January 29, 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 Customers Gather in Ottawa for 7th Annual Steering Committee Meeting
The FreeBalance International Steering Committee (FISC) event is taking place from January 21-24, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. The event is designed to share good governance practices among countries and is critical to the FreeBalance customer-centric approach to social responsibility. The theme of the seventh annual FISC event is “A Story of 7’s”. The theme is intended to recognize the history and value of the steering committee over the last seven years and highlight the impact that FreeBalance Accountability Suite Version 7 software is having on global PFM reform initiatives.
PFM in a Changing World – the Harvard Perspective
Several FreeBalance executives had the opportunity to participate in the Public Financial Management in a Changing World program last week at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. The program was attended by more than 60 Public Financial Management professionals from 33 countries around the world. The program successfully brought together senior government officials involved in PFM reform with domain experts from international financial institutions and the private sector.
7 Highlights from the past FreeBalance International Steering Committee Conferences
FISC 2013 is our Seventh Annual FreeBalance International Steering Committee conference. The FISC approach differs from the traditional technology user group conference in many ways – good ways, we think. For one thing, FISC is about enabling customers to influence FreeBalance, not the other way around. And, FISC is about gathering Public Financial Management (PFM) professionals from different countries around the world to help share good practices. We often have keynote speakers. And, we share our research and experience well beyond the narrow boundaries of being a software company
How Can the Pace of Budget Transparency Be Increased? Examining the Open Budget Survey 2012
The International Budget Partnership (IBP) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) are pleased to invite you to join practitioners in the fields of development and fiscal management in a discussion on how to increase budget transparency and participation around the world. The discussion will include a presentation of the results of the IBP’s latest round of the Open Budget Survey and then focus on identifying innovative and practical suggestions for rapidly improving country performance on the Survey.
The Philippines Introduces E-Payment System In E-Procurement
The Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines, introduced a new e-payment system which seeks to enhance transparency in how the government agencies transact and do business with its suppliers. The PhilGEPS is the central portal of all public procurement activities that provides both government agencies and suppliers a more open, transparent and competitive environment.
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