Budget Analyst Training Academy: March 5-8, 2013

Group-live course
Prerequisites:    None
Course Level: Basic
CPE Credits: 24
Time: 3 days, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, first day; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, second and third days; 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, fourth day   

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Who Will Benefit: This course is designed for new and intermediate analysts or others new to government looking to gain important budgeting skills and improve their understanding of the public-sector budget process and budgeting best practices.

Program: This intensive three-day program is designed to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand, impact, and improve the public-sector budgeting process. Knowledge gained in the academy will improve participants’ analytical, problem-solving, and communication abilities, and help them lead their organizations in making better use of resources.

Seminar Objectives
  • Understand the public-sector budget process including budget preparation, budget adoption, and budget administration
  • Understand the role of key stakeholders in the budget process
  • Recognize the importance of overall alignment of the budget to focus resources on community needs
  • Develop skills for long-term financial planning
  • Learn how to develop and work with performance measures
  • Become familiar with the link between the budget and basic accounting principles
  • Understand key components of an effective budget process, including public participation, revenue forecasting, capital planning, and salary forecasting
  • Learn techniques for effective communication of budget and performance information 
  • Become familiar with tools and techniques used by governments to improve efficiency and effectiveness of services

Recommended Reading:
GFOA Budgeting Series (includes the following 7 titles)
  • Benchmarking and Measuring Debt Capacity (Volume 1)
  • Revenue Analysis and Forecasting (Volume 2)
  • Decision Tools for Budgetary Analysis (Volume 3)
  • Priority-Setting Models for Public Budgeting (Volume 4)
  • Organization and Design of an Effective Budget Function (Volume 5)
  • Cost Analysis and Activity-Based Costing for Government (Volume 6)
  • Capital Project Planning and Evaluation: Expanding the Role of the Finance Officer (Volume 8)
The State and Local Government Performance Management Sourcebook
Financing the Future: Long-Term Financial Planning
Preparing High Quality Budget Documents
Financial Policies

Registration Fees
GFOA member: $735 Nonmember: $940

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