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2015 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.

These sessions will be held at the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Denver Operations location, just south of Hampden & Wadsworth in south Lakewood.
 

7333 W Jefferson Ave. Third Floor

Lakewood, CO 80235 



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

Warm regards, 
David

 

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June 3 -- Update and Implications of DATA (Digital Accountability & Transparency) Act “Beyond the Beltway?”

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Materials (link active upon National's release)

 

 

....already past chapter year CPE sessions....

Oct 8 -- "Wow! She stole that much?"

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Rita Crundwell was the comptroller of the City of Dixon, Illinois - a small city 100 miles west of Chicago.
Its general fund revenues were about $9 million a year. Rita stole $53 million over 22 years! She’s now serving 20 years in prison. How could that be?
How could someone steal year after year and the mayor, city council, citizens and auditors never caught it?
This web conference will explore this fraud and show you the actual phony documents used to commit it.
In addition, the program will discuss the updated guidance issued on internal controls by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO)
that could have helped prevent or detect this fraud if the proper control system had been in place. The speaker will discuss the original components, explain the 17 updated principles,
and the 79 points of focus underlying the principles. The new framework is a significant development and auditors, managers, and staff all need to know how to develop and assess a
cost-effective system of internal control. The speaker will explain the concepts with real world examples that will show you the importance of each component.
David R. Hancox, CGFM, CIA, is an international speaker and in frequent demand in the government audit and financial management community on audit and management-related topics.
He is past regional vice president of AGA, past president of the New York Capital Chapter, and currently serves on the AGA Financial Management Standards Board. Mr. Hancox co-authored
two books: Government Performance Audit in Action and State and Local Government, Program Control and Audit: Handbook for Managers and Auditors.
Learning Objectives: To understand, through a real-world example, how internal controls can help prevent fraudulent activity.
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
CPE: Two credit hours
Field of Study: Auditing

Nov 5 -- DATA Act Implementation

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Materials (link active upon National's release)

The bar for accountability and transparency over federal spending continues to rise with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (the DATA Act). Federal agencies and stakeholders,
such as state and local governments and grantees, are now preparing for a variety of potentially complex reporting and data assurance challenges.
This web conference will address these challenges and share practical approaches on the way forward.
Learning Objectives: Learn approaches for meeting the new data reporting requirements of the DATA Act.
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
CPE: Two credit hours
Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)
 

Dec 10 -- Ethics

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No matter what the setting, what the company or what the industry, everyone admits that good ethics is good business. This web conference will share with you insights, tips and techniques to help your ethics program truly become the foundation of a successful enterprise.
The speaker is Frank C. Bucaro, CSP, CPAE, a professional writer and speaker on ethics and the author of the upcoming book, If Good Ethics is Good Business, What's the Problem? The program will explore these concepts:
E = Experience:
Experience is not what happens to you, but what you make of what happens to you. Learn from the lessons of life and use that wisdom. Values are caught not taught. Think back, who modeled those life values to you, that wisdom that stands the test of time? Identify, embrace and integrate those values and in every decision you make in life.
T = Training: Train yourself to keep asking the question: “Am I doing the right thing, at the right time for the right reason?” This question is bound to keep you more ethically focused.
H=Hindsight: Hindsight gives us that opportunity to, hopefully, look more objectively into the past in order to analyze, discern, and when necessary, make appropriate changes.
I= Intuition: What does your “gut” tell you is the right thing to do? View intuition as your personal moral code, because deep down, you know what’s right and wrong! Tap this “gift” of self-reflection for it will lead to better decisions, which lead to better results!
C= Customer, Community : Here’s where people go “astray.” Your best advertising is word of mouth. Your worst advertising is word of mouth. What’s the difference? How you treat your people consistently and what is that treatment based on, should be your values, your ethics and the focus of building relationships.
S= Stewardship: Your mission statement, your values statement, every internal/external communication, all must reflect your commitment to stewardship.
Learning Objectives: To learn techniques for applying ethical guidelines to a variety of professional situations.
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
CPE: Two credit hours
 

Jan 14 -- Auditors and Investigators Using Data Analytics to Accomplish Their Missions

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Materials (link active upon National's release)

Data analytics is a powerful tool that can help government agencies reduce fraud, waste and abuse. Investigators are increasing turning to data analytics to better target higher risk,

higher return audits and investigations, comprehensively analyze financial performance, uncover systemic patterns of fraud, waste and abuse and gain efficiencies in their audit work.

Panelists on this web conference will discuss both the value of these tools and provide practical examples of the different uses of analytics in that can be replicated in other agencies and

departments both for audit as well as in addressing long-standing federal financial management issues such as improper payments and fraud.

Speakers:

  • Hon. David A. Montoya, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Timothy Persons, Chief Scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Hon. Kathy Tighe, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Education
  • Hon. David Williams, Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service


Moderator: Sallyanne Harper, Vice President & Executive Officer, AOC Solutions

Learning Objectives: Apply data analysis tools to auditing and financial management situations in government such as the identification of high risk audits and improper payments.

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None required

Field of Study: Auditing

 

 

Jan 28 -- Strengthening Grants Management

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Materials (link active upon National's release)

Federal agencies spend over $500 billion in grants and cooperative agreements annually. The issuance of the “Super Circular” by OMB in December 2013 capped a multi-year effort to make government more

efficient and transparent, and its grant and cooperative agreement recipients more accountable by standardizing and streamlining audit, administrative, and cost reporting requirements.

This panel will review this major restructuring of grants management, its significance to state and local governments, and other efforts to improve oversight of federal grants.

Speakers:

  • Thomas Salmon, CPA, CFE, Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
  • Denise Wu, CGFM, CPA, Partner, Federal Government Services, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Learning Objective: To apply new guidance to the management of federal grant funds.

Program Level: Update

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None required

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge & Application

 

Feb 4 -- Performance Management

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Hopes for the utility of performance management techniques continue to run high in many circles. At the same time, entities that make efforts along these lines run into a variety of obstacles.

This web conference will discuss some of the most prevalent issues that arise, and attempt to provide ideas for alleviating them.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Winslow Erickson, City Auditor, City of San Jose, California
  • Charles Sallee, Deputy Director, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee
  • Diana Urban, State Representative, Connecticut


Moderator: Richard Greene, Columnist, Governing

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn techniques for overcoming common obstacles to implementation of performance management systems in government.

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisite:
None

Advance Preparation: None required

Field of Study: Management Advisory Services

 

Mar 18 -- Internal Controls

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Materials (link active upon National's release)

Internal control systems need continuous maintenance and improvement to keep up with new threats. Recently issued standards, such as those from COSO and the federal Green Book,

can help government agencies with this process. How can the internal control and risk management principles described in COSO’s standards be put into practice? This web conference will review

the standards and use examples to demonstrate how you can apply them to your organization.

Speaker: Eric S. Berman, MSA, CPA, CGMA
, Partner, Eide Bailly LLP, a nationally-recognized expert in governmental accounting and auditing. He has served as the deputy comptroller

for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the vice chairman of the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council to GASB, and the chair of AGA’s Financial Management Standards Board.

Learning Objective: To apply internal control and risk management principles to government agencies.

Program Level: Update

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None required

Field of Study: Auditing

 

Apr 29 -- Preventing Fraud and Building Public Trust and Confidence in Government

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Materials (link active upon National's release)

Building and maintaining public trust and confidence is one of the most important goals for all those that work for and with government agencies. Internal controls in government provide accountability and transparency for protecting public assets from fraud and similar abuse. They also help ensure government program effectiveness and mission accomplishment, which contributes to building public trust and confidence in government. This web conference will present:

  • Research about building and maintaining public trust and confidence in government;
  • Guidance regarding fraud prevention from the newest versions of GAO’s Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (the Green Book), and OMB’s Circular A-123;
  • GAO’s Government Auditing Standards (the Yellow Book) guidance for detecting and reporting fraud; and
  • Ways to prevent fraud in our personal lives.

Speaker: Jeffrey S. Hart, CGFM, CFE

Learning Objective: Apply standards and techniques to internal control systems to prevent fraud and increase confidence in government programs.

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None required

Field of Study: Auditing

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