News and Updates
Today's News and Updates
- Kari Blanchett Promoted to Managing Director at
The PFM Group
- 2015 GFOA Scholarship Information
- 2014 Fall Training Institute Handouts
- Policies & Procedures for Key Financial Functions
- MGFOA Committee Membership
- Dashboard and Citizen Guide templates at Dept of Treasury
- Michigan Department of Treasury and EVIP Administration
- FREE: State of Michigan's Local Government Records Management training is now available online
Kari Blanchett Promoted to Managing Director at
The PFM Group
The PFM Group announced that MGFOA member Kari L. Blanchett, along with two other senior professionals, have been promoted to Managing Directors of the firm.
Kari represents Public Financial Management, Inc. as a Financial Advisor serving schools, higher education institutions, and municipal government clients across Michigan and the upper Midwest and is based in the firm’s Ann Arbor office.
“These are individuals who, through outstanding client service and the highest professional standards, have helped PFM grow and maintain our role as the nation’s premier independent financial advisory and investment management firm,” PFM CEO John H. Bonow noted. “They have proven that by focusing on serving our clients’ interests, PFM can continue to earn their trust and enable us to sustain our leadership position in the industry,” he added.
Kari L. Blanchett joined PFM in 2004 and has built the firm’s Financial Advisory business in Michigan, focusing initially on local governments and school districts. Working from the school district base, Kari has broadened PFM’s Michigan footprint to include counties, higher education institutions, authorities and cities. She has also been a valuable team member by involving other PFM subject matter experts when developing solutions to address significant client challenges. This teamwork was dramatically evident in PFM’s service to Oakland County as part of the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Blanchett has a strong reputation among clients for her in-depth knowledge and experience in Michigan and among colleagues for her inclusive attitude and her strategic vision.
2015 GFOA Scholarship Information
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) will administer four scholarship programs that are available for award in the Spring of 2015. GFOA seeks your assistance in promoting these scholarships in your province or state.
All of these programs are intended to benefit students planning to pursue careers in state and local government finance. The submission deadline for applications for the 2015 awards is February 20, 2015. Following are brief descriptions of each of the scholarships:
The Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship of $12,000 is for graduate students in public finance who are enrolled in a full-time master’s program. Funded by the Girard Miller Foundation. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster
The Frank L. Greathouse Governmental Accounting Scholarship of $7,000 (each award) is available for award to two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full time in an accounting program (an undergraduate student must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time of the scholarship award). Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster
The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $7,000 is for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students of public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a special focus on government or nonprofit management). To be eligible for this award students must belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Asian. Funded by Tyler Technologies. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster
The Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship of $7,000 (each award) is available for four employees of a state or local government enrolled in part-time graduate study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. Scholarship Application Scholarship Poster
2014 Fall Training Institute Handouts
Handouts from the 2014 Fall Training Institute can be found on the event page.
Policies & Procedures for Key Financial Functions
The MGFOA Accounting Standards Committee has developed policies and recommended procedures for use in your community. The policies cover key financial functions, including:
|Capital Assets||Grants Management|
|Debt Management||Payroll & Expense Reimbursement|
While each document was created and reviewed by members of the Committee, it is important to note that these documents are not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Finance officials seeking to use these documents should consult their respective government agency’s charter as well as their agency’s legal counsel.
Please visit the RESOURCES page of the site to view the documents.
If you would like to suggest any changes to these documents, please email the Standards Committee via Joe Heffernan.
MGFOA Committee Membership
Dashboard and Citizen Guide templates at Dept of Treasury
Follow this LINK.
Michigan Department of Treasury and EVIP Administration
Follow this LINK.
FREE: State of Michigan's Local Government Records Management training is now available online
Follow this link.