2014 Denver Chapter Sponsored -- Scheduled (local area) Audio Conferences

Hello Everybody....

It is my pleasure to announce the AGA Audio Conference sessions that the Denver Chapter is sponsoring this upcoming year. 

Please RSVP for the sessions you interested in attending using the online registration form links under each event header

(Please note that this course qualifies for continuing professional education credits under NASBA; however, the material provided in this audio conference is general in nature and not specific to any laws or rules of any specific state. Therefore, please check with your State Board of Accountancy if you have any questions regarding the CPE eligibility of this course.)

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by close of business (whatever that is for you) the Tuesday before a session

using the RSVP link located under the session header for each audio conference...  

I will send the RSVP listing to our site location host first thing on Wed. mornings of the audio conferences. 
These will be "brown bag" lunch sessions, feel free to bring your favorite lunch - there is no charge for attendance.



We look forward to seeing you all there.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Warm regards, 


***NOTE - This session will be held at the IBC location at South Wadsworth and Mansfield***
On May 9, President Obama signed into law the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support. The law requires federal agencies to publish spending information in a standardized format that will be accessible to the public. The DATA Act has the potential to make federal expenditures more transparent and easy to analyze by interested parties. It has implications for federal agencies and recipients of federal grant funds.

This web conference will provide an overview of the law’s major provisions and the first steps toward implementation.

  • Nancy K. DiPaolo, Chief, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
  • Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition
  • Representative, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (invited)
Learning Objectives: To understand how the DATA Act will impact reporting of federal expenditures.

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None

CPE: Two credit hours

Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

***NOTE - This session will be held at the IBC location at South Wadsworth and Mansfield***



If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by close of business (whatever that is for you) the Tuesday before a session using the RSVP link located under the session header for each audio conference...

I plan on sending the RSVP listing to our site location host first thing on Wed. mornings of the audio conferences. 
These will be "brown bag" lunch sessions, feel free to bring your favorite lunch - there is no charge for attendance.

Previous AGA audio conference offerings earlier in this Chapter Year

Four words precede every fraud: “It can’t happen here.” Usually, an accountability professional had warned the entity about vulnerabilities, but an attitude that fraud only happens to others precluded remedial actions. Seven very sad words follow every fraud: “We didn’t think it could happen here.”  Then, the accountability professional is either blamed for not speaking up more vehemently about the vulnerabilities or tasked with making sure it doesn’t happen again.  This session will focus on the three prongs of managing the risk of fraud:
  • Deterring fraud: sending a strong signal that chances of committing fraud without being detected are very low
  • Preventing fraud: installing fraud prevention procedures that serve to further deter fraud
  • Detecting fraud: installing procedures designed to identify as early as possible any frauds that get through the prevention net
Accountability professionals in all areas of the profession will benefit from this session structured around Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide, published jointly by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The speaker is David L. Cotton, CGFM, CPA, CFE, chairman of Cotton & Company LLP, CPAs, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

9/25 -- GPRA at 20, not a teenager anymore
GPRA at 20 Materials link
Local RSVP form, 9/25

The Government Performance and Results Act turned 20 years old this year.  Has it delivered on its vision of a performance-and-results oriented culture in government?  John Kamensky, who helped draft the original statute, will provide an historical context as to how government has changed; and Elizabeth Curda, who leads GAO’s oversight of the implementation of the law, will describe challenges agencies face in truly embracing the vision of a new culture.  Together, their insights will provide a roadmap useful to results-oriented managers at all levels of government.

Speakers: John M. Kamensky, senior fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government and Elizabeth Curda, assistant director, U.S. Government Accountability Office

10/9 -- Effective Internal Control, Understanding the new COSO standard
Local RSVP form, 10/9

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) recently published a new Internal Control–Integrated Framework to provide updated guidance on designing and implementing internal controls. The Framework, first released in 1992, is widely regarded as a leading source of information on how to design and assess an organization’s internal control environment.

The update provides new explanation for the components of effective internal control—the control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication, and monitoring activities—and clarifies how they operate together. This web conference will explain what has changed in the new release and how it is relevant to public sector entities.

The speaker is Mary E. Peck, CIA, CCSA, CGAP, CRMA, Director of the Office of Internal Control, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.



Due to the recent federal government shutdown, next week’s web conference, “Grants Management Reform Updates and Agency Insights – What to Expect in Fiscal Year 2014,” has been rescheduled.

The new date is Wednesday, Nov. 13. Your registration will be automatically updated to reflect the new date. AGA will waive the change/cancellation fee for any group wishing to choose a different web conference or to receive a refund.

We apologize for any scheduling inconveniences that this may have caused, but the change was necessary to accommodate our federal speakers, who have been out of the office for more than two weeks.

We hope that you will be able to join us on Nov. 13 for this important discussion.

Questions? Contact audioconferences@agacgfm.org.


The Participants in the 2012 World Economic Forum in Switzerland declared data a new class of economic asset and likened it to a nation’s currency. Today, we have a big opportunity to marshal vast amounts of data – ‘big data’ – into actionable information through ever more sophisticated and powerful data analytic tools – ‘big analytics.’  

Learn how government agencies are cutting through complexity and using information as a powerful asset, both operationally – day-to-day – and strategically. The panel will explore how big data and big analytics are being used to wage the fight against improper payments, gauge mission readiness, de-layer processes and controls, reduce time spent processing benefit claims, target spending reductions and revenue collection, and support enterprise risk management.
The Federal government issues over $600 billion in grants each year to states, localities, tribes, universities, and non-profits.  In February, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published its long-awaited proposed guidance on grant reforms “Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements.”  The public comment period closed on June 2. What’s next?  Join AGA and industry leaders for a conversational session on:

  • Grant reform and modernization
  • OMB’s preliminary reaction to public comments on reform updates
  • Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR) priorities for 2014-2015
  • Agency experiences with improving the administration, compliance, monitoring, performance of grant programs, and overcoming human capital challenges
  • Partnership collaboration, pilots, and cooperative audit resolution
This is a live event, so in addition to the speakers’ presentations, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Norman Dong, Interim Controller, Office of Management and Budget
  • Rich Rasa, Director, State and Local Advisory and Assistance Services, Department of Education, Office of Inspector General
  • Merril Oliver, CGMS, Deputy Director, State of Maryland Governor’s Grants Office
  • Dale Bell, Deputy Division Director, National Science Foundation, Division of Institution and Award Support
  • Gloria Jarmon, CPA, CGFM, Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Leslie Leager, Division Coordinator, State of Iowa Economic Development Authority
Moderator: Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, Principal, Grant Thornton LLP
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Problems and consequences attributed to poor ethical decisions can arise when ethical behavior is not defined, understood, or demonstrated.

Emphasizing the value of ethics to-understand definitions of ethics, guidelines for tackling difficult decisions, practical examples, and a generous amount of humor; the result is an upbeat look at a key factor in long-term success.

The presenter is Frank Bucaro, a professional writer and speaker on ethics who holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation through the National Speakers Association.
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  • Ethical behavior is valued.
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3/19 -- Health Care Audits
Local RSVP form, 3/19 - Health Carer Audits Webinar
materials link

**Important NOTE: the 5/21/14 Session will be held at the USFWS Office location near Wadsworth and Hampden in south Lakewood.
7333 W Jefferson Ave., ste 300.

The skills that will be discussed in this web conference can help those in the government sector to successfully navigate the often complex and challenging situations they face in their public service. The discussion has been designed specifically for you with two objectives in mind: First, it will be a refresher in the process of how to recognize when you are facing true ethical dilemmas, how to define the elements required in analyzing those ethical dilemmas, and how to process the elements you need to consider in resolving those dilemmas. Second, and just as critical to helping you to take action with confidence, the presentation will go to the next step of figuring out how to take action on dilemmas, how to “do the right thing,” when doing so presents risks or personal challenges, when doing the right thing isn't easy.

Led by Alan Goodman, a certified Master Trainer for the renowned Institute for Global Ethics, participants will be able to follow the presentation with visual notes and will be able to submit questions regarding the material for discussion. Alan Goodman has been a featured presenter at several AGA events and has presented seminars for a wide variety of government audiences.

Learning Objectives: To learn techniques for making ethical judgments in a variety of workplace situations.

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Also, a word of Great Thanks!
We, as a chapter, are very thankful to the kind folks at Interior's Bureau of Land Management for their assistance in securing a venue;
which enables the chapter to continue offering the brown bag/ lunch and learn sessions to Denver area CPE seekers...