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Five Questions About Govt Accounting You Need To Know, But May Not Ask

In August of 2007, the GFOAz gave a presentation called “Governmental Accounting: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You.” We thought this was an interesting title. At the same time, we understand that when new clerks are approached with words like “FASAB”, “GAAP”, “Fund Accounting,” and “MFBA”, as important as these terms are to understand, it can be intimidating to ask.


So we took five questions from this presentation and summarized them, hoping that for some of you it will help clarify the principles behind government accounting…from the privacy of your own computer.

1. How is Government Financials Different Than the Private Sector? Read more >

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Is There a Place for Social Media in Government?

Mmmm....cake. And government info.

Nearly 60 percent use it.  Over 40 percent find it useful.  And nearly 63 percent have access to it.  Social Media.  Is there a place for it in government? According to an article in Government Technology, there is–like it or not!

But why social media?  Because social media is accessible anywhere, anytime, and by anyone, the advantages of working on a social media platform mean inclusiveness, flexibility, and timing.  Social media allows for a virtual “meeting of the minds” where fellow government personnel can converse despite location, time zones, and even language barriers. In fact, city governments in Seattle, New York, and California are all making social media more of a priority in their cities, hoping to lessen the digital divide. Read more >

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Because You Wouldn’t Use a Spoon to Shovel Your Driveway – Fund Accounting Software

We’ve all heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  So, why would a customer consider switching to Black Mountain Software (BMS) if they’ve always used QuickBooks?  While QuickBooks may be “working just fine” for your agency, providing clerks with software that will help them be more efficient and accurate means higher productivity, better accuracy, and less frustration for everybody.

How so?  Well, you wouldn’t buy wheelbarrows and shovels for a street superintendent when front-end loaders and dump trucks are needed.  The same idea stands here: why would you use software designed for the accounting needs of very small businesses, when there is a customized solution, specifically made for government clerks available? Read more >

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