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. 4, August

A Century of Progress in Government Finance
2006 Annual Conference RecapThe historic city of Montréal, Québec, Canada, served as the setting for GFOAs 100th Annual Conference. Approximately 6,000 people attended the three-day event held May 7-10 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.The conference...
A Century of Progress in Government Finance: 2006 Annual Conference Recap
The historic city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, served as the setting for GFOA's 100th Annual Conference. Approximately 6,000 people attended the three-day event held May 7-10 at the Palais des congres de Montreal. The conference theme, "A Century...
A Great Books List for Government
Summer and the time for "beach reads" is almost over. Perhaps now is the time to turn to the serious side and devote some time to reading, or rereading,something that might challenge you to think about your profession in public service. So where do...
Combining Leadership & Management Skills
Good public sector managers need to be both good managers and good leaders. But what approach to leadership should the public finance manager take? The role of a financial manager cannot be solely the command of the finances; it also needs to include...
Coming to Grips with Other Post-Employment Benefits
Post-retirement healthcare and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) are certainly nothing new to the public sector, where they have long been an important element of employee compensation. All the same, GASB Statement No. 45, Accounting and Financial...
Five Critical Factors
Preparing for Success in Implementing Performance ManagementWhile many local governments now use some form of performance measurement, far fewer have successfully completed the transition to a performance management system - integrating performance measurement...
Five Critical Factors: Preparing for Success in Implementing Performance Management: GFOA Has Identified Five Key Factors Typically Present in Successful Performance Measurement and Management Initiatives
While many local governments now use some form of performance measurement, far fewer have successfully completed the transition to a performance management system--integrating performance measurement into the ongoing management of the organization....
Focus on Financial Leadership
As GFOA embarks on its second century of excellence to governments throughout the world, I am honored to serve as your 100th President. Our association has flourished through recessions, depressions, world wars, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters....
From Control to Collaboration ... Finance Shifts Its Focus
Everyone would likely agree that the most successful organizations are those that see change coming and respond in ways that meet the needs and the desires of their customers. A recent example can be seen in the fast food industry. Many customers'...
From Control to Collaboration ...Finance Shifts Its Focus
Everyone would likely agree that the most successful organizations are those that see change coming and respond in ways that meet the needs and the desires of their customers. A recent example can be seen in the fast food industry. Many customers' fast-food...
If I Pass the Baton, Who Will Grab It? Creating Bench Strength in Public Management
Reprinted with permission from the September 2005 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published by the International City/County Management Association, Washington, D. C. A Baby Boomer who is a city manager in Northern California was frustrated...
Increasing Professional and Personal Productivity through Managing Stress
In today's fast-paced environment, all of us, whether in our personal or professional lives, are called upon to do more than we did in the past. Couple this with the fact that we often have fewer resources to help us and it is easy to see how opportunities...
Initial GASB Position on Derivatives
The GASB's recent proposal would extend the requirement for fair value reporting to all derivative transactions of the state and local governments.This past spring, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) published its initial position on...
Initial GASB Position on Derivatives: The GASB's Recent Proposal Would Extend the Requirement for Fair Value Reporting to All Derivative Transactions of the State and Local Governments
This past spring, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) published its initial position on the appropriate treatment of derivatives in the form of the preliminary views document (PV) Accounting and Financial Reporting for Derivatives. The...
Meet Your New President-Elect and Executive Board
GFOA is governed by an 18-member Executive Board, which consists of 15 members-at-large serving staggered three-year terms, the current president, the previous year's president, and the president-elect. At the association's annual business meeting...
Meet Your New President-Elect and Executive Board
GFOA is governed by an 18-member Executive Board, which consists of 15 members-at-large serving staggered three-year terms, the current president, the previous year's president, and the president-elect. At the association's annual business meeting in...
President Signs Tax Bill
New Regulations and Burdens on State and Local GovernmentsOn May 17, President Bush signed the $70 billion Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (TIPRA). The tax bill was designed to provide a short-term solution to the increasing application...
President Signs Tax Bill: New Regulations and Burdens on State and Local Governments: Several Portions of the New Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 Significantly Impact State and Local Governments
On May 17, President Bush signed the $70 billion Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 (TIPRA). The tax bill was designed to provide a short-term solution to the increasing application of the alternative minimum tax and extend for...
Public Finance as a Profession
Amid this unique compendium of articles addressing the career development challenges, opportunities, and resources for governmental finance officers, I will attempt to provide a broader perspective on the profession and the vocation of public finance...
Self Insuring
How One Group of Public Institutions Did ItEditor's note: The Wisconsin Technical College System was awarded GFOA's Award for Excellence in Government Finance in 2005 in the management and service delivery category.Is it possible to start your own insurance...
Self Insuring: How One Group of Public Institutions Did It: Wisconsin's Technical College System's Insurance Venture, Districts Mutual Insurance, Is Proving That through Collaboration, Commitment, and Communication Public Entities Can Successfully Control Insurance Costs While Enhancing Coverage Limits and Providing Specialized Services
Is it possible to start your own insurance company? How about starting one with other public institutions? That's what Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges did, and they have found it to be a successful venture. BACKGROUND The Wisconsin Technical...
The Difficult Art of Improving Government
Everyone who thinks much about local government realizes sooner or later that there's a holy grail for public administration: doing more with less. That is, the secret to satisfying citizens is to provide more or better services while lowering taxes....
The Difficult Art of Improving Government: Governments Can Become More Customer-Focused and Productive
Everyone who thinks much about local government realizes sooner or later that there's a holy grail for public administration: doing more with less. That is, the secret to satisfying citizens is to provide more or better services while lowering taxes....
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