Update Interview with GASB Fellow, Janeen Hathcock

August 12, 2021 | Article

Eric Berman, partner in Eide Bailly’s Government Industry group, recently checked back with Senior Manager, Janeen Hathcock on how her two-year GASB Fellowship has been going. Eric had last met with Janeen in October 2020 to get an update.

During this time, Janeen has been involved with GASB’s projects that impact states and local governments:

  • Financial Reporting Model Improvements Exposure Draft
  • Financial Reporting Model Improvements project
  • Risks and Uncertainties disclosures project
  • Accounting Changes and Error Corrections Exposure Draft
  • “My GASB fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It will round out my experience of implementing standards, auditing standards and writing standards. This opportunity provides me with significant growth opportunities and will also help our governmental clients across the firm upon my return. I also believe that understanding how and why GASB issues standards can provide me an opportunity to advocate for GASB and the importance they have on the governmental environment.“ ”

    -Janeen Hathcock

    Background on Janeen Hathcock’s GASB Fellowship

    In early 2020, Eide Bailly Senior Manager Janeen Hathcock was honored to be named a fellow in the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Fellow Program. The GASB Practice Fellow Program is an excellent opportunity for experienced public accountants to actively participate in the process of setting financial accounting standards.

    In this fellow role, Janeen serves as a project manager on a team researching problems and analyzing comments from government report preparers, auditors and financial statement users. She is tasked with making recommendations to GASB stakeholders on technical issues, developing and drafting accounting standards and leading discussions at GASB meetings and the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council.

    As a candidate of the GASB Practice Fellow Program, Janeen was nominated by Eide Bailly and will spend two years working at the GASB headquarters before returning to the firm’s Colorado practice. When Janeen completes the fellowship and returns to Eide Bailly, the knowledge and experience she’s gained will position her as a thought leader and will be invaluable in serving our government industry clients.

    Watch the update interview video with Eric and Janeen and read the entire transcription of their discussion below.

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