MGFOA Back to Basics 2022 - Session II

Wed, May 25, 2022, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Public Financial Statements

May 25, 2022
9:00am - 12:00pm

This course is being offered virtually. Attendees will be provided with a zoom link a few days prior to the start of the course

Registration Fees:

Individual Session Package of Three Sessions
Member $75*
($95 after deadline)
($190 after deadline)
Non-Member $100*
($125 after deadline)
($245 after deadline

Package - Early Registration Deadline:  March 25, 2022
Session I - Early Registration Deadline: March 25, 2022
Session II - Early Registration Deadline:  May 13, 2022
Session III - Early Registration Deadline:  October 7, 2022

Cancellation Policies:

Refunds will be made ONLY if MGFOA is notified by the Early Registration deadlines listed above. If you have registered and find that you cannot attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. Rates may vary based on membership status. Please notify MGFOA of this occurrence. No cancellations will be accepted for the package of (3) sessions after March 25, 2022. However, if due to unforeseen circumstances you cannot attend session II or III and notify MGFOA prior to the cancellation date, your registration for that session will be carried forward to 2023.


The program starts at 9:00AM and ends at approximately 12:00PM.

Program Overview: 

The Michigan Government Finance Officers Association is proud to offer a package of three one-day seminars designed for practitioners in the field of public finance who are responsible for the accounting and budgeting functions in their governmental units. Participants must have had basic accounting and bookkeeping training to enroll in this program.

Certificates of completion will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the series of three seminars within two years. Each seminar qualifies for three (3) CPE credits. The CPE credits qualify for governmental accounting and auditing.

About the Speakers:

Bill Brickey is a governmental audit partner at Plante Moran and Justin Kolbow is governmental senior manager at Plante Moran. Between them, they have over 30 years of experience in P&M’s governmental group. Both Bill and Justin are CPA's that specialize in serving governmental units of all sizes as auditors and financial advisors.

Session Description:

I. Fundamental Elements of Governmental Accounting

This seminar will introduce the concepts of fund accounting with emphasis on Governmental GAAP and their applications, as well as the state mandated uniform accounting system for local units.  Accounting for Governmental, Special Revenue and Proprietary Funds will also be covered, as will current issues in governmental accounting. The session will include a discussion of GASB 34, its background and elements needed to prepare the government wide financial statements.

II. Public Financial Statements

This program is designed for individuals in the field of public finance who are responsible for the financial reporting functions in their governmental units and those who would like to learn how to read and analyze a governmental financial statement.  This seminar includes instruction and discussions about financial reporting in Michigan under the requirements of PA 2 of 1968, the Uniform Accounting Act for Local Units of Government. The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) criteria for achieving the Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting, including the requirements of clarity, comparability and completeness will be reviewed and demonstrated.

III. Governmental Budgeting

This seminar includes instructions, discussions and samples of governmental budgeting as practiced in Michigan under the requirements of PA 621 of 1978, the Uniform Budgeting and Accounting Act for Local Units of Government. Topics will include: 
•  The budget as a policy document
•  The budget as an operations guide
•  The budget as a financial plan
•  The budget document as a communications device