Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Letters to the Editor

Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Letters to the Editor

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The authors of the recent article on "Educating Future Government Accountants" have done a great service by pointing out some of the most critical educational needs of future government accounts. The article is most helpful in reporting that the most serious weaknesses of entry-level government accountants-written and verbal communications skills-have nothing at all to do with accounting. Now that the secret is out that government accountants are generally deficient in these skills, it is important that those involved in educating government accountants-colleges, government agencies and professional organizations-dedicate themselves to fixing the problem. Perhaps AGA could lead the way by offering one or more reporting writing and presentation workshops at a future professional development conference.

Thomas A. Repasch, Jr., CGFM,

At-Large Chapter

To the Editor

Congratulations on the Spring 1997 issue of The Government Accountants Journal, particularly the emphasis on educating government accountants. I was particularly interested in the article on "Educating Future Government Accountants" and the results of the survey presented in the article. The emphasis on written and verbal communication is certainly consistent with my experience in both the public and private sectors. There is no question that accountants (as well as many other professionals) need additional education, training and practice in the art of communication. Unfortunately, these skills are not emphasized in programs of higher education, to the detriment of the individual as well as the employing organization over the years. …

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