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Government financial management: Budgeting for outcomes - the practical application

Budget better

Traditional budgeting processes can include line-item budgeting, program budgeting, and even building a budget from the ground up. Many communities across the U.S. will take last year’s budget, roll the numbers forward, and call it good. Budgeting for outcomes turns that process on its head ... starting with the end in mind. This session will introduce the audience to the concept of outcomes and how certain program budgeting decisions can be made based on what the community desires.

What you'll learn

  • Differentiate the three primary structures of public sector budgeting
  • Learn the common steps in the budgeting for outcomes (BFO) process
  • Take away strategies through the practical application of two communities’ use of BFO

Who should watch

  • Government administrators
  • Budget managers and analysts
  • Other finance-related staff

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Mike Lowry, CGFM
Senior Vice President,
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Mike Lowry joined CPA and advisory firm Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C. (AGH) in 2004 and specializes in governmental and not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining AGH, Mike’s experience includes nearly 20 years’ financial and technology leadership positions in hospitality management companies.

Mike is a CPA with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in management information systems from Friends University. He has earned the designation of Certified Government Financial Manager from the Association of Government Accountants, and is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Government Accountants.