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Tuesday 06-02-2020

Streamlining the Payables Function 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

06-02-2020

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Overview

Governments make payments every day through a variety of methods, including checks, ACH, wire transfers, procurement cards, cash, and other methods. It is critical that governments have appropriate policies and procedures in place, as well as efficient payable processes, to ensure timely payments, maintain government operations, and prevent against fraud. The use of emerging payables technologies can help make governments more efficient and streamline processes, but can also add challenges and risks if proper controls are not implemented. This session will provide attendees with an overview of payables methods typically used by governments, examine the third-party relationships required and available for governments to make payments, and discuss strategies for implementing new technologies in the treasury office.
Agenda and Speakers

Mary Beth Huber
Mark Romito, CPFO
Regina Greear

Capital Planning Done Right 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

06-02-2020

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Overview

Governments have developed multiple year plans for many years, but for many the plans were not comprehensive and often represented wish lists that changed from year to year based on political considerations or the influence of outspoken citizen groups. To develop a true multi-year capital plan, governments need a structured approach to capturing capital needs, identifying both capital and operating financial impacts, prioritizing project requests, and developing appropriate funding strategies. Speakers in this session will highlight GFOA's best practice and provide case study examples of multi-year planning in governments of varying sizes, types, and complexity.
Agenda and Speakers

Elizabeth Holleb
Dawn Lang

Cloudy with a Chance of Storms: Be Prepared for Your Next SaaS Project 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

06-02-2020

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Overview

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products are becoming the standard for most public sector applications. With the shift from on-premise software to cloud technologies, finance officers must also reset their expectations for how to evaluate, contract for, and implement software. Speakers in this session will identify how SaaS is different, its potential benefits, and the critical steps that governments need to take to control cost and mitigate risk.
Agenda and Speakers

David Metnick
Siddharth “Sid” Bose
Mike Mucha

ESG and Municipal Bonds 3:00 PM - 4:40 PM

06-02-2020

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Overview

While the term may not be as prominent in the municipal bond space, many governments are already incorporating environment, social, and governance (ESG) factors in their issuance process and more broadly in decisions related to strategic planning, capital planning, and budgeting. In interacting with the investor and analyst communities, issuers should be prepared to discuss ESG risks and considerations. Speakers in this session will discuss the emergence of ESG investing and what questions issuers should be prepared to address when accessing capital in the municipal bond market.
Agenda and Speakers

Ben Watkins
Jane Ridley
Emily Robare
Lee Breesler

Wednesday 06-03-2020

We've Always Done it This Way: Process Improvement and the Finance Office 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

06-03-2020

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Overview

Financial management processes often evolve over time. However, these changes can build in inefficiency, complexity, lack of standardization, and confusion. Speakers in this session will present how simple tools and strategies, like asking "Why?" can break a pattern of "we've always done it this way" and lead to effective process improvements. The session will also provide practical strategies for leading process improvement efforts, change management, documentation, training, and developing a plan for sustaining the change
Agenda and Speakers

Chris Costin
Kevin Wachtel
Deirdre M. Finneran
Jo Ann Giddings

Ask the Expert - CPFO, Committees, Boards, and Other Ways to Engage with GFOA 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

06-03-2020

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Overview

In 2021, updates to GFOA's Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) program will take effect and joining this program is one way to further refine your skills, network with peers, and engage GFOA. GFOA representatives will be available to answer any questions about the CPFO program along with engaging GFOA in a variety of other formats including service on a committee or executive board, and participating in GFOA's Leadership Academy.
Agenda and Speakers

Mike Mucha
Michael Bryant

Pulse Check: What’s Happening in Public Pensions 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

06-03-2020

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Overview

Market volatility, a low interest rate environment, and ongoing pressure to manage costs are just some of the issues facing public pension plans. What are plans to do when they're facing state reforms or recurring initiatives at the federal level? This session will highlight the challenges for pension plans and strategies that they have adopted or are on the horizon, and explain the implications for local government finances.
Agenda and Speakers

Mark Nannini
Melissa Rackers
Mark Whelan, CPA

Thursday 06-04-2020

New in the Blue (Book) 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

06-04-2020

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Overview

New in 2020, GFOA will release a brand new edition of Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Government Reporting (the "Blue Book") GFOA's signature publication and the definitive source on the subject. This is the first new edition since 2012, and the first release since the 2014 supplement. In addition to updated content, this edition marks the beginning of a new era, with the transition to an on-line subscription service that will keep the Blue Book - and you - up-to-date going forward. Come to this session to find out what's new in the book and to get tips on using the on-line subscription.
Agenda and Speakers

Michele Mark Levine
Todd Buikema

What COVID-19 Means for Issuer Disclosure Practices 3:00 PM - 4:40 PM

06-04-2020

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Overview

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, issuers are still required to meet their disclosure responsibilities for their outstanding debt obligations. This session will include a discussion on the issuer experience managing their disclosure programs and guidance from outside professionals on the advice they provide to their governmental clients. Attendees will also be updated on changes to GFOA best practices and advisories related to disclosure practices.
Agenda and Speakers

David Erdman
Daniel M. Deaton
Leslie Norwood
Hannah Sullivan
Giedre Ball

Friday 06-05-2020

3-D Accounting: Developments in Debt Disclosures and Derivatives 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

06-05-2020

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Overview

Governments already have several required disclosures for debt, but users of financial statements continually want more. As a result, finance officers must now become familiar with the latest round of new reporting requirements for debt. In this session, speakers will discuss what constitutes debt and the additional debt disclosures required by GASB 88, the issuance of GASB 91 for conduit debt, and the new guidance on derivatives related to changing from LIBOR to SOFR.
Agenda and Speakers

Barry Fick
Mark Gassaway MAcc, MBA, CPA
Melinda M. Gildart, CPA, MBA

Can't Get Enough: Trust in Government 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

06-05-2020

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Overview

Trust is the most important asset finance officers and our communities have, especially in times of financial distress when hard choices must be made. Without trust, we can't do our jobs. With it, we can perform at our best. This session will show you how finance officers and their communities have built and lost trust. You will leave the session with practical steps you can take to build and maintain trust in your career and between your government and your community.
Agenda and Speakers

Scott Catlett
Michelle Kobayashi
Brent Bryant
Kenneth Burke