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Government financial management: Construction and use of common fiscal policies

Common policies

Two common policies vital in the management of public sector funds are cash management or investment policies as well as debt management policies. The governing body typically takes on the role of establishing policies. Once adopted, these policies establish the framework upon which decisions are made. Two of these policies are critical in managing resources, both cash on hand and borrowed, which are used in funding activities. This session will introduce the attendee to the benefits and basics of both policies. Their creation is largely an interactive process between staff, elected officials, and sometimes experts in the field.

What you'll learn

  • Describe the benefits of the policies
  • Outline the major components of both policies and what guidance they provide
  • Understand how each policy provides an efficient, risk-averse use of available resources

Who should watch

  • Government administrators, budget managers, analysts, and other finance-related staff

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Why governments need fiscal policies

Having well-thought-out fiscal policies in place can help governmental entities mitigate risk, increase fiscal soundness, and serve as good stewards of taxpayer funds.

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Mike Lowry, CGFM
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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.