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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... Details
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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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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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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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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

 
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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... Details
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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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Best Practices in Community College Budgeting


GFOA's Best Practices in Community College Budgeting provides for a comprehensive budget process framework focused on alignment of resources and desired student outcomes. The framework represents the culmination of a multi-year effort led by GFOA, with input from numerous community college officials and other experts in education finance, to develop guidelines for better budgeting, tailored specifically for community... Details
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Best Practices in School Budgeting


GFOA's Best Practices in School Budgeting provides for a comprehensive budget process framework that emphasizes academic and finance collaboration to best align resources for desired student outcomes. The framework represents the culmination of a multi-year effort led by GFOA, with input from numerous school district officials and other experts in education finance, to develop guidelines for better budgeting, tailored... 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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This practical guide presents 12 key budget analysis tools and explains in clear language how to use them. Discussion covers both basic tools (such as decision tables and decision trees) and advanced tools (such as return on investment and cost-benefit analysis), and is well-illustrated with examples specific to local government budgeting. Brief descriptions and step-by-step procedures are provided for each tool. In addition, the book introduces four techniques for simplifying... 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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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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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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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 $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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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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All jurisdictions must set priorities during the budgetary process, whether by formal or informal methods. This volume uses case studies and a review of the public policy literature to offer an intermediate-level discussion of methods.
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Of all of the functional areas of finance, the one most in need of guidance is government budgeting. The release by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting of this set of recommended practices represents a milestone in budgeting - in one document governments now have a comprehensive set of processes and procedures that define an accepted budget process. The practices advocate a goal-driven approach to budgeting that spans the planning, development, adoption, and... Details
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This second volume in the GFOA Budgeting Series was written to provide financial analysts and public managers with the tools and techniques they need to improve both the process and the methods for conducting revenue forecasts.
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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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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... 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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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt E-Book

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt Set

Inclludes paperbound and e-book versions.


Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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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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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

 
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This Book introduces the essential concepts of tax-exempt debt financing, compares and contrasts options, provides pratical advice and highlights potential pitfalls.
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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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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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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt E-Book

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt Set

Inclludes paperbound and e-book versions.


Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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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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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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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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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt E-Book

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt Set

Inclludes paperbound and e-book versions.


Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Managing Your Community's Assets - Capital Planning & Debt

Building the future of a community requires careful planning. With billions of debt issued annually by local governments to fund the country's roads, rails, and transit systems, understanding the money behind the project is vital to planning a thriving community.
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Understanding the Fiscal Health of Your Community

Prepared leaders make effective policy. Elected officials who understand the language and concepts of public finance can better assess the fiscal health of their communities.


Providing a high standard of living for a locality requires effective leadership. Those voted into public office can feel abruptly bombarded with reports and analysis spanning several... Details
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Understanding the Fiscal Health of Your Community E-Book

Prepared leaders make effective policy. Elected officials who understand the language and concepts of public finance can better assess the fiscal health of their communities.


Providing a high standard of living for a locality requires effective leadership. Those voted into public office can feel abruptly bombarded with reports and analysis spanning several... Details
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NEW! An Elected Official's Guide: Understanding the Fiscal Health of Your Community Set

Includes paperbound and e-book versions.

Prepared leaders make effective policy. Elected officials who understand the language and concepts of public finance can better assess the fiscal health of their communities.


Providing a high standard of living for a locality requires effective leadership. Those voted into public office can feel abruptly bombarded... 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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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 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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The Financial Indicators Database allows governments to use information drawn from comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) from throughout the United States to address the question of "how do we compare?" The CD spreadsheet format allows users unlimited flexibility in tailoring the scope of their comparisons (e.g., comparisons with all similarly sized governments in the same state or region) to this broad national spectrum of data elements from comprehensive annual financial... Details
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The Financial Indicators Database allows governments to use information drawn from comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) from throughout the United States to address the question of "how do we compare?" The CD spreadsheet format allows users unlimited flexibility in tailoring the scope of their comparisons (e.g., comparisons with all similarly sized governments in the same state or region) to this broad national spectrum of data elements from comprehensive annual financial... Details
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The Financial Indicators Database allows governments to use information drawn from comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) from throughout the United States to address the question of "how do we compare?" The CD spreadsheet format allows users unlimited flexibility in tailoring the scope of their comparisons (e.g., comparisons with all similarly sized governments in the same state or region) to this broad national spectrum of data elements from comprehensive annual financial... Details
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The Financial Indicators Database allows governments to use information drawn from comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) from throughout the United States to address the question of "how do we compare?" The CD spreadsheet format allows users unlimited flexibility in tailoring the scope of their comparisons (e.g., comparisons with all similarly sized governments in the same state or region) to this broad national spectrum of data elements from comprehensive annual financial... 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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This practical guide presents 12 key budget analysis tools and explains in clear language how to use them. Discussion covers both basic tools (such as decision tables and decision trees) and advanced tools (such as return on investment and cost-benefit analysis), and is well-illustrated with examples specific to local government budgeting. Brief descriptions and step-by-step procedures are provided for each tool. In addition, the book introduces four techniques for simplifying... 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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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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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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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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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 Newsletter summarizes trends and events in the public finance field; provides information on association news and legislative and regulatory issues; lists current training seminars and publications offered by GFOA; and contains employment notices.

The association's bimonthly membership magazine issued in February, April, June, August, October and December. Full length articles cover the spectrum of public finance issues.

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The association's bimonthly membership magazine issued in February, April, June, August, October and December. Full length articles cover the spectrum of public finance issues.

Note: Government Finance Review Magazine is included with Membership
 
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(1 Year Subscription)

The Newsletter summarizes trends and events in the public finance field; provides information on association news and legislative and regulatory issues; lists current training seminars and publications offered by GFOA; and contains employment notices.

The association's bimonthly membership magazine issued in February, April, June, August, October and December. Full length articles cover the spectrum of public finance issues.

Note: ... Details