FINANCIAL  MANAGEMENT
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# Days
Advanced Government Accounting
3
Advanced Standard General Ledger
2
Audit Evidence and Documentation
2
Budget Analysis Workshop
2
Ethics for Federal Financial Professionals
1
Federal Accounting & Audit Update
1
Fund Accounting - Trust and Revolving Funds
1 or 2
Intermediate Standard General Ledger
2
Internal Controls for Federal Managers
2
Working Capital Funds
2
 
 
COMMUNICATION
 
Assertiveness Skills
1
Communicating at Work
2
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
2
Grammar Refresher
1
Professional Writing (in Plain Language)
2
Speaking with Confidence
2
 
 
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
 
Project Management Overview
2
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Federal Accounting and Audit Update
2 days
Available at your site only
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Audience:     
Audit Evidence and Documentation
2 days
Available at your site only
Audit findings must be supported by acceptable evidence. The Generally Accepted Government
Audit standards (GAGAS) set boundaries for evidence.  The auditor must clearly support and
document audit conclusions so that all readers can follow the audit decisions.  Auditors need to
understand the basic requirements of working papers and their value to the audit process.

The primary focus of this course addresses types of evidence, sources of evidence, tests of
evidence and some presumptions regarding evidence.  To comply with GAGAS, performance
audit findings and recommendations must be supported and properly documented by sufficient,
appropriate evidence.  Learn about types of evidence, the tests that evidence must meet,
alternative methods for collecting and documenting each type of evidence to include use of
structured data collection instruments, and the benefits of referencing. Also, learn how audit
objectives and design strategy affect the evidence required to conduct an audit.

More specifically, this course covers:  
  • Audit standards
  • Techniques to improve working papers
  • Processes that are often poorly documented
  • Types of evidence
  • Evidence design so that tests are conclusive
  • Alternatives to collect and document evidence
  • Discussions about data collection techniques

What will be accomplished with this training?
  • Describe the tests, types and sources of evidence, how evidence is collected and how it
    can be documented, to include use of data collection instruments
  • Apply appropriate methods in collecting and recording evidence to assure the reliability of
    the evidence
  • Identify and apply the Government Auditing Standards that pertain to audit evidence and
    documentation
Audience:     All accounting, budget and program staff. Useful to non-auditors.
Grammar Refresher
1 Day
Available at your site only
Do you want definitive answers to your grammar questions?  Learn how to avoid common errors
and learn the proper rules of grammar.
This course reviews proper grammar and its application in a professional setting.  The course
covers elements of grammar such as parts of speech, subject- verb agreement, active/passive
voice, and modifiers; punctuation; capitalization; sentence types and construction; and common
sentence construction errors.  You will also learn to eliminate unnecessary words and phrases.
Audience:     Employees who want to enhance their understanding of standard English grammar.
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Assertiveness Skills
1 day
Available at your site
Are you getting what you want at work? Are you uncomfortable expressing your opinion? Then you
probably need this course.
  • Be able to say no tactfully.
  • Learn to appropriately express your opinion, even if it isn’t popular
  • Get comfortable asking for what you want.
  • Deal with your workplace anxieties and fears.
  • Understand your role in a team
  • Learn the differences between assertiveness and aggressiveness
  • Identify passive aggressive and manipulative behaviors
Audience:     All employees.
Budget Analysis Workshop
2 days
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • State the analytical techniques used in the four major stages of the Federal Budget
    Process
  • Describe how to use economic analytical techniques with the Federal Budget
  • Develop performance measurement indicators
  • Practice cost analysis techniques in budgeting
  • Demonstrate how to use program measurement analytical techniques
Audience:    All staff and professionals that work with the federal budget.
Ethics for Federal Financial Professionals                 
1 day
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the complexities of ethics and ethical
decision making faced by federal financial management professionals. The course presents the
history of ethics in the context of the modern professional environment.

Through discussion and exercises participants will learn:
  • History of Ethics
  • Contexts of Ethics
  • Framework for ethical decision making
  • How to recognize ethical situations
  • Federal Ethics Code
  • Ethical standards
  • Ethical rules
  • Ethical thinking processes, such as rationalization
  • External and Internal influences of ethical decisions
Audience:     Professionals who strive for ethical practices in every area of their work.
Intermediate Standard General Ledger
2 days
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
This course follows the basic Standard General Ledger (SGL) course.  We will cover the
transactions in reimbursable activities and more complicated transactions using the SGL.

Specifically, we will cover:
  • Unfunded liabilities and expenses
  • Adjusting entries
  • Upward and downward adjustments
  • Payments with discounts
  • Transfers
  • Practice applying  transactions using the accounts
Audience:     Accountants, financial managers, and systems designers.
Working Capital Funds
2 days
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Distinguish between direct and indirect costs, and various other cost categories
  • Prepare a well-documented cost center budget
  • Understand various types of customer orders
  • Implement the objectives of the Rate Stabilization Program and develop rates
  • Manage direct and indirect costs effectively
  • Learn the goals and financial objectives of working capital funds
  • Discover how capital investment programs function
  • Understand the cycle of operations for revolving funds
  • Utilize the methods of cost accounting for a working capital fund
Audience:     All federal employees whose work requires knowledge of revolving funds
Communication Courses - At your site
Fund Accounting-Trust and Revolving Funds
1 or 2 days
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
This course is intended to provide an accounting and budgetary overview for Federal Revolving,
Working Capital and Trust funds. The course covers the uniqueness of the federal operations of
these funds and the related financial management and legal issues associated with daily
management and tracking.

Upon completion for this course, you will :
  • Understand the legislation guiding these funds
  • Understand the budget process for Revolving and working Capital funds
  • Distinguish between direct and indirect costs, and various other cost categories from a
    Federal perspective
  • Understand various types of Federal customer orders
  • Learn the goals and financial objectives of working capital funds
  • Discover how capital investment programs function
  • Understand the cycle of operations for revolving funds
  • Utilize some Standard General Ledger accounts for these funds
  • The liability of federally accountable officials
  • Use legal terminology used in revolving and working capital funds
  • Discuss applicability of Federal appropriations law
  • Cite key decisions rendered by Comptroller General
  • Understand mechanics of Trust Fund Management
  • Discuss examples of Trust Funds an related reporting
  • Utilize some Standard General Ledger accounts for Trust Funds
  • Develop understanding of Treasury account assignments and how the receipt and
    expenditure accounts are used within trust funds
Audience:     
Communicating at Work
2 days
Available at your site
Strong communication skills, both written and oral, are keys to career advancement. This fun and
lively two day course will cover communication concepts that will help you get what you need at
work. Whether you are communicating face-to-face or in writing through e-mails or memos, this
course offers a way to quickly learn how to navigate a variety of challenging communication
situations at
Audience:     Employees who want to jump start careers with powerful communication tools.
Speaking with Confidence
2 days
Available at your site
"People are afraid of public speaking... In fact, most say that it's their number one fear. Death,
apparently, only comes second."   Jerry Seinfeld
Learn to speak in a fun and non-confrontational setting. Your success often demands extraordinary
speaking skills but fear or limited confidence might diminish your ability to communicate. This
course develops self-confidence and effective skills for speaking in public, at routine meetings or to
small groups. Learn the basic steps for preparation, and presentation.
You will learn:
  • Open with attention grabbers
  • Quickly organize thoughts for presentation
  • Develop your topic
  • Use audio visuals and handouts properly
  • Handle tough audience members
  • Use humor
  • Overcome fear of speaking
  • Close with energy
Audience:     Anyone from confident to unsure, who needs to communicate to an audience.
Professional Writing (in Plain Language)
2 days
Available at your site
Clear writing is clear thinking made visible.  Good writing expresses your thoughts and appeals to
your audience. In this enjoyable workshop you will learn a sure-fire method for approaching any
write clearly and concisely.
This course enables you to:
  • Approach any writing task with confidence, whether it's email or a report
  • Organize your ideas for effective and meaningful presentation
  • Write clear, informative and well organized material
  • Revise, rewrite and edit to ensure clarity and conciseness
Audience:     All agency personnel at any level who use written communication to get the job done.
 
Project Management -  At your site
Project Management Overview
2 day
Available at your site
Course topics include:
  • Acting with authority
  • Influencing others by establishing rapport
  • Building trust and professional relationships
  • Planning & organizing projects and related resources
  • Building and leading a team
  • Solving problems and making decisions
  • Implementing changes successfully
You will be able to:
  • Handle responsibility even when you don't have authority
  • Improve communication with colleagues and subordinates
  • Manage daily project challenges
  • Plan effectively
  • Apply problem solving and decision making skills
  • Determine whether you work in a flexible organization
  • Deal with effecting change
Audience:     Anyone who works on projects or anyone who needs to get work done through others.
Financial Management Courses - At your site or Self-Study Options
Advanced Government Accounting
3 days
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
This course is a simulation of a Federal entity. We will translate accounting principles into
practical exercises. When you complete the course, you will understand the details of integrated
agency accounting systems, whether you work in the field or at headquarters.

Using a comprehensive simulated case study for various types of appropriations, the students will:

  • Record transactions in general journals, and the standard general ledgers and related
    subsidiary ledgers
  • Record almost every type of transaction from original documents, appropriation,
    apportionment, allotment, and obligation documents and funded and un-funded vouchers.
  • Prepare principal financial statements, Treasury reports, and OMB reports involved in
    budget execution.
Audience:    
Advanced Standard General Ledger
2 days
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
This course reviews the U.S. Government Standard General Ledger (SGL) document
components. Integrating the Budgetary and Proprietary accounts for both Direct Funds and
Reimbursable Funds are discussed.

This course is intended for those individuals who have completed the SGL Basic and feel that
they have a need for instruction on the SGL before attending the advance course. Practical
exercises and case studies are used to reinforce course content.

Major topics include:
  1. Presentation of all parts of the SGL, including more in depth descriptions about how the
    accounts are used
  2. Accounting for moderately difficult direct appropriations and reimbursable work
  3. Accounting transactions and accounts used in federal agencies
  4. Practical exercises and case studies to reinforce course content

Specifically, we will practice applying transactions using the USSGL more advanced accounts
and posting logic, such as:
  1. Unfunded liabilities and expenses
  2. Adjusting entries
  3. Upward and downward adjustments
  4. Payments with discounts
  5. Transfers
Audience:    Those individuals that attended SGL-Basic wanting a refresher and more in depth
entries explained.

Prerequisites: SGL Basic, Intermediate or working knowledge of the USSGL
Internal Controls for Federal Managers
2 days                                                                                                                           
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
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Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
2 day
Available for Self-Study or at your site only
Knowing how to analyze information and make decisions quickly are skills that will serve any
professional in any environment. In this course, you will learn how to “think” about your thinking
and decision making processes so you can refine it for speed and effectiveness. This course will
also review several decision and problem solving methods for addressing challenges at work.Are
you getting what you want at work? Are you uncomfortable expressing your opinion? Then you
probably need this course.
Audience:     Employees who want to learn how to effectively analyze information and/or make
decisions efficiently.