New in the Blue (Book)
New in 2020, GFOA will release a brand new edition of Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Government Reporting (the "Blue Book") GFOA's signature publication and the definitive source on the subject. This is the first new edition since 2012, and the first release since the 2014 supplement. In addition to updated content, this edition marks the beginning of a new era, with the transition to an on-line subscription service that will keep the Blue Book - and you - up-to-date going forward. Come to this session to find out what's new in the book and to get tips on using the on-line subscription.
Michele Mark Levine
Director of Technical Services, Government Finance Officers Association
As GFOA’s Technical Services Center Director (TSC), Michele is responsible for overseeing all of GFOA member services related to accounting, auditing, and financial reporting, including the performance of technical reviews of over 4,000 financial reports and budgets of state and local governments that are submitted each year to GFOA’s professional recognition programs.
TSC also provides live training in locations throughout the United States, internet classes and live-streamed webinars on accounting, auditing and financial reporting topics, in addition to a complete series of sessions at GFOA’s annual conference. TSC is responsible for all of GFOA’s publications and articles on accounting, auditing and reporting topics. TSC staff support to GFOA’s standing Committee on Accounting, Auditing, and Financial Reporting (CAAFR) which helps define best practices and develop advisories to guide policy and practices in governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting.
Prior to joining GFOA, Michele served as the Chief Accountant and Deputy Comptroller for Accountancy of New York City. Her earlier work included leadership positions in New York City Office of Management and Budget, serving as the comptroller of six public authorities and local development corporations affiliated with the City, and on the audit staff of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).
Michele is a past chairperson of the GFOA’s CAAFR and is a past president of the New York State GFOA. She has served as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ governing Council and of its State and Local Government Expert Panel. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Society of CPAs, a member and past chair of its Government Accounting and Auditing Committee, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the CPA Journal. Michele was honored to have been named the 2011 Outstanding CPA in Government by the New York State Society of CPAs.
Michele holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Administration at Syracuse University.
Technical Services Assistant Director For Publications, GFOA
Todd Buikema is the Assistant Director for Publications in GFOA’s Technical Services Center (TSC), and is the editor of GFOA's governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting newsletter GAAFR Review. Todd also is a trainer for GFOA’s national training courses, in the areas of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and internal controls.
Todd came to the GFOA with more than 19 years of experience in governmental accounting, auditing, and financial reporting. Immediately prior to joining the GFOA staff, Todd served for five years as Assistant Financial Controller at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the third largest community college in the country. Before that, he obtained 14 years of experience in public-sector auditing, first as a manager at PTW, and then as a senior manager in the Public Sector Services section of Crowe LLP. Todd received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Calvin College. He is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of Illinois and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Illinois Society of CPAs.