GRA Reporter: GASB invitation, career opportunities, and latest policy research


It’s time to renew your membership in the GRA. We recently emailed out renewal forms, so look for them in your inbox. If your organization did not receive one, email Nancy Rose at We have an exciting year ahead. In addition to the new website and GRA reporter, we are planning opportunities for members to connect through Slack. Know of other organizations or individuals who should be members of the GRA? Send them here to find out more.

GASB invitation

GRA members are invited to participate in a discussion with other users of governmental financial information, hosted by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). The subject of the “user forum” is the GASB’s recent proposals for improvements to the financial statements and other parts of a state or local government’s annual audited financial report and recent proposals on concepts related to recognition of elements of financial statements.

You can choose between two dates and locations:

  • March 6, 2019, near O’Hare Airport, beginning at 8:30–11:30 a.m. local time
  • March 14, 2019, near LaGuardia Airport, beginning at 1:00–4:00 p.m. local time.

User forums offer GRA organizations the opportunity to provide feedback to the GASB members and staff in a less-formal setting than a public hearing. Participants are asked questions about whether and how the proposed improvements would benefit them in making decisions, analyzing government finances, or assessing government accountability. The questions are shared with the participants in advance of the forum. More information about the user forums can be found in the GASB’s proposals: Preliminary Views, Financial Reporting Model Improvements, and Preliminary Views, Recognition of Elements of Financial Statements.

It is preferred that participants attend the user forums in person. However, participation by telephone is available if you cannot attend in person. You can notify the GASB of your intention to participate by email: director@gasb.orgPlease indicate if you intend to participate in person or by telephone. If you have questions about the GASB proposal or the user forums, you can contact Roberta Reese at

Career opportunities

Andrew Rein has recently become President of the Citizens Budget Commission, a New York based think tank and government watchdog focused on improving the finances, services and policies of New York City and State government. He is asking for help in identifying excellent candidates for our VP for Research. They are looking for someone who has top quality research, strategic, and communications skills, as well as broad and deep policy knowledge that includes public sector finances. (More detailed job spec is below and at Their research covers public finance, transportation, housing, economic development, tax policy, health care and more. See This truly is a great position. The range of skills and knowledge preferred, along with the impact the person can have on the policy debate and outcomes in New York, makes this a wonderful opportunity.

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1985, is seeking a new Executive Director. The Research Bureau serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent, non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making. Over more than 30 years, The Research Bureau has issued 237 reports and hosted more than 230 programs covering a wide range of topics. Interested applicants should submit a resume and a description of qualifications and experiences to More information can be found at Applications received by March 31 will be given preference.

Another reminder to save the date for the next GRA conference: July 21-24 in St. Pete, Florida. An exciting opportunity for any policy wonk! Our thanks to Dominic Calabro and his team at Florida Tax Watch for what promises to be both interesting and a lot of fun.

If you have articles about you or your organization you’d like us to post on the GRA website, please send them to Sarah Thibault at EdNC. Her email is can find us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. Please post things you are reading, reports you are publishing, events you holding for all of us to know about! Sarah is happy to help.

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