finance-As a new manager in the finance department responsible for the financial accounting operations

Student Name_______________

Saint Joseph’s University
Accounting for Healthcare Organizations
Mid-Term Examination
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Chief
Financial Officer Interview:

Activity:
As a new manager in the finance department responsible for the financial
accounting operations, (recall the primary
purpose of financial accounting is to provide useful financial information,
generally historic in nature, about an organizations financial activities and
affairs) you are interested in learning the level
of performance, readiness, education, and training of the department staff as
it relates to their knowledge of the accounting cycle operations.
In order to obtain an
accurate understanding, a meeting with the Chief Financial Officer was
requested. With the meeting set for
Monday morning (plan on 45 minutes), there are a number of items that will need
to be considered as you reflect on the experiences learned at your previous
employer.
Prior to giving notice and submitting your letter of resignation
with your previous employer, the outside auditors as part of their standard
procedures were in the process of issuing a letter to management regarding
their findings and concerns on the monthly closing process and production of
the monthly interim financial statements.
According to the draft of the letter, the auditor’s concerns focused on
the accuracy of the monthly financial statements, lack of internal control and
ethical conduct in the office. Because
of the restriction placed on the scope of the audit, incomplete documentation,
missed closing entries not revealed to the auditors, and the general climate of
disorder among the accounting staff that a qualified opinion along with a going
concern comment was recorded in the draft letter. This letter in final form
untimely led to the dismissal of the Chief Financial Officer and the
resignation of the Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
Question:Develop an interview agenda for the meeting
with the Chief Financial Officer. Be certain to consider not only your prior
experience as you make a list of your questions (10) relating to the accounting
cycle at the organization but also a careful ear and eye for hints of the type
of problems present with your new employer as they affect the accounting cycle
process. Also, develop for each question
the Chief Financial Officer’s response and appropriate reference citations in
APA format. In addition to the standard
approach to agenda development (list of
topics, estimate of time for each item to be discussed, and any written
material that you would like to have the Chief Financial Officer review prior
to the meeting)be aware of the meeting time and the politics of the
office.

 

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