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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4 Sessions

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 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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Speaker
Director of Accounting
City of Detroit
Speaker
Deputy Treasurer
Town of Cary, NC
Speaker
Director of Finance
Township of Upper St. Clair, PA

Governments make payments every day through a variety of methods, including checks, ACH, wire transfers, procurement cards, cash, and other methods. It is critical that governments have appropriate policies and procedures in place, as well as efficient payable processes, to ensure timely payments, maintain government operations, and prevent against fraud. The use of emerging payables technologies can help make governments more efficient and streamline processes, but can also add challenges and risks if proper controls are not implemented. This session will provide attendees with an overview of payables methods typically used by governments, examine the third-party relationships required and available for governments to make payments, and discuss strategies for implementing new technologies in the treasury office.

Monday, June 22, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
Moderator
Accountant
City of Peoria
Moderator/Speaker
Treasurer
St. Louis County, MO
Speaker
Treasury Management Division Manager for U.S. Government Banking and Canada
Wells Fargo Bank
Speaker
Finance & Central Services Division Manager
Anoka County, MN

There are myriad ways in which governments can embrace technology solutions in the treasury office to better facilitate receivable and payable functions. These include integrating treasury data and procedures into government-wide ERP systems, facilitating cash and check handling in a more streamlined and anti-fraud manner, and accepting customer payments using new technology platforms. Embracing technology solutions can also enhance processes when physical operations are limited as staff works remotely. Finance officers should be aware of solutions that can assist with the processing of treasuring functions, know about technology solutions that can assist with preventing fraud, and what may be on the horizon that could be of value to your government’s treasury operations.