ACC434 Signature Project research paper June2011

ACC434 Signature - ACC434 Signature Project THE PROJECT GUIDELINES You will prepare an 8-10 page paper font 12 double spaced This project will

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ACC434 Signature Project THE PROJECT GUIDELINES You will prepare an 8-10 page paper, font 12, double spaced. This project will detail all information you found or did not find in the CAFR for the city you have chosen. You should also have a cover page and a reference page. It is much more important that this be your own analysis in your own words than that it be especially well written. You can improve the writing by re-reading or editing (see writing suggestions at the end of this document) but that is less important than it be your own words, ideas, analysis and organization. A. CAFR Your paper should include: a. An introduction to include purpose of paper and intro to the city chosen, b. Graphs or charts in the body of the report to compare topics, data, statistics and anything else that you need to present to support your analysis of the data or to help the reader understand your point. Do not just say it is there; give examples of the way it is presented and the implications. c. Analysis that should be on two levels: First, the quality of the reports in terms of meeting GASB 34 or GFOA award requirements including how “user friendly” it is in your opinion (support your opinion). If the City has received the GFOA award, you don’t need extensive analysis of how it meets GASB34 requirements. Instead, focus on the presentation such as how user friendly it is and where the City made choices such as where to put the budgetary statement. Second, present some analysis of the data such as where the money is spent, how healthy the current revenue stream, the reserves, how well inter-period equity issues are addressed, etc. . d. Conclusion of your overall assessment of the chosen City’s CAFR. Reiterate the main points of your findings and analysis; what is needed, what was presented very well, anything you think they could improve, and what your analysis of the data says about the City’s financial condition and resource allocation. e. Reference page: make sure to reference your sources. Please note that Wikipedia is not a valid reference source although it can lead you to other, more authoritative sources. Use the APA style guide for format of on-line sources; just listing a URL is NOT a correctly formatted reference. There are rubrics and checklists at the end of this document to help you make sure you’ve included everything to get the maximum grade. You must turn in on date due or lose points for the assignment. Steps to follow: Choose a city of medium to large size. Generally that would be a city with a population of at least 50,000. It should be a full service city. That is, it should include all fund types in the CAFR. Find your city’s website and look for official reports or financial information. Most cities post a PDF version of the CAFR and Budget on their website. 1.
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This note was uploaded on 08/01/2011 for the course ACCT 434 taught by Professor Mcclellan during the Spring '11 term at National.

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ACC434 Signature - ACC434 Signature Project THE PROJECT GUIDELINES You will prepare an 8-10 page paper font 12 double spaced This project will

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