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Accounting for Capital Assets:
A Guide for State and Local Governments

(204 pages; softbound; written by Stephen J. Gauthier, Director, GFOA Technical Services Center, and author of Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting, known as the "Blue Book") should prove an invaluable resource. The book includes 10 chapters that cover the gamut of capital asset-related issues:

  • Capital Assets: Definition, Accounting Function, Types, and Basic... Details
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Accounting for Leases under the New Standard

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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Accounting for Natural Resources: Emerging Issues and Opportunities

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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Best Practices in Accounting, Auditing, and Fincl. Reporting
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In the wake of recent private-sector accounting scandals, attention has focused as never before on the importance of sound internal control, reliable financial reports, and independent audits. An effective audit committee is crucial for helping governments achieve all three objectives. This booklet summarizes GFOA's re-examination of the role, structure, and operations of public-sector audit committees. The question-and-answer format and non-technical writing style make this booklet... Details
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Second Edition
The Government Finance Officers Association launched its most popular publications series 24 years ago when it issued An Elected Official's Guide to Government Finance. This second edition provides an overview of key financial management issues by topic, and includes references to new and updated GFOA policies and recommended practices. This book is divided into six general finance categories: Financial Policies,... Details
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GASB Statement No. 34 established a whole new framework or "financial reporting model" for state and local governments. Accounting and auditing professionals face a special challenge in try-ing to explain the new model to elected officials and others.
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There are many different types of governments, but all of them share certain basic objectives: effectiveness, efficiency, safeguarding of assets, reliable reporting, and compliance. Internal control provides reasonable assurance that a government is, in fact, meeting all of those objectives. An Elected Official’s Guide: Internal Control is specifically designed to offer non-specialists - be they members of the governing board, staff members without accounting or... Details
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NEW e-Book Format


There are many different types of governments, but all of them share certain basic objectives: effectiveness, efficiency, safeguarding of assets, reliable reporting, and compliance. Internal control provides reasonable assurance that a government is, in fact, meeting all of those objectives. An Elected Official’s Guide: Internal Control is specifically designed to offer non-specialists - be they members of the governing board, staff... Details
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Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting
2020 Edition

(1,084 pages; Soft cover)

GFOA has published Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (GAAFR or “Blue Book”) for the past 85 years with hundreds of thousands of copies sold.

What you’ll find in this new edition:

  • Updates for 25 GASB Statements and 9 Implementation Guides issued since the 2012 GAAFR, including: Pensions, OPEB, Fair... Details
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Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting
2020 Edition E-Book

GFOA e-books are digital, downloadable versions of publications. Our e-books can be downloaded and read on a variety of devices, such as a PC, Mac, or mobile device with e-reader applications. Once downloaded, access to the Internet is not required to read e-books. GFOA e-books are digitally rights protected by Adobe® and carry specific use attributes. The file format is EPUB. Once... Details

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Governmental Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting
2020 Edition Soft cover and E-Book

(1,084 pages; Soft cover)

GFOA e-books are digital, downloadable versions of publications. Our e-books can be downloaded and read on a variety of devices, such as a PC, Mac, or mobile device with e-reader applications. Once downloaded, access to the Internet is not required to read e-books. GFOA e-books are digitally rights protected by Adobe® and carry specific... Details

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How Pension Accounting Is About To Change

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s 2013 desktop seminars were recorded and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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How to Account for Capital Assets

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s 2013 desktop seminars were recorded and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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Implementing Fair Value Accounting

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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Introduction to Governmental Accounting for Accountants

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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Introduction to Governmental Accounting for Non-Accountants

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government's Technology Investments

You need to make sure the big bucks you're spending for IT are giving you the benefits you bargained for? including cost savings.

This book explains how the budget process can be combined with concepts of IT governance to allocate technology dollars to the most promising uses and to create the management systems needed to achieve every possible... Details

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Putting to Rest Governmental Accounting “Urban Legends”

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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Members: $40 / Nonmembers: $60

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The State and Local Government Performance Management Sourcebook
Anne Spray Kinney and Michael Mucha, Editors

The GFOA's latest publication on performance management presents findings from over two years of research into identifying trends and leading practices among public sector practitioners across the United States and Canada. The book explains essential components of a... Details
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The New Accounting for Pensions and OPEB

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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Understanding Governmental Accounting

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s 2012 desktop seminars were recorded and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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What Employers Need to Know About the New Pension Accounting

Members $18 / Nonmembers $25

The GFOA’s desktop seminars were recorded in MP3 format and have been reproduced onto CD. If you took part in any of these programs, take advantage of these CDs to refresh your memory of the material. If you were unable to participate in the original online programs, these CDs are a great way to catch up. They are also ideal for in-house training.

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There is probably no single number in a typical state or local government’s financial statements that attracts more attention and discussion than fund balance. Recently, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board issued guidance that will fundamentally alter the classifications and terminology that governments use to present this uniquely important amount in their financial statements. This publication offers a practical way for anyone with an interest in state or... Details