Our primary purpose is to make better finance officers!
The mission of the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas is to enhance the quality of local government finance, to assist and support local government finance professionals in Texas, and to promote the public service profession.
GFOAT actively seeks to promote the professional practice of governmental financial management, to represent its membership through the study of financial management problems, and to encourage high professional standards among financial management professionals. Our standing and ad hoc committees work throughout the year to accomplish a variety of goals.
Education & Professional Development
GFOAT offers an annual Spring Institute in the Austin area and an annual Fall Conference that is rotated around the state. GFOAT was also one of the first state chapters to offer a special certification program (CGFO) emphasizing subject matter expertise and continuing education. Finally, GFOAT supports education and professional development through a series of scholarships and fellowships. Many regions also offer education and networking opportunities.
A Robust Website & Interactive Communication
GFOAT encourages the exchange of up-to-date information about trends in the governmental financial management profession. Our new GFOAT FINANCE FORUM offers interactive and timely support on issues and concerns. While the remainder of our website strives to inform our members of timely reports and publications and upcoming events of interest. We also entered the world of social media through Facebook and Twitter accounts as gateways to our site. Our live conference tweets offer a chance for participants to follow varies activities at the events.
Legislative & Regulatory Action
GFOAT provides non-partisan, educational support to regulatory bodies, such as SEC, GASB, as well as state and national legislators on issues related to public finance. We follow the approved TML legislative agenda, as well as expanded support in areas identified by our board to be relevant.
Public Relations & Awareness
GFOAT serves as a resource to other affiliate organizations and others in the area of public finance by providing expert speakers or materials. We strive to promote an understanding of the public financial management profession among the general public.