Conference Sessions

Conference Sessions

Conference sessions for the GFOA annual conference are listed below and are posted in the conference program.  From the links below, delegates can download PDF handouts and calendar appointments to set your conference schedule.  To access the agendas, slides, and calendar appointments, please click on the session title below.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Room: 
113
Moderator
Assistant Director of Finance
Metropolitan Development Housing Agency
Speaker
Audit Manager-Investigations
State of Tennessee
Speaker
Director
BKD

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
Room: 
113
Moderator
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration
Henrico County Public Schools, Virginia
Speaker
Chairman
Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Speaker
Director of Research and Technical Activities
GASB
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of San Antonio, TX

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
Room: 
120
Moderator
Deputy Treasurer for Accounting & Treasury Management
Arlington County, VA
Speaker
Partner
Ice Miller, LLP
Speaker
Director of Healthcare Compliance and Associate General Counsel, Employee Benefits
Edgewood Partners Insurance Center

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
Room: 
122
Moderator
Budget Manager
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Madison, WI
Speaker
Principal
U3 Consulting
Speaker
Chief Assessment Officer
City of Philadelphia

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
Room: 
113
Moderator
Council Liaison
City of DC
Speaker
Co-Founder
Center for Priority Based Budgeting
Speaker
Assistant Superintendant for Business
Harris County Department of Education

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
Room: 
120
Moderator
Management & Budget Director, OMB
Mecklenburg County Government
Speaker
Director of Finance/City Treasurer
The City of Fredericton
Speaker
Budget Officer
City of Palo Alto, CA
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Monterrey, 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
Room: 
122
Moderator
Senior Director
Alvarez & Marsal
Speaker
CEO
MuniRent
Speaker
Public Works Operations Manager
Marion County, Oregon

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

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Room: 
113
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of Rock Hill, SC
Speaker
Partner
Barbacane, Thornton & Company LLP
Speaker
President
Fiona Chen Consulting Company A Tax & Forensic Accounting Company
Speaker
Investigator
Comptroller of the Treasury

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
Room: 
117
Moderator
Director of Finance and Supply
City of Saskatoon
Speaker
Director
Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.
Speaker
Manager, Tax & Revenue Policy
Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
Speaker
Manager, Financial Services
City of Surrey, British Columbia

"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
Room: 
117
Moderator
Director of Financial Services
City of Vernon, BC
Speaker
Manager, Financial Services
City of Surrey, British Columbia
Speaker
City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
City of Moncton, New Brunswick
Speaker
CFO
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Speaker
Partner
KPMG LLP

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
Room: 
121
Moderator
Deputy County Controller
Allegheny County, PA
Speaker
Program Manager
Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Speaker
Vice President
LSI Consulting
Speaker
Finance & Central Services Division Manager
Anoka County, MN

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
Room: 
120
Moderator
Director, Department of Management and Budget
Oakland County, MI
Speaker
Policy Team Leader / Acting Budget Director
City of Norfolk
Speaker
Fiscal Policy Advisor
League of California Cities / CSMFO

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
Room: 
113
Moderator
Assistant Finance Director
City of Edmond, OK
Speaker
Accounting Manager, Department of County Management
Multnomah County
Speaker
Finance Operations Manager
City of Sacramento, CA
Speaker
Director of Finance & Administration
City of Gaithersburg, MD

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 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
120
Moderator
Director, Finance Division
Pinellas County
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of Stuart, FL
Speaker
GIS Administrator
City of Dublin, OH
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Milwaukie

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
Room: 
121
Moderator
Division Manager
City of Austin
Speaker
Chief Information Officer
City of Asheville, NC
Speaker
Data Services Manager
City of Philadelphia, PA
Speaker
Associate Director of Data and Product Development
PolicyMap

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
Room: 
122
Moderator
Budget Manager
City of Plano
Speaker
Finance & Compliance Officer
Denver Employees' Retirement Plan
Speaker
Vice President
ICMA-RC
Speaker
Senior Vice President
Segal Consulting

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 the goal of providing adequate income replacement for retirees.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Room: 
122
Moderator
Treasurer
City of Warwick, Rhode Island
Speaker
Managing Director, Investment Advisory and Analytics
Public Trust Advisors
Speaker
Finance Manager
City of Peoria, Arizona
Speaker
Director of Finance
City of Pataskala, OH

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
Room: 
121
Moderator
Budget Director, Public Works
City of Boston
Speaker
Deputy Finance Director
City of Houston, TX
Speaker
Chief Operating Officer
100 Resilient Cities, Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 8:30am to 10:10am
Room: 
114
Moderator
Senior Manager, State and Local Government Global Industry Solutions Group
Oracle
Speaker
President
Agile Transformation, Inc.
Speaker
Senior Consultant
LRWL Inc.

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
Room: 
120
Moderator
Assistant Audit Manager
Washington State Auditor's Office
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Illinois Finance Authority
Speaker
Partner
RubinBrown, LLP

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
Room: 
114
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
DC Water & Sewer Authority
Speaker
Former Assistant Treasurer for Debt Management
State of Massachusetts
Speaker
Interim Chief Financial Officer
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Speaker
Head of Investor Relations & New Products
World Bank
Speaker
Vice President/Senior Portfolio Manager
State Street Global Advisors
Speaker
Head of UK & US Markets
Vigeo

Green bond issuance has generated significant attention as this market rapidly expands.  This session will examine the issuance of green bonds and provide issuers with an understanding of the this nascent market, which is expected to reach $40 billion of issuance worldwide in 2015.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Room: 
113
Moderator
Finance/Accounting Consultant
University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Speaker
Budget Officer
City of Boulder, CO
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Minnetonka, MN
Speaker
Deputy Budget DIrector
City of Baltimore, Maryland

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
Room: 
113
Moderator
Director of Accounting
Sedgwick County, KS
Speaker
Partner
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Speaker
Finance Director
City of St. Petersburg, Florida

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
Room: 
121
Moderator/Speaker
Controller
Montgomery County - Department of Finance
Speaker
Partner
Heinfeld, Meech, AZ
Speaker
Finance Director
Mt. Lebanon Municipality, PA
Speaker
dataMontgomery Project Manager
Montgomery County, MD

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
Room: 
119
Moderator
Consulting Practice Manager
GFOA
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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