Conference Sessions

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Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
221-228
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Plant City
Speaker
Partner
BKD, LLP

Governments that issue tax exempt debt often include their audited financial statements in official statements issued as part of offering process. This session will examine what options governments have regarding the level of auditor involvement with their tax exempt bond issues, as well as recent changes to professional standards governing what external auditors must do when their audit clients are issuing tax exempt bonds.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
240 Complex
Moderator
Finance Director/Treasurer
Village of Villa Park, IL
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Mecklenburg County, NC
Speaker
Senior Manager
Plante Moran

As systems become integrated and more government information is housed on the internet, finance officers must be aware of the security risks and mitigating strategies for safeguarding sensitive information. This session will feature internet security experts to provide an overview of key elements of a security strategy focused for a non-technical audience.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
Ferrara Theater
Moderator/Speaker
Director of Finance
City of Roseville, CA
Speaker
Senior Manager
GFOA

Accounting for Investments is a complex and evolving area of government accounting. GASB has issued at least 15 statements that govern some aspect of accounting and financial reporting for investments. This session will cover the current accounting and financial reporting requirements for investments, including the definition of an investment, valuation of a variety of types of investments, external investment pools, investment derivatives, securities lending and repurchase agreements, as well as a preview of forthcoming guidance from GASB on majority equity interest holdings.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
276
Moderator
Senior Manager
GFOA

GFOA’s Urban Forum provides an opportunity for members of large governments to network and exchange information on topics unique to the demands of managing their large and complex entities. The forum is currently open to GFOA members in urban jurisdictions from the United States and Canada with metropolitan area populations of 1,000,000 or more. Delegates from urban jurisdictions are invited to attend, network, discuss current topics, and become part of ongoing discussions among GFOA members from large urban jurisdictions.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
220/229
Moderator
Director of Finance
City of Westerville, OH
Speaker
President
Sudsina & Associates, LLC
Speaker
Assistant City Adminsitrator/Chief Financial Officer
City of Franklin, TN

Small governments face numerous hurdles in their debt management program including in-house subject expertise. This session will focus on effective strategies for issuing debt, hiring outside professionals, meeting disclosure requirements, and utilizing checklists and policies and procedures to best manage these responsibilities through the lens of a small government.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
100-102
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System
Speaker
Senior Actuary
South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS)
Speaker
Vice President and Actuary
Build America Mutual

Pension-related balance sheet and income statements have become increasingly volatile, while regulatory requirements have expanded and become more complex, heightening the risks of incurring large costs. To address these problems, pension sponsors have been reducing risk and/or transferring it to another party. Presenters will discuss ways to diagnose and inventory pension risk factors, determine which risk factors to address, decide which approaches to use in mitigating risk (benefits, investments, contributions, insurance), and examine the overall impact on the pension system and its members.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator
Finance Director
City of Madison, WI
Speaker
Executive Director
State and Local Legal Center (SLLC)
Speaker
Executive Director
Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, Inc.
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Redmond, WA

The U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will hear a South Dakota case this spring involving the collection of sales taxes from online retail sales is expected to break the current gridlock on an issue that has divided members of Congress. This session will describe both the progress of the legislation to date and the potential outcome of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Listen to panelists discuss the potential outcomes of both for local governments.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
230 Complex
Moderator
Budget & Fiscal Officer
16th Circuit Court of Jackson, MO
Speaker
Chief Executive Officer
OpenGov
Speaker
Public Service Associate
Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
Speaker
Professor
Saint Louis University

The need for more civic engagement is largely in opposition with the complex financial information governments need to convey. Visuals are excellent for effectively communicating intricate ideas and data in a way that’s accessible to stakeholders who are not familiar with accounting, financial reporting, budgeting, investing, debt management, pension, and other financial information. In this session attendees will learn how and when to transform data sets into visual graphics, such as charts, bar graphs, scatterplots, heatmaps, infographics, and more. Expert presenters will also explain how to use different tools to enhance your storytelling and increase audience comprehension.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
100-102
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Rock Hill, SC
Speaker
Finance & Central Services Division Manager
Anoka County, MN
Speaker
Senior Training and Development Analyst
City of San Jose, CA

One strategy to address employee engagement and retention is to offer mentorship programs. But what does an effective mentoring program look like in a finance office? Speakers will discuss how they have developed their mentorship programs and their effect on engagement, retention, and overall professional development of employees.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
274
Speaker
Comptroller and Chief Fiscal Officer
City of St. Louis, MO

Please join the Black Caucus for our Annual Business Meeting. This year, we are pleased to have The Honorable Darlene Green, Comptroller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the City of St. Louis.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator/Speaker
Director, Rutgers Master's Program in Governmental Accounting
Rutgers Business School
Speaker
City Administrator
City of Liberty, SC
Speaker
Partner
Moss Adams LLP

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is in the midst of research involving whether the framework for going concern needs to be updated in light of many governments experiencing financial difficulty or oversight, but without the legal ability (or desire) to declare bankruptcy. In addition, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has released new auditing standards (SAS-132) updating the attestation and auditing of going concern. Learn about these new projects from the experts.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
240 Complex
Moderator
Controller, Accounting Division of the Bureau of Revenue and Financial Services
City of Portland, Oregon
Speaker
Senior Vice President & Actuary
Segal Consulting
Speaker
Senior Manager, Assurance Professional Practice
Crowe Horwath

With the implementation of GASB's pension and other postemployment benefit (OPEB) standards, some of the largest numbers and most detailed disclosures in a government's financial statements are calculated by actuaries. Yet, accountants and auditors must understand and work with these numbers - and the professionals who calculate them. In this session you will hear from actuaries and accountants about their respective roles and how to most effectively manage inter-dependency to facilitate timely and reliable pension and OPEB reporting.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
Room 221-228
Moderator
Deputy Director of Finance
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Speaker
Senior Vice President
Simmons Bank
Speaker
Director of Investments
Maryland State Treasurer's Office

While perhaps not the most exciting aspect of the treasury function, it is one of the most important - receiving and depositing monies. New tools to help with check processing, card processing and even handling actual currency are emerging in the marketplace, and governments should be aware of these options to help with this essential duty.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
220/229
Moderator/Speaker
Director of Sales
Grant Street Group
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of Fort Worth, TX
Speaker
Business Improvement & Performance Officer
Bernalillo County, NM

ERP systems traditionally have focused on finance, procurement, human resources, and payroll. However, governments do much more than what has been labeled as the "core" scope for an ERP project. Governments building a truely integrated system are able to connect with treasury management, utility billing, permitting, work management, inventory, tax systems and more. Attend this session to learn how to create a more efficient enterprise wide system that leverages your ERP system and provides opportunities for other departments throughout the organization.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
230 Complex
Moderator
Budget Manager
City of Plano, Texas
Speaker
Vice President, Ciber, Tech E&O
Aon Risk Services Central, Inc.

Cyberattacks on governments are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated, creating a risk that governments can no longer afford to ignore. Cyber insurance can help mitigate the financial risk associated with a cyberattack by covering expenses, such as legal defense costs, computer forensics, and breach notification and remediation. Experienced practitioners and industry experts will explain what cyber insurance does, what’s covered and what isn’t, why governments have problems buying coverage, what to look for in a cyber-insurance carrier.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
Ferrara Theater
Moderator
Finance Director
City of O'Fallon, MO
Speaker
Director of Finance
Village of Schaumburg, IL
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Bi-State Development Agency/METRO

Rarely, if ever, do governmental organizations have sole access and discretion in who or what they tax. With continued pressures to do more with less, governments make do with the revenue sources that are most readily accessible, often not taking into consideration how other governments may be drawing from the same "pool." This session will focus on how to collaborate with other governments within the same location to best optimize revenue sources and lessen the burden on the local tax base. Speakers will discuss examples from their organizations and tactics they used to effectively work with other overlapping jurisdictions.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
100-102
Moderator/Speaker
Chief Operating Officer
City of Santa Clara
Speaker
Senior Associate
Houseal Lavigne Associates
Speaker
Director of Finance
City of Lawrence, KS

Local governments offer financial incentives to private firms in hopes of encouraging development, creating jobs, and enhancing the local tax base, which will ultimately improve the community. However, the effectiveness of many of these incentives are questionable. The finance officer should take an active role in the analysis of development incentives and integrate this analysis into more comprehensive financial planning efforts. Overall, finance officers must ensure that any incentive offered creates a positive net impact on the community. At this session you will learn about how finance officers can and should contribute to the analysis of development incentives and play a vital role in economic development programs.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
274
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
District of Lake Country, British Columbia
Speaker
General Manager of Corporate Services, City Treasurer
City of Brantford, Ontario
Speaker
Director of Finance, Innovation & Technology/City Treasurer
The City of Fredericton
Speaker
Director of Corporate Performance/CIO
City of Saint John
Speaker
Senior Manager
Deloitte

This session will cover why continuous improvement is essential for Canadian municipalities to survive and thrive. The City of Saint John will share the successes and lessons learned from its continuous improvement journey.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
240 Complex
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of Raleigh, NC
Speaker
Partner
Perkins Coie LLP
Speaker
Deputy County Executive/CIO
Oakland County, MI

The cloud is no longer a novelty. The number of mature cloud customers is growing and the entire market is evolving creating both significant benefits for government, and lessons learned to discover both strengths and weaknesses. This session will address effective contract management practices for cloud services. Factors that will be discussed include service-level agreements, data and product ownership, liability, and transfer of services. Speakers will offer advice on how to avoid pitfalls in subscription contracts and how to best use cloud services to your benefit.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
230
Moderator
Director of Finance
City of Lincoln. NE
Speaker
Professor of Practice
University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Speaker
co-inventor
GOV360

When it comes to ethics, most people know the "right" thing to do. The problem is actually doing it in the face of pressures to do the "wrong" thing. In fact, ethical tragedies are usually the result of people who sit silently on the sidelines afraid or uncertain of what to do about a transgression. At this session you will learn a distinctive new approach to ethics, called "Giving Voice to Values," which is focused on how to enact the values that we already know-- think of it as a "self-defense class for your soul."

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
Hall 5
Moderator/Speaker
Director, Technical Services
GFOA
Speaker
Executive Director
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT)
Speaker
Chairman
Governmental Accounting Standards Board

This session, long a staple at the annual conference, will be joined this year by the GASB Chairman. Speakers will provide a comprehensive overview of the key developments in accounting, auditing, and financial reporting that affect state and local governments. Topics covered will include recently promulgated standards, upcoming implementations and related practice issues, as well as developments related to current GASB projects likely to affect issuers and auditors in the near future.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
Ferrara Theater
Moderator
Program Manager & Contributing Editor
The Bond Buyer
Speaker
Managing Director
SIFMA
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
Iowa Finance Authority
Speaker
Managing Director, Chief Municipal Analyst
Wells Fargo Advisors

The market has seen greater fluctuations over the last year than in the recent past. Experts will address the factors that are affecting the market and the types of products that are being used by governments to manage a changing interest-rate environment.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
Virginia College Savings Plan
Speaker
City Treasurer
City of Oklahoma City, OK
Speaker
Chief Deputy Treasurer
San Diego County Treasurer's Office
Speaker
CEO, Chief Investment Officer
Chandler Asset Management

GFOA recently released best practices on many facets related to a government’s investment program, stressing the importance of having robust and clear investment policies. This session will be split into two parts. In the first, speakers will discuss the essential components of an investment policy and the pros and cons for various strategies used by governments of all types and sizes. The second part will feature roundtable discussions where finance officers can trade lessons learned, ask questions of their peers, and compare investment strategies in use in your government.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
100-102
Moderator/Speaker
Deputy County Administrator
York County, Virginia
Speaker
Retired Director of Municipal Finance Services
State of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management
Speaker
Professor of Accounting
Radford University

Becoming a Certified Public Finance Officer is a great way to build and demonstrate your broad base of knowledge that will allow you to move from specialized roles into executive leadership positions in government finance. In this session you will learn about the CPFO program, including about the subjects and subject matter of the certifying exams, and also learn about some exciting new developments.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
Ferrara Theater
Moderator
Village Administrator
Germantown, WI
Speaker
Budget Director
City of Dubuque, IA
Speaker
President
National Civic League
Speaker
Senior Budget Analyst
City of Dubuque, IA

Public participation in government is an essential part of our democratic tradition. Local government, as the government closest to the people, is uniquely positioned to rehabilitate our democratic capacities. However, the conventional approach to public engagement is often painful for all involved and produces little useful insight for decision making. Fortunately, it doesn't need to be that way. At this session you will hear from local governments who have used unconventional models of public engagement. You will learn what they did, how it helped them, and how you can do the same for your community.


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