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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Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

In a recent survey, GFOA asked members questions about recent job changes and results touched on an interesting point: the primary factor driving many finance officers to change jobs was their boss.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Governments procuring banking services face a daunting task of understanding the often complex and confusing series of bank service
fees. This session will work to decode the mystery and provide tips for governments to gain a level of transparency in banking service procurement.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

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

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

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.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

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.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

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.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

While perhaps not the most exciting aspect of the treasury function, it is one of the most important - receiving and depositing monies.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

Cyberattacks on governments are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated, creating a risk that governments can no longer afford to ignore.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

Rarely, if ever, do governmental organizations have sole access and discretion in who or what they tax.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

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?

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm

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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Governments that issue tax exempt debt often include their audited financial statements in official statements issued as part of offering process.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

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.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

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.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

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.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Small governments face numerous hurdles in their debt management program including in-house subject expertise.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

The need for more civic engagement is largely in opposition with the complex financial information governments need to convey.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

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.