Is GASB exhausted yet?

It seems as if the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) never sleeps. I mean, they are currently working on GASB Statement No. 90 – that’s right, NUMBER 90! Of course, they are amending past GASB Pronouncements with No. 90, but still, they have made it to the 90s! I’m sure you are thinking, “When will …

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How to create a meeting agenda

How many meetings do you attend each week? How many of these meetings leave you thinking “that was really helpful”? I would guess in one month, there are roughly 10 out of 50 meetings that actually accomplish the intended objective. How can we change this dynamic?  One of the most important features of a meeting, …

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Productivity, efficiency, effectiveness: what does it all mean?

As auditors, accountants, and employees we often hear these three adjectives used interchangeably to describe a desired change among work processes and organizations. As a government auditor, we have gone through lots of CPE and conferences over the last few months. These conferences often have motivational speakers that try to point out one or two …

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What can finance learn from the control-heavy environment of IT?

IT is built around control. Control of all digital applications and information. IT picks apart sensitive information and reviews it frequently to ensure criminals are unable to gain access to our systems. Is there anything finance can take away from this control-heavy environment? Don’t miss: City of Atlanta ransomware  One item worth considering is called …

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City of Atlanta ransomware

Many of you are aware of the famous ransomware cyberattack on the City of Atlanta that occurred over a year ago, but you may not understand how it worked out. SamSam is a specific type of ransomware that is known for gaining entry by scanning the network for passwords or other entry data used by …

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Emotional Intelligence in accounting

We’ve all heard about IQ, as the measurement has followed us through school and in pursuing careers. However, what about EQ? Emotional Intelligence matters both in the workplace and in interaction with the public. So, what is it? Emotional intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions, and to handle …

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Is segregation of duties really important?

You hear accountants/auditors talk about segregation of duties but do owners, Board Members and Council Members understand what it means? Surely, these individuals understand leaving such a vital part of the operations to a single person would be disastrous to the organization whereas working as a team toward a common goal produces success. The financial …

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Auditors get audited too?

Did you know that audit firms and auditors get audited by their peers? Just when you think that we as auditors don’t understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the table . . . think again! Firms in the practice of public accounting and members of the American Institute of Certified …

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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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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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