Conference Sessions

GFOA’s Annual Conference will include more than 75 concurrent sessions featuring leading practitioners, subject matter experts, and top researchers. Each session will contain a panel of speakers carefully selected to provide best practice guidance, discussion of current events, case studies, debate, and interactive exercises to cover a complete suite of topics pertinent for finance officers of all types and representing all forms of state and local governments. GFOA’s concurrent sessions will be organized into separate “core” tracks that focus on essential elements within public financial management. GFOA will also place an emphasis on emerging topics that provide finance officers with information critical to supporting their organizations and communities in today’s current environment.

GFOA is currently developing sessions and they will be added as they are finalized. Sessions listed below are planned and more will be added as they are confirmed. Schedule of sessions may experience minor changes.

A complete listing of all sessions along with a final schedule will be posted by the end of February 2019.

44 Sessions

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

While every (state and local) government will eventually develop and adopt a budget, the process in which they use to get to that final plan can differ substantially. Over time, several common approaches to budgeting have emerged.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Moderator/Speaker
Director, Technical Services
GFOA

Speakers will provide a comprehensive overview of the key developments in accounting, auditing, and financial reporting that affect state and local governments.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 3:50pm to 5:05pm

Budgeting requires funding services to meeting community conditions. For most governments, the traditional budget process supports maintaining the status quo, but this is not always appropriate.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm

GASB continues to evaluate making changes to its reporting model, which received its last comprehensive review in the project leading to the adoption of GASB Statement No. 34, issued in 1999. At the same time, the GASB examines the way governments currently report all revenues and expenses.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Since the Great Recession, defined contribution (DC) plans have increasingly garnered attention among public employers.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:20am to 12:00pm

Governments can’t predict disasters, but they can plan for them. Establishing procedures in advance is the key to handling an emergency of any scale as effectively as possible.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Government services must be able to withstand not just natural disasters, but also other emergencies such as terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and IT fraud. Ensuring your government’s ability to provide essential services during and after a disaster means planning to protect its IT.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

When the disaster itself is over, governments need to help the community recover and rebuild.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm

Ideally, all GFOA members would have great managers who help them succeed and make them feel valued. Unfortunately, not everyone has this ideal situation.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

The first step in mitigating risks is evaluating those that you currently face. In this session speakers will discuss security audits and risk assessments to determine technology vulnerability. Topics addressed will include: How are assessments completed?

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Whether it’s recruiting the next big business, building a sports stadium, or competing for a large convention, economic development is about generating economic activity beyond the sum of a community’s parts.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

As governments develop long-term plans, extended forecasts, and prepare for the future, they must also be aware of the risks that the future will bring.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

This session will explore a case study in cyber crime. Speakers will discuss how the victims discovered that their systems were compromised and the impact of the intrusion. Speakers will also describe the steps victims took

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm

Finance officers and other government leaders all clearly understand that local governments are on the front line when responding to threats from sea level rise, natural disasters, and cyber security.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

Most governments understand the importance of fiscal transparency. Many share financial data in various formats to satisfy compliance reporting requirements, build trust with citizens, and/or satisfy basic accountability and good governance.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

With increased emphasis on pension decisions, how does plan management affect a state and local government’s credit rating? Does it differ for single employer, agent employer, or cost-sharing plans?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

According to the most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the physical condition and needed investment for infrastructure in the United States was graded a D+.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Having an internal audit function provides government officials with an important tool to monitor and evaluate internal control activities that are essential to meeting their government’s objectives.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

Do you want to be a leader, a manager, or a coach? To be effective, you might have to be all three. In this session, learn the definition of a leader, manager, and coach and learn when and how to apply these roles. Keep in mind, it’s a balancing act.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

GFOA has recently updated and reformatted the checklist of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and program requirements for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR Award) Program.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:20am to 12:00pm

GASB Statement No. 87, Leases, requires lessor and lessee governments to analyze existing lease agreements to properly measure and report assets, liabilities, revenues, expenditures, and deferred items associated with the new standard.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Governments can turn to a “contracted CFO” by bringing in a consultant or contract worker to serve the duties regularly held by a full-time employee.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 3:50pm to 5:05pm

Even as online procurement mediums and purchasing card technology has significantly evolved in recent years, implementation of a comprehensive P-card function can still be challenging from a process, technology, and management perspective.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Finance officers and human resource managers make up and provide core administrative services that in many organizations are split into two departments. This can lead to tension, conflict, and inefficiency.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Every local government finance officer worries about fraud both internal and external to the Finance office. Fraud and counterfeiting schemes continue to pop up around the country, leaving many local governments searching for ways to protect themselves.


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