In this webinar series, Baker Tilly state and local government specialists discuss best practices for government agencies.
2013 state and local government webinar series
Pay or Play and beyond: Complying with the new health care reform rules May 1, 2013
Recent changes pertaining to the Affordable Care Act Section 4980H – Pay or Play proposed requirements forecast several changes to how organizations will need to evaluate health care coverage for their employees. In this webinar, Karen Breitnauer, Compliance Attorney for M3 Insurance, provides an in-depth review of:
How we arrived here and how this affects you?
Current compliance concerns, including new fees and taxes
Shared Responsibility (sometimes called the "Pay or Play Rule"), Measurement Periods and Stability Periods
GASB 65: Items previously reported as Assets and Liabilities February 27, 2013
This webinar will help your organization discover the recent GASB 65 issuance and how it impacts your financial statements. Baker Tilly experts will guide you through the elements of the update and provide real-world examples to help you sort through the new classifications.
Discuss the background of this new statement
Introduce the definitions of the new elements of the financial statements
Identify classification of assets, deferred outflows, liabilities, and deferred inflows
Highlight changes in accounting treatments for certain items
Understanding your financial statements July 25, 2012
This webinar focuses on how to understand your government's annual financial statements by reviewing different ratios and other financial analysis tools. It also helps users of financial statements analyze the financial health of their entity in order to assist future decision making and budgeting for upcoming years. The presentation:
Helps you gain an understanding of what the numbers reported in your financial statements mean
Shows you how to effectively analyze numbers and ratios to determine the financial health of your entity
Discusses ways to use the financial statement information for effective future planning and budgeting
Interprets new fund balances as reported under GASB Statement No. 54
How Human Resource Management Can Impact Your Bottom Line May 2, 2012
This webinar highlights how effective human resource management can be a powerful fiscal tool. Since the largest expenditure line in your budget is personnel expenditures, even small changes to improve efficiency can yield significant results. In this webinar, we explore the following:
Why human resource management is central to cost control
Key cost considerations relative to legislative mandates and collective bargaining negotiations
Identifying key steps to optimizing your human resources
Benefits of moving from tactical HR to strategic HR
Auditing 101: Everything you need to know about the annual audit December 13, 2011
For many public sector entities, the annual audit is an unavoidable and necessary task. Because the annual audit is a requirement, it can be easy to forget the added benefits it brings to your organization. Although every organization is unique, the actual audit process is essentially the same. Once a year your financial auditors examine your financial records and determine how these records are used. Our webinar is designed to help you better understand the audit and the audit process. Baker Tilly professionals, Wendi Unger and Paul Frantz, will discuss who actually needs an audit, the different types of audits, and why it is important to be ready.
Enhancing collection of your revenues November 7, 2011
In this webinar, Steve Lux, Director, discusses how your organization can get the most out of your revenue streams. At a time when economically sensitive revenues have decreased and the need for social services has increased, governments need to assess and improve how the collection of taxes, licenses, fees, and penalties are performed. The webinar includes real-life examples and strategies that your government can start implementing today.
Succession planning: Why it’s still relevant August 31, 2011
This webinar explores why succession planning is still very much a current issue, and possibly a greater issue than it was 10 years ago. The discussion focuses on how governments can begin to address the matter without significant financial investment and make your organization transition between employees in a more planned manner. You will hear real life examples of succession planning and strategies that your organization can start implementing today.
Understanding your financial statements July 13, 2011
This webinar focused on how to understand your government's annual financial statements by reviewing different ratios and other financial analysis tools. It was designed to also help users of financial statements analyze the financial health of their entity in order to assist future decision making and budgeting for upcoming years.
Governments across the nation continue to be challenged by decreased revenues and increased costs of operation. Rightsizing an organization is about much more than reducing the size of the workforce. Learn from specific case studies developed over a decade of work in the public sector about how to successfully navigate through a rightsizing program. Hear about a range of budget options including staff realignments, shared service, and smart sourcing.
Understanding Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB) April 7, 2011
Though GASB 45 and Other Postemployment Benefits (OPEB) have been around for several years, we still receive questions on this topic. This webinar has been designed to help you identify OPEBs that may exist in your government and various things to consider. It will help you gain a better understanding of actuarial reports and the reporting requirements for OPEBs.
Tax increment financing: Overview and strategies for finance officers March 10, 2011
Tax increment financing is a powerful tool that can enable your community to attract the type of investment needed to meet your specific economic development goals. This program has been designed to provide you with information and strategies to keep your TIF on the right track in these challenging economic times.
Summary: GASB 51 Intangible Assets February 23, 2011
As we have been helping our clients implement GASB 51, we have encountered some common questions on intangible assets. This webinar was designed to share this information, and help you assess any remianing tasks to be completed for successful implementation.
Common Fraud Schemes in Governments The theft of cash, in one form or another, is often the most damaging and public of fraud schemes. However, controls can be implemented to help deter theft and reduce opportunity. Learn about some very common cash fraud schemes, the opportunities that are often present, and tips on how to reduce your risk.
Building a Legacy: Transforming Government Through Consolidation and Shared Services In the current fiscal environment, public sector shared services and consolidation efforts are back on the table for many communities. Learn the critical success factors required for intergovernmental cooperative agreements, get acquainted with some of the biggest myths surrounding consolidation of local government services, and hear about successful case studies.
New GASB 54 Fund Balance Standard This webinar covered the impact that GASB 54 has on government fund types and fund balance definitions. We discussed in detail what these changes mean and the steps municipal entities should take to implement the necessary changes in time for their 2011 budget.