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.

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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.

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

Capital planning presents unique challenges, from tracking the progress of projects to projecting the facilities that will be needed to meet future service needs.

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

Governments procuring banking services face a daunting task of understanding the often complex and confusing series of bank service
fees. This session will work to decode the mystery and provide tips for governments to gain a level of transparency in banking service procurement.

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 - 1:30pm to 2:20pm

Becoming a Certified Public Finance Officer is a great way to build and demonstrate your broad base of knowledge that will allow you to move from specialized roles into executive leadership positions in government finance.

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.

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.

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

In many ways, it feels like the future is now. Advancements in technology are occurring at a pace that makes time irrelevant. Local governments should learn how the next wave of technologies can impact their affairs.

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

There is no question that schedule delays and cost over-runs are bad, but when they occur on a highly visible capital project, the

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.

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

The actuarial valuation report is the basic source for information about the funded status of pension and other post-employment benefit (OPEB) plans, especially now that funding information is no longer automatically provided in financial reports.

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

Governments are looking more and more to technology to assist with revenue collections and operations of the treasury office. At the same time, citizens and customers are looking for modern conveniences in bill paying that requires using the same technologies.

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.

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 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Capital assets are expensive -- not just to procure, but also to operate and maintain. This session will discuss infrastructure financing strategies across the entire life cycle of an asset, including debt, partnering with private firms, federal incentives, and more.

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 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Do you want to get more involved with GFOA? We are constantly looking for members who are willing to share their stories, develop their skills, and help advance public finance.

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

As bond rating agencies update their rating criteria, governments should be aware of these changes and become acquainted with the factors the agencies look for when rating their government’s bonds.

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

Governments accepting payment cards must be aware of and comply with industry standards to ensure a secure processing environment.

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 - 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.

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

Health-care benefits account for a huge percentage of a government’s expenses, so failing to manage them effectively is not an option. This session will explain some of the keys to containing costs long term, including price transparency, virtual care, and population health management.

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