Conference Sessions

With the spread of COVID-19, the health and safety of GFOA members and staff is paramount in our minds. To that end, the 114th Annual Conference in New Orleans will be moving from in-person to digital. 

Sessions for the 2020 virtual conference are listed below.  Each session will be presented live at the time listed in the schedule and available for CPE credit.  All registered for the conference will also be given the opportunity to view recordings of each session after the annual conference.

  • Individuals registered for the annual conference do not need to register for individual sessions.  You will recieve access to all sessions and can choose the sessions to attend. Only sessions attended live will be eligible for CPE credit.
  • All registered for the conference should have recieved information to access the virtual conference on your registration confirmation.  GFOA will also send out communications with instructions by the end of May 15, 2020.

For more information on conference sessions, please contact Mike Mucha.

Note: All times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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47 Sessions

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Monday, May 18, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Open and complimentary to GFOA members as well as registered conference attendees.

Presiding: Terry S. Stone, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Operations, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, Virginia

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:40pm
Moderator
Director, Federal Liaison Center
GFOA
Moderator
Public Finance Director
Indiana Finance Authority
Speaker
Senator (New Jersey)
Speaker
Senator (Louisiana)
Speaker
Congressman (Maryland - 2nd District)
Speaker
Congressman (Ohio - 15th District)
Speaker
Congressman (Illinois - 10th District)
Speaker
Federal Reserve

The COVID19 pandemic has forced many changes to everyone’s personal and professional life. However, what remains constant is the critical role that state and local governments play and the services they provide. As the situation evolves, GFOA members need current, accurate, and relevant information to help their organizations both respond to this current crisis and prepare for the uncertain future ahead. GFOA's keynote panel will feature several influential policy makers from both the Senate and House of Representatives and other leaders in Washington, DC. Attend to get answers and updates on the CARES Act, Familes First Coronavirs Relief Act, the proposed HEROES Act, municipal liquidity facility, and more.

Monday, May 18, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Speaker
Director, Technical Services
GFOA
Speaker
Executive Director
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT)
Speaker
Chairman
Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Each year at the annual conference GFOA presents this can't miss round-up to discuss key developments in accounting, auditing, and financial reporting that affect state and local governments. Topics covered will include recently promulgated standards, including GASB's statements on public-private and public-public partnerships, the transition from LIBOR, and IRC Section 457 deferred compensation; the AICPA's and GAO's auditing standards developments, and the standard setters' on-going projects likely to affect issuers and auditors in the near future.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:50am
Speaker
Confidence Coach

What if the only thing standing between you and greater success for your organization, your team, and your career is confidence? Much has been documented on how an over or under confident leader can create a negative environment and damage a team. In this session, Ben Fauske, a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and Trainer, respected researcher, and sought after consultant and author, will provide the secret pattern relied on by some of the greatest recording artists of the past half century to overcome their confidence challenges and achieve significant levels of success. Attendees will discover what happens to their confidence under stress, understand confidence bias and core beliefs of world-class influencers, and learn empowerment strategies to build their leadership capacity and the culture of their team.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Speaker
Executive Director
Participatory Budgeting Project
Speaker
Budget Manager
Mecklenburg County
Speaker
Enterprise Management Analyst
Mecklenburg County

Effective public engagement goes beyond website surveys, required public meetings, and ongoing conversations with interest groups. Governments, through the capital planning and budgeting process, allocate funding to invest in initiatives, projects, and services that can have a profound impact on the communities they serve. For an effective process, public engagement is not only a legal mandate, it is a necessity for identifying needs, understanding the complex social, environmental, and demographic factors in play, and being responsive to stakeholders. In this session, speakers will present case studies of how enhanced public engagement improved the decisions they made. Each case study will identify lessons learned on how to implement effective strategies for "real" public engagement.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Executive Manager of Finance
West Basin Municipal Water District
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Huntsville Utilities
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Plant City. FL

Governmental business-type entities (BTAs), such as public utilities, transit systems, airports, colleges, and hospitals occupy a special place in the world of accounting and financial reporting. Subject to GASB standards, including many based on old private-sector guidance, these governments have unique challenges. This session will be a discussion of current accounting and financial reporting topics of particular interest to BTAs, based on the experiences of current officials responsible for such entities. Likely topics include the impact on BTAs of recent GASB guidance, such as on leases, PPPs, interest capitalization and those that affect governments that follow regulatory accounting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Moderator
Director, Federal Liaison Center
GFOA
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of Stuart, FL
Speaker
Senior Vice President
Simmons Bank
Speaker
Director of Finance and Administrative Services
City of Riviera Beach, FL

Governments are on heightened alert regarding fraud matters that impact their entities, especially the treasury office. Of particular concern are the sophisticated methods being used by external players to commit fraud, including phishing scams, cyber attacks, and false vendor invoicing or banking information. Governments need to have strong prevention policies, procedures, and plans in place to identify and address fraud before it becomes a reality in the finance office. In this session, attendees will hear from experts in the field and fellow finance officers who have experienced instances of external fraud and cyber attacks about lessons-learned and discover appropriate tools to prevent and react to fraudulent schemes.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:40pm
Speaker
Budget Director
City of Chesapeake, VA
Speaker
Budget Coordinator
City of Evanston
Speaker
Finance Director
Village of Libertyville
Speaker
Municipal Services Director
Forecast5 Analytics
Speaker
Customer Success Associate
Questica

The recent rapid changes in the economy have brought to light the importance of long term financial planning and public engagement.

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Moderator
Manager
GFOA
Speaker
Budget Operations Manager
City of Kansas City, MO
Speaker
Controller
City of Los Angeles, CA

The availability of data has increased exponentially in recent decades. As the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence and natural language generation have emerged, organizing and searching big data has become easier, making this trend likely to continue. This increase in data availability in the private sector has left some government struggling to keep up. Financial information can be complex and nuanced and the rules governing how public money must be managed can be difficult to explain. This session will focus on how local governments can be transparent in an appropriate and responsible way. Speakers will offer ways how best to provide context to financial data as it’s shared with various audiences.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Finance Director
County of Chatham, GA
Speaker
Finance Director/Treasurer
City of Newport Beach, CA

If reserves are a hedge against risk, how do they complement the other risk management tools that local governments have at their disposal? In this session speakers will present case studies on how they have calibrated their reserves to the risks that they face. Speakers will also describe the process used to get there and how the analysis into the various risk factors, and the likely occurrence and impact of each, helped them think about reserves differently and prepare more effective risk management programs for their government and community.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Speaker
Enterprise Training & Development Coordinator
Citywide Training & Development
Moderator
Senior Manager
GFOA

Everyone, even finance officers, have biases. Some biases reside in our subconscious and are formed through our different life experiences. More importantly, our biases affect the decisions we make. How do we become more aware of them both personally and professionally? Dedicated life coach, trainer, and facilitator, Kenston Henderson Sr., will define what implicit bias is and how we can mitigate it. As the Citywide Training & Development Coordinator, he will also share the implicit bias programming the City of Columbus, OH offers its employees to help understand the diverse perspectives of the community they serve.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Finance/Accounting Consultant
University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Speaker
Director of Finance
City of Milpitas, CA
Speaker
Budget Director
Anoka County, MN

Incremental budgeting is easy, convenient, and readily accepted as a standard process in government. But is it the best approach? Incremental budgeting can make it difficult to reallocate funding based on current priority, compare funding to service levels or performance, or facilitate strategic long-term decision making. Unfortunately, many governments never test what is best because changing a key organizational process is difficult. This session will provide a plan forward using smaller (achievable) steps to build a better budget process. Speakers will discuss how they were able to initiate efforts to reform the budget process and how they overcame common challenges along the way.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:40pm
Speaker
Director of Research and Technical Activities
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
Speaker
Chief Project Manager
Ohio Auditor of State

Since issuing GASB 87, Leases, GASB has followed up not only with extensive implementation guidance for that statement but also with guidance on accounting and financial reporting for cloud computing and public-private (and public-public) partnerships that is explicitly based on the leases standard. This session will be an opportunity to review the authoritative literature and hear about governments that have begun or completed GASB 87 implementations. In addition, speakers will present on the similarities and differences between the newer guidance and lease accounting and provide tips that all governments can use to prepare for this next change.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 1:00pm to 1:50pm
Moderator/Speaker
Senior Manager, Research
GFOA
Moderator/Speaker
Senior Manager
GFOA
Moderator/Speaker
Director/Deputy Executive Director
GFOA
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
City of Portland
Moderator/Speaker
Consultant/Retired CEO, County of San Bernardino

Staff from GFOA's Research and Consulting Center will be available to answer questions on Fiscal First Aid techniques, approaches for helping governments balance their budgets during these difficult times.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
Moderator/Speaker
Manager of HR and Organizational Development
GFOA
Speaker
Confidence Coach

Most of us can recognize a good leader when we see one. Becoming one, however, can be much more challenge. Even after reading some of the best selling books on leadership, attending keynote lectures, or working with a leadership coach, many find it difficult to apply these principles into their day to day work. In this session, speakers will translate leadership theory into practice by providing practical and actionable steps to help you develop as a leader and integrate leadership into your organization.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
Moderator/Speaker
Co-Director, Center for Digital Government
e.Republic
Speaker
Head of Commercial Banking Identity & Access Management and Data Management, Protection and Privacy
J.P. Morgan Chase Commercial Banking Cybersecurity and Technology Controls

Ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent in government and each week we learn of additional governments that have become victim to these paralyzing hacks. While governments need to understand risks and prepare preventative strategies, they also must be prepared in the event you fall victim. Do you have a plan when you find your electronic files have become encrypted and cannot be unlocked unless you pay a ransom? Some governments have elected to give in to the criminals while other governments have decided to fight – often at great cost. Listen, as your peers and professionals in the industry discuss how to react in the even of ransomware attack, considerations for paying the ransom, other strategies you may have available to deal with this latest threat to our communities.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Moderator/Speaker
Investment Officer/Assistant Portfolio Manager
City & County of San Francisco
Speaker
Senior Treasury Analyst
Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
Speaker
Assistant City Manager/CFO
City of Weston, FL
Speaker
Chief Investment Officer
PMA Asset Management, LLC

Finance officers must stay aware of the many factors that impact a government's investments, especially given the new investment landscape in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. While the core principles of an investment strategy–liquidity, safety, and return–rest within a government’s investment policy, knowing about market conditions, current events, and investment products are important to ensure your entity's access to liquidity as well as maintain longer-term investment strategies. Speakers for this session will provide an economic update and expert predictions on interest rates and other factors related to government investing, provide an overview of new products that are being used by your peers, and engage in conversation about what governments need to do in order to prepare for investing post-COVID-19 crisis and in the years ahead.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:50am
Speaker
President
College of DuPage
Speaker
Controller
Chicago Public Schools

An audit committee provides an independent review and oversight of a government's financial reporting processes, internal controls, and independent auditors. GFOA's best practice guidance recommends that all governments establish an audit committee. This session will be based on GFOA's best practice statement and will provide answers to frequently asked questions on audit committees including: what should the committee do, who should serve and how much financial knowledge is required to serve, how often should the committee meet, what is the proper level of funding, and more.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of New Bedford, Massachusetts
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, Texas
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Surfside, FL
Speaker
Co-Founder / Director
Assetic

Capital infrastructure underpins the vitality of our communities. However, the investments required for good infrastructure are substantial. Effective asset management practices allow a local government to get the most bang for the buck across the asset’s life cycle. They also protect original investments in infrastructure by adequately maintaining assets. In this session, you will learn how different types of local governments have put in place strong asset management practices while respecting resource constraints.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Moderator
Managing Director, Public Finance Group (retired)
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Iowa Finance Authority
Speaker
Director of Finance
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York
Speaker
Head of Communications Strategy
Wells Fargo LIBOR Transition Office
Speaker
Managing Director
Mohanty Gargiulo LLC

Starting in 2022, the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) will replace the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as the benchmark for derivative and swap transactions in the municipal market. This session will summarize work done so far by representatives from GFOA to the Alternative Reference Rate Committee (ARRC) on the transition to the alternative rate. Speakers will also discuss how governments can understand their potential exposure and the complexities of the conversion process to inform on how all finance officers should approach existing and future transactions.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 11:00am to 11:50am
Speaker
Director of Finance
City of Lincoln. NE
Speaker
Vice President
Avero Infrastructure Advisors

Technology infrastructure has traditionally been left to the private sector. However, as technology becomes more integrated into our lives, it has become an indispensable utility. Citizens of communities without adequate technology infrastructure could find themselves with reduced educational and economic opportunities. This session will explore the role local government has in investing in technology infrastructure, either by encouraging private investment or through public investment.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:40pm
Moderator
Federal Policy Associate
GFOA

Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, HHS and federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole-of-America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. The number one priority is the health and safety of the American people. When using FEMA Public Assistance funds to procure goods and services during this pandemic state, local, tribal and territorial governments must follow the Code of Federal Regulations. Failure to follow the rules may place FEMA grant funding at risk. During this session FEMA’s Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) will address the rules and regulations covering emergency procurement of goods and services related to the COVID-19 pandemic and what state, local, tribal and territorial governments will need to do to receive FEMA reimbursement.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:40pm
Moderator/Speaker
Executive Director
Association of Climate Change Officers
Speaker
County Executive
Charles County, MD
Speaker
Director
Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando
Speaker
Vice President - Client Services
Hagerty Consulting
Speaker
Principal
Earth & Water Law Group

Climate change is real, but the type of change that governments will encounter and the severity of impact will likely differ. This session will explain how climate change impacts will be felt at a local level and discuss projected scenarios across the United States and Canada. As we continue to witness changes to sea-level, frequency of flooding or drought events, severe weather intensity, and long-term weather patterns, finance officers must understand the implications of climate change upon the health, security and economic vitality of their communities, and prepare those professionals to better manage financial risks and seize related opportunities. Speakers will identify key threats, mitigation strategies,and solutions so governments can start reacting on a local level to these global environmental trends.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Director of Finance/Information Technology
City of Lake Forest, Illinois
Speaker
Management Services Director
City of Chandler, AZ

It’s common for governments to develop multi-year plans. Oftentimes, though, plans are not comprehensive and are written as simple wish lists that change from year-to-year based on political considerations or the influence of outspoken citizen groups. To develop a true multi-year capital plan, governments need a structured approach to capturing capital needs, identifying both capital and operating financial impacts, prioritizing project requests, and developing appropriate funding strategies. Speakers in this session will highlight GFOA's best practice and provide case study examples of multi-year planning in governments of varying sizes, types, and complexity.


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