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Government financial series: Before you do it yourself, ask these questions

When and what to outsource

Doing more with less only stretches so far. Many government financial leaders are finding themselves forced to shift their focus to handling only those most strategic and mission-critical responsibilities. With less time to direct daily financial operations and accounting processes, how can you balance technical accuracy with making progress on your strategic priorities? The key is identifying and managing key partners who can carve out and handle defined areas of responsibility, freeing you up for the highest and best use of your expertise and knowledge.

What you'll learn

  • Understand the difference between strategic and tactical/operational tasks
  • Know how to identify, define, and set guidelines for operational tasks
  • Review the pros and cons of working with non-governmental partners
  • Learn the process of identifying, screening, implementing and managing partners for selected responsibilities

Who should watch

  • CFOs, controllers, accounting staff
  • Internal and external auditors
  • City managers and administration
  • Purchasing managers and administration

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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.