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We care about accountability as much as you do.

Our government services go beyond quality audits; we help our clients build stronger places to live. Our experts help strengthen communities by identifying opportunities for enhanced revenues or cost reductions.

We know how important transparency is in the public sector. With every choice you make, your reputation is at stake. The dollars you spend. The services you buy. Constrained by an ever-tightening budget, you’re trying to quickly understand new standards, mitigate risk, develop an IT strategy, and fill in talent gaps — all while providing essential services.

That’s where we come in. We know about accountability. And we’re as beholden to it as you are. For more than 70 years, we’ve served over 500 governmental organizations across the United States, including cities, townships, counties, state governments, special districts, authorities, pension systems, airports, transportation/transit authorities, and utilities. No matter where you are, we’ve seen it all. And, we can help.

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When it comes to industry updates, we’re the first to know.

We’re a founding member of the AICPA Government Audit Quality Center. We have partners on the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel as well as the National Single Audit Roundtable. We’re also a member of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center. Voluntary membership in these AICPA quality centers demonstrates our commitment to audit quality and holds us to a higher level of scrutiny than nonmember accounting firms.

Our audit and compliance experts are actively involved in government organizations and share in-depth analyses to help you stay on top of emerging issues at the local, state, and federal levels. You and your stakeholders can be confident that our recommendations are objective, and proven.

Digital transformation in government

How technology can transform your Government image
4 min read
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.
Judy Wright
Article February 21, 2020 4 min read
The fundamentals and risks of enterprise projects
Doug Hockenbrocht
Article January 16, 2020 3 min read
Smart city implementation: Nine tips to get you started
Adam Rujan
Article August 26, 2019 6 min read
Outsourcing IT services is the "new normal." But is it for you?
Alex Dietrich
Article April 11, 2019 4 minute read

Public Enterprise Resource Planning
Getting it right

How changing regulations affect government

Stay on top of government industry standards
2 min read
GASB replacement of Interbank Offered Rates: What you need to know
In September 2019, the GASB issued an exposure draft titled “Replacement of Interbank Offered Rates.” As you amend agreements to replace LIBOR as a reference rate, keep in mind the provisions on this proposed standard to minimize any accounting impact.
Katie Thornton
Article February 10, 2020 2 min read
Are these GASB standards on your radar?
Ashley Frase
Article January 23, 2020 8 min read
GASB 84: Next steps for fiduciary activities standard implementation
Michelle Lewis
Article January 22, 2020 6 min read
Michigan personal property tax reimbursement correction process
Britni McDole
Article January 10, 2020 1 min read

Reading governmental financial statements
A primer

Managing risk in governments

Managing risk in your Government image
70 min watch
Cybersecurity for the public sector: You've been hacked — now what?

Cyberattacks often target the public sector. This three part on-demand webinar series will help you boost your cybersecurity efforts by figuring out where to start after a data breach, determine how it happened, and how to protect your organization for the future.

Judy Wright
Webinar February 19, 2018 70 min watch
Cybersecurity is like a sponge: Five ways to safeguard your data
Sarah Pavelek
Article June 14, 2017 4 min read
SOC for cybersecurity
Raj Patel
Article May 31, 2017 1 min read
Suspect fraud? Seven actions to take now
Eric Conforti
Article April 25, 2017 3 min read

Government Thought Leadership

  • 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.
    Judy Wright
    Article February 21, 2020 4 min read
    A picture of business colleagues discussing the five benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery
  • Formulating a business goal-based IT strategy
    An effective IT strategy is critical for creating a true partnership between the business and IT services. Is it time to implement yours?
    Sean McBride
    Article February 18, 2020 2 min read
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  • Cyber resilience: Adapting to a changing cyber-attack environment
    Perpetrators of cyber-attacks threaten daily to infiltrate your systems with malicious intent. A cyber resilience strategy can help you withstand attacks and minimize business disruption to protect your data—and your profits.
    Raj Patel
    Article February 14, 2020 5 min read
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  • GASB replacement of Interbank Offered Rates: What you need to know
    In September 2019, the GASB issued an exposure draft titled “Replacement of Interbank Offered Rates.” As you amend agreements to replace LIBOR as a reference rate, keep in mind the provisions on this proposed standard to minimize any accounting impact.
    Katie Thornton
    Article February 10, 2020 2 min read
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The public puts its trust in you. Put your trust in us.

Trust in our expertise. There’s a reason our reputation precedes us. We perform the second-highest number of single audits in the nation. Our services are scalable — we serve small villages to some of the largest cities, and everything in between.

Trust that we’ll understand your issues. We take the time to get to know you; that’s how we tailor our best practices and technical knowledge — with a future-focused lens — to ensure your success.

When you’re satisfied, it makes a positive impact. “When you tell us how much you love our team and the expertise we provide — whether it be meeting compliance milestones, providing assistance and thought leadership on new standards, or transforming technology tools to help your team achieve better service — that’s how we make our mark.” says Stacey Reeves, a leader in our government practice.

Our clients say

Plante Moran is a unique auditing and accounting firm which provides responsive high quality services. Assigned staff on our audit has been very consistent which contributes to an effective and efficient audit. They are available when needed for meetings and special questions. We also appreciate the educational opportunities provided by Plante Moran to our staff which helps us stay abreast of changing accounting rules and State regulations.

Laurie VanPelt CPFO Director of Management and Budget, Oakland County

Photo of hospital staff discussing electronic health records.
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Ramsey County uses electronic health records (EHR) to improve health information accessibility

Ramsey County, Minn., the second most populous county in a prominent Midwestern state, with a rapidly growing population of over a half million, faced issues adopting and utilizing multiple electronic health record (EHR) systems. Here's how they improved health information accessibility.

Case Study April 6, 2018 3 min read
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SOC 1 audit for government pension plan
MERS of Michigan proactively completes a SOC 1 Type 2 audit of their defined benefit pension plan system.
Case Study September 22, 2016 2 min read

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