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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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).

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
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Recently, both the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been re-examining accounting and financial reporting for leases.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Partner
Ice Miller, LLP
Moderator
Deputy Treasurer for Accounting & Treasury Management
Arlington County, VA

Meeting the dictates of the Affordable Care Act remains a costly and complicated concern for state and local governments.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Madison, WI
Speaker
Chief Assessment Officer
City of Philadelphia
Speaker
Principal
U3 Consulting

Finance officers are often very focused on current revenues and expenditure, but not nearly focused enough on the factors that ultimately drive tax revenue, such as tax and fee policies, economic development, demographics, population, and land-use policies.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Council Liaison
City of DC
Speaker
Principle
Center for Priority Based Budgeting

Program budgeting is an underlying assumption to many of GFOA's budgeting best practices and being able to connect costs and outcomes associated with specific services is critical to communicating value to citizens.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Director of Finance/City Treasurer
The City of Fredericton, NB
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Minnetonka, MN
Speaker
Budget Officer
City of Palo Alto, CA
Moderator
Budget Officer
Mecklenburg County, CA

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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
CEO
MuniRent

Learn how the public sector is incorporating the ideas of the sharing economy.

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.

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.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
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This year's session focuses on two topics of direct interest to Canadians: the benefits of the new CPA designation in Canada and future accounting standards that will impact the reporting in annual financial reports.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Program Manager
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Over the past 2 decades enterprise resource planning (ERP) and integrated enterprise wide financials have become common in public-sector finance.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Deputy City Manager / Policy Team Leader
City of Norfolk

The first step in financial recovery is to identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses. This session will focus on tools and techniques for assessing your government’s financial health including resources that are available to assist local government.

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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:10am
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The downturn in the economy drove many organizations to "do more with less", especially when it came to purchasing new technology.

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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Finance & Compliance Officer
Denver Employees' Retirement Plan
Moderator
Budget Manager
City of Plano
Speaker
Vice President, Market Development and Government Affairs
ICMA-RC

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.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 5:30pm
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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 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
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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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
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Much has been written about the frequency and magnitude of delays, cost overruns, and complete project failures among information technology projects.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
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The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has recently issued final guidance on fair value reporting and its application to specific assets and liabilities.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Speakers: 
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
DC Water & Sewer Authority
Speaker
Head of Investor Relations & New Products
Work Bank
Speaker
Head of UK & US Markets
Vigeo
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Speaker
Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Fixed Income Cash and Currency
State Street Global Advisors

Green Bonds can be an attractive option for development of brownfield sites.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Monterrey, CA
Speaker
Budget Officer
City of Boulder, CO
Speaker
Director, Assurance and Internal Controls
SFPUC
Moderator
Finance/Accounting Consultant
University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service

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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
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The U.S. Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) recent circular, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, commonly known as the "Super Circular," supersedes and combines the requirements of eight previous OMB Circulars related to federal grants.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Controller
Montgomery County - Department of Finance

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 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Golden

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.


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