Pinpointing how to address challenges through leadership for future success takes center stage
By: Joseph Davis, Marketing & Communications Manager, AGA
It’s no secret the last year has been a tough one — fiscally and otherwise — for the federal government and its supporting agencies, which highlights the tough conditions government financial managers in particular, have had to endure. Though they produce constraints, budgetary and resource limitations also create opportunities for innovation and leadership.
Addressing challenges and paving a way for the road ahead was the center of attention as nearly 400 government and private sector financial managers took part in AGA’s 2014 Federal Financial Systems Summit (FSS) last week.
“Because of fiscal constraints, we have to do everything we can to focus on ‘mission’ and leadership,” said Norman Dong, Interim Controller, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), during a panel discussion centered on, “The Vision and Roadmap for Federal Financial Management and Systems.” He stressed that with the help of shared services — which remained at the forefront of this year’s FSS — OMB, as well as other government agencies, can focus on business outcomes rather than a “check-the-box approach” to financial management processes.
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