Webinars 2018

07 March 2018 RSVP HERE

Local governments play a key role in funding, operating and maintaining infrastructure; however, governments are facing a serious infrastructure deficit and are struggling to find new ways to finance the needed expansions, upgrades and repairs. Meeting the infrastructure financing challenge has emerged as one of the most urgent issues facing the country. To bridge the financing gaps, local governments have turned to creative ways of financing public infrastructure investments. In this session we describe the range of local infrastructure financing mechanisms currently in use. Then we describe recent innovations in local infrastructure financing and illustrate these new options. We will encourage the audience to share their innovations. We also engage the audience in discussing some of the challenges in implementing these new alternatives.


  • Can Chen, Ph.D., assistant professor of public administration, Dept. of Public Administration, Florida International University
  • John Bartle, Ph.D., fellow, National Academy of Public Administration, dean of College of Public Affairs and Community Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Moderator: Kia Lor, PMP, CMP, meetings and CEAR Program manager

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to identify/learn:

  • Traditional practices in infrastructure finance.
  • Innovations in infrastructure funding, such as new taxes and value capture.
  • New financing mechanisms, including credit assistance and new bond and debt financing tools.
  • New financial arrangements, such as public-private partnerships, philanthropic options and investment funds.
  • Limitations and challenges in implementing new financing options

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Fraud Data Analytics
13 June 2018 RSVP HERE
Previous Sessions:
Sept. 13 | 2–3:50 p.m. ET | 2 CPEs | FOS: PD
Communications and Leadership
Did you know that 90 percent of a leader’s job on any given project is communication, according to the Project Management Institute? Leaders set the tone and model the behavior they want from their team members.
Leaders and team members have a responsibility to manage their communication and leadership skills that will encourage everyone to get the word out on the work that needs to be done, be on the same page,
be professional and keep moving forward. This webinar will cover effective leadership and communication skills and techniques which are essential in the workplace.

•Leon Young, Consultant and Educator, Leon Young Seminars

11 October 2017 RSVP HERE

Internal Control
Performance measurement and management systems often fail in government because the organization has not developed the right measures, or key stakeholders lack confidence in the data reported. Auditors can make
valuable contributions to improving government performance management by helping agencies improve the relevance and reliability of performance measures and data. This webinar will focus on criteria and practices government
auditors across North America have been using to assess the relevance and reliability of performance information, including auditors who have certified or attested to levels of reliability or otherwise issued opinions on relevance or reliability.
 The webinar will focus on assessing relevance and methods that can be used to audit or assist an organization in ensuring that their programs have the “right” performance measures, including how to assess existing program
performance measures for usefulness and completeness. The webinar will also focus on methods for certifying or attesting to the reliability of an organization’s performance measures including an overview of a proven 15-step
measure certification methodology used successfully by auditors at different levels of government. The methodology includes steps for assessing both the accuracy of reported data and controls on systems that produce the data.

•Paul D. Epstein, Dir., Auditor Roles, Inc.
•Stu Grifel, MBA, MPA, CIA, CFE, CGAP, CIGA, Dir., Auditor Roles, Inc.

15 November 2017 RSVP HERE
Ethics in Fraud
As an expert in white-collar crime and fraud prevention, Chuck Whitlock knows the signs of an employee gone rogue. An employee who manipulates their organization for personal gain can leave a larger negative impact than you may realize. Using stories from his career as an undercover investigative reporter, Chuck will provide insight into the mind of a sociopath. Attendees will leave knowing how to spot fraudsters in their organizations, and what to do about it.

Chuck Whitlock, Expert, White-collar & Cyber Crime, Business Security & Fraud Prevention

we look forward to seeing you all, time permitting...

06 December 2017 RSVP HERE
As identified in the numerous surveys, peer review reports, and inspection results produced by various accounting and audit groups, there are indications that practitioners are still trying to identify ways to effectively deal with many challenges that arise during the audit. During this webinar, the speakers will highlight a few of the challenges faced during financial statement audits of government agencies and discuss relevant standards and other resources that may be considered in addressing these challenges. 


  • Wendy Payne, MPA, CGFM, CPA, executive director, FASAB
  • Anne Sit-Williams, CPA, assistant director, Financial Management and Assurance, GAO 

Moderator: Berri Davis, CGFM, CPA, director, financial management and assurance, GAO

Learning objectives 
Participants will be able to identify:

  • various accounting and auditing issues and challenges on a government financial statement audit
  • some of the standards and other resources that may be considered to address those challenges. 

The Denver AGA Chapter is hosting the following AGA Webinars this year...

10 January 2018 RSVP HERE

Grants Management: Breaking Down the Complexities

Jan. 10 | 12–1:50 p.m. MT | 2 CPEs | FOS: MGMT

The idea that grants management is a profession or at least a specialty within the accounting profession, too often this is not understood by an organization's management. The complexities and risks associated with acceptance of federal funding are often not understood by decision makers. Thus, the webinar will focus on training participants to understand some risks and findings from audits and reports, what was done to resolve them, how it relates to GONE/Grant Acts, UGG - who is required to follow/understand terms, difference between a vendor and sub-recipient, and what types of resources and tools are available to help. 


  • Douglas Godesky, Senior Grants Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Lucy Mungle, Senior Risk Management Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Moderator: Bert Nuehring, CPA, partner, Crowe Horwath

Learning objectives
Participants will be able to identify:
  • The types of deficiencies that can lead to audit findings;
  • The important steps to take in developing a corrective action plan to respond to findings;
  • The key provisions of federal laws and regulations related to grants;
  • The resources and tools available to assist in the management of grants; and
  • The wide range of differences encountered across federal grant making agencies.

07 February 2018 RSVP HERE
GASB Update Materials HERE

This webinar will cover recently issued improvements to accounting and financial reporting standards related to leases and fiduciary activities. The session will not only cover the requirements of these standards, but also will provide insights into potential implementation issues. Statement No, 87, Leases, was approved by GASB in June 2017 and is effective for reporting periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2019.  Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities, was approved by GASB in January 2017 and is effective for reporting periods beginning after Dec. 15, 2018. These standards will have a profound effect on state and local governments. Due to the significance and complexity of leases and fiduciary activities, these standards cannot be implemented at the last minute. They will need careful planning, and the time to plan is now. 

Topics include:

  • Identifying leases
  • Determining a lease term
  • Recognizing short-term leases and transfers of ownership
  • Recognizing, measuring, and disclosing leases from both a lessee and lessor perspective
  • Identifying fiduciary activities
  • Reporting fiduciary activities
  • Reporting fiduciary component units