Government Finance Review

Magazine covers financial management for state and local government through articles and commentary on best practices, management and more.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 6, December

2006 Retirement Roundup and Insights for 2007
Public sector pension plans may come under scrutiny from Congress during 2007.Despite active campaigning for the 2006 mid-term elections, members of Congress spent significant time this year considering important changes in the areas of pension and retirement....
2006 Retirement Roundup and Insights for 2007: Public Sector Pension Plans May Come under Scrutiny from Congress during 2007
Despite active campaigning for the 2006 mid-term elections, members of Congress spent significant time this year considering important changes in the areas of pension and retirement. In 2007, finance directors and pension professionals can expect to...
A Little Financial Training Goes a Long Way
State and local agency directors and other senior officials can be proactive to ensure that they are aware of the financial situation in their agency.When I was a state budget officer, a department head called me one afternoon in a panic. The fiscal...
A Little Financial Training Goes a Long Way: State and Local Agency Directors and Other Senior Officials Can Be Proactive to Ensure That They Are Aware of the Financial Situation in Their Agency
When I was a state budget officer, a department head called me one afternoon in a panic. The fiscal year end was months away, but his agency had already spent too much and he was going to have to lay off employees to make ends meet. I was so puzzled....
An Exercise in Cost Saving: Carsharing
Fleet reduction programs can generate large cost savings for municipal governments, but they will not be successful unless expectations and behavior of the fleet users' change. For example, in one city, an employee of the street department's lighting...
An Exercise in Cost Saving: CARSHARING
Fleet reduction programs can generate large cost savings for municipal governments, but they will not be successful unless expectations and behavior of the fleet users' change. For example, in one city, an employee of the street department's lighting...
A Private Sector Solution for an Enduring Public Sector Problem?
Budgeting has been traditionally one of the most difficult of government business processes for technology to support. Each government's budget process is distinct, making it a challenge for vendors to develop one software solution that will work across...
Best of Breed Examples
Best of Breed Examples Guidelines for Your Government Budget By Michael E. Bailey Preparing High Quality Budget Documents John Fishbein Government Finance Officers Association www.estoregfoa.org 2006, 270 pp $45, GFOA members $70, nonmembersThe GFOA's...
Best Practices for Capital Project Analysis
Decision makers need to analyze a proposed capital investment from many perspectives before committing to the project.WHYANALYSIS OF CAPITAL PROJECTS IS IMPORTANTDecisions regarding capital projects can have important impacts on the fiscal health of...
Best Practices for Capital Project Analysis: Decision Makers Need to Analyze a Proposed Capital Investment from Many Perspectives before Committing to the Project
WHY ANALYSIS OF CAPITAL PROJECTS IS IMPORTANT Decisions regarding capital projects can have important impacts on the fiscal health of communities for a variety of reasons. By definition capital projects are big-ticket items that represent major...
BUDGETING TECHNOLOGY: A Private Sector Solution for an Enduring Public Sector Problem?
Budgeting has been traditionally one of the most difficult of government business processes for technology to support. Each government's budget process is distinct, making it a challenge for vendors to develop one software solution that will work across...
Budgeting the NACSLB Way
The National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting firmly established the concept that budgeting is much more than an annual funding allocation process. NACSLB provided four guiding principles for placing budgeting within an integrated, strategic...
Building Relationships and Reaching Your Potential
The opposite of networking is not working. In other words, if you are not making connections and nurturing the relationships you have developed, you are "not working."Networking is one of the most overused and misunderstood words in common vocabulary...
Building Relationships and Reaching Your Potential: The Opposite of Networking Is Not Working. in Other Words, If You Are Not Making Connections and Nurturing the Relationships You Have Developed, You Are "Not Working."
Networking is one of the most overused and misunderstood words in common vocabulary today When you hear the word networking what comes to mind? * Getting something from someone else * Using others * Coercion * Manipulation OR * Enrichment...
City of Torontos' Long-Term Fiscal Plan
Editor's note: In 2006, the City of Toronto received GFOA's Award for Excellence in Government Finance in the budgeting and financial planning category for its long-term fiscal plan. Much has been said about a government's need for a long-term financial...
City of Toronto's Long-Term Fiscal Plan
Editor's note: in 2006, the City of Toronto received GFOA's Award for Excellence in Government Finance in the budgeting and financial planning category for its long-term fiscal plan.Much has been said about a government's need for a long-term financial...
Effective Budget Management: Take a Fresh Look at Your Workforce
Once a year, organizations produce a realistic operations budget and constituent approval from voters, elected officials, and department managers. However, acceptance of the annual budget is only one benchmark for success. Managing the budget effectively...
GASB Re-Examines Fund Balance Reporting and Definitions of FundTypes
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board is looking for feedback on possible modifications to fund balance reporting and governmental fund type definitions.In late October, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) released an invitation...
GASB Re-Examines Fund Balance Reporting and Definitions of Fund Types: The Governmental Accounting Standards Board Is Looking for Feedback on Possible Modifications to Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions
In late October, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) released an invitation to comment (ITC) document on Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions. The new ITC suggests possible changes to the definitions currently...
Managing ERP after Go-Live
Who Owns the System?Oakland County, Michigan, manages ongoing ERP system upkeep and development through a collaborative governance model.After an enterprise resource planning computer system goes live, the government must transition from a project mode...
Managing ERP after Go-Live: Who Owns the System? Oakland County, Michigan, Manages Ongoing ERP System Upkeep and Development through a Collaborative Governance Model
After an enterprise resource planning computer system goes live, the government must transition from a project mode of operation to ongoing maintenance and support, where members of the project team begin to refocus on their former job duties and a...
Note to Budget Professionals: Policy Analysts Support Policy and Operational Decision Making
Citizens continue to expect more public services with the same, if not fewer resources, so public sector professionals increasingly are managing for results and greater efficiency. This means they are looking more comprehensively at policy and operations...
Wireless Considerations
The Federal Trade Commission recently issued a report, "Municipal Provision of Wireless Internet," noting the possibility of competitive risks arising from municipal participation in wireless Internet service and offering guidance to policymakers....
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