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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
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
Michelle D. McHale-Adams
Article April 25, 2017 3 min read

Public Enterprise Resource Planning
Getting it right

Technology strategies for government entities

How technology can transform your Government image
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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.
Adam Rujan
Article June 18, 2018 5 min read

Reading governmental financial statements
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How changing regulations affect government

Stay on top of government industry standards
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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 key terms and common accounting situations to know.
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
GASB 74 and 75: Implementing the new GASB OPEB standards
Webinar Thursday, November 30, 2017 60 min watch

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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.

Linda Bailey-Woods
Case Study April 6, 2018 3 min read
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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.
Case Study March 22, 2017 2 min read

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.