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.

14 Sessions

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.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm to 3:35pm

One of the most profound changes introduced by the Uniform Guidance covering federal grants relates to the reporting on and monitoring requirements for subrecipients.

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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:10pm

How transparent is your government? GFOA has long advocated for transparency in financial reporting. For governments, this means reporting to a variety of various stakeholders each with unique needs and interests.

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

Payroll is often the largest single cost object for a government, and good payroll administration is essential for a government's efficient operations, legal compliance, and internal control.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm

GASB 84, Fiduciary Activities, becomes effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018. Is your government ready?

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

2018 will be the first year for many government employers implement the new other post-employment benefit (OPEB) reporting standards This session will include how to address the implementation challenges of OPEB.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Many financial statement preparers dread the auditors showing up. Auditors may not look forward to engaging with certain clients. Learn how to have an effective audit – one that is meaningful, useful, and timely, affording satisfaction from all parties involved.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 - 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.