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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Coming April 1--The AGA Blog

A wide variety of government financial management experts will share their wisdom and insight with readers on the new AGA blog. Each of the "celebrity" bloggers will check back during their day to answer questions and comments posted by readers.

Bookmark http://aga.typepad.com/aga--the place for government finance professionals to share ideas and dialogue with some of the top names in the business.

Guests include:

April 1: AGA Past National President Jeffrey Steinhoff, CGFM, retired managing director, Financial Management and Assurance, U.S. Government Accountability Office. Jeff recently retired after 40 years of federal service and has lots of experience he's willing to share. Jeff is also known within AGA for being the "father" of the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) Program. Who better to kick off this new AGA offering?

April 2: Wednesday is AGA Day on the blog, and today Executive Director Relmond Van Daniker, DBA, CPA, will talk about what we learned in our recent nationwide poll on "Public Attitudes Toward Government Accountability and Transparency 2008."

April 3: John Webster, CGFM, retired chief financial officer, Library of Congress. John now teaches a number of government finance courses for Management Concepts and will talk about the brain drain occurring in federal agencies resulting from retirements.

April 4: John Radford, CGFM, Oregon state controller, will ask the question "How serious are we about accounting for performance-based management?" John, a member of AGA's National Executive Committee, is a national leader in the area of performance-based management and will answer all your questions.

April 5: Thomas J. Sadowski, CGFM, CPA, Missouri state controller, AGA Past National President, two-time Past National Treasurer. Mr. AGA will be in the house to talk about accounting, life and what you can do to ensure a successful government career.

Upcoming guests include:

Wendy Payne, CGFM, executive director, Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

Joe Kull, CGFM, CPA, director of federal practice, PricewaterhouseCoopersLLP
AGA National President-Elect Designate Billy Morehead, Ph.D., CGFM, CPA, chair, Division of Accountancy, Computer Information Systems and Finance, Delta State University

Dave Bennett, CGFM, CPA, assistant county mayor/finance director, Blount County (TN) Government and AGA National Treasurer

Have something to say? Want to join the fun? Contact AGA Communications Director Marie Force to get on the guest list. We are now booking for May. Bloggers are asked to provide a 500-750-word essay on a topical subject that ends with a question to encourage readers to post comments/questions. Then, on your "day" as AGA's guest, you are asked to check back a couple times to reply to comments. Sound like fun? Get your name on the schedule for May!

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