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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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This publication provides elected officials with an introduction to the principles and practices of issuing debt. Updates to this edition include the discussion of federal disclosure requirements, the use of derivatives, and competitive versus negotiated bond issuance. The book describes each step of the debt issuance process: the development of financing plans and debt policies before bonds are issued, the sales process, and outstanding debt management.

By J.B. Kurish and... Details
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Elected officials and public managers have intensified economic development activities in recent years. Indeed, the role of government as a vehicle to promote job creation and stabilize the economy is something citizens have now come to expect. Interest in economic development is nearly universal: jurisdictions that are fiscally stable use development tools to enhance the tax base while those that are fiscally stressed rely on economic development initiatives to improve the business ... 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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Provides elected officials and others interested in the operations of public pension plans with an easy-to read primer on these plans, their benefits, investments and overall operations.
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Revenue forecasting plays an important role in the budgeting and financial planning processes of state and local governments. Since a budget is only as good as the assumptions and methods on which it is based, an accurate revenue forecast is necessary.
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What new risks does the public sector face? What are some differences between regular insurance, self insurance, and risk pools? These and other questions are answered in this new guide that introduces government leaders to risk management fundamentals.
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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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Shared services can be used as a tool to provide more efficient government services at a time when most government budgets are extended. Its proven strategy makes it an attractive alternative to privatization or service cuts. This guide serves as a practical instruction manual by defining shared services; presenting possible types of intergovernmental shared services agreements; discussing the advantages and potential barriers to service sharing;... Details
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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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Second Edition
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has published a revised second edition of its popular book An Elected Official's Guide: Investing to help public sector investors keep pace with the many regulatory, technological, and other changes they have faced in the last decade. Using the series' proven question-and-answer format, this guide covers key aspects of developing an investment policy, relationships with banks and... Details
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Create financial sustainability for your community with An Elected Official's Guide: Long-Term Financial Planning for Local Government. Learn the fundamentals of financial planning, from what constitutes a plan to how to establish one that will benefit your community's future. Sections covered include An Introduction to Long-Term Financial Planning; Long-Term Financial Planning and Organizational Roles; Implementing Long-Term Financial Planning; Cornerstones to Financial... Details

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Members: $20 / Nonmembers: $30

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An Elected Official’s Guide to Fiscal First Aid and Financial Recovery

An Elected Official’s Guide to Fiscal First Aid and Financial Recovery aims to help public officials navigate through these challenging economic times. The booklet covers three basic stages of financial recovery:

  • Bridging - getting through the immediate crisis and... Details
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Members: $15 - Nonmembers: $25

An Elected Official’s Guide: Interpreting Local Government Financial Statements - How to Avoid 25 Common Mistakes

written by Stephen J. Gauthier

We are all familiar with the notion of optical illusions, such as a mirage in the desert or the wheels on a speeding car that appear to be turning backward. So too in local government financial statements, certain items are not always necessarily what they at first appear to be.... Details
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NEW e-Book Format


Members: $8 - Nonmembers: $16

An Elected Official’s Guide: Interpreting Local Government Financial Statements - How to Avoid 25 Common Mistakes (e-book format)

written by Stephen J. Gauthier

We are all familiar with the notion of optical illusions, such as a mirage in the desert or the wheels on a speeding car that appear to be turning backward. So too in local government financial statements, certain items are not... Details
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"Transform Your Approach to Financial Management"

Faced with downward pressures on tax revenues, increasing expenditures, shifting demographics, as well as host of other complex challenges, local governments need a new approach to planning. Readers of Financing the Future will discover key features of a successful long-term financial plan; phases pivotal to plan implementation; and how to involve elected officials, staff, and citizens to create a plan that gets results ... Details
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All the resources you need to complete your budget library.

The Suite includes:
  • GFOA's Budgeting Series Classics (inlcudes 5 titles)
  • An Elected Official's Guide: Long-Term Financial Planning for Local Government
  • Financing the Future: Long-Term Financial Planning, and
  • Building a Better Budget Document (second edition)
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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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    Members: $125 / Nonmembers: $195


    Includes the following titles:

    • Informed Decision-Making through Forecasting: A Practitioner’s Guide to Government Revenue Analysis
    • Financial Policies
    • An Elected Official’s Guide: Long-Term Financial Planning for Local Government
    • Financing the Future: Long-Term Financial Planning for Local Government
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    Second Edition

    Government investors depend on broker-dealers for a number of services. How has technology transformed the broker-dealer industry and the services that broker-dealers offer? How has industry regulation evolved? What does this mean for conducting due diligence on broker-dealers and how the industry is monitored?

    Learn answers to these questions and more in the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) An... 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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    Members: $85 / Nonmembers: $149

    GFOA's Treasury and Investment Management Set includes 4 paperbound book titles.

  • An Elected Official’s Guide: Investing (second edition)
  • An Introduction to Broker-Dealers for State and Local Governments (second edition)
  • Investing Public Funds (second edition)
  • A Public Investor’s Guide to Money Market Instruments (second edition)