Who is the GFOA, and What Do They Do?

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) as identified in their mission statement is an organization that was established to assist in the professional management of governments by developing and identifying financial policies and best practices through education, training, facilitation of member leadership and networking. The objectives of the GFOA are to offer expert knowledge, education, …

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Board Governance = Tax Compliance?

The revised Form 990 is now old news since it came out back in 2008.  One of the significant changes to the form back then was the addition of the board governance section.  By adding that section, the IRS obviously was communicating their idea of what best practices should be followed by the Board of …

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Check Out GFOA’s Six New Best Practices that were Adopted in January 2012

In January 2012, the Government Finance Officers Association’s Executive Board adopted 2 new Best Practices and revised 4 Best Practices.  The 2 new Best Practices are as follows: Presentation of the Departmental Section in Operating Budget Document – This document provides guidance to governments on how to meet their programs and services objectives.  The departmental …

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What is the Appropriate Level of Cash Reserves?

That is a question that the management of many governmental entities asks. Governmental entities also have another layer of complexity in determining appropriate levels of cash reserves due to the fact that there are many different funds within a governmental entity. For example, a governmental entity may have General, Special Revenue, Debt Service, Capital Improvement …

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Importance of an Audit Committee

It is a known fact that audit committees are an essential component in corporate governance.  The public has been increasingly focused on oversight and governance issues since the Enron scandal.  However these issues aren’t just for the “for-profit” industry.  It is becoming more and more of an issue for the not-for-profit world.  Since the re-vamp …

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Fiduciary Responsibilities – Best Practices

Companies that sponsor 401(k) plans for their employees can sometimes underestimate the responsibilities that they should perform in order to properly monitor the plan and ensure that they are not exposed to claims that they have failed their fiduciary responsibilities. Although a significant amount of the plan administration can be performed by third-party services providers …

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