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RubinBrown is a recognized leader in providing services to public sector organizations. Through our extensive list of clients we serve, as well as our involvement in associations and professional organizations at the local, regional and national levels, we understand the issues unique to state and local governments.

RubinBrown’s commitment to quality is demonstrated through our membership in the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center. This firm-based voluntary membership center is designed to help CPAs meet the challenges of performing quality audits in the unique and complex public sector industry.

The Public Sector Services Group provides services to a broad spectrum of government organizations, including city and county governments, institutions of higher education, local public school districts, state governments and political districts such as public libraries, municipal utility districts and fire districts.

Our public sector team includes experienced professionals all of whom are well trained in the financial reporting and audit requirements as promulgated in:

  • Government Accounting Standards Board
  • Government Audit Standards, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States
  • Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 and OMB's Uniform Guidance

Industry Involvement

RubinBrown is committed to staying active within the industry, which helps us remain current on all new issues.

We are active members and frequent speakers at the national and regional Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) chapters.

Our staff are associate members of the national GFOA, including the Special Review Committee of the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program, the Association of Government Accountants and special industry related committees of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


2016 Public Sector Stats2016 Public Sector Stats

This analysis has been created in order to provide a comprehensive report of key government-wide, governmental and general fund financial statistics for the regions we serve so that cities may compare how they are doing relative to other municipal governments in their region and identify trends occurring in their communities.

This study includes results for municipalities in the St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver metropolitan areas. Additionally, for the first time, cities throughout the state of Tennessee have been included in our survey.

Assurance & Accounting Services

  • Financial statement audits
  • Single audits of federal financial assistance under OMB's Uniform Guidance
  • GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program expertise
  • Program and performance audits
  • Agreed-upon procedures
  • Forensic auditing
  • Accounting, bookkeeping and internal financial reporting assistance

Consulting Services

  • Internal auditing
  • Internal control and operational reviews/efficiency analysis
  • Cyber security consulting
  • Accounting policy and procedure manuals
  • Financial analysis and review
  • Benchmarking
  • Technology analysis and implementation

RubinBrown also is equipped to help public sector clients with technology consulting, fringe benefit consulting and retirement plan administration and placement of temporary and permanent accounting, bookkeeping and financial personnel.

07/19/2016

Focus on Public Sector, Not-For-Profit and Colleges & Universities: New DCF Changes and Related Filing Extensions


On July 19, 2016, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the newest version of the Data Collection Form (DCF) which incorporates changes that were needed to conform to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards included in 2 CFR 200 (Uniform Guidance).

12/28/2015

Focus on Public Sector: Government Finance and Accounting


Within the last week, multiple events have occurred that will affect public sector entities nationwide. Notably, the Federal Reserve, displaying optimism with regards to the U.S. economy’s growth prospects, announced that it would be raising short-term interest rates for the first time since 2006.

08/28/2015

Focus on Public Sector: Additional Disclosures for Government Tax Incentives Now Required


On August 14, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) issued Statement No. 77 (Statement 77), Tax Abatement Disclosures. The purpose of this statement is to provide financial statement users with further information related to a government’s tax abatement agreements.

All Public Sector News

We have compiled online resources that may be helpful to you or your business. You may wish to bookmark this page for future reference.

Government Accountability Office

The Government Accountability Office is the investigative arm of Congress. GAO exists to support the Congress in meeting its Constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the federal government for the American people. GAO examines the use of public funds, evaluates federal programs and activities, and provides analyses, options, recommendations and other assistance to help the Congress make effective oversight, policy and funding decisions.

Governmental Accounting Standards Board

The mission of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board is to establish and improve standards of state and local governmental accounting and financial reporting that will result in useful information for users of financial reports and guide and educate the public, including issuers, auditors and users of those financial reports. This site is a useful resource to keep up to date on governmental accounting and financial reporting issues.

Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada is the premier association of public-sector finance professionals and is dedicated to providing high-quality support to state and local governments. Its site offers services and information related to topics such as software, finance forum, public policy statements, recommended practices, training and financial system links.

Office of Management and Budget

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the U.S. government provides many resources to find information on financial programs. The site offers information on topics such as budgets, grants management, financial management, legislation and procurement policy.