Conference Sessions

Conference Sessions

The tentative conference schedule of sessions is listed below.  Please note that GFOA may need to adjust the timing of certain sessions. Speaker invites will be made in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions about speakers or topics, please contact Mike Mucha.

 

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
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Each year, reviewers for the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program examine thousands of comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs) submitted to the program.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
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By now, the term "big data" is familiar to many. However, the application of it, and specifically what it is, remains an unknown.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
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Who doesn't wish they had more time during the day to get things done?  Personal productivity techniques can be a powerful tool for creating more time in the work day.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
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Water, or lack thereof, is becoming an increasingly important issue to address throughout the country. Water supply and the infrastructure to deliver that supply is of the utmost importance to many communities.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
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This session will highlight GFOA’s best practices related to debt issuance. Attendees will hear from their peers and other practitioners about the importance of developing and implementing debt policy and procedures.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
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The GFOA has developed a broad range of best practices for budgeting. This session examines a number of these best practices and offers case studies on their practical application.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
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Effective interviewing is critical to any effort to follow up on indications of fraud or potential fraud. Interviewing in the context of fraud poses unique challenges and requires special care.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
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Over the past 2 decades enterprise resource planning (ERP) and integrated enterprise wide financials have become common in public-sector finance.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
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Often, the groundwork following a disaster will last a few days, weeks, or months. Addressing the financial work related to such recoveries however, often takes years.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
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Upkeep and investment in infrastructure and other capital assets by many public sector organizations continues to be a challenge.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
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The high level of participation in the GFOA’s professional award programs for comprehensive annual financial reports and budget documents amply demonstrates that many governments are already successful at communicating high quality and highly detailed financial informa

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
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Many governments only now are starting to grapple with the practical challenges of implementing the Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s (GASB) new pension guidance.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
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The SEC is increasing the focus of its enforcement efforts on the municipal securities sector, and investigating municipal issuers as never before.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
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Finance directors and CFOs not only need to have the technical competency to manage the finances of the organization, they also must possess the leadership skills to serve on the executive team of the organization.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
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Whether it is on the web, over the phone, or in person, both customers and governments are best served from an easy, streamlined payment receipting process.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
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Carefully choosing the right benefits package pays off for employers and employees. Governments need to look over the components of their benefits plans to ensure that it is actually achieving its purpose, which is to promote the organization's overall goals.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
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Investment policies not only serve as the written guides, they also act as a report card. This session will cover the basics of developing an investment policy for an organization based on GFOA's best practices on investment policies.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
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Financial policies set the foundation for sound financial management. This session will address how to develop policies in a way that creates real commitment to the policies, rather than perfunctory approval.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
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“If you tell people before the fact, it’s an explanation; if you tell people after the fact, it’s an excuse.” The Governmental Accounting Standards Board’s new pension guidance will have a profound and highly visible impact on most state and local governments that offe

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
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One of the most common complaints about state and local government financial reports is that they are not issued soon enough after the close of the fiscal year to meet the needs of financial statement users.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
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To successfully detect fraud, it helps to know what you are looking for. This session focuses on different types of fraud encountered in the public sector and how to cope with them, as well as the latest fraud detection techniques (e.g., data mining).

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
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Meeting the dictates of the Affordable Care Act remains a costly and complicated concern for state and local governments.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
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"Smart growth" advocates argue that low density development is more expensive to service than high density. However, relatively few studies have quantified the cost differences associated with different patterns of development.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
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Large and small organizations both face complex, although very different, challenges. However, small governments often face these issues with very few staff, limited resources, and many other competing priorities.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
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“If you take the puppy, you have to raise the dog.” The typical grant is a gift that comes with a price tag.