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
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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
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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
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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
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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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
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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:

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
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Governments continue to adapt to significant changes to evaluation criteria in the ratings process.

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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
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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
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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.

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 - 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.

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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
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 - 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.


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