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.

The complete program for the GFOA annual conference is now available below.

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

While every state and local government will eventually develop and adopt a budget, the process to arrive at that final plan can differ substantially. Over time, several common approaches to budgeting have emerged. This session will explain the difference between common approaches including incremental budgeting, zero-base budgeting, target-base budgeting, performance-base budgeting, priority-base budgeting, budgeting for outcomes, and more. Practitioners with experience using each method will discuss advantages, disadvantages, cautionary tales, and overall preferences.

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

GFOA recommends that governments procure banking services through an RFP process, which are discussed in GFOA’s RFP for Banking Services Checklist. Industry experts will discuss how governments should determine their banking services needs related to credit card processing, cash management, and general treasury operations, and know the types of banking services available. In addition to establishing the criteria for a banking services RFP, Industry experts will also address selecting the right bank for your entity, negotiating banking services contracts and fees associated with various services

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am
Speaker
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Beauceron Security Inc.

This session will explore a case study in cybercrime. Speakers will discuss how the victims discovered their systems were compromised and the impacts of the intrusion. Speakers will also describe the steps victims took to successfully (or unsuccessfully) address the issue. The session will close with prevention techniques including non-technology solutions organizations should consider such as retaining legal expertise, technology insurance, and other measures often overlooked or ignored.

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

As the current state of other post-employment benefits (OPEB) continues to evolve, certain trends have begun to emerge. This session will review findings of recent research to provide a snapshot of what public-sector employers are doing to manage this growing costs. Join this discussion to learn what current or past practices could be implemented to help prepare for this changing landscape.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am
Speaker
Partner
RubinBrown, LLP

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. This will have significant ramifications in terms of increasing the level of long-term debt reported by governments that use leased facilities and equipment in their operations. Speakers for this session will provide practical implementation tips including a walk-through of the steps required for analyzing and recording example leases under GASB 87, inferring interest rates when the rate charged by the lessor is unknown, and the use of GFOA’s lease resource tool.

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

Referenda are an important tool for funding the business of local government, but they're hardly straightforward. A government's finance officer should play a crucial role in putting referendum proposals in perspective from the fiscal standpoint. Finance officers can provide a thorough analysis about funding that will help the organization put together a referendum that uses taxpayer money effectively and answer residents' concerns about whether the money is really needed and how it will be spent — without any political spin. In this session, finance officers who have extensive experience with referendums will share their tips and ideas to help you make the most of this funding tool.

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

Budgeting requires funding services to meeting community conditions. For most governments, the traditional budget process supports maintaining the status quo, but this is not always appropriate. Rising costs, changing demographics, societal pressures, economic development, and major challenges facing a community from job loss to opioids to homelessness to gentrification can cause significant shifts in service demand and delivery. What is a finance officer’s role in helping operating departments through these changing service needs? Speakers will discuss lessons learned and how they have worked with operating departments to address challenges related to budgeting for changing service levels and developing public services to meet an ever-dynamic environment

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Speaker
Bond Program Manager
City of Dallas, Texas

GFOA's Committees have recently developed a number of best practices that provide guidance to finance officers in all types of organizations on how to organize, manage, and implement an effective capital improvement and capital asset management program. Leading practitioners will highlight GFOA's best practices provide examples of capital planning policies, capital asset management, capital reserve and replacement policies, and procedures for capitalizing and tracking assets and asset improvements.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

There has been discussion on Defined Contribution (DC) asset allocation and trying to convert them to lifetime income streams. Several plans are looking into re-designing their DC plans. The session begins by examining the current landscape for DC plans, and understanding the fiduciary duties.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Moderator
Founder and CEO
Neighborly

Blockchain, cyber currency, and practical applications of distributed ledger technology. While government adoption of this technology has been limited thus far, it holds much promise for the future. This session will provide an overview of blockchain technology as well as a discussion of actual applications and what all finance officers need to know about future potential impacts on financial management.