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.

76 Sessions

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

We may all just seem like "finance" staff to the uninitiated, but the languages/mindsets of accounting versus budgeting staff are often not so readily transferable.

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.

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

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

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.

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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

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

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

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.

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 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm

Open to attendees age 40 and under, this interactive speed networking session is designed for attendees to meet and exchange ideas.

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.

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.

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

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


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