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November 16, 2018 Newsletter 3 min read
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December 2018 

GASB Statement 84: The changing landscape of fiduciary activities
GASB 84 outlines how to identify and report fiduciary activities for governmental units. Here’s what you need to consider as you plan to implement the new standard.

GASB releases Statement 90, Majority Equity Interests
Here are a few things to consider when applying this new standard.

GASB 87, Leases: Four steps to a successful implementation
GASB 87 makes significant changes to how you report for leases. Are you prepared? Follow these four steps for a smooth implementation.

Crisis communication: Five steps to engage stakeholders
In tough times, communicating with stakeholders is critical to minimizing negative impacts, maintaining control, and securing the support your organization needs to move forward. Here’s how to start.

The Road Ahead
PMFA’s 2019 economic outlook

Learn from Leaders
Executives from The Detroit Lions, Carhartt, and PVS Chemicals share their best leadership tips

September 2018

The devil is in the data: Optimizing value in the digital age
Are you making full use of the data you collect? Here are some practical ways to gain the upper hand.

ERP change management: Five pillars of success
Change is a certainty when implementing any new ERP system. Use these suggestions to help you ensure, and your workforce embrace, a smooth and successful ERP implementation.

Five benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery
Are you prepared for an IT disaster? If you think you’re immune, think again. Here’s how to get started on your disaster recovery plan and key considerations to weigh when thinking about cloud-based disaster recovery solutions. 

Risk vs. reward: Six considerations for smart cities
From safer communities to more effective, data-driven decision-making, smart city technologies have numerous benefits. But, with opportunity comes risk. Here are the top six considerations for successful smart city planning. 

GASB 83: Asset retirement obligations
Per GASB 83, certain asset retirement obligations now require the recording of a liability, and a corresponding deferred outflow on the face of the financial statements. Here are the key considerations for adopting this standard.

June 2018

Thinking about becoming a smart city?
Smart city technology can help cities operate more efficiently while improving services to citizens and businesses, among many other benefits. Here are the top 10 ways we see smart cities — and their stakeholders — benefiting. 

Split what? A guide to split-interest agreements under GASB 81
Now in effect, GASB 81, Irrevocable Split-Interest Agreements, provides recognition and measurement guidance for situations in which a government is a beneficiary of an irrevocable split-interest agreement. Here are the key terms and common accounting situations to know.

Protect your digital assets with these cybersecurity best practices
Looking for steps you can take to improve your data loss protection? Look no further. These cybersecurity best practices will help you stay a step ahead of hackers and can keep you and your clients safe.

March 2018

Cybersecurity for the public sector: You've been hacked — now what?
Cyberattacks often target the public sector. This on-demand webinar series will help you figure out where to start after a data breach, determine how it happened, and protect your organization for the future.

Communication is key: Working with your actuary to prepare for GASB 75
Good communication with your actuary can make or break successful GASB 75 implementation. Here's how to start the dialogue to ensure important assumptions used in the actuarial valuation are appropriate for your OPEB plan.

Best practices for successful implementation of GASB 75
Gearing up to adopt GASB 75? These best practices can guide you to a successful implementation.

Fostering staff engagement by putting people first
Plante Moran was recently named one of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" for the 20th year in a row. Why? Because of our people and our environment centered around high-touch relationships, transparency, and trust.

What’s the difference between a construction manager, architect, and owner’s representative?
Failing to meet financial expectations, running behind schedule, or going over budget from mistakes can increase a capital project’s costs exponentially. Owner’s reps are uniquely able to help governments plan and execute successful capital improvement programs.