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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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?

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

Common legal roles in bond transactions are issuer counsel, bond counsel, underwriter counsel, disclosure counsel, and special tax counsel. For issuers that are infrequently in the market, distinguishing between who to

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

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.

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.

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

What is going on in the world of public pensions? This session will highlight trends seen across pension plans and the implications that they have on state and local government finance offices.

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.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

Financial sustainability is more likely if everyone is working towards that goal. However, finance officers sometimes feel that the actions of department heads or independent elected officials are not financially sustainable.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

GFOA will host a networking session designed specifically for governments that have achieved an AAA rating. This session will allow delegates to discuss the unique challenges in achieving and maintaining that esteemed rating.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Moderator
Senior Manager
GFOA

How do you use your budget process to best align resources and student outcomes? Strong collaboration between the finance and academic teams is a starting point and plays a crucial role in GFOA's Best Practices in School Budgeting for improving your district's budget process. In addition, the budget process framework recommendations include guidelines for better stakeholder engagement, improved goal setting, developing comprehensive strategies to achieve goals, long-term financial planning, and creating a budget document that tells your district’s “story.” This session will include practical examples from districts who are implementing GFOA's best practice recommendations and also highlight resources readily available to any district looking to improve its budget process.

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.

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.

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

Local governments need revenues. However, the way in which those revenues are raised matters. If taxes or fees are seen as unfair or are levied on a weak part of the local economy, then those revenues - and the local government - will not be healthy for the long-run.

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.

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

As more options for electronic payments become available, local governments may look to new technology as a way to better serve the public.

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

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.

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

Small governments have a fiduciary duty to understand and implement investing policies and procedures. However, with minimal resources and this can be difficult.

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.

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

Just about every organization has something called a strategic plan, but few truly have a plan to use that information in a strategic way throughout the budget process.

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?

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.

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

It is challenging to prepare for the role of a chief financial officer. Each day is different, being flexible and learning on the job is key, and navigating how to provide technical expertise while communicating in a political environment can be difficult.

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.


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