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Our Approach

PFM's consulting business works at the intersection of policy, operations and budgeting to help solve our clients’ toughest problems. 

Our experienced consultants focus on the complex challenges faced by public sector leaders, and deliver in-depth analysis and creative ideas that can truly make a difference.

Our Solutions

Fiscal Planning & Budgeting

PFM’s consulting business has long set the standard for multi-year financial plans in government. We have helped clients large and small to chart a course for more sustainable fiscal health, and have supported some of the nation’s most successful municipal and school district turnarounds.

Organizational Efficiency & Effectiveness 

At the state, local, and federal levels, PFM consultants bring insights from national best practices, targeted benchmarks and data-driven analysis to deliver fresh and independent perspectives. We listen carefully to our clients, and their stakeholders, to tailor thoughtful and realistic recommendations engineered to endure.  

Policy & Program Analysis

For policy challenges that matter, PFM combines evidence-based research, quantitative modeling and pragmatic, real-world experience to better frame and inform key decisions. From tax incentive effectiveness to criminal justice funding, wherever public dollars are involved, our goal is to help achieve the maximum impact and return.

Workforce Strategy & Negotiation Support

PFM delivers actionable recommendations for the most vexing workforce concerns, from retiree benefit sustainability to reducing employee attrition. In support of collective bargaining, our professionals also deliver high-quality analytics and expert arbitration testimony for many of the nation’s largest public employers. Work with state and local government retirement plans grew in part from this practice. You can learn more about our retirement finance practice here

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