Uniform System of Financial Records for school districts, commonly referred to as the USFR. The compliance review report is based primarily on the compliance …

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OMB exemptions related to the expenditure of federal awards and COVID-19

With the widespread impact of the COVID-19 virus, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released various memorandums offering advice, direction and relief through the relaxation or easing of the administrative requirements related to the expenditure of federal funds. Initially the OMB’s memo’s focused on providing relief or flexibility only to recipients performing essential …

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Update to GASB’s re-examination of the reporting model spring 2020

Many of you are following the progress GASB is making in re-examining the reporting model developed largely from GASB 34. We at Henry+Horne are also keeping a close watch on the changes the board has tentatively decided on, in an effort to be ready for their much-anticipated exposure draft set to be released summer 2020. …

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Travel expense reimbursement issues at Northern Arizona University – The case for re-evaluating, reviewing and testing travel reimbursement policies and procedures in local governments

Recently the Arizona Auditor General released its report for Northern Arizona University’s (NAU) internal control and compliance for the year ending June 30, 2019. The report includes only one finding, that the “University inappropriately paid for $40,277 of the President’s and her spouse’s travel  expenses that conflicted with policies and lacked appropriate documentation, which put …

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Internal audit?

An audit can be defined as a process where business records are examined by an auditor to determine whether a business’s financial statements appear to be accurate. There are two types of audits: external and internal. It is important to understand the meaning of the two as your organization may at one-point experience both. It’s …

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What is missing from your SEFA?

In addition to your many end of fiscal year document requirements, you’re also responsible for the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA).  Below is a list of items you’ll need to prepare the SEFA under Uniform Guidance as well as some helpful tips to ensure the information is complete and accurate. Tips for preparing …

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Updated public debt disclosure requirements

Have you issued public debt? If so, you are going to want to be aware of the amendment the SEC approved to Rule 12c2-12. Effective February 27, 2019, all broker-dealers buying or selling municipal securities, governments, as well as any other obligated persons who issue obligations subject to the Rule will be required, through contractual …

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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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