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Government financial management: Debt management

Managing government debt

To build and maintain the infrastructure that state and local governments are responsible for, financial leaders must often borrow funds. This webinar provide an overview of the different types of debt and how they are repaid, the GFOA’s recommended best practices for debt management, and what a finance officer/CFO’s responsibilities are throughout the borrowing process. We’ll also offer guidance on the types of policies most appropriate for governments to put in place for debt management.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the role of debt and different types of debt instruments for governments
  • Outline the financial officer’s and outside advisors’ roles in taking on and managing debt
  • Learn the GFOA’s recommended best practices for debt management
  • Recognize types of policies needed to guide debt management in government

Who should watch

  • New finance directors and finance/accounting staff
  • City managers/administrators
  • Elected officials
  • Any governmental official or citizen seeking to increase knowledge of debt management in the public sector

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Mike Lowry, CGFM
Senior Vice President,
Assurance Services

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.