Recognizing the crucial need for government financial transparency, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has undertaken a major project to help state and local governments share financial information in ways that are comprehensible for both finance professionals and average residents, improving overall confidence and trust in government.
GFOA’s “Guide to Online Fiscal Transparency” is free and full of practical insights and advice for governments that want to “go beyond the PDF.” The key takeaway is that financial transparency is not one or more individual actions, but a framework that encompasses the information a government shares, the actions it takes, and the culture it adopts.
GFOA, founded in 1906, represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association’s more than 20,000 members are federal, state/provincial, and local finance officials deeply involved in planning, financing, and implementing thousands of governmental operations in each of their jurisdictions.
GFOA’s mission is to advance excellence in public finance. GFOA has accepted the leadership challenge of public finance. To meet the many needs of its members, the organization provides best practice guidance, consulting, networking opportunities, publications including books, e-books, and periodicals, recognition programs, research, and training opportunities for those in the profession.