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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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The creation of a capital plan occurs long before the development of a capital budget. Get more involved and help recognize your government's capital needs today!

Finance officers have an opportunity to contribute valuable insight to all stages of capital plans and help insure capital project investments align with long-term service goals, objectives, and strategies. This book is divided into two sections. The first section of the book discusses considerations... 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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The GFOA has compiled key data from thousands of 1995-2013 fiscal year end financial reports issued by U.S. municipalities, counties, and school districts, and has released the information in spreadsheet form on CD as the updated Financial Indicators Database.

The Financial Indicators Database includes certain information for governmental funds for all years available. Beginning with 2003, it began to include certain information for enterprise funds (when... Details
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The GFOA has compiled key data from thousands of 1995-2013 fiscal year end financial reports issued by U.S. municipalities, counties, and school districts, and has released the information in spreadsheet form on CD as the updated Financial Indicators Database.

The Financial Indicators Database includes certain information for governmental funds for all years available. Beginning with 2003, it began to include certain information for enterprise funds (when... Details
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The GFOA has compiled key data from thousands of 1995-2013 fiscal year end financial reports issued by U.S. municipalities, counties, and school districts, and has released the information in spreadsheet form on CD as the updated Financial Indicators Database.

The Financial Indicators Database includes certain information for governmental funds for all years available. Beginning with 2003, it began to include certain information for enterprise funds (when... Details
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The GFOA has compiled key data from thousands of 1995-2013 fiscal year end financial reports issued by U.S. municipalities, counties, and school districts, and has released the information in spreadsheet form on CD as the updated Financial Indicators Database.

The Financial Indicators Database includes certain information for governmental funds for all years available. Beginning with 2003, it began to include certain information for enterprise funds (when... Details
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Members $45 / Nonmembers $70

Financial Policies

Financial policies are used by a governing board and executive management to set the baseline standards for how the organization will be managed financially. Financial Policies is a GFOA publication that provides guidance on developing and implementing financial policies. The book takes a new look at traditional policies such as those for general fund reserves, debt, and revenues. It also... Details
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Balancing budgets is one of the biggest challenges facing state and local governments today. Recognizing the critical need for new approaches, the GFOA offers the Budgeting Series, containing leading-edge concepts, practices, and tools governments can use to enhance their budget practices.

The Series includes:
  • Revenue Analysis and Forecasting - Volume 2
  • Decision Tools for Budgetary Analysis - Volume 3
  • Priority Setting Models for Public Budgeting -... Details
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    GFOA's Capital Finance and Debt Administration Set includes 3 titles.

  • Debt Issuance and Management: A Guide for Smaller Governments
  • An Elected Official’s Guide: Debt Issuance (second edition)
  • Making Good Disclosure: The Role and Responsibilities of State and Local Officials Under the Federal Securities Laws
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    Members: $420 / Nonmembers: $575

    As a major publisher, GFOA maintains an extensive inventory of publications on financial management and budgeting topics. Enhance your financial library with the Financial Management and Budgeting Set.

    Set includes 23 titles below:
  • Revenue Analysis and Forecasting (Volume 2)
  • Decision Tools for Budgetary Analysis (Volume 3)
  • Priority-Setting Models for Public Budgeting (Volume 4)
  • ... Details
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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.

    Take advantage of these practical tools and place your... Details

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    Planning, Budgeting, and Managing Capital Assets

    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.

    Take advantage of these... Details

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    Presentation of the Capital Budget

    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.

    Take advantage of these practical tools and... Details

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    Presenting the Capital Budget

    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.

    Take advantage of these practical tools and place... Details

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    The GAAFR Set includes the following 7 hardcover, softcover, paperbound, and e-book titles in this category.

    • Accounting for Capital Assets: A Guide for State and Local Governments
    • An Elected Official’s Guide: Audit Committees
    • An Elected Official’s Guide to Internal Control (e-book and paperbound formats)

    • What Everyone Needs to Know About the New Fund Balance

    • An Elected Offical's Guide: Interpreting Local... Details
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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