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Even the best-run governments face the realities of revenue shortages, rising costs, and pressures to provide higher service levels and greater transparency and accountability. Governments are responsible for delivering essential services and sustaining critical infrastructure, yet sometimes demand may exceed your capacity to deliver.

With over 70 years' experience serving the public sector, our objective, unbiased advisors help you minimize risk, improve processes, identify and address cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and harness technology to improve service delivery within budget constraints.

We understand the role that quality financial reporting plays in effective decision-making, public trust, and bond ratings. We’ve conducted more than 600 CAFR audits in the past 30 years that have achieved the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, and each year, we perform the second-highest number of single audits in the nation. The proactive advice and proprietary tools we offer make implementation of GASB financial reporting standards easier for our clients. We are a charter member of the AICPA Government Audit Quality Center.

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Managing risk in governments

Managing risk in your Government image
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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
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Cybersecurity is like a sponge: Five ways to safeguard your data
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SOC for cybersecurity
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Suspect fraud? Seven actions to take now
Michelle D. McHale-Adams
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Public Enterprise Resource Planning
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Technology strategies for government entities

How technology can transform your Government image
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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.
Adam Rujan
Article August 31, 2018 6 min read
Risk versus reward: Six considerations for smart cities
Adam Rujan
Article August 30, 2018 7 min read
Five benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery
Judy Wright
Article August 1, 2018 4 min read
The fundamentals and risks of enterprise projects
Doug Hockenbrocht
Article August 1, 2018 3 min read

Reading governmental financial statements
A primer

How changing regulations affect government

Stay on top of government industry standards
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GASB 84: Implementing the new GASB fiduciary activities standard
Attend our webinar to get up to speed on GASB’s new standard on fiduciary activities. Ensure your organization understands the reporting requirements and is ready to meet these new requirements.
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GASB 83: Asset retirement obligations
Michelle Watterworth
Article September 10, 2018 3 min read
Split what? A guide to split-interest agreements under GASB 81
Katie Thornton
Article June 19, 2018 4 minutes read
Best practices for successful GASB 75 implementation
Marie Stiegel
Article March 13, 2018 6 min read

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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

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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.

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Business needs evaluation and IT process review
New processes and work management technologies help the city of Bismarck achieve its goal of reliable, timely, cost-effective service delivery.
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Our Team

Our team of more than 200 government specialists include CPAs, forensic accountants, management consultants, and technology professionals, and they understand the structural, financial, and organizational issues you face. We serve more than 500 governmental organizations, including airports, authorities, cities, counties, pension systems, special districts, state government, townships, transit authorities and utilities.

Our audit and compliance experts are actively involved in government organizations and share in-depth analysis to help you stay on top of emerging issues at the local, state, and federal levels. With decades of experience serving government, our independent consultants will provide you with proven solutions to complex issues, and you and your stakeholders can have confidence in the objectivity of our recommendations.