Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Women and Family Issues/government Accounting

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Women and Family Issues/government Accounting

Article excerpt

The JofA inadvertently left out a sidebar when it published the article "Toward An Equal Future" on page 71 in the June 1999 issue. We apologize for the omission. Below is the sidebar in its entirety.

Women CPAs in Government

Would you like better hours? A more-flexible vacation and leave policy--one that can accommodate a vacation during tax season or a 12-week leave if a serious family situation requires it? How about a secure retirement plan that includes cost-shared health care?

As women CPAs in federal, state and local government, my colleagues and I have found advantages such as upward mobility, regular schedules and employee benefits. Depending on the job responsibilities and the government agency, colleagues also find:

* Flexible hours, days and work sites.

* Opportunity to telecommute part of the week.

* Travel as an optional requirement.

* Additional temporary flexibility for long-time employees as needed.

At my government agency, the work itself is very challenging and not an impediment to maintaining our work/life balance. Some colleagues pursue the leading edge of accounting practice: interpreting the application of GAAP to specific facts and circumstances, establishing the staff position on issues in the professional literature and enforcing professional standards and federal regulations for entities under our jurisdiction. …

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