2019 FGFOA School of Governmental Finance

Note: Boot Camp is a separate event. If you wish to attend Boot Camp, please register for the selection lottery separately.

Join us October 20 - 25, 2019


There is something for all finance professionals at the School of Governmental Finance! It is an opportunity to develop practical skills and tools to apply in your organization. Equally important is networking with your peers in a relaxed classroom environment that encourages the exchange of ideas and identifies resources. 

Early registration deadline: September 20, 2019
Take advantage of the early registration rate by completing your registration and payment by this date.  Early registration ensures that you receive your hotel accommodations in a timely manner; hotel registration information is provided when registration has been paid in full.

Registration and Payments Information

    Registrations are done on an individual basis. The FGFOA does not permit the sharing of a registration between two attendees. Each attendee must have a separate registration and pay the full amount.

    Registration fees include admission to all sessions in the block for which you register, plus refreshments.

    If you're paying by check, mail a copy of your confirmation email or order confirmation screen and the check to:

      FGFOA School of Governmental Finance
      c/o Florida League of Cities
      P.O. Box 10270
      Tallahassee, FL 32302

    Credit card payment methods accepted: Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

    Cancellations must be received and confirmed in writing by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019, to entitle registrant to a refund of registration fees. A $40 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds; substitutions are encouraged.

    If you need assistance with registration or payment, please contact FGFOA directly at (850) 701-3626.

     

Special Needs

    If you are physically challenged and require special services, or if you have special dietary needs, notify us.


Presentations

    The FGFOA does not print session presentation handouts. They will be posted on the FGFOA School of Governmental Finance Attendify App as soon as they are received from the presenters.

    Note: If there is not a presentation posted for a session or speaker, we have not received it from the speaker. While we encourage that presenters provide us with their presentations in advance, we do not receive all of them.


Session Evaluations

    Feedback from attendees on the quality and diversity of the FGFOA School of Governmental Finance helps to determine future conference programs. Session's evaluations may be submitted online. Each presentation has a link for a survey.


Self-Scanning Stations

    Self-scanning stations will be located at the back or immediately outside of the classrooms. These scanners are like the scanners in grocery stores. Simply use the scanner to scan the barcode on your badge. Once you hear a beep and see the indicator light on the top of the scanner flash green, you can be assured your Name, ID and Date/Time scanned was accepted by the scanner. We will have place cards on each scanner table that indicates which class is currently being scanned. They will be set up while class is in session.

    If you have any questions, ask for one of the technology staff at the registration desk.


Target your topics: How to choose your sessions

    The school offers educational sessions for the entire week. There are two segments offered:

    • Basic/Intermediate: 2-1/2 days beginning Monday morning and ending Wednesday at noon.

      The Basic/Intermediate courses are tailored for all financial support staff and for the staff person just beginning a career in governmental finance. In these sessions, participants will be exposed to an in-depth study and analysis of basic governmental finance concepts and principles. These sessions are also informative for anyone wishing to further expand their area of expertise, or just reacquaint themselves with the fundamentals of governmental finance. In other words, they provide a great refresher course!

    • Intermediate/Advanced: 2 days beginning Wednesday afternoon and ending Friday at noon.

      The Intermediate/Advanced courses are tailored for seasoned finance professionals looking for information on current more-complex issues.


    You may register for either or both sessions.


CPE Credit

    CPE credit for CPAs and CGFOs will be awarded pending approval from the State Board of Accountancy. Each workshop has been designated as follows: Accounting and Auditing (AA), Behavioral (BEH), or Technical Business (TB). Each hour of CPE is based on each 50 minutes of class time. It is the responsibility of the individual participant to report hours of credit to the Florida Board of Accountancy. FGFOA is not responsible for reporting credit accuracies.


Networking Opportunities

    In addition to the variety of educational topics, this year’s school will provide several networking opportunities designed to make your entire week an exceptional experience. The following events are currently scheduled:

    Make sure you select, during registration, any networking activities you plan to attend.

    Hospitality Suite: You are welcome to visit our Hospitality Suite each evening for a casual place to relax and catch up with friends. The suite will be open Monday from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Adults only, minimum age: 21.

    Emerging Leaders Network Event:  Plan to hang out with old friends or meet new ones while establishing life- long friendships and contacts. Emerging leaders will have the opportunity
    to learn from veteran FGFOA members. If you plan to join us, be sure to mark the appropriate box on the registration form.  Monday beginning at 4:40 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Welcome Reception:  After classes are over on Tuesday, join us for a relaxing hour of enjoyable conversation with your colleagues while enjoying some tasty hors-d’oeuvres.  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Zumba: Join Nicole Gasparri for an exhilarating Zumba class.  Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 a.m.


CGFO Review Courses and Testing

    In conjunction with the school, the FGFOA offers Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) review courses and testing. There are five review courses held Tuesday through Thursday, and the test is all day Friday. There is a separate registration for both the courses and the test, with advanced registration required. The course may be taken by CGFO candidates and non-candidates at $45.00 per course. You must be pre-qualified and be approved as a candidate to take the test. For additional information, course schedules and registration form, please contact Karen Pastula, (850) 701-3618.


Room Reservations & Parking Information

    Rates: Once your registration is paid in full, you will be sent the hotel reservation information.  Please note that the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Reservation Cut-off Date is September 19, 2019.  The FGFOA Block Room Rate is $179.00/night.  The resort fee has been waived ($25.00 value). Self-parking at the hotel is $10.00, valet parking is $25.00 per night.

    Time Frame: It is important that you register for the school early so that you have plenty of time to make your reservations. Note that the resort could sell out before the cut-off date, and FGFOA cannot guarantee rooms will be available at the time you make your reservations. Register for the school and make your reservations as soon as possible.

    We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, but we sincerely hope that this policy will enable more of our registrants to stay in the host hotel. Remember that we are unable to guarantee reservations for anyone, nor the exact date on which the hotel block will sell out, so please register early.

    Hotel reservation cutoff date: September 19, 2019. We encourage you to register prior to this date in order to receive your housing form.


Driving Directions To Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa


    From Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport: Turn RIGHT onto Hwy 85 North/Government Ave (2 miles). Turn LEFT onto Hwy 20 East/John Sims Pkwy (6 miles). Turn RIGHT onto Hwy 293 South; Cross Mid-Bay Bridge ($4.00 Toll) (7 miles).Turn LEFT onto Hwy 98 East (6 miles). Turn RIGHT onto Sandestin Blvd South and proceed through Sandestin guard gate.

    From Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport:  Turn RIGHT onto Hwy 388 West (4 miles). Turn LEFT onto Hwy 79 South (5 miles). Turn RIGHT onto Hwy 98 West (30 miles). Turn LEFT onto Sandestin Blvd South and proceed through Sandestin guard gate.

    From Pensacola Regional Municipal Airport: Turn LEFT onto North 9th Ave/CR-289 (6 miles). Turn LEFT onto Gregory St/Hwy 98 East (40 miles). Turn RIGHT onto Sandestin Blvd South and proceed through Sandestin guard gate.



When
10/20/2019 - 10/25/2019
Where
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa 4000 S. Sandestin Boulevard Miramar Beach 32550

Program options

   

Monday, 21 October 2019

 
First-Time Attendees - 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Come hear from FGFOA Board members about the benefits of membership in the FGFOA. First-time attendees are encouraged to attend, but other FGFOA members who want to learn more are also welcome.
Category
Activities
Track
*Activities
Time
7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
7:15 AM

Effective managers create and cultivate collaboration and teamwork in order for their unit to reach its full potential. At the end of this session, participants will be able to identify key competencies such as role model, integrity and humility and have generated ideas and action items to cultivate these aspects of effective collaboration.
Category
BEH
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

This session will provide an overview of the Annual Financial Report and its components. We will dive into what is required in the MD&A, notes, RSI and the statistical sections.
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

Chart your path to becoming a leader by making your presentation more effective and engaging. Learn practical communication and relational skills that will enhance the effectiveness of a presentation.
Category
BEH
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

This session will identify the key program areas and processes within government entities that are most at risk for fraud and/or misappropriation of assets including physical assets, cash, time, etc. This session will use real-life examples to provide guidance on how to help protect your entity in these risky areas.
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

This session will cover the basic principles of budgeting for governments; everything from the players involved to adoption. This session will also focus on the factors to consider when developing the budget as well as the challenges that arise.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

This session will cover information on the latest challenges and opportunities related to banking fraud, cyber risk, mobile banking fraud and eChecks.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

Billie Jean King said, “I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”  If you want to learn how to be the champion of your organization, household, local government, civic organization or the world; this session is where you want to be!
Category
BEH
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

Our Capital Improvement budgets are complex and expensive, typically require debt commitments and impacts the operating budget. This session will show how to best present this information to your governing body during the CIP development process.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

Plan to hang out with old friends or meet new ones while establishing life- long friendships and contacts. Emerging leaders will have the opportunity to learn from veteran FGFOA members. If you plan to join us, be sure to mark the appropriate box on the registration form.
Category
Activities
Track
*Activities
Time
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
4:00 PM

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

 
This session will address the accounting terms that every budget analyst should know. In addition, we will discuss the dialogue that should take place between budget and accounting when changes to the entity's chart of accounts are proposed. This class will explore the implications of account changes from the perspective of both the budget and accounting sides.
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

This session will cover topics related to best practices for establishing controls to ensure a sound purchasing card and E-Payables program. You will learn the benefits of a purchasing card program as well as understand the risk associated with it.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

Shifting to Neutral:  The Fed is pumping the brakes on rate hikes.  What now?
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

This session will cover the importance of internal controls specifically with Accounts Payable/Cash Disbursement and the Vendor database.  Real-life scenarios when internal controls were not in place will be presented and the impact those “gaps” had to the organization.   We will also share data analytical tools that you can use to identify anomalies.
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

The age of our available workforce is widening almost daily while employee turnover is on the rise. Thirty year retirees are becoming a thing of the past and the new Gen Z workforce are more likely to move around than stick to a single career. This session will focus on what your organization can do to motivate the workforce and get the most out of every day from the employees you have.
Category
BEH
Track
2.00
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

Are you new to the government world? If so, this session is for you!!  You will learn about fund accounting, the financial reporting model, revenues and expenditures, modified and accrual accounting. This session will prepare you to be a part of the accounting team.
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

If you have lived in Florida for an amount of time, you are familiar with natural disasters, most notably, hurricanes.  As Finance professionals, we all need to understand the important roles and responsibilities the Finance Department is expected to play during a disaster.  Come participate in this interactive session on Emergency Management to become a better prepared Finance professional.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

This session will cover topics related to the fundamentals of sales tax collection and reporting. How to determine the taxability, what steps to consider for sales tax compliance, how to avoid common sales tax pitfalls, and what to do in case of an audit.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

After classes are over on Tuesday, join us for a relaxing hour of enjoyable conversation with your colleagues while enjoying some tasty hors-d’oeuvres.
Category
Activities
Track
*Activities
Time
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

 
Learning how to budget when your expenses are increasing but your revenue is not can be difficult, but not impossible. In this session, you will learn how to trim back expenses while maintaining government services.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

This session introduces many of the issues considered relevant to constructing a public fund portfolio. Participants are provided with a framework for building either a book yield or a total return portfolio.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

Interactive session with a participative "quiz" going through the bank statement to understand and identify the fees.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

Advances in technology including the prevalent use of cloud service  have simultaneously opened the door to increased cybersecurity threats. What can you do to protect your organization?  Is your existing cybersecurity strategy providing adequate protection? This session will help answer these questions.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

This session will cover the strategy of rebalancing with the inverted yield curve and current income strategies in the current environment.  Is the reward worth the risk? Handling the politics surrounding this policy.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

The balance sheet represents the fiscal health of your organization and developing good routines and practices means taking on good habits. This session will go over some key habits to adopt to improve accountability, strengthen internal controls, and reduce potential errors or misstatements. We will cover methods on how to manage monthly, quarterly and annual reporting, regularly review your balance sheet accounts and monitoring routines. The result will improve your ability to identity habits that are inefficient and expedite your audits.
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

Why use enterprise budgets? In economic terms, enterprise budgets help to allocate land, labor, and capital, which are limited, to the most appropriate use. The most appropriate use is defined by the person in control of the resources and may be used to maximize profits, minimize loss or achieve any other goal. This session will explore the importance of enterprise budgets.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

This session will explore what your organization can do to make your ERP project implementation journey as smooth as possible. Whether your organization is purchasing, upgrading, or replacing your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)software, you will learn perspectives on the procurement process, lessons learned during implementation, and how to sustain your investment.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

Thursday, 24 October 2019

 
Procurement compliance is an essential part of the day-to-day operation of a government entity. Compliance is needed to effectively monitor procurement processes, identify and detect fraud and corruption risks at all stages of the procurement cycle.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

Both elected officials and finance staff have essential roles in budgeting and need to work together to make the hard decisions that create a budget delivering the best value for the public.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

This session will discuss the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) and State Financial Assistance.  You will gain an understanding of how the auditors select the grants for the compliance audit under the uniform guidance and common deficiencies in the SEFA.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

Learn about "the single biggest thing in property tax in the country right now".   Commercial property owners are challenging property valuations where vacant buildings are sold for a fraction of what they cost to build.  This is part of the quantum shift in retail that we are seeing.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

Enterprise funds are different from governmental accounting funds and generally require long-range financial forecasts and unbiased rate studies.  This session will demonstrate how to communicate your financial story through graphical overviews of management / financial dashboards to help meet financial objectives including establishing and meeting financial targets, developing affordable rates and securing public acceptance of your financial plan.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

Exploring the brave new world of public private partnerships. Learn how to partner with the private sector, and encourage economic development and redevelopment.
Category
School Sessions
Track
TB
Time
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM
1:00 PM

How can you, as a leader, help your team to build the trust it needs to flourish? A lack of trust prevents a team from true commitment, accountability and results.
Category
BEH
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

Can you explain the differences between Governmental and Government-wide financial statements?  Does the Reconciliation of the Balance Sheet to the Statement of Net Position have you puzzled? This session will cover some key struggles in preparing your Financial Statements and provide you with some resources to give you the confidence to take responsibility for your financial statements.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
3:00 PM - 4:40 PM
3:00 PM

Friday, 25 October 2019

 
Budget overruns are a litmus test for project success or failure. No government has an unlimited budget, so the first thing project managers look to in determining whether their project was a great success or a colossal failure is the bottom line. This fact fuels the pressure project leaders and their team face with each passing day. As such, effective budget management is a primary area of focus for project managers who value their careers.
Category
TB
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

This session will discuss GASBs that will be implemented in the near future. Topics covered include GASBs 83 - Certain Asset Retirement Obligations, 84 - Fiduciary responsibilities, 87 – Leases, and other upcoming GASBs. This information will heighten your awareness, help you prepare for the implementation of the new GASBs, and make for a better Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
8:00 AM - 9:40 AM
8:00 AM

This session will show how to use delegation as a great way to ensure that more tasks get done in less time, and thus build team capacity.  You will learn why managers should pay enough attention to the delegation process to reap the benefits.
Category
BEH
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

This session is designed to familiarize participants with features of accounting and financial reporting for enterprise funds and stand-alone business type activities. You will learn the uses of enterprise funds, specialized guidance such as capital asset impairment and compensated absences, and the relation to primary government.
Category
AA
Track
2.00
Time
10:00 AM - 11:40 AM
10:00 AM

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