Welcome to the State of California Department of Finance

Consulting and Training

The Department of Finance provides consulting and training for departments throughout state government.


Accounting Regulations

The Fiscal Systems and Consulting Unit (FSCU) provides fiscal consulting to state departments via the following telephone and e-mail hotlines:

FSCU Telephone Hotline (916) 324–0385
FSCU e-Mail Hotline FSCUhotline@dof.ca.gov

Best Business and Financial Practices

State of California executives are in the business of managing government programs. The Governor, the Legislature, and the taxpayers expect accountability for program resources through economical, efficient, and effective operation of these programs. Not all state entities have the necessary time, resources, or in-house experience to ensure accountability and that programs operate as intended. The Office of State Audits and Evaluations can provide both audit and consultation services to assist management in meeting their objectives.

OSAE Telephone Main Line (916) 322–2985
OSAE e-Mail Hotline OSAEhotline@dof.ca.gov

California State Accounting and Reporting System (CALSTARS) Client Support

The CALSTARS Unit offers telephone and e-mail support for the CALSTARS automated accounting system:

CALSTARS Telephone Hotline (916) 327–0100
CALSTARS e-Mail Hotline HOTLINE@dof.ca.gov


State Budget Preparation

The Department of Finance will be conducting training regarding the 2017-18 Governor's Budget process during the month of August, registration will begin sometime in July 2016.

For more information, please contact Kurt Schmiegel at (916) 322-5540.


The CALSTARS Unit provides training for agencies newly implementing CALSTARS, ongoing training for new or newly promoted employees in existing departments, year-end training for all agencies, and Monarch software training. For more information, see the CALSTARS Training webpage.

Training for Departmental Fiscal Training and Accounting Officers

The FSCU provides the State Fund Accounting Course, the Cash Management Improvement Act Open Forum, and training in the areas of Pro Rata, Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP), and Indirect Cost Rate Proposal (ICRP). For more information, see the FSCU Training webpage.