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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Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of San Antonio, TX
Speaker
Chairman
Governmental Accounting Standards Board
Speaker
Director of Research and Technical Activities
GASB

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.

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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Menlo Park, CA
Moderator
Managing Director
PFM
Speaker
Budget Director
City of Portland, OR

With revenues coming back many governments face the pressure and temptation to simply restore past patterns of spending rather than figuring out how to use this new money to create the best value for citizens.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 
Moderator/Speaker
Director
GFOA

This session will highlight the evolving federal legislative and regulatory landscape and its effect on governments' ability to issue debt.

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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Speakers: 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers critical resources to governments recovering from disasters. However, compliance with FEMA requirements poses numerous practical challenges.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Speakers: 

While financial reporting in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles remains the ideal, it often is not a viable option for very small governments.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Speakers: 

Communities and elected officials are calling for their governments to scrutinize investments to ensure they do not have a negative social, environmental, or political effect.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Deputy Director for Planning & Policy
Alameda County Transportation Commission

As scrutiny for public finance projects increases, municipalities must continue to find creative ways to address a growing list of capital needs. Bond referendums allow municipalities to effectively package similar projects in a transparent manner for voter approval.

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

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.

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

Many governments utilize local government investment pools (LGIPs) as a primary investment option. In some states, the LGIP serves other roles such as providing limited banking services.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Associate Professor
Drexel University

Only a few major cities are home to professional sports franchises.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 3:50pm to 4:40pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Professor
Radford University
Speaker
Assistant Director of Finance
City of Kirkwood
Moderator
Director of Financial Services
Prince William County Public Schools

It is no longer enough for CFO to be expert in a single discipline. Today’s successful CFO must obtain a solid background in the full range of finance-related disciplines.

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

Most large employers now have some sort of wellness plan, and the Affordable Care Act encourages them. There are many ways to structure and manage a wellness program, and unfortunately, some of them don't provide the promised payofsf for either employer or employee.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
City Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
City of Moncton, New Brunswick
Speaker
Partner
KPMG LLP
Speaker
Manager, Financial Services
City of Surrey, British Columbia

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 - 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.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Assistant City Manager/COO
City of Weston, FL

Money market investors have endured regulatory uncertainty and near zero interest rates for almost six years.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Speakers: 
Moderator
Chief Financial Office
City of New Bedford, Connecticut
Speaker
Managing Partner
Funston Advisory Services

The goal of public pension fund asset allocation can no longer be focused solely on outperforming the plan’s return on assets.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Director
GFOA
Speaker
Executive Director
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT)
Moderator
Deputy Comptroller/Chief Accountant
New York City Office of the Comptroller

Each year, the Executive Director of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers and the Director of the GFOA’s Technical Services Center present a comprehensive overview of developments in the past year that affect accounting and auditing

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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 

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
Speakers: 
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Illinois Finance Authority

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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Keynote Speaker & Author
Donna Serdula Inc.

With changing attitudes about work among those joining the workforce, managers need new strategies for recruiting a skilled staff.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Speakers: 
Speaker
Finance Department Administrator
Office of Budget & Finance, Hennepin County, MN
Moderator/Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of Oklahoma City, OK

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 - 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.


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