Carl Vinson Institute of Government

For more than 85 years, the Institute of Government has worked with public officials throughout Georgia and around the world to improve governance and people's lives. From Georgia's early days as a largely agrarian state with a modest population to its modern-day status as a national and international force in business, industry, and politics with a population of almost 10 million, the Institute has helped government leaders navigate change and forge strong directions for a better Georgia.

Free Resources for Government Officials and Staff

Find answers to common questions and learn new skills through a variety of free resources developed by Institute of Government experts.

Videos and Tutorials

78-minute tutorial: Provides detailed information on the reporting requirements under Georgia immigration laws, including comprehensive instructions for reporting to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts
65-minute tutorial: Gives detailed information on implementing, collecting, and reporting hotel motel tax collections. Defines key terms important for compliance with state laws, and provides guidance on eligible expenditures
7-minute video: The Institute's local government specialists explain the basics of full governmental consolidation, the process involved in consolidating, and some of the pros and cons of becoming a consolidated government.

Financial Management Tutorials

7-minute tutorial: Explains the differences between debits and credits and how to apply them in governmental accounting
6-minute tutorial: Gives an overview of millage rates and how to calculate them to generate a jurisdiction's needed property tax revenues
4-minute tutorial: Describes the requirements for fund balance reporting contained in the Governmental Accounting Standards Board's Statement No. 54
16-minute tutorial: Demonstrates the basic steps of creating a PivotTable in Microsoft Excel 2007 and using it to arrange and summarize data and drill down on details without the use of formulas


Updated annually, Compliance Auditing is designed to help guide those responsible for conducting local government audits.
Download chapters from this guide for city officials on topics ranging from human resource management to historic preservation.

Reports and Other Free Resources

Planning and Environmental Services

Project Reports

National Center for the Study of Counties Studies and Reports

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