February 4, 2013Doug Hadden
This weekly news update provides the Government Resource Planning (GRP) community with a brief overview of recent FreeBalance developments and relevant industry news.
FreeBalance Releases Public Financial Management (PFM) Good Practice Documents
FreeBalance recently released a set of five (5) PFM Good Practice Documents. FreeBalance Good Practice documents collect lessons learned with FreeBalance government customers in 20 countries and research used for product and services development. FreeBalance has a mission, as a For Profit Social Enterprise (FOPSE), to share lessons learned with the global PFM community. “There are very few ‘best practices’ in government financial management,” said Manuel Pietra, FreeBalance President and CEO. “Yet there are good practices that are ideal for governments based on their context.”
New Alliance Positions FreeBalance and everis for GRP Growth in Latin America & the Caribbean
FreeBalance and everis announced a global product and services alliance focused initially on Government Resource Planning in Latin America & the Caribbean. The alliance will scale over time to address the growing demand for GRP solutions worldwide. The product and services partnership scope includes public financial management, civil service management, open government transparency and public procurement software and solutions. The alliance provides an opportunity for FreeBalance and everis to collaborate on initiatives that will empower citizens and transform government services through proven technology.
Top 7 Lessons Learned at FreeBalance International Steering Committee 2013
The FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) conference was held last week in Ottawa. FISC, differs in many ways from traditional user conferences. Typical enterprise software companies leverage conferences to sell more software – to tell customers what features they are going to get. FISC, on the other hand, enables customers to change our product roadmap. They also tell us how to change our customer support processes. This was our 7th annual conference. So, we decided to share the top 7 things we learned this year.
Federal spending watchdog says checks system ‘broken’
After five years of providing senators and members of Parliament with independent analysis on the state of the nation’s finances, the federal spending watchdog says the system of checks and balances is “broken.” In an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio’s The House, Kevin Page, the parliamentary budget officer (PBO), told host Evan Solomon the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer will never truly be independent until it reports directly to Parliament.
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