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Monday 5-18-2020

Business Meeting 11:00AM

05-18-2020

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GFOA holds an annual meeting of the members to conduct official business. At this meeting GFOA’s active government members select new members of the Executive Board (view slate of candidates) and vote on policy statements that have been prepared by the standing committees and recommended for approval by GFOA’s Executive Board.
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Presiding: Terry S. Stone, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Virginia Comments by incoming President: Marion M. Gee, Finance Director, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, St. Louis, Missouri

COVID-19 Keynote Roundtable12:00PM

05-18-2020

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Join us for a keynote panel discussion on issues important to your organization in this evolving environment of COVID-19.
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Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
Kent Hiteshew from the Federal Reserve
Steve Stivers
Bob Menendez
Dutch Ruppersberger
Brad Schneider
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Accounting and Auditing Year In Review 3:00PM

05-18-2020

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Each year at the annual conference GFOA presents this can't miss round-up to discuss key developments in accounting, auditing, and financial reporting that affect state and local governments. Topics covered will include recently promulgated standards, including GASB's statements on public-private and public-public partnerships, the transition from LIBOR, and IRC Section 457 deferred compensation; the AICPA's  and GAO's auditing standards developments, and the standard setters' on-going projects likely to affect issuers and auditors in the near future.
Agenda and Speakers

R. Kinney Poynter, CPA
David Bean
Michele Mark Levine

Tuesday 5-19-2020

Authentic Confidence: The Secret to Loving Your Work and Leading an Unstoppable Career 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

05-19-2020

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What if the only thing standing between you and greater success for your organization, your team, and your career is confidence? Much has been documented on how an over or under confident leader can create a negative environment and damage a team. In this session, Ben Fauske, a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and Trainer, respected researcher, and sought after consultant and author, will provide the secret pattern relied on by some of the greatest recording artists of the past half century to overcome their confidence challenges and achieve significant levels of success. Attendees will discover what happens to their confidence under stress, understand confidence bias and core beliefs of world-class influencers, and learn empowerment strategies to build their leadership capacity and the culture of their team.
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Ben Fauske

Public Engagement to Believe In 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

05-19-2020

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Effective public engagement goes beyond website surveys, required public meetings, and ongoing conversations with interest groups. Governments, through the capital planning and budgeting process, allocate funding to invest in initiatives, projects, and services that can have a profound impact on the communities they serve. For an effective process, public engagement is not only a legal mandate, it is a necessity for identifying needs, understanding the complex social, environmental, and demographic factors in play, and being responsive to stakeholders. In this session, speakers will present case studies of how enhanced public engagement improved the decisions they made. Each case study will identify lessons learned on how to implement effective strategies for "real" public engagement.
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Shari Davis
Adrian Cox
Lyden Williams

Wednesday 5-20-2020

Enterprising Accounting: Business-Type Activities and Proprietary Funds 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

05-20-2020

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Governmental business-type entities (BTAs), such as public utilities, transit systems, airports, colleges, and hospitals occupy a special place in the world of accounting and financial reporting. Subject to GASB standards, including many based on old private-sector guidance, these governments have unique challenges. This session will be a discussion of current accounting and financial reporting topics of particular interest to BTAs, based on the experiences of current officials responsible for such entities. Likely topics include the impact on BTAs of recent GASB guidance, such as on leases, PPPs, interest capitalization and those that affect governments that follow regulatory accounting.
Agenda and Speakers

Margaret Moggia
Ted Phillips
Diane Reichard

Ask the Expert - COVID-19 Response 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

05-20-2020

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Ask the Expert - COVID19 Response
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Emily Brock
Michael Thomas
Natalie Cohen

Preventing Fraud Before It Happens...Uncovering Fraud When It Does 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

05-20-2020

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Governments are on heightened alert regarding fraud matters that impact their entities, especially the treasury office. Of particular concern are the sophisticated methods being used by external players to commit fraud, including phishing scams, cyber attacks, and false vendor invoicing or banking information. Governments need to have strong prevention policies, procedures, and plans in place to identify and address fraud before it becomes a reality in the finance office. In this session, attendees will hear from experts in the field and fellow finance officers who have experienced instances of external fraud and cyber attacks about lessons-learned and discover appropriate tools to prevent and react to fraudulent schemes.
Agenda and Speakers

Karen Karwoski
Randy Sherman
Louis J. Boglioli, III, CGFO

Thursday 5-21-2020

Data Analysis, Decision Making, and Long-Term Planning 11:00 AM - 12:40 PM

05-21-2020

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The recent rapid changes in the economy have brought to light the importance of long term financial planning and public engagement. These are key in supporting robust decision-making in an organization – by helping to highlight potential financial challenges in the future and also incorporating feedback from constituents. This session will highlight the experiences of several municipalities in these key components of informed decision-making and how they have leveraged financial forecasting and transparency tools to help support.
Agenda and Speakers

Kate Lewis-Lakin
Nicholas Mostardo
Steve Jenkins
Mike Newsome
Katie Henry

Financial Transparency in an Age of Excessive Data Availability 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

05-21-2020

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The availability of data has increased exponentially in recent decades.  As the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and natural language generation have emerged, organizing and searching big data has become easier, making this trend likely to continue.  This increase in data availability in the private sector has left some government struggling to keep up.  Financial information can be complex and nuanced and the rules governing how public money must be managed can be difficult to explain.  This session will focus on how local governments can be transparent in an appropriate and responsible way.   It will consider how best to provided context to financial data as its shard with various audiences.
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Debbie Chiu
Ron Galperin