Government

Our Expertise
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. As you consider the best use of relief funds, such as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), we’ll help you understand allowable expenditures and reporting requirements.

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 75 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. 

Change is inevitable

Are you ready for the future? Or are you in survival mode? From pressure to stay on the forefront of changing regulations to rapidly evolving technologies, it’s a challenge to become financially secure and digitally safe — but it’s also a necessity.

We can assist with:

Audits
How confident are you in your current audit’s accuracy or quality? Do you wonder if the process could be smoother or more timely? We know it can — because we’ve served many similar organizations. Our cutting-edge technologies contribute to audit quality and efficiency, whether they’re performed locally or remotely. We’ve conducted more than 750 ACFR reports that have achieved the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. And on an annual basis, we perform the second most single audits in the nation — auditing more than $9 billion of federal expenditures per year. With our staff’s technical skills and organized approach, our audits — done right and on time — will strengthen your organization.
Technology consulting
We'll help assess your IT environment and develop strategies to increase effectiveness and efficiency of IT investments. Our consultants have earned a variety of professional designations, including project management professional (PMP), Prosci Change Management, and LEAN certifications, and they’ll help you complete large, complex projects on time, on budget, and on track with your goals. Frequent areas of focus include IT governance, outsourcing, digital transformation, IT support structure, and assessing, selecting, and implementing ERP or other enterprise-wide technologies.  Our experts will guide you every step of the way. And, we’re independent. That means we’ll help you find the best solution that works for you — not for us.
ERP consulting
We know the ERP marketplace and vendors’ respective strengths and weaknesses, and we’ll talk you through the confusing array of services and features to help you narrow the possibilities to find the best fit. As independent, unbiased advisors, we’ve managed assessments, selections and implementations of all sizes and budgets and know, firsthand, what works — and what to avoid — to ensure you get the ERP solution that will work best for you.
Cybersecurity

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, government agencies are prime targets. Do you have a robust plan for preventing cyberattacks? What about data protection — can you guarantee its security? Digital threats exist within and outside your organization. We’ll bring an objective, unbiased eye to evaluate your current situation and help you best strategize for the future to ensure your organization gets the highest return on its IT investments.

Data analytics
Governments are able to cut costs and improve the value of their services through data-driven decision-making. Many leaders, however, don’t know where to start in transforming their data into a highly valuable strategic asset. We help you discover the hidden value within your data. We’ll help you assess your current analytics capability and develop a data strategy to fully leverage your information assets.
Finance and Accounting solutions
Are you hindered by a vacancy on your finance team? Like many governments, does your team have a lean staffing model? Do you need help compiling complete records for your audit? Whether you need temporary accounting support, or longer-term support for outsourced accounting, our professionals will quickly become a seamless extension of your team, assisting with everything from record keeping, bank reconciliations and transaction processing to providing ideas for cutting costs and increasing revenue. More strategically, we’ll provide financial planning and analysis support to develop tools that you can leverage for long-term value, from forecasting, budgeting and cash flow projections, to reporting function development.
Public retirement systems
We understand your plans, your needs, and the auditing challenges, particularly under GASB’s pension and OPEB standards. As one of the largest benefit plan auditors in the nation, we provide benefit plan audits for more than 1,600 clients, including more than 110 public retirement systems, auditing more than $175 billion in plan assets annually. We work with all types of plans, including defined benefit, defined contribution, VEBAs, single employer, cost-sharing and agent plans. Our active involvement in AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), and the State and Local Government Expert Panel ensures that our firm and our clients stay ahead of emerging issues.
Operations improvement
Whether you’re looking to streamline your processes, save money, or better serve your constituents, our governmental operations improvement team will help you maximize your budgets and run more efficiently, incorporating best practices that will make your organization more efficient, effective, and productive.
When it comes to industry updates, we’re the first to know

We’re a founding member of the AICPA Government Audit Quality Center and one of our partners serves on the executive committee, another partner serves as the chair of the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel, and we participate in 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.


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Client Experience
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 has provided excellent value as an external auditor. Our audit is well-managed, and I have complete confidence in their rigorous testing and methodology. They have a deep fundamental knowledge of GASB issues, and when we have questions, they provide thorough answers in a timely manner.

The team is among the best I have seen in my 40 year public sector career. They’re friendly, smart, and hard- working. They are proactive in addressing issues with management, and are authoritative without being condescending. I trust their recommendations and insights, backed by the team’s deep experience, will help us improve our organization.

Charles Burbridge
Executive Director, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund

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