Public Administration 865 - State and Local Government Finance or instructor’s consent
Deals with selected aspects of state and local government financial management. Introduces fund accounting, costing of governmental services, capital budgeting, debt management, and asset management.
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This course primarily focuses on the financial management of state and local government. Overall, the course conveys the application of financial management concepts and tools in the formulation and implementation of financial strategy, especially from the viewpoint of the chief financial officer.
An intensive review of governmental accounting principles prepares students to analyze financial statements. Major areas of asset (cash) and liability (debt) management are examined in terms of information generated for financial decision making. Cost of service builds on budget skills. Capital financing is highlighted, with particular attention to the issuance and management of municipal securities. The concepts and applications of cash management are explored, including the investment of public funds.
This material is consistent with the requirements for several elements of the Certified Public Finance Officer program of the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA).
This course employs case study analysis to advance the learning of financial management. Students learn to read and analyze 1) the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CARF) of state and local governments, and 2) the official disclosure documents used in the issuance of debt. Recent semesters have had students, working alone or in a group (at their choice), prepare a professional report after analyzing one of a range of topics suggested by area city managers or chief financial officers.
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