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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Schools and deadlines during COVID-19

As of March 13, 2020, we were notified that all schools would be closed as a preventative measure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This has resulted in multiple effects in our general community among other things. From a business perspective, new questions have surfaced for the March 31 deadline. Don’t miss: $21 million missing and …

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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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Your audit, from good to great

We want our clients to get more out of their audits! We are not talking about heartburn either. We invite you to look behind the audit curtain. Maybe this will shed some light on what is going on. We have an action plan, some things you can do to help turn your audit from good …

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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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Changes impacting debt issues for government entities

Are you, as well as other key personnel, aware of the new amendments? In February 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) amendments to Rule 15c2-12 went into effect for those entities that issue bond debt. This requirement is on new bond obligations being issued now and, in the future, and not a requirement for …

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Why is government so slow? Expectation vs. reality

Why is government so slow? Have you ever been asked this question by those your government entity serves? Maybe someone has asked this via email or commented on your social media account. Thanks to how connected we are, governments and their constituents are able to interact more than ever. The digital age also allows us …

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The benefits of timely financial reporting

It’s the holiday season – you’re busy, your staff is busy, life is full of interruptions, and for you December 31 ending governments out there, you’ve still got to close your books at year-end. There’s only so much time between your actual year-end, when your entity is really performing closing entries to begin your annual …

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