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GFOA Newsletter
November 3, 2016
Add Your Photo to Your GFOA Membership Profile

GFOA encourages you to add your photo to your membership profile. It’s a great way to easily locate colleagues and to put a face with a name to those colleagues you have not yet met. Just follow these instructions:

  • Log in to your member account.
  • Click “Account” in the top menu section.
  • Scroll down to the “Your Picture” section and click the pencil symbol–the “Edit” tool—on the right of the screen.
  • Select the picture file to upload, and then click “Save & Close.”

You can use .GIF, .JPG, .PNG, and .BMP files, and the maximum file size allowed is 3 MB.

While you’re signed in, we also encourage you to confirm that your contact information is up to date—simply click the edit tool in the section you need to update. A couple of tips:

  • If you’ve forgotten your username, please e-mail GFOA Logins instead of creating a new account. A new account will not be linked to your membership record, which means that any purchases or registrations will be processed at the higher, non-member rate.
  • If you’ve forgotten your password, you can reset it here.
If you have any questions about your profile, contact GFOA Membership.
Association News
21st Annual Governmental GAAP Update Web-Stream Event Is Today

Thank you to the almost 3,000 registrants who have signed up to participate in GFOA's 21st Annual Governmental GAAP Update web-streaming event, today at 1 to 5 p.m. (Eastern). All registered participants have been sent an e-mail (from GFOA Announcements) with the program link, presentation slides, and steps to follow to log onto today’s program. If you need tech support assistance at any time during the program, e-mail your questions or call the help line at 800-274-9390. After the training today, you will receive an e-mail with a program evaluation, which we ask you to complete.

You will receive 4 CPE credits for your participation. A CPE certificate will be mailed to each registered individual in approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Any participant with an outstanding amount due will not receive a certificate until the balance has been settled.

Whether you are watching on your own or in a group setting, each individual must be registered─including those who may not intend to claim CPE credit.

Unable to participate in today’s GAAP Update training?

Register for the encore presentation, December 1, 2016, 1 to 5 p.m. (Eastern). Click here for details and to review an agenda.

Brochure and registration form / Register online
Early registration discount. Sign up by November 8 to take advantage of a discounted registration fee for the December offering.

Group discounts. Sign up with your colleagues and save with group pricing. Please type your information on the group registration template and save it, and then e-mail it to GFOA Training, along with your registration form, or fax or mail it to GFOA.

Contact GFOA with any questions you have about the training.
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Executive Board Nominating Committee Seeks Input

The GFOA Executive Board Nominating Committee is seeking recommendations for candidates to fill five at-large positions and the position of president-elect for the 2017-2018 GFOA Executive Board. All candidates must be active GFOA members. Please send nominations by December 31, 2016, to Heather Johnston, Past President, c/o GFOA, 203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2700, Chicago, IL 60601-1210.

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Second Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting: Members Announced

GFOA announced the members of the second wave of its Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting. The Alliance comprises 36 school districts working with GFOA to implement best practices in school budgeting. Alliance members include districts from 18 states across the United States serving from a several hundred to more than 100,000 students.

Alliance members include: Education for Change and San Francisco Unified School District, both in California; Eagle County School District RE50J and Jeffco Public Schools, both in Colorado; School District of Palm Beach County and Volusia County Schools, both in Florida; Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia; Nampa School District, Idaho; River Trails School District 26, Rockford Public School District 205, and Thornton Township High School District 205, all in Illinois; Cambridge Public Schools and Pittsfield Public Schools, both in Massachusetts; Glen Lake Community Schools, Troy School District, and Wayne-Westland Community Schools, all in Michigan; Billings School District, Montana; Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska; Carson City School District, Nevada; Lakota Local School District, Springfield City School District, Toledo Public Schools, and Trotwood-Madison School District, Ohio; Hillsboro School District 1J, Oregon; Bristol Warren Regional School District, Rhode Island; Greenville County Schools, South Carolina; Fort Worth Independent School District and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, both in Texas; Auburn School District, Central Kitsap School District Organization, North Mason School District, Olympic Educational Service District 114, Pasco School District, and Shoreline School District No. 412, all in Washington; and Milwaukee Public Schools and School District of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

These districts are joining 35 districts from the initial Alliance that kicked off in September 2015. 

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News Links
Pension Cost Burden under Control in Most Jurisdictions

The total pension cost burden appears under control in many jurisdictions, although a handful face an enormous challenge, according to analysis by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The brief, “Will Pensions and OPEBs Break State and Local Budgets?” looks at the costs of pensions, OPEBs, and debt service for all states and the largest counties and cities. Costs assume a 6-percent discount rate and an adequate amortization schedule, and are compared to own-source revenue.

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Tips for Spotting Leadership Potential

Leaders need to constantly be on the lookout for talent, according to Governing Executive, searching for “individuals capable of something above and beyond today’s work-related activities.” It isn’t an easy task, but the article provides some helpful hints:

  • Look for grace under pressure, people who comfortably pull together resources from different groups to solve problems, and folks who are informal leaders, particularly the project managers.
  • Focus on character early in your assessment and disqualify anyone you’re not sure of.
  • Adapt the pace of development to each person’s situation.
  • Look for talent all the time and everywhere.
  • Use industry events as an opportunity to informally interview people, even if you don’t have a position open, so you can develop a short list of people to contact when you need them.
  • Drop in on team and group meetings and observe the dynamics, watching how people think and reason and strive to persuade others. 
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Employees Are More Engaged when They’re Allowed to Be Themselves

Conformity has a price, according to Harvard Business Review: “decreased engagement, productivity, and innovation.” Organizations need to balance formal and informal rules with a level of freedom that allows employees to do their best work because “nonconformity promotes innovation, improves performance, and can enhance a person’s standing more than conformity can.” The article suggests six strategies for encouraging a healthy level of constructive nonconformity at your organization:

  1. Give employees opportunities to be themselves and do the work their way.
  2. Encourage employees to “sculpt” their jobs, using their signature strengths.
  3. Encourage employees to question the status quo.
  4. Keep employees from getting bored and stuck in a rut by creating challenging experiences.
  5. Help employees to view problems from multiple angles to foster broader perspectives.
  6. Push employees out of their comfort zones by voicing and encouraging dissenting views.
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Editor: Marcy Boggs  |  Executive Director/CEO: Jeffrey Esser

The GFOA Newsletter (ISSN 1051-6964) is published weekly by
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