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President's Letter Fall 2019

Greetings GGFOA Members, I am excited to say that we had another successful conference in Savannah! I am sure you all had a great time learning and exploring the beautiful City of Savannah and its many amenities and attractions. I personally enjoyed the Painting with a Twist class and dining on River Street. I would like to take this opportunity to show gratitude to everyone who makes GGFOA successful. First and foremost, a BIG thanks to each one of you – the members of GGFOA....



At the University of Georgia, GGFOA's positive influence is impactful

This year, the GFOA and GGFOA have partnered with the University of Georgia to create a student chapter. As a Political Science, International Affairs, and French undergraduate student at UGA, I had no experience in finance or management. However, at my first job at the City of Roswell, I worked with Accounts Payable and assisted in budget analysis for the Recreation and Parks department. I had no idea how critical budgeting and finance expertise was to even just one department within a...



Fifty for Fifty-Protecting Public Funds with CDARS and ACS Across the United States

In May 2019, Georgia became the 50th state (plus the District of Columbia) to allow public entities to protect taxpayer funds by submitting the funds for placement through a deposit placement service for non-time deposits. Pursuant to the new law, the Georgia State Depository Board has approved Promontory Interfinancial Network as a third-party service provider to facilitate deposit placement for public entities using ICS, the Insured Cash Sweep® service.1 All 50 states (and the District of...



Annual Conference 2019

GGFOA celebrated its 34th Annual Conference in Savannah where we were challenged to become Anchored in Excellence. If you missed the conference, you missed a good one! The committee is already receiving great reviews from members who attended. We take great pride each year in organizing a powerfully educational agenda, fun optional activities, and entertaining social events. The Conference was held at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel and kicked off with Cocktail Connections...



Member Spotlight Angelica Alexander

What is your current job title? Finance Director How long have you been in the position? I have been in the position of Finance Director for 3 ½ years, but I’ve been with the Columbus Consolidated Government for over 10 years. How did you decide to go into local government finance? A corporation that I worked for decided to outsource their operations to India and I worked in operations. I decided at that time that I wanted a job with more stability...



Committee News (Fall 2019)

ANNUAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE GGFOA celebrated its 34th Annual Conference in Savannah where we were challenged to become Anchored in Excellence. If you missed the conference, you missed a good one! The committee is already receiving great reviews from members who attended. We take great pride each year in organizing a powerfully educational agenda, fun optional activities, and entertaining social events. The Conference was held at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel and kicked off...



President's Letter Summer 2019

Dear Fellow GGFOA Members, Our 34th Annual Conference in Savannah, GA at the Riverfront Marriott will be here before you know it, September 29 – October 2, 2019. The annual conference committee has been working extremely hard to finalize last minute preparations for our conference. The theme this year is Anchored in Excellence. Our conference committee has prepared a jam-packed, exciting agenda for you all! You will have an opportunity to earn a total of 17.4 CPE credits or 14.5 CEUs...



Depression and the Finance Officer

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Georgia Department of Administrative Services: Resource for Local Governments

The Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) offers state agencies and local governments a portal to get the best value for taxpayer dollars. Below are descriptions of some of the available options. Fuel Cards The state’s fuel card system is supported by WEX, Inc. These fuel cards are accepted at vendors across the state of Georgia. The fuel card is tied to a vehicle and requires pin numbers for individual drivers. Your government will get a rebate for using the card....



Phishing Attacks on Cities Increasing

Recently there has been an increase in cyber-attacks on local governments in Georgia. In an effort to further enhance awareness, GMA wants to highlight a common cyber-attack that everyone should be aware of: phishing. What is Phishing? "Phishing" is a common type of cyber-attack that affects many organizations, including city governments. Phishing attacks can take numerous forms, but they all share a common goal – getting an individual to share sensitive information such as login...



Budgetary Comparisons: Statement or Required Supplementary Information (RSI)?

Local government appropriated budgets in Georgia enjoy the force of law and as such budgetary comparisons are a critical part of information and communication as it relates to internal and external financial reporting. Citizens, governing bodies, oversight agencies, and other interested parties all want to know, “Can the government entity demonstrate compliance with the appropriated budget at the legal level of control?” Therefore, budgetary comparisons are necessary to determine...



Finding a Balance: Tax Exemptions for Seniors

Policies concerning the growing population of seniors age 65 and older are an important challenge across the United States. According to SeniorLiving.org, approximately 47 million seniors reside in the United States, with that number expected to double by 2060. Governments increasingly create tax exemptions and other incentives that essentially target seniors because seniors hold pivotal socio-economic and political roles in communities. However, policymakers must craft balanced policies...