Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Preparing Government Accountants for the Challenges Ahead

Academic journal article The Government Accountants Journal

Preparing Government Accountants for the Challenges Ahead

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At AGA's Federal Leadership Conference earlier this year, Dr. John J. Hamre, CGFM, chief financial officer and comptroller of the U.S. Department of Defense, pondered the impact of a balanced budget amendment on federal government financial managers. If the amendment passes during this administration, he said, the federal government will need its financial mangers more in the next five years than it has in the past 200. An interesting thought as we look at educating future government accountants this Spring.

As AGA's Certified Government Financial Manager designation continues to gain momentum, the unique specialty of government accounting has achieved unprecedented recognition. But as we prepare the next generation of financial managers, what can we do to ensure they are ready to face the challenges ahead? Our two lead articles look at what is being done at the graduate and undergraduate levels to prepare the leaders of tomorrow. First, Drs. Meeting and Novin, with Kathleen Schlemmer, look at what is needed to better prepare undergraduate accounting students for a career in government accounting. Then, Dr. Werner introduces Rutgers University's new Master's Degree in Governmental Accounting, which was developed in part to help prepare students to take the CGFM exam. And, while we are on the subject of higher education, Dr. Persaud shares the results of the quest for accountability undertaken by Florida's State University System. …

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