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“Best way to succeed…fully committed”

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“Best way to succeed…fully committed”
“Best way to succeed…fully committed”
This episode features a conversation with Kevin Bain, Debt Manager for the City of Detroit, Michigan. Kevin grew up in the suburbs of Detroit embracing his diverse community. Described by family as a fearless child, Kevin overcame an early speech impediment to excel in school in both academics and athletics. After college, Kevin worked on Wall Street, completed graduate school at Harvard, and went to work at World Bank. He eventually returned to his community in Detroit committed to tackling the issues of poverty and discrimination.
01:01:51
November 18, 2022
“Invited to the Table”
“Invited to the Table”
This episode features a conversation Lisa McCargar, Vice President of Finance and Administration for Golden State Natural Resources. Lisa grew up a shy child in Los Angeles to hardworking blue-collar parents. Money was tight, but that didn’t stop Lisa from dreaming big. Once she entered the workforce, success and opportunity came calling. Her early career included time at Arthur Andersen and in Hollywood working on studio budgets for some of the most successful movies of that time.
01:01:42
November 11, 2022
"Some Day...You'll be a Finance Director"
"Some Day...You'll be a Finance Director"
Rich Lee is the Finance Director for the City of San Mateo. Growing up in foggy south San Francisco, Rich had to develop a thick skin learning to navigate his parents' divorce as well as a genetic condition that made him a target to the insensitivity of cruel adolescents. Listen as Rich discusses his fascinating journey from wanting to be a musician, to pursuing a career in public finance.
01:01:57
November 04, 2022
The Financial Data Transparency Act: What GFOA Members Need to Know
The Financial Data Transparency Act: What GFOA Members Need to Know
Listen as Emily Brock, GFOA's Federal Liaison Center Director in Washington D.C., and Michele Mark Levine, GFOA's Technical Services Director, discuss how the Financial Data Transparency Act would be a costly and burdensome unfunded mandate.
17:00
September 22, 2022
Talking GAAP Update with GFOA's Michele Mark Levine
Talking GAAP Update with GFOA's Michele Mark Levine
GFOA's 2022 GAAP Update will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022. Listen as GFOA's Michele Mark Levine discusses this year's event and why you should attend. 
06:57
August 02, 2022
Introducing GFOA's Fundamentals Virtual Forum
Introducing GFOA's Fundamentals Virtual Forum
Want to invest in your advancement? GFOA’s Fundamentals Virtual Forum, July 11-15, is designed for new government finance staff who are either starting their career journey or transitioning to public finance from the private sector. Seven of the ten virtual forum sessions will be based on topics from GFOA's Certified Public Finance Officers (CPFO) program.
08:25
May 25, 2022
#TimeBackChallenge Podcast Series: Efficient Meetings with Dan Olivieri of the City of Maple Ridge
#TimeBackChallenge Podcast Series: Efficient Meetings with Dan Olivieri of the City of Maple Ridge
In this episode, GFOA's Shayne Kavanagh talks with Dan Olivieri from the City of Maple Ridge on how he’s made meetings shorter and more enjoyable for all involved. Learn more about GFOA's #TimeBackChallenge at gfoa.org/timebackchallenge. Additional resources mentioned in the podcast: Guide to Liberating Structures, GFOA Research based on Adam Grant's work
08:31
May 16, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 22, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 22, 2022
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
23:12
April 27, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 8, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 8, 2022
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
23:12
April 11, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - March 25, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - March 25, 2022
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
45:20
March 25, 2022
WPFN Mentorship Month – Mentor and Mentee Spotlight
WPFN Mentorship Month – Mentor and Mentee Spotlight
GFOA’s Women’s Public Finance Network facilitates a Mentorship Program to connect women in the public finance field from across the country. In this podcast, you'll hear from several program participants who discuss the benefits of mentorship for professional and personal growth. WPFN’s 2022-2023 Mentorship Program application opens on March 8. The deadline to apply is April 8. More information can be found at www.gfoa.org/wpfn.
22:53
February 28, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - February 11, 2022
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - February 11, 2022
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
48:40
February 14, 2022
"The Only Fallback is Me"
"The Only Fallback is Me"
Lisa Marie Harris, Director of Finance at the San Diego Water Authority joins us for episode eight of the podcast. Growing up in San Francisco as the eldest of seven kids, Lisa Marie speaks quite candidly about her experiences of being in a family of limited means.
01:03:16
January 07, 2022
"More an Accountant than a Politician"
"More an Accountant than a Politician"
Richard Sensenbrenner, Assistant Director of Accounting for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joins us for episode seven of the podcast. Growing up in Troy, Ohio, Richard’s family dynamic centered on the notion that “serving the public was a noble deed.” While both parents took roles in serving their community, it was his grandfather Jack, that loomed the largest in his family’s story.
01:09:39
December 17, 2021
“You work until the job gets done”
“You work until the job gets done”
Our guest for episode six of the podcast is former GFOA president Nancy Zielke. Growing up in Southwest Michigan on 60 acres of farmland, Nancy is no stranger to getting up at 5 a.m. and working until the sun goes down. Balancing a career path that is firmly planted with success in both public and private organizations, Nancy acknowledges the many mentors who had a hand in shaping her professional growth as well as her personal drive to understand her community and help influence change for the better.
57:46
December 10, 2021
"See the products of my life improving my community"
"See the products of my life improving my community"
Our guest this week is Chris McCullion, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Orlando, Florida. Chris became CFO in his mid-30s. Our conversation touches on how that happened as well as how Chris and his team handled the enormous tragedy of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub Shooting.
59:51
December 03, 2021
“Open to the Opportunities”
“Open to the Opportunities”
Episode four of the podcast features a conversation with Jo Ann Giddings, Deputy Director of Financial Administration in the City of Aurora, Colorado. Growing up on her family farm along with her seven siblings, Jo Ann learned to be self-sufficient. With her daily chores around the farm and raising cattle, she developed a strong sense of “team work” and a community of neighbors leaning into each other for support.
43:02
November 19, 2021
“What do I have to lose?”
“What do I have to lose?”
Joining us for episode three is Ed Harrington from San Francisco, California. Born the youngest of five children, Ed’s childhood was marked by a tremendous amount of sadness with losing both parents by the time he was a teenager. Acknowledging that this “sets you back a bit,” Ed’s mother was able to impart a certain belief in humanity that stuck to Ed’s core and helped to shape him for the rest of his life.
54:24
November 12, 2021
“88 percent...that’s me!”
“88 percent...that’s me!”
Joining us this week is Veronica Carrillo with the City of San Antonio, Texas. Growing up on a block where the homes of her aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents were back door or down the street to one another, this tight knit family kept her centered and grounded. But as you’ll hear, there was one voice that rose above the rest and became her guiding compass, her father.
01:01:03
November 05, 2021
"I was dealt a certain hand"
"I was dealt a certain hand"
Our first guest is Michael Bryant, GFOA President and Deputy County Manager for Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Michael’s difficult but inspirational story will remind you of the guiding hand of fate, when one is shown a different path forward by the generous soul of others.
01:05:49
October 29, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - September 17, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - September 17, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
53:25
September 20, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - September 3, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - September 3, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
47:53
September 09, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 11, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 11, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
59:03
June 11, 2021
Catching Up with Former GFOA Executive Director Jeffrey Esser
Catching Up with Former GFOA Executive Director Jeffrey Esser
GFOA's John Fishbein recently spoke with Jeffrey Esser, GFOA Honorary Member and GFOA Executive Director/CEO from 1982 to 2017, about a variety of topics related to GFOA and government finance.
11:42
June 01, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - May 14, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - May 14, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
01:01:26
May 17, 2021
An Economy of Well-Being at the Local Level
An Economy of Well-Being at the Local Level
GFOA's Jake Kowalski recently spoke with Mark Anielski, a well-being economist with a background in local government, about a unique and practical approach to measuring well-being. Mark discusses his work helping government play a crucial role in measuring performance and progress in terms of well-being of mind, body, spirit and the natural environment. Mark has worked with various municipal and provincial governments and advises the federal government of Canada on well-being-based budgeting. He is currently surveying northern and southern Ireland on residents’ perceptions of well-being.
23:49
May 05, 2021
A Career Path in Government Finance Versus Government Administration
A Career Path in Government Finance Versus Government Administration
Many GFOA members often start out with a career path in government finance, and then consider switching to government administration. GFOA's John Fishbein interviewed GFOA Executive Director Chris Morrill to discuss this decision. Morrill's experience includes a career working in government finance and then serving as a city manager. He talks about his educational and professional background, how he made the choice to switch from finance, the differences and similarities between the two careers, and what GFOA can offer to help make that transition easier.
09:59
April 27, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 16, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 16, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
47:38
April 22, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 2, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 2, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
25:40
April 02, 2021
The Budget Awards Program Comes to the University of Kansas
The Budget Awards Program Comes to the University of Kansas
Michael Walters Young is the Budget and Strategic Innovation Manager at the City of Franklin, Tennessee.  Once a week, he teaches a night course at the University of Kansas in budgeting.  Michael got his students involved as budget reviewers in GFOA’s Budget Awards Program.  This podcast goes through that process.
06:48
March 31, 2021
Getting involved with GFOA’s Women’s Public Finance Network
Getting involved with GFOA’s Women’s Public Finance Network
Interested in becoming more involved with advancing women in public finance? On this episode, GFOA's Elizabeth Fu talks with members of GFOA’s Women’s Public Finance Network’s Women’s committees on communication, programming/education, and mentorship. Listen to learn how these members became involved and their experiences on the committees.
11:57
March 29, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - February 5, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - February 5, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
57:39
February 18, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - January 8, 2021
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - January 8, 2021
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
56:53
February 18, 2021
Show Us Your GFOA Best Practice in Action!
Show Us Your GFOA Best Practice in Action!
GFOA is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Awards for Excellence program. Governments who have recently implemented a best practice or developed a creative solution to a common problem are encouraged to apply. Learn more at https://www.gfoa.org/award-for-excellence.
09:33
January 19, 2021
Week in Washington – Special Edition December 22, 2020
Week in Washington – Special Edition December 22, 2020
GFOA FLC staff offer highlights and initial reactions to the massive spending and coronavirus relief package passed by Congress on December 21.
24:08
December 22, 2020
Budget Awards Criteria: Communicating the Budget
Budget Awards Criteria: Communicating the Budget
On this podcast, GFOA's Timothy Martin and John Fishbein discuss the upcoming webinar, Budget Awards Criteria - Communicating the Budget. This webinar will be held on December 11. To register, visit https://bit.ly/335SsDl.
02:52
November 23, 2020
A Discussion about GFOA's Elected Officials Guide Series
A Discussion about GFOA's Elected Officials Guide Series
On this podcast, GFOA's Michael Thomas explains the new three-part Elected Officials Guide Series. Listen to learn more about the publications and get details on an upcoming free webinar scheduled for December 1, 2020.  More information: gfoa.org/eog
06:04
November 19, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - November 13, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - November 13, 2020
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
50:04
November 16, 2020
Budget Awards Criteria: Position Summary
Budget Awards Criteria: Position Summary
On this podcast, GFOA's Timothy Martin and John Fishbein discuss the upcoming webinar, Budget Awards Criteria - Position Summary. This webinar will be held on November 20. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2UnqHBc.
02:31
November 13, 2020
Budget Awards Criteria: Department/Program Budgeting & Goals
Budget Awards Criteria: Department/Program Budgeting & Goals
On this podcast, GFOA's Timothy Martin and John Fishbein discuss the upcoming webinar, Budget Awards Criteria - Department/Program Budgeting & Goals. This webinar will be held on November 13. To register, visit https://bit.ly/38blUet. 
03:28
November 05, 2020
Budget Talk: The Budget Document and Beyond Encore Event
Budget Talk: The Budget Document and Beyond Encore Event
Listen as GFOA Executive Director Chris Morrill and Senior Program Manager John Fishbein discuss criteria changes for the Budget Awards Program and the encore presentation of The Budget Document and Beyond.  The Budget Document and Beyond Registration: https://www.gfoa.org/events/beyond-the-budget-document-encore 
07:54
November 02, 2020
Talking COVID and More During This Year's Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting Fall Meeting
Talking COVID and More During This Year's Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting Fall Meeting
Listen as GFOA's Matt Bubness talks about this year's Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting Fall Meeting. The event, beginning November 5, will gather school districts virtually for important discussions around the COVID response, path forward, and more!  Registration information: https://www.gfoa.org/2020-alliance-overview
12:04
October 28, 2020
GFOA Academic Scholarship Applications Open for 2021
GFOA Academic Scholarship Applications Open for 2021
On this podcast, GFOA's Gen Carter talks with recent scholarship recipient Mimi Livermore, Finance Director for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and Girard Miller, Honorary GFOA Member and sponsor of the Goldberg-Miller Public Finance Scholarship about the scholarship application process and how it can benefit students.  Learn more about GFOA's academic scholarships at gfoa.org/scholarships. 
18:23
October 19, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – October 2, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – October 2, 2020
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
50:41
October 05, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – September 25, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – September 25, 2020
Listen as GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
26:24
September 28, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – September 17, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – September 17, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
48:36
September 25, 2020
Capital Planning and the DC Government
Capital Planning and the DC Government
On this Financial Foundations podcast, GFOA's Shayne Kavanagh talks with Darryl Street, David Clark, and Richard Dietz from the DC Government about their leadership in asset management and infrastructure renewal planning.  Recent GFOA Research: https://www.gfoa.org/materials/capital-planning-dc-government
21:42
September 09, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - August 14, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - August 14, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
39:27
August 19, 2020
Budget Talk: The Budget Document and Beyond
Budget Talk: The Budget Document and Beyond
Listen as GFOA Executive Director Chris Morrill and Senior Program Manager John Fishbein discuss the upcoming criteria changes for the Budget Awards Program and related training. The Budget Document and Beyond Webinar: https://www.gfoa.org/events/beyond-the-budget-document 
08:16
August 03, 2020
Budget Discussion with Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Budget Discussion with Dallas Area Rapid Transit
On this podcast, GFOA’s John Fishbein talks with Joe Costello, Chief Financial Officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit about a variety of financial topics including the effects of COVID-19 on their budget process.
13:38
July 22, 2020
GFOA Discussion with Moody's Investors Service
GFOA Discussion with Moody's Investors Service
Listen as GFOA's John Fishbein talks with Tim Blake, Managing Director of Public Finance at Moody's Investors Service about the effects that COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn has had on state and local government’s fiscal condition.
14:50
July 15, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - July 10, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - July 10, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
44:57
July 13, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 26, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 26, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
34:26
July 13, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 19, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 19, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
44:24
July 13, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 12, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - June 12, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
38:37
July 13, 2020
GFR Audio: Uncertainty, Risks, and Budgets in the Age of Coronavirus
GFR Audio: Uncertainty, Risks, and Budgets in the Age of Coronavirus
Preparing for budget uncertainty and fiscal strive by Michael A. Pagano and Christina K. McFarland. Read by GFOA's Katie Ludwig.
17:48
July 01, 2020
GFR Audio: Property Tax Disputed
GFR Audio: Property Tax Disputed
The Region of Peel, Ontario shares its story about how it sought financial sustainability amid economic disruption by Shayne C. Kavanagh. Read by GFOA's Katie Ludwig.
18:08
July 01, 2020
GFR Audio: We Can't Afford to Avoid Climate Risks
GFR Audio: We Can't Afford to Avoid Climate Risks
An examination of the real cost of the climate crisis for communities by Jackie Ratner and Jeff Schlegelmilch. Read by GFOA's Mike Mucha.
15:21
July 01, 2020
GFR Audio: Cash is King
GFR Audio: Cash is King
Practical ways to preserve or access more cash when your government faces a crunch by Shayne C. Kavanagh and Joseph P. Casey. Recording read by Katie Ludwig. 
52:32
July 01, 2020
Budget Discussion with DC Water & Sewer Authority
Budget Discussion with DC Water & Sewer Authority
On this podcast, GFOA’s John Fishbein talks with Matt Brown, Chief Financial Officer for DC Water & Sewer Authority about a variety of financial topics including the effects of COVID-19 on their budget process.
17:30
July 01, 2020
Budget Discussion with Lake County, Illinois
Budget Discussion with Lake County, Illinois
On this podcast, GFOA’s John Fishbein talks with Patrice Sutton, Chief Financial Officer for Lake County, Illinois, about a variety of financial topics including the effects of COVID-19 on their budget process.
13:34
June 24, 2020
Budget Discussion from Broward County Public Schools
Budget Discussion from Broward County Public Schools
On this podcast, GFOA’s John Fishbein talks with Judith Marte, Chief Financial Officer for Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, about a variety of financial topics including the effects of COVID-19 on their budget process.
16:31
June 17, 2020
Introducing the New Edition of Governmental Accounting, Auditing, And Financial Reporting
Introducing the New Edition of Governmental Accounting, Auditing, And Financial Reporting
GFOA's Technical Services Center Director Michele Mark Levine discusses the new edition of Governmental Accounting, Auditing, And Financial Reporting. better known as the "Blue Book." Learn more about pre-ordering on our website, gfoa.org. 
05:23
June 16, 2020
Budget Discussion from City of New Bedford, Massachusetts
Budget Discussion from City of New Bedford, Massachusetts
On this podcast, GFOA’s John Fishbein talks with Ari Sky, Chief Financial Officer for the City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, about a variety of financial topics including the effects of COVID-19 on their budget process.
15:48
June 10, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – June 5, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members – June 5, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
54:18
June 08, 2020
How to Eliminate Paper and Save Time and Money
How to Eliminate Paper and Save Time and Money
This Fiscal First Aid podcast discusses opportunities for governments to move away from paper-based business processes. After listening to the podcast, click here to dive into our research on the topic. 
15:50
May 20, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - May 1, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - May 1, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
01:00:01
May 06, 2020
Learn About GFOA's Virtual Conference Experience
Learn About GFOA's Virtual Conference Experience
We're planning to connect virtually, May 18-June 26, with the high quality programming you’ve come to expect from GFOA. You will be able to attend sessions on familiar core topics like accounting, budgeting, treasury management, and debt. On this podcast, hear from GFOA Executive Director Chris Morrill, Director of Education Randall Towns, and Assistant Director of Operations and Marketing Dan Zielinski about the virtual conference experience.  After listening, click here to learn more. 
10:23
May 06, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 25, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 25, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
54:48
April 30, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 17, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 17, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
47:21
April 30, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 10, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - April 10, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
46:50
April 30, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - March 27, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - March 27, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
52:07
April 30, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - March 20, 2020
Week in Washington: GFOA Recap for Committee Members - March 20, 2020
GFOA’s Federal Liaison Center updates GFOA Standing Committee members on events in Washington.
45:54
April 30, 2020
Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
In our latest podcast, GFOA's Shayne Kavanagh talks with Sam Savage, executive director of ProbabilityManagement.org, about decision-making in uncertain times. 
29:28
April 28, 2020
Working with Elected Officials During a Financial Crisis
Working with Elected Officials During a Financial Crisis
In our latest podcast, GFOA's Shayne Kavanagh talks with Mark Funkhouser about the importance of working with elected officials during a financial crisis.  Funkhouser is President of Funkhouser & Associates, LLC, is a former publisher of Governing magazine, and mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 2007 to 2011.
27:46
April 22, 2020
Cybersecurity in Local Government: A Discussion of Enduring Issues and Contemporary COVID-19 Concerns
Cybersecurity in Local Government: A Discussion of Enduring Issues and Contemporary COVID-19 Concerns
Listen as GFOA's Shayne Kavanagh talks Cybersecurity with Phil Bertolini from the Center for Digital Government. It's a critical issue now more than ever. Related Materials: Government Finance Review Article: Be Ready When (not it) You're Hit with a Cyber Attack GFOA White Paper: Working Remotely: A Guide for the Public Sector Government Technology Resource Guide to Coronavirus for Government Leaders
32:49
April 15, 2020
2020 Financial Policy Challenge
2020 Financial Policy Challenge
The Financial Policy Challenge is a GFOA-wide effort to encourage members to adopt and share financial policies that are essential to a strong financial foundation for your community. You can win the challenge by submitting policies that cover the essential features that are long-standing best practices in public finance. You can see those features on the Challenge website. You can also win by having your policy judged to the best of its kind by a panel of GFOA members.
03:57
February 26, 2020
Author Interview: Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities
Author Interview: Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities
Last year, GFOA released Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities. Recently, Shayne Kavanagh, GFOA Senior Manager for Research, discussed the book and why it's important for local governments. 
04:14
February 05, 2020
Reliability and Consistency Part 2: Consistency: The Intersection of Words and Action
Reliability and Consistency Part 2: Consistency: The Intersection of Words and Action
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this segment, we talk about the fifth and final element in GFOA's Code of Ethics: consistency. Hear examples from "Jared," "Lynn," "Kelvin," and others!
04:56
January 08, 2020
Reliability and Consistency Part 1: Demonstrate Reliability Through Timeliness
Reliability and Consistency Part 1: Demonstrate Reliability Through Timeliness
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this segment, we talk about the fifth and final element in GFOA's Code of Ethics: reliability. Hear examples from "Max," "Nathan," and others!
06:51
December 31, 2019
Diversity and Inclusion Part 2: Including the Community in Decisions and Crossing Tribal Lines
Diversity and Inclusion Part 2: Including the Community in Decisions and Crossing Tribal Lines
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this segment, including the community in decisions and crossing tribal lines. Hear examples from "Bridget," "Michelle," and "Charles."
04:51
December 11, 2019
Diversity and Inclusion Part 1: Inclusivity in the Finance Office
Diversity and Inclusion Part 1: Inclusivity in the Finance Office
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this segment, we'll explore inclusivity in the finance office and provide a number of examples from members. 
08:11
December 04, 2019
Treating People Fairly Part 2: Defining Fairness and Distributive Justice
Treating People Fairly Part 2: Defining Fairness and Distributive Justice
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this segment, we will explore the other component of fairness: distributive justice and look to the City of Portland, Oregon, as an example.
05:03
November 20, 2019
Treating People Fairly Part 1: Defining Fairness and Procedural Justice
Treating People Fairly Part 1: Defining Fairness and Procedural Justice
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. This segment focuses on defining fairness and procedural justice. Listen to an example of how it can work, and how a lack of procedural justice can create problems.
07:40
November 13, 2019
Producing Results for Your Community Part 2: Listen Actively So you Can Know the Results People Want
Producing Results for Your Community Part 2: Listen Actively So you Can Know the Results People Want
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In part two of this case study, you'll hear how "Crystal" and "Clark" listened actively and got results. 
03:45
November 06, 2019
Producing Results for Your Community Part 1: Demonstrate Command of Public Finances
Producing Results for Your Community Part 1: Demonstrate Command of Public Finances
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In part one of this case study, we'll focus on how you can demonstrate command of public finances. 
08:08
October 30, 2019
Integrity Part 2: Strengthening Your Integrity By Standing for Your Values
Integrity Part 2: Strengthening Your Integrity By Standing for Your Values
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In part two of this case study, we'll focus on what we learned about integrity and honesty through a number of GFOA member experiences.
05:12
October 22, 2019
Integrity Part 1: Building Trust Through Integrity and Honesty
Integrity Part 1: Building Trust Through Integrity and Honesty
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this extended case study, we'll focus on what we learned about integrity and honesty through a number of GFOA member experiences. 
08:58
October 16, 2019
Trust: You Can't Win 'Em All
Trust: You Can't Win 'Em All
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this case study, you'll hear how “Anne" did the right things to build trust with council members. 
02:15
October 01, 2019
Maintaining Trust: Recognize and Manage Your Own Stories
Maintaining Trust: Recognize and Manage Your Own Stories
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this case study, you'll hear how “Nancy” handled a perceived act of disrespect. 
02:54
September 25, 2019
Rebuilding Trust: Be Patient and Encourage Dialogue
Rebuilding Trust: Be Patient and Encourage Dialogue
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this case study, you'll hear how “Tracy” rebuilt trust in the finance office.
04:49
September 17, 2019
Ethics: Sometimes the Best Move is to Move On
Ethics: Sometimes the Best Move is to Move On
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this case study, you'll hear why it was best for "Joe" to resign from his job and move on.
02:39
September 10, 2019
Ethics: Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time - Part 2
Ethics: Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time - Part 2
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this case study, you'll hear how "Dan" found his department taking the blame for a city council policy.
05:28
September 03, 2019
Ethics: Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time - Part 1
Ethics: Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time - Part 1
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this case study, you'll hear how "Ben" found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. 
04:51
August 27, 2019
Honesty and Integrity: Timing Matters
Honesty and Integrity: Timing Matters
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers. In this case study, you'll hear stories about two GFOA members who used honesty and integrity during difficult situations. 
04:26
August 20, 2019
Treating People Fairly: Understanding Other People's Perspective
Treating People Fairly: Understanding Other People's Perspective
GFOA's new Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities program and the new Code of Ethics emphasize the importance of trust. To help GFOA members build trust, we've collected stories from GFOA members about high points (and low points) in their careers.  In this case study, you'll hear how a finance officer discussed real estate taxes with a taxpayer. 
01:55
August 12, 2019