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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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 - 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.

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 - 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 - 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.

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.

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

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

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

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 - 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

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 - 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 - 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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 - 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.

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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