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What Is a Chief Fiscal Officer?

A Chief Fiscal Officer:

State Finance Laws, Regulations, and Policies

Helpful links to get an overview of state finance law and Office of the Comptroller state finance regulation and policy

Department Head Signature Authorization and Electronic Signatures for MMARS Transactions

This allows a Department Head to designate employees who can incur obligations, make expenditures and conduct the day-to-day Department activities on behalf of the Department Head.

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CTR Regulations

815 CMR applies to the fiscal transactions of the Commonwealth.

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State Finance Law Policy

Minimum state accounting and contracting requirements related to purchases made by all state Departments in all branches of state government

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Statewide Enterprise Systems Security Policy

This policy reflects the processes that govern the Annual Security Review and Approval for all statewide enterprise systems by Department Heads and primary Department Security Officers.

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M.G.L. Chapter 29 - State Finance
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M.G.L. Chapter 7a - Office of the Comptroller
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Guides and Handbooks

CTR has published the following resources which all CFOs should be familiar with.

CTR Cyber

The Office of the Comptroller has developed CTR Cyber to identify key cybersecurity internal controls for Commonwealth of Massachusetts departments, and to promote cybersecurity awareness and cyber vigilance for everyone in these organizations.

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Internal Controls

The Comptroller is responsible for developing internal control guidelines for Commonwealth departments.

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Brochure: Combat Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

A printable brochure detailing fraud prevention and cybersecurity tips for everyone in your organization

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Expenditure Classification Handbook

This handbook includes the object code descriptions and instructions regarding the encumbering and expenditure of all funds and is used for all expenditures of the Commonwealth.

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Revenue Handbook

This handbook contains the policies, standards and other guidance required for collection of Commonwealth revenue.

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Events

HR/CMS User Group Meetings

Periodic meetings of the HR/CMS User Group

Fiscal Year Close / Open

Information regarding compliance and deadlines relating the close and open of a fiscal year

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Additional CTR Resources

CTR provides an Intranet available to state employees on MAGNet, which serves as a portal to MMARS, HR/CMS, the Commonwealth Information Warehouse, DocDirect, CTHRU, and Vendor Lookup.

Additionally, please find the following CTR resources.

CTR Statewide Learning

View instructor-led trainings on many state finance topics.

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Policies

View all CTR Policies on state finance

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Forms

All CTR Forms

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Fiscal Year Memos

Memos on state finance pertaining to a particular fiscal year

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CTR Weekly Update

CTR's weekly email with updates and guidance related to state finance

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Job Aids

Instructions on completing state finance tasks and transactions [PowerDMS login required]

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Settlements and Judgments

CTR acts as the Commonwealth’s overseer of tax reporting and tax withholding requirements for state agencies and departments to federal and state authorities

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Statewide Key Contact Lists

The Office of the Comptroller maintains several statewide key contact lists which departments and vendors may find useful.

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Solution Desk

We offer technical assistance and resources for enterprise systems.

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Public Records Requests

The Office of the Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pleased to provide this portal as part of its commitment to transparency.

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