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FreeBalance to Showcase Cutting-Edge Government Performance & Transparency Solutions at Annual ICGFM Conference in Miami


April 27, 2012

FreeBalance to present about effects of social media, open data, big data, consumerization of information technology (CoIT), crowdsourcing and gamification on the future of Public Financial Management



Ottawa, Canada (April 26, 2012) –FreeBalance, a leading vendor of Government Resource Planning (GRP) software, will be showcasing the latest Government Resource Planning (GRP) solutions for public sector performance and transparency at the 26thAnnual International Consortium on Government Financial Management (ICGFM)conference next week focused on Public Financial Management (PFM) in the 21st century.FreeBalance will be showcasing government performance management and open data software and implementation methodology proven to improve government results and value for money at interactive sessions.

FreeBalance is the sole Platinum sponsor for the ICGFM conference and workshop sessions that take place from April 29th to May 4th in Miami Florida. “ICGFM is dedicated to enhancing public financial management so that governments can better serve their citizens,” said Manuel Pietra, President & CEO of FreeBalance. “FreeBalance is committed to sharing experiences and good practices that support accountability, transparency, and good governance.” The event will provide participants with a unique opportunity share experiences with PFM systems, institutions and modern tools and technology to support country growth.

The conference program includes PFM expert speakers from around the globe including Namibia, Cambodia, India, Canada, Austria, and Nepal.  A conference highlight will be the first “Open Forum on PEFA” presented by the PEFA Secretariat. Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessments are used to evaluate PFM processes and government transparency. The PEFA Secretariat will present a new tool for PEFA assessments, describe trends in PFM performance, and introduce Phase 4 of the PEFA Program.

Doug Hadden, Vice President of Products at FreeBalance, is also a speaker at the event. His presentation will provide a roadmap for the 21stcentury focused on aligning PFM reform and social Media. The [Social] Future of Public Financial Management presentation will explain the effects of social media, transparency, mobile, gamification and the “Consumerization of IT” in government. The FreeBalance presentation takes place on April 30th at 11:00 a.m.

FreeBalance is a sustaining member of the ICGFM and plays an active role in supporting the goals and objectives of the Consortium.  Manuel Pietra, FreeBalance President & CEO, is a member of the Board of Directors at ICGFM.  Other board members include the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, USAID, Inter-American Development Bank, Association of Government Accountants (USA), Development Gateway Foundation, and others.

About FreeBalance
FreeBalance helps governments around the world leverage robust Government Resource Planning (GRP) technology to accelerate country growth. FreeBalance is a recognized leader in fast, adaptable and successful GRP implementations. FreeBalance software manages a global civil service workforce of 1,500,000, and a quarter trillion ($US) annual budgets worldwide. FreeBalance provides software solutions for public financial and human resource management, and supports reform and modernization to improve governance, transparency and accountability. Good governance is required to improve development results. For more information, visit

Working globally with governments, organizations, and individuals, the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) is dedicated to improving financial management by providing opportunities for professional development and information exchange. The ICGFM was established over two decades ago to serve as an international forum for public sector financial managers. More at



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Matthew Olivier
FreeBalance Inc.

(613) 301-9653

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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