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Posted by on Mar 8, 2022

AGA NLT: Moving Forward

AGA NLT: Moving Forward

Excitement was in the air as over 250 attendees returned to the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, on February 23 and 24. The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) 2022 National Leadership Training (NLT) was the first AGA event held onsite since NLT 2020. Over 600 attendees also participated in the NLT […]

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2022

Strengthening Internal Control Programs through Robotic Process Automation

Strengthening Internal Control Programs through Robotic Process Automation

Due to the ever-increasing complexity of the federal government, agencies are utilizing innovative technologies to streamline their processes and support their missions. Doing so requires strengthening internal control programs and being intentional about incorporating innovations such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to create efficient, mission-driven federal agencies. Internal Control Supports the Mission Internal control programs […]

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2022

The Essential Role of Data in Federal Financial Management

The Essential Role of Data in Federal Financial Management

Financial management in the federal government requires effective data. Tasked with ensuring the financial health of the government and appropriate spending, financial managers must understand complex federal budget processes. Although some aspects of federal financial management function like a business, others are unique to federal budget processes, such as appropriations. To juggle the distinct needs […]

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2021

Data Quality and Data-Driven Decision Making

Data Quality and Data-Driven Decision Making

How reliable are your data? The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) caused many federal agencies to focus on data-driven decision-making. The benefits do sound promising, but the risks can be significant. Not every piece of data is relevant. Not every data source is reliable. Opinions and biases can cloud analyses. The […]

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Posted by on Oct 5, 2021

AGA Fraud 21 – A Brighter Outlook

AGA Fraud 21 – A Brighter Outlook

Regular attendees of the annual Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training may have been struck by the contrasting tone of this year’s event, “Fraud 21,” from the previous year’s — from doom and gloom to hopeful and actionable. Fraud 20 was marked by the incredibly sobering statistics related to the pandemic, […]

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Posted by on Sep 29, 2021

Internal Control is Essential During Federal Emergency Responses

Internal Control is Essential During Federal Emergency Responses

In the early COVID-19 pandemic response of the federal government, the Small Business Administration (SBA) was charged with distributing nearly a trillion dollars of emergency relief funds through the Payment Protection Plan (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) programs as quickly as possible. In doing so, they had to choose two of three options: […]

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