How to create an efficient meeting

We previously posted a blog on how to reduce the number of meetings you attend. Once you actually step into a meeting, how do you make the most of your time in that meeting and make it more efficient? There is always additional information or topics that tend to creep into the meeting which can …

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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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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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New caller ID spoofing and phone spear phishing alert!

Recently the Federal Trade Commission put out an alert on phone spear phishing and caller ID spoofing scams that are on the rise among consumers and companies. I imagine you experience the same relentless calls from phone numbers you don’t recognize as I do every day on my personal devices. Usually I just ignore and …

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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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Governments capitalizing interest, a thing of the past

In the beginning there was capitalized interest, and some found it was good. Then, GASB decided to shed some light on this topic – now, capitalizing interest is just a thing of the past. While governmental activities generally don’t incur capitalized interest on projects in the construction phase, business-type activities were permitted to do so, …

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