During 2016 and 2017, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) began a complimentary training and certification program across the state specifically designed for Louisiana's local government officials and their staffs. In keeping with the LLA's purpose to help ensure that government is accountable, transparent and responsive to the needs of the people of Louisiana, these courses were expressly created to help improve both the services local government delivers to its citizens and the quality of local government audits. We believe that if local government officials and their staffs are better prepared for audits, this kind of training can effectively help local government decrease both audit costs paid and its overall operating costs, as employees become more efficient.
The two-day Level 1 workshops introduced participants to the basics of internal control, accounting and financial reporting for local governments, and delivered helpful instruction on legal issues that local government officials and their staffs often encounter. If you did not have the opportunity to attend any of the Level 1 sessions and are interested in obtaining the course materials, those are available here.
Level 2 workshops are being offered in regional areas across the state in 2020. Level 2 classes build on the basics of Level 1 classes and include best practices in collections, payroll and personnel, and expenditures; high-risk areas and fraud; legal issues pertaining to the local government budget act; and state-wide agreed upon procedures. It is not necessary to have attended Level 1 classes before attending Level 2 classes.
The goal of these training sessions is to enable local officials to take the knowledge and skills gained back to their respective governments and use them to make a positive difference.
For general information, please contact Andrée Taylor at The Center for Local Government Excellence, firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-339-3996.
The Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) are offering five regional trainings in January that are a joint effort between the LMA and the LLA. These training sessions are intended to educate mayors and their staff on budget and fiscal planning in accordance with Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 14 of the 2019 Regular session.
These robust sessions will cover: Lawrason Act/Municipal Official Authority, Open Meetings, Public Rcords, Technical Assistance Q&A with LMA, Introduction to Fraud, Local Government Budget Act and Public Bid Law, and Fiscal Best Practices.
For more information and/or to register for one of the regional training sessions, click here.