This course focuses on the changing environment for the government Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Students explore the fundamental role of the collaborative and networked community as the critical ingredient of success. The course provides an overview of the essential elements of the current and future roles of government CFO’s and their senior staffs. It surveys the various roles of the executive and strategic leader in the world of government financial management including budget officer, compliance officer, internal controls/risk manager, strategic planner, fiduciary reporter, and reporter of management and financial information. The course discusses the policies, challenges and opportunities associated with decision support to management, financial reporting, business process improvement, systems integration, financial systems, workforce development, performance management, budget, and portfolio management. Students discuss standards, accountability, privacy, and transparency issues.