ACPEN Signature courses are the flagship CPE events of ACPEN, and the top of the line in CPE programing.
Signature courses, begin in May each year, continue monthly throughout the year, and are replayed for live credit several times, including in December and January.
Each showcases important and timely CPE topics, using enhanced production techniques, and are delivered by panels of national experts, practitioners, and representatives of regulatory and standard setting bodies.
To see what courses are included in this year, please click on the ACPEN Signature category below.
CPAs in government have the honor and responsibility of serving the public's best interests. They also know that it's no simple task-learning best practices from colleagues and taking a look at the big picture are all part of the due diligence.
That's why the 2013 FICPA State and Local Government Accounting Conference is a must for CPAs working in or with government. Get a detailed Yellow Book refresher; listen to an update from the Office of the Auditor General, learn how to approach accounting rule changes and sharpen your perception with an update on fraud awareness and detection. Hear public accounting experts and legal pros along with insiders from the GASB and the GAO.
Day 1 - Thursday, August 22, 2013
8:00am-8:10am - Introduction & Opening Remarks
8:10am-9:00am – CAFR Presentation and Best Practices (Credits: 1.0 AA)
William Blend, CPA, CFE
Shareholder / Moore Stephens Lovelace, PA
Winter Park, FL
This session will cover the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report ("CAFR") components. We will address discuss note disclosures, required supplemental information as well as other information presented in the CAFR such as statistical information, the letter of transmittal and more. We will also provide suggestions on how to make the CAFR preparation process uncomplicated.
9:00am-9:50am – Employment Law: What's New That You Need to Know (Credits: 1.0 TB)
Kay L. Wolf, J.D.
Partner / Ford & Harrison, LLP
Laws are changing, don't get caught unaware! This discussion of recent legislation, case law, trends as well as expectation of what the future holds is just what you need.
10:05am-11:45am – GASB Update (Credits: 2.0 AA)
Lisa R. Parker, CPA
Project Manager / Governmental Accounting Standards Board
This session will give an overview of the GASB pronouncements that become effective in the coming fiscal years. The session also will explain some of the projects on GASB’s current technical agenda and research agenda.
11:45am-12:35pm – Lunch Break
12:35pm-1:25pm - Emerging Accounting & Auditing Issues Facing State and Local Governments and Their Auditors (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Lynda M. Dennis, CGFM, CPA, PhD
Lecturer & Discussion Leader / University of Central Florida School of Accounting
This 50-minute session will discuss the status of current projects of the GASB, ASB, GAO and OMB. Financial statement preparers will be able to share steps they are taking now to prepare for GASB No. 67 and 68.Learn how stakeholders are adjusting to the world of net position and life without certain of their best-loved assets and liabilities. The status of changes proposed by OMB affecting grant compliance, administration, and auditing will also be discussed in addition to implementation issues associated with GAO's revised independence standards.
1:25pm-3:05pm - Auditing Standards Update (Credits: 2.0 AA)
Harold L. Monk Jr, CPA, CFE
Partner / Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
A discussion of the newly effective clarified auditing standards and any new standards recently issued.
3:20pm-4:10pm - Auditing Procedures and Technology (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Louis J. Boglioli III, CGFO
Financial Services Assistant Director / City of Stuart
This session will cover ways to make the audit process more efficient using current technology to gather, collect, connect and analyze data to put it in the financial user's hands.
4:10pm-5:00pm - Cloud Computing Governance (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Christeen Russell, CPA, CISA
Manager / Crowe Horwath LLP
New York, NY
As cloud computing continues to be adopted by an increasing number of organizations, it is crucial for cloud consumers to have strong processes to address cloud computing risks. Join Crowe Horwath LLP’s Christeen Russell for an overview of the risks and discuss cloud governance and mitigation solutions that organizations can utilize to embrace cloud computing.
Day 2 – Friday, August 23, 2013
8:00am-8:50am – Auditor General Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Beau Brooks, CPA
Lead Senior Auditor / State of Florida Auditor General
This session will provide an update on recent developments related to the Auditor General's local government responsibilities. The update will include law and rule changes, revised example financial indicator assessment procedures.
8:50am-9:40am - Yellow Book Update (Credits: 1.0 AA)
9:55am-11:35am - Single Audit Update (Credits: 2.0 AA)
Mary M. Foelster, CPA
Director, Gov Auditing & Accounting / AICPA
There never seems to be a dull moment when it comes to single audits. The presenter will fill you in on the following: An update on the content and status of proposed revisions to the single audit rules; the latest on changes to auditing standards that relate to single audits; and a summary of related.
11:35-12:35pm – Lunch Break
12:35pm-2:15pm – Panel Discussion (Credits: 2.0 AA)
Thomas F. Reilly, CFE, CPA
Partner / Holland & Reilly, CPAs
Alan G. Nast, CPA, PA
Partner / Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
Jay S. Kominsky, CPA, CPM
Director of Financial Services / Pasco County Clerk and Comptroller
Dade City, FL
Jeffrey M. Tuscan, CPA
Partner / Tuscan & Company, PA
Ft Myers, FL
A panel of CPAs in public practice, government, and the Auditor General staff will participate in a panel discussion of current topics relevant to CPAs practicing in the state and local government environment.
2:15pm-3:05pm - Fraud and System Integrity-Lessons from Real Life Solutions to Carry You Forward (Credits: 1.0 AA)
Jeff Roth, CISSP-ISSEP, CISA, CGEIT
System Security Engineering Principal
Fact-each of our organizations will need to address either potential or actual fraudulent activities that either were directly caused or greatly exacerbated by poor system security engineering or IT Governance. This session will walk through real world case studies and identify specific root causes and respective cost effective measures to be employed.
Bill Blend is a Shareholder at MSL and a member of the Firm’s Governmental Practice Group. Bill has over 19 years of public accounting, governmental and not-for-profit experience. He has provided services to numerous municipalities, counties, and other governmental entities.
Bill has extensive experience in the auditing of governmental financial operations of municipalities, counties, special districts and authorities. He also provides consulting services in the area of internal control assessments, ligation support, fraud remediation, and performance reviews.
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