Conference Sessions

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Room: 
221-228
Moderator
Director of Finance
City of Lincoln. NE
Speaker
Associate Professor of Accounting
Middle Tennessee State University
Speaker
Deputy Ethics Counselor
United States Government Accountability Office

Today’s world presents not only technical challenges for today’s finance leader, it also presents ethical challenges. This session will provide timely insight on ethics and what it means to act with a high degree of integrity.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
230 Complex
Moderator
Chief Audit Executive
City and County of San Francisco, CA
Speaker
State Auditor
State of Missouri
Speaker
Director & Assistant Professor
St. Louis University
Speaker
Principal Auditor
City and County of San Francisco, CA
Speaker
Vice President
Stroz Friedberg

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. In this session, experts will explain how to defend against online fraudsters and detail creative and innovative solutions to cyber security, even if your government faces budget and staffing constraints.

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."

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
Room: 
230 Complex
Moderator
Director of Finance
City of Dublin, OH
Speaker
Deputy County Administrator
Sonoma County
Speaker
Director of Emergency Management
St. Louis County, MO
Speaker
Disaster Recovery & Resilience Manager
City/County of San Francisco

Local governments face disasters ranging from recurring storms to "once-in-a-generation" natural disasters. Disaster preparedness using tools provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), such as threat hazard identification and risk assessment methodology, can help reduce uncertainty. This session will cover different disaster preparedness strategies, including disaster identification and risk analysis methods, intergovernmental disaster response networks, and financial management strategies. It will also provide cases of how local governments coordinated and planned their disaster response from start to finish with a focus on special considerations for the finance office.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Room: 
240 Complex
Moderator/Speaker
Deputy Finance Director
City of Westerville, OH
Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of Eugene, OR
Speaker
Director of Finance, Innovation & Technology/City Treasurer
The City of Fredericton

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. Speakers will address how to resolve any unresolved items from your go-live punch-list and build the internal capacity to grow a system effectively. Attendees will learn what staff positions and skills you need to develop your system, how to best triage issues, and how to determine when enhancements are needed.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. In this session, attendees will explore the many meanings of employee engagement and how to create engagement opportunities for employees. From helping employees become more productive to boosting office morale to emphasizing the mission of your organization, you will come away from this session with new tools to improve your employees' experiences.

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 10:20am to 12:00pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator
Deputy Finance Director
City of Redmond
Speaker
Director of Financial Management
City of Long Beach, California
Speaker
Finance Director
City of Madison, WI
Speaker
General Manager of Financial Services Group/Director of Finance
City of Vancouver

The exercise of budgeting is ongoing and far-reaching. It impacts every aspect of an organization's operations on a daily, if not hourly basis. Budget monitoring and performance management are key tools to regularly examine an organization's operations to identify any potential shortcomings and to find ways to make early course corrections. This session will include examples and dialogue from several organizations on their monitoring and performance measurement practices and how these relate to GFOA's new and recently updated best practices on these two essential topics.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Room: 
221-228
Moderator
Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Director
Lucas County Commissioners
Speaker
City Economist
City of Portland, OR
Speaker
Managing Director, Chief Economist
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated

Governments are not immune to economic and business cycles and are often impacted in both the near and longer term with lagging revenues after recovery from a downturn. With the current, continued economic boom, this session will talk about trends in the economy and what governments can do now to help protect themselves from the inevitable economic downturn. Learn more from experts on how you can best analyze the current environment and potential impacts to your organization and how to develop strategies to help ensure financial sustainability for your organization to continue serving the needs of your constituents.

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator/Speaker
Deputy County Administrator
York County, Virginia
Speaker
Chief Financial Officer
City of Grand Rapids

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. As a result, budget meetings and conversations can often veer towards noble, but unclear objectives or be spent discussing strategies for re-arranging costs with little focus on what will be achieved. In this session attendees will learn how to lay the foundation to engage leaders, elected officials, and the public to keep budget discussions focused on goals and can be used to set the overall direction for budget conversations.

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator/Speaker
Director of Business Services
Ascension Parish School Board
Speaker
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer
College of DuPage

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. Speakers will explain the need for governments to do a comprehensive search of contracts, including many that may not even have previously been thought of as leases. The course will cover accounting for contracts that combine use of assets with services, and identify the key contract provisions that will need to be analyzed in order to properly assess each lease's term and the appropriate effective interest rate to distinguish asset value from financing costs. A review of available and developing technology to manage and account for leases will also be included.

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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:10am
Room: 
223-226
Moderator/Speaker
Assistant Finance Director
City of San Antonio, TX
Speaker
Partner
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Emergency response and recovery efforts following a disaster are just the start. Federal assistance to local governments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies may literally be life-saving, but they come with strings attached and can be pulled back if governments do not comply with extensive compliance requirements. In this session an experienced auditor and a disaster-aid recipient government official will share their insights regarding meeting compliance requirements, documentation, and what to expect from independent and federal auditors during their testing of recovery grant expenditures.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
100-102
Moderator
Budget & Fiscal Officer
16th Circuit Court of Jackson, MO
Speaker
Interim Division Manager for the Asset Systems Management
City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Speaker
Town Administrator
Town of Berlin, MD
Speaker
Past President, Chair of Committee on America's Infrastructure
American Society of Civil Engineers

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. At this session you will learn how to structure your planning and budgeting process to give asset preservation its due consideration. Speakers will provide specific asset upkeep strategies that have been employed successfully from leading governments.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
Room: 
100-102
Moderator
Deputy County Executive/CIO
Oakland County, MI
Speaker
Chief Technology Officer
Dinocrates Group LLC
Speaker
Managing Director Education, Health and Public Service
Accenture
Speaker
Blockchain Leader, US Public Market
IBM

In many ways, it feels like the future is now. Advancements in technology are occurring at a pace that makes time irrelevant. Local governments should learn how the next wave of technologies can impact their affairs. GFOA will assemble a panel of experts to offer a glimpse into the future and will cover trends and potential developments. From cloud technologies to the Internet-of-things to blockchain, the panel will discuss what is coming next and the potential impacts on governments and the field of public finance.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
230 Complex
Moderator
Administrative Services Director
City of Sausalito, CA
Speaker
Chief Facilitator
Innovations In Training
Speaker
Administrative Services/Finance Director
City of Ontario, CA

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. It isn’t easy to manage people, so how can we be effective managers and still create an environment to retain employees and keep them engaged? Learn about common mistakes that managers make and strategies on how we can positively shape the work environment.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Room: 
240 Complex
Moderator
Department Fiscal Administrator
City of San Antonio, TX
Speaker
Allan Baumgarten's Health Market Reviews and Consulting
Speaker
Vice President and Director of Research
Public Agenda
Speaker
Health and Group Benefits Leader
Towers Watson

Studies suggest that price transparency in health care could create an annual savings of more than $36 billion in medical costs – if patients and providers could get price information easily. However, that simply isn’t possible, and as consumers, governments are at a significant disadvantage in shopping for health care. Price information is not transparent, and making comparisons across options is not easy. Attend this session to understand the issues and to learn what steps governments can take to obtain the information they need in order to make more informed decisions about their health-care benefits.

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.

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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator/Speaker
Comptroller
New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority, the New York City Transitional Finance Authority, the Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation, Sales Tax Receivable Corporation
Speaker
Partner
RubinBrown, LLP

A government's reporting and disclosure about its debt is one of the most scrutinized elements of its financial reporting. This session will review the current GASB guidance related to accounting and financial reporting for debt. Pronouncements reviewed will include GASB Statement No. 86, Certain Debt Extinguishment Issues, as well as the GASB Exposure Drafts on Accounting for Interest Costs During the Period of Construction and Certain Disclosures Related to Debt.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
223-226
Moderator
Senior Program Manager
GFOA
Speaker
City Manager
City of Burnsville, Minnesota
Speaker
Controller/Deputy Mayor
City of Lawrence, IN
Speaker
Director of the Department of Finance
City of Roanoke, VA

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? This session will focus on creating budget books that align with GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award criteria and a budget process that incorporates GFOA's best practice guidelines. Presenters will share examples of budget books that clearly communicate an organization's objectives and financial information and also share insights on how to make your budget process more effective.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
Room: 
Ferrara Theater
Moderator
Controller
Municipality of Anchorage, AK
Speaker
Senior Budget Analyst
City of Dubuque, IA
Speaker
City Manager
City of Calistoga
Speaker
Manager, Financial Planning
District of North Vancouver

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.

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.


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