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April 30, 2014

This weekly news update provides the Government Resource Planning (GRP) community with a brief overview of recent FreeBalance developments and relevant industry news.

Budget Transparency: Looking Good or Being Good?

Professor Matt Andrews of the Harvard Kennedy School instigated a debate in public financial circles. His observation from analyzing data from the Open Budget Index is that African countries achieve higher scores in budget formulation transparency than in budget execution. Budget transparency can be more about ‘looking good’ than ‘being good’. In this case, ‘being good’ is about connecting government intentions with results.


Join FreeBalance at annual ICGFM Training Conference in Miami 

Join FreeBalance in Miami from May 18 –May 23, 2014 for the annual ICGFM training conference. The theme of the event is “PFM Innovations”. The annual training conference  provides opportunities to discuss ideas and policies with government financial managers from around the world. 
Find out more and register here >>

An ERP in Government Success Story?

A recent news story proclaimed the achievement of auditability for the US Army thanks to the successful implementation of a Tier 1 ERP package. The system known as the General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) was implemented in a little under 8 years at a cost if around $1.4 Billion. Numerous legacy systems have been replaced or interfaced. So what is the definition of ERP success in government?
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Join FreeBalance in Prince Edward Island for Public Sector Management Workshop

PSMW (the Public Sector Management Workshop) is held every year in May or June and hosted by one of the Financial Management Institute of Canada’s 14 Chapters across the country. This annual learning event delivers an excellent program of professional development sessions covering a wide range of current and relevant public sector issues. This two day conference attracts over 400 participants from both the public and private sectors. 
Learn more about the event >>

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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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