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From the National President.

We begin ASMC's 60th Volume of our Armed Forces Comptroller with this edition. The first Armed Forces Comptroller was published in July 1956; thus for almost 60 years, ASMC has been providing its membership financial management information via important, thought provoking articles about the many facets of our profession. I thank all of the authors over the years that have contributed so much to the success of our ASMC journal in providing professional development information.

This edition of our Armed Forces Comptroller, devoted to the theme of "Audit Readiness: Climbing the Mountain," continues our tradition of providing relevant and timely Information to our readers. Achieving auditability of Department of Defense financial statements is among the top priorities of DoD leadership. External auditors have already been identified via contracts with the Department and the engagements for audit of the Statements of Budgetary Authority (SBA) are underway. In addition to an article from the US Coast Guard about increased asset visibility and articles from the Departments of the Army and Navy regarding audit readiness, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provided an article with information concerning key USACE activities associated with their overall annual audit cycle. Also, included is an article from the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency, which addresses efforts to institutionalize audit readiness throughout the Army logistics community in support of US Army and DoD efforts to achieve auditability of financial statements. Lastly, if you've ever wondered about the history of accounting, Mr. Doug Bennett, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller) provided a very interesting article about the evolution of accounting in our world.

The ASMC National HQ has developed an outstanding program of instruction for our 2015 National Professional Development Institute in New Orleans, associated with our theme "marching forward--be in that number." The registration function for the National PDI should be available by the mid-February timeframe. The PDI program includes 19 Mini-courses (10 at Level 2 and 9 at Level 3) that will provide opportunity for direct credit in meeting the DoD FM certification Program requirements. I look forward to seeing many of you at the PDI.

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Title Annotation:ASMC NATIONAL
Author:Miller, Kathy
Publication:Armed Forces Comptroller
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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