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Governmental Accounting Services Team (GAST)
With more than 70 years serving governmental clients, our team of financial specialists has the experience and knowledge to support cities, villages, townships, counties, and other government-related entities with crises accounting assistance, temporary government accounting assistance, or a permanent government accounting role.

Accounting and Financial Services for Governments

Good help is often hard to find. This especially rings true for governmental accounting. Whether you are playing catch up due to a vacant bookkeeper or finance director position, or are dealing with financial distress due to inaccurate or incomplete accounting in the past, you need timely, factual information you can trust. 

Providing actionable solutions and advice
Backed by the full depth of the firm’s service offerings, Plante Moran’s government accounting professionals (PMGAP) team can help pull your organization through a financial predicament, and provide strategy for cutting costs or increasing revenue. 

For example, our financial specialists successfully oversaw the completion of a state-mandated Deficit Elimination Plan (DEP) and helped shepherd a city out of emergency management. The Plante Moran team also recently worked with a city to complete a water and sewer utility rate study which resulted in an overhaul of the city’s rate structure. The PMGAP team is well versed in the issues your organization faces and will collaborate to provide fresh ideas to tackle your specific issues. 

Beyond accounting services, you will have access to the firm’s expertise across many fields, from management and employee benefit consulting, to IT consulting and investment management. Our multidisciplinary team offers you a holistic approach to the challenges and needs of your organization.

Plante Moran’s menu of services for governments includes:
  • Financial statement audits • Employee benefit plan audits
  • Strategic technology planning
  • ERP selection & implementation
  • Single audits • Long range planning
  • Utility rate studies
  • Cost containment
  • Institutional investing
  • IT assessments
  • Security assurance
  • E-government 

​Expertise you can depend on 
The PMGAP consists of experts in governmental accounting, including several former finance directors and treasurers. Our involvement with professional organizations, such as the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and various state-level associations, allows our team to stay on top of emerging issues and ensure our clients have up to date information. Our team of experts will provide timely, unbiased, accurate information in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner so that you are armed with the necessary knowledge to make quick, informed decisions.


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877.622.2257, x26947

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​"After three finance directors in 18 months, our records were in disarray and we didn’t have the information we needed to make decisions. Plante Moran’s government accounting professionals (PMGAP) got our records up to date and helped us balance our annual budget through some very difficult times. I strongly suggest anyone in our situation think about this alternative.”

Ed Klobucher
City Manager, Hazel Park