Conference Sessions

GFOA’s 113th Annual Conference was held on May 19-22, 2019, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It included more than 75 concurrent sessions featuring leading practitioners, subject matter experts, and top researchers. Each session contained 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. Information on each session including speakers, bios, handouts, and more is available below.

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Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
403 A
Moderator
Senior Manager, RCC
GFOA
Speaker
Corporate Controller
City of Winnipeg’s Corporate Finance Department
Speaker
Director of Finance
City of Colwood, BC

GFOA's Canadian Update will focus on best practices and feature case study examples from two recent recipients of GFOA's Award for Excellence. This session will also include a facilitated discussion around the state of "best practice" implementation in Canadian governments.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 3:35pm to 4:50pm
Room: 
Hall G
Moderator
Managing Director, Public Finance Group
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Speaker
Treasurer
State of California

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA will address several hot topics her administration is facing in California similar to states across the United States. Come to this session to hear about the vital role of the municipal bonds in the capital markets, advocacy for affordable housing and other current challenges facing local government, such as marijuana tax revenues and pensions. Treasurer Ma will discuss some of the policy challenges and solutions of her administration and provide food for thought as other states address similar challenges

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 3:50pm to 5:05pm
Room: 
411
Moderator/Speaker
Senior Policy Advisor
GFOA
Speaker
Assistant General Manager
City of Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department

GFOA's Black Caucus supports the aspirations and achievements of African-American public finance officers, helps them pursue professional development opportunities, and sponsors projects which assist African-Americans seeking careers in government finance.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
403 A
Moderator
Senior Manager, Membership Engagement
GFOA
Speaker
Communications Manager
City of Tigard
Speaker
Budget Officer
City of Thousand Oaks, California

When engaging the public on finance and budget-related matters on social media, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. What works for a large city probably doesn’t work for a small town. Similarly, different types of organizations may find they need a different approach to attract followers. At this session, speakers will provide examples from a variety of organizations who use social media but adopt different approaches. Speakers will also discuss how to effectively present finance and budget-related topics to citizens and how all organizations can engage the public through video, polling, and more.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Room: 
151
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of Asheville, NC
Speaker
National Public Sector Health Practice Leader
Segal Consulting
Speaker
Controller
City of Asheville

Self-insuring your employee health benefit offers the potential for substantial cost saving. However, it could entail some risk. At this session, you will hear from local governments who have self-insured their employee health plans and have done it well. You will learn the strategies they used to keep their plans financially strong, provide a quality benefit for employees, and mitigate the potential for unexpected losses.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am
Room: 
152
Speaker
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Kansas City, MO
Speaker
Senior Vice President, Market Leader
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Speaker
Deputy Treasurer
Town of Cary, NC

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
PeTree D
Moderator
Deputy Finance Director
City of Charlotte
Speaker
Director of Research and Technical Activities
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
Speaker
Director of Business Services
Ascension Parish School Board

GASB continues to evaluate making changes to its reporting model which received its last comprehensive review in the project leading to the adoption of GASB Statement No. 34 issued in 1999. Speakers will provide an update on this important project. Attend so you can provide feedback to the GASB and comment on how these potential changes will affect your government.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:30pm
Room: 
151
Moderator/Speaker
City Manager (retired)
City of San Clemente, CA
Speaker
Director of Professional Services
Benchmark Analytics
Speaker
Director of Planning and Research (retired)
Houston Police Department

Government budgets are driven upward by personnel costs and related benefits. Generally, one of the biggest personnel budgets belongs to the police department. However, the nature of services that police do exposes local governments to additional financial risk. While they make headlines across the country for the social impact, everything from car accidents, bias and discrimination lawsuits, employee relations issues, to excessive force cases and more can have a significant financial impact. This session will features speakers that help discuss some of these difficult issues from the perspective of a finance officer and provide recommendations for how to limit the financial risk that is inherent within public safety.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
PeTree C
Moderator
Chief Financial Officer
City of Aurora
Speaker
Executive Vice President
Alliant Insurance Services
Speaker
Vice President
Swiss Re
Speaker
Senior Vice President
SwissRe
Speaker
Division Director
City of Miami Beach

Insurance helps protect against the consequences of rare events that have a big, negative impact. However, because the events that insurance protects against are rare, we often don’t think much about it as we should. In this session we will examine some of the latest trends in using insurance to protect against risk. You will also see how insurance and other risk management strategies complement each other. Attend this sesson to hear from insurance industry experts as well as government practitioners who have sought to optimize their government’s approach to insurance, thereby better protecting their community from the unexpected.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 2:40pm to 3:55pm
Room: 
Hall G
Moderator/Speaker
Associate Professor, School of Accountancy & MIS
DePaul University
Speaker
Chief Inspector
U.S. Marshals Service

The city comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, stole $53 million of public funds across 20 years–making her the perpetrator of the largest case of municipal fraud in American history. She used the funds to build one of the nation’s leading quarter horse-breeding empires, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and neglect of public infrastructure. While extreme, her story provides learning opportunities for all local governments to better protect themselves against the next case of fraud. Speakers will share their unique and direct experience with this situation and provide recommendations for all governments.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 8:30am to 10:10am
Room: 
PeTree C
Speaker
Chief Administrative Officer
Montgomery County
Speaker
Director, Office of the Budget
Regional Municipality of York
Speaker
Co-Founder
ResourceX
Speaker
Finance/Accounting Consultant
University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Moderator
Senior Program Manager
GFOA

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
Room: 
403 A
Moderator
Administrative Services/Finance Director (retired)
City of Ontario, CA
Speaker
Budget and Program Evaluation Manager
City of Madison
Speaker
Assistant City Administrator
City of Smithville, MO

Much attention has been put on governments' need to recruit the next generation of finance officers. But what do you do once they are hired? This session will discuss how to on-board your new finance staff and ensure they become effective components of the finance staff. The session will also feature case studies from GFOA's recently released research paper titled Realizing the Best of Both Worlds: An Engaged Workforce and More Satisfied Citizens on how to create and maintain a culture that encourages shared mission and goals between the organization and its staff.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
151
Moderator
Senior Manager
GFOA
Speaker
Chief Budget Officer
City of Savannah, GA
Speaker
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
City of Detroit, MI
Speaker
Director of Office of Management & Budget
Montgomery County, OH

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

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:10pm
Room: 
Hall G
Moderator
Past Controller
Chicago Public Schools
Speaker
Director, Technical Services
GFOA
Speaker
Executive Director
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT)
Speaker
Chairman
Governmental Accounting Standards Board

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 and upcoming implementations with related practice issues as well as developments related to current GASB projects likely to affect issuers and auditors in the near future.