Conflicts of Interest in School and Government Procurement

As many school district business personnel are aware of, Arizona State Statute 38-509 and Arizona USFR guidelines require each District to maintain a conflict of interest file disclosing substantial conflicts of interest with their employees and board members. However, this can be taken a step further to help protect a City, Town or School District …

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Closing and Locking a Period in QuickBooks

Have you ever mistakenly misdated a transaction in QuickBooks? Has your auditor ever asked you why equity did not match the prior year’s audited financial statements? Since QuickBooks does not require you to close your books after year-end, changing, adding, or deleting entries made in a prior fiscal year is a common mistake. So you …

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GASB 68 Deferred Employer Contributions to Pensions

Last month I discussed the timing of specific pension related dates in valuing, measuring and reporting your pension related amounts for the full accrual basis statements in accordance with GASB Statement 68. This month I am discussing the employer contributions to the plan, and how they should be reported for the full accrual based statements. …

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How Does GASB Measure Fair Value?

In response to stakeholders requesting more clarity regarding Fair Value standards, GASB developed new guidance by issuing Statement No. 72. The new guidance is designed to provide additional information regarding the measurement of Assets and Liabilities and to help financial statement readers make better, more informed decisions. GASB Statement No. 72, Fair Value Measurement and …

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Importance of Controls Over Fixed Assets

Are your year-end financial statements accurately representing your fixed assets? Deficiencies in the recording of fixed assets can often result in inaccurate financial reporting. The area of fixed assets is way too often considered as a lower priority by management, thus easily disregarded. Fixed asset control procedures are not always performed as well as they …

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Steps to Improve Financial and Single Audit Quality

The AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center has some resources available for auditees to assist you in having a smooth and efficient audit. The Center outlines five steps that you, as an auditee, can take to improve the quality of your audit. The first step is to ensure that your auditors are properly qualified and have …

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GASB 68 Valuation, Measurement and Report Dates, Oh My!

It’s here! GASB 68, the much anticipated Pension Statement, is effective for employer governments for this June 30, 2015 ending year. Amongst all the hype is a barrage of changes to the way governments have been reporting their pensions. This blog focuses on the three different dates involved, specifically for Arizona based pension plans. There …

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Education for Governmental Accountants

How many governmental accounting classes did you take in college? One, maybe two at the most? Or are you like me, and you didn’t take any? There was only one class offered and it was a combination of non-profit and governmental financial accounting. Like many of the governmental accountants out there, I was trained on …

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Best Practices for Analytics

It does not matter what industry or profession you are in, analytics can play a vital role in making a business decision. Whether it is to determine collectability in accounts receivable or project future revenues, analytics can help with the decision making process. However, what makes a good analytic, or perhaps more importantly, what do …

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A Lesson Learned…Hopefully

Recently, it was discovered that the State of New Mexico’s bank account was not fully reconciled, to the tune of $100 million, give or take. You’re probably asking yourself the same thing I am, “How does this even happen?” The State was asked the same question and fingers were pointed, and blame was passed all …

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