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.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

Most governments understand the importance of fiscal transparency. Many share financial data in various formats to satisfy compliance reporting requirements, build trust with citizens, and/or satisfy basic accountability and good governance.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

This session will explore a case study in cyber crime. Speakers will discuss how the victims discovered that their systems were compromised and the impact of the intrusion. Speakers will also describe the steps victims took

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

Having an internal audit function provides government officials with an important tool to monitor and evaluate internal control activities that are essential to meeting their government’s objectives.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

When the disaster itself is over, governments need to help the community recover and rebuild.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

While every (state and local) government will eventually develop and adopt a budget, the process in which they use to get to that final plan can differ substantially. Over time, several common approaches to budgeting have emerged.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am

According to the most recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the physical condition and needed investment for infrastructure in the United States was graded a D+.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently approved amendments to Rule 15c-212 that will affect the entire municipal bond market. While the SEC Rules do not directly require issuers of municipal securities to adhere to

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
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Utility finance requires detailed knowledge in rate setting, enterprise accounting, asset management, and understanding regulations. This networking group is composed of GFOA members from utility organizations and municipalities that operate utilities.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Finance officers and human resource managers make up and provide core administrative services that in many organizations are split into two departments. This can lead to tension, conflict, and inefficiency.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Government services must be able to withstand not just natural disasters, but also other emergencies such as terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and IT fraud. Ensuring your government’s ability to provide essential services during and after a disaster means planning to protect its IT.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

Every local government finance officer worries about fraud both internal and external to the Finance office. Fraud and counterfeiting schemes continue to pop up around the country, leaving many local governments searching for ways to protect themselves.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

By design, government makes tough and difficult decisions every day.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Governments can turn to a “contracted CFO” by bringing in a consultant or contract worker to serve the duties regularly held by a full-time employee.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Ten years after the Great Recession, the market landscape has changed significantly for local governments. As interest rates continue to grow, local governments may begin to reevaluate their existing investment policies.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Since the Great Recession, defined contribution (DC) plans have increasingly garnered attention among public employers.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

With increasing health-care costs, local governments are looking into self-funded employee health insurance. What does being self-funded mean and what does it entail? This session will feature speakers that have adopted this cost containment strategy, their results, and lessons learned.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

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.

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.

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

Governments can’t predict disasters, but they can plan for them. Establishing procedures in advance is the key to handling an emergency of any scale as effectively as possible.

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

Are we headed for a recession? Some economists are worried economic expansion will not continue and warn to tread cautiously. Recognizing strong revenues might not continue, and some governments are already preparing for a bear market.

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.


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