Conference Sessions

A tentative schedule for sessions at the 2018 annual conference is listed below. Speakers for all sessions will be announced in February 2018.

Note: As GFOA continues to refine the program, additional sessions may be added.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:20am to 12:00pm

Health-care benefits account for a huge percentage of a government’s expenses, so failing to manage them effectively is not an option. This session will explain some of the keys to containing costs long term, including price transparency, virtual care, and population health management.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:20am to 12:00pm

2018 will be the first year for many government employers implement the new other post-employment benefit (OPEB) reporting standards This session will include how to address the implementation challenges of OPEB.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

If in five years your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system looks like the same system you first installed, you have failed to leverage your technology investment. This session will focus on the period just after the "go-live" and how to provide long-term support for your ERP system.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

All governments face uncertainty. However, unexpected events can severely jeopardize an unprepared government's ability to provide services. Governments must plan for the impact of natural disasters and economic disturbances, both for the immediate aftermath and the long-term implications.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Finance officers are often trained on how to generate a return on investment from financial assets, develop process improvements that generate greater efficiencies, and manage infrastructure that provides optimal service over its lifespan.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Selecting a plan provider/record-keeper and letting them handle everything puts your government at risk!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

GASB 87 on leases will become effective for periods beginning after December 15, 2019, but if you're thinking this can be placed on the back burner for a while, think again. The new lease accounting is going to require quite a lot of advanced preparation.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as investors, continue to stress the importance of good disclosure practices.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

A budget can be simply defined as the financial plan that works toward achieving an organization's goals. Unfortunately, few of us dedicate adequate time and effort to outline these goals.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

One of a government's main fiscal concerns is achieving sustainable funding for its pension and OPEB plans. Failing to fund the plans properly leads to compromised long-term investment performance and, ultimately, higher required employer contributions.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

This session will look at the changing federal regulatory landscape and provide attendees with an understanding of the regulatory framework over outside advisors and what each can and cannot do for governments.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Popular technology research often overlooks smaller government situations and assumes that smaller organizations have large information technology departments at their disposal like their larger counterparts.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

GASB 84, Fiduciary Activities, becomes effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. Is your government ready?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Does it seem like the accountants in your organization speak a foreign language? Come learn how to say "hello" and "I am not an accountant" in accountant-speak!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10pm

The Treasury office is on the front line of government payables and receivables. As such, strong internal controls addressing a variety of operations is essential.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Every local government strives to engage its employees, but it is often difficult to know what employee engagement truly means for both employees and the organization as a whole.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Emergency response and recovery efforts following a disaster are just the start.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Wellness plans have become accepted as a strategy for increasing engagement, reducing health-care costs, and improving overall employee health, but the results have been mixed. How well do wellness plans really work?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Payroll is often the largest single cost object for a government, and good payroll administration is essential for a government's efficient operations, legal compliance, and internal control.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

How transparent is your government? GFOA has long advocated for transparency in financial reporting. For governments, this means reporting to a variety of various stakeholders each with unique needs and interests.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

Want to learn more about how to make that budget book resonate with your governing body and community? How about learning more on how to improve the budget process that drives all that goes into the book too?

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

According to our CAFRs, infrastructure is our most valuable asset! Local governments can make investments to maximize the useful life and value of these assets. However, traditional capital planning and budgeting techniques often minimize the importance of infrastructure upkeep.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

Governments are being hit by an ever-increasing number of cyberattacks that range from targeting citizens’ private information to stealing funds. Without appropriate measures, including risk management, cyber insurance, and business continuity plans, government data are at risk.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

To operate sustainably, governments have to maintain adequate levels of fund balance to effectively mitigate and manage current and future risks.