State and Local Government Accounting Conference Now Fully Virtual

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Friday, August 28, 2020
8:00AM - 5:00PM (opens at 7:15AM) EST
Accounting and Auditing and Technical Business

Registration is Closed

Online registration for this course is now closed. Please contact the Member Service Center at (800) 342-3197 if you wish to inquire about registering.

$365.00 Regular Price
$615.00 Regular Price
Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 20/SLGACWEB
Level: Update


From the Chair
Catherine Ahrend,

CPAs working in state & local governments face a unique and rapidly-changing set of challenges.  The playing field is in constant motion.  The FICPA's State & Local Government Accounting Conference brings together experts in the field, to provide attendees the information they need to navigate the ethical and practical demands of public services.  From GASB, Legislative and Auditor General updates to IT and Accounting Cloud , Data Analytics, Internal Control and Accounting Reporting & Auditing for Grants, this once-a-year conference is a must for CPAs in government.

We know budgets are tight.  We hope you will take advantage of the group discount for 5 registrants or more from the same organization.  FGFOA, FAC and FACC members can also come at member rates. 

Network.  Collaborate.  Investigate. Learn.  Enjoy.

CPE Credit:

This conference qualifies for 15 Accounting & Auditing (AA), 1 Technical Business (TB)  hours of CPE credit and is subject to change. CPE credit is subject to approval by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 

This conference may count for Yellow Book credit; however, attendees must make their own application.


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Thursday, August 27, 2020

GASB Update

Time: Thursday 8:05am - 9:45am Credits: 2 AA

Learn the GASB pronouncements that become effective in the coming fiscal years. Explore some of the projects on GASB's current technical and research agendas.

Bridging the Gap between IT and Accounting: Cloud, Cybersecurity, RPA, and Other Hot Topics!

Time: Thursday 9:55am - 11:35am Credits: 2 AA

This presentation will discuss current trends impacting the space between information technology and accounting. Topics will touch on artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, cybersecurity, data privacy, robotic process automation, and the intersection of these.

Legislative Update

Time: Thursday 12:30pm - 1:20pm Credits: 1 TB

This session will provide an update on bills of interest from the 2020 Florida Legislative session.

Accounting, Reporting, and Auditing for Grants- A Recipient and Auditor Perspective

Time: Thursday 1:30pm - 2:20pm Credits: 1 AA

This presentation will discuss current trends impacting the space between information technology and accounting. Topics will touch on artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, cybersecurity, data privacy, robotic process automation, and the intersection of these.

Emerging Issues Facing Governments and their Auditors

Time: Thursday 2:20pm - 3:10pm Credits: 1 AA

This session will discuss emerging accounting and auditing issues affecting state and local governments and their auditors. Will provide attendees with an overview of the issues associated with implementing recent GASB standards such as fiduciary activities, asset retirement obligations, and leases. In addition, the session will discuss current GASB projects expected to have a significant impact on state and local governments and their auditors such as the financial reporting model and revenue and expense/expenditure recognition projects. Challenges relating to implementing the 2018 Government Auditing Standards will be reviewed as well.


Time: Thursday 3:20pm - 4:10pm Credits: 1 AA

In this session we will discuss blockchain technology and its impact on governmental accounting. You will learn some use cases of blockchain technology and discuss some possibilities for the future.

Data Analytics for the Governmental Sector

Time: Thursday 4:10pm - 5:00pm Credits: 1 AA

Learn how government agencies can apply data analytic techniques to improve mission outcomes and reduce fraud, waste, and abuse. Examine innovative governmental use cases. Learn how your agency can empower business users with user-friendly analytics that enable them to make better decisions.

Friday, August 28, 2020

What Government Managers Need to Know About Internal Control

Time: Friday 8:00am - 9:40am Credits: 2 AA

A comprehensive system of internal control can be only as effective as the managers who implement and maintain it. Unfortunately, many government managers lack the training and experience to understand and appreciate internal control and the role they need to play to make it effective. This session provides a straightforward and practical approach that accounting and auditing professionals can use to educate government managers on their responsibility for internal control.

Auditor General Update

Time: Friday 9:50am - 10:40am Credits: 1 AA

Update on Auditor General rule changes and recent laws, rules, and regulations impacting Florida local governments.  In addition, presentation will discuss some recent findings from Auditor General operational audits of local governments.

Department of Financial Services Update

Time: Friday 10:50am - 11:40am Credits: 1 AA

Recap on Department changes and challenges over the last year. 
Discuss new changes and challenges as a result of recent legislation and the departments response to those developments.
Present the LOGER and XBRL projects and how the taxonomy being developed will impact the Local Governments.
Discuss the GREAT Act and its place in the financial reporting world.
Provide update on Blockchain Task force create by Chater 2019-52, LOF.

GASB 87 Practical Excercise

Time: Friday 12:20pm - 1:10pm Credits: 1 AA

Case studies and considerations to help your government prepare for the implementation of the new lease accounting standard.

The Brendan Dassey Confession: Lessons for Interviewers

Time: Friday 1:20pm - 3:00pm Credits: 2 AA

In the Netflix series, Making A Murderer, 16-year-old Brendan Dassey confessed to participating in a murder, but there are many opinions regarding the validity and accuracy of the confession.  Using snippets and statements from the actual confession, participants will dissect the interviewer's role critiquing what went right/wrong while also discussing how to utilize these findings to perform better interviews in the future.


  • Recognize current accounting and legal issues facing the state and local governments 
  • Describe current updates on audit compliance issues and rules from the Florida Auditor General's office
  • Recognize current issues and threats in technology and cyber security
  • Describe recent and proposed changes to governmental accounting and auditing standards
  • Describe current changes and compliance issues with multiple GASB pronouncements


  • Lisa R Parker, CPA

    Senior Project ManagerGovernmental Accounting Standards BoardLisa Parker is a senior project manager with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  Prior to joining the GASB in 2008, Lisa worked for Runyon Kersteen Ouellette CPAs for 10 years, the town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine as finance director and interim town manager for 2 years, and the city of Saco, Maine as finance director...

    Read more about Lisa R Parker here
  • Roberto Elias Valdez, CPA

    Director of Cybersecurity & Automation ServicesKaufman RossinRoberto Valdez, CPA, CISA, is the Director of Cybersecurity & Automation Services for Kaufman Rossin.  He performs advisory and assurance engagements that include robotic process automation services, SOC 1, 2, and 3; IT risk assessments; phishing simulations; and engagements addressing compliance with requirements under HIPAA, FINRA, and...

    Read more about Roberto Elias Valdez here
  • Justin A Thames, DPL

    Director of Governmental AffairsFlorida Institute of CPA’sJustin Thames joined the FICPA in June 2011 as the Governmental Affairs Manager and was promoted to Director of Governmental Affairs in July 2015.  In this role, Justin is responsible for leading the Governmental Affairs Department in regulatory and lobbying activities including; developing creative strategies to accomplish the legislative...

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  • Lynda Munion Dennis, CPA, PhD

    LecturerUniversity of Central FloridaLynda M. Dennis, CPA, PhD received her PhD in Public Affairs and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and her under graduate degree in accounting and finance from the University of West Florida.  She is a Florida CPA and Certified Government Finance Officer.  Lynda is a full-time Associate Instructor in the Kenneth Dixon...

    Read more about Lynda Munion Dennis here
  • Yvonne M Clayborne, CITP,CPA

    Yvonne Clayborne is a partner in audit and attest practice of the Melbourne, Florida office of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. Yvonne has more than 20 years of experience in public practice and 4 years in private industry, serving clients in a variety of  industries including local governments, not-for-profit organizations, construction, manufacturing and CIRAs, providing external audit services as...

    Read more about Yvonne M Clayborne here
  • Derek H Noonan, CPA, MBA

    Audit SupervisorFlorida Auditor GeneralDerek Noonan is an Audit Supervisor with the Florida Auditor General.  Derek has been working in the Local Government Audits section since May 2014 and is responsible for supervising local government activities of the Auditor General, including audits of local governments; review of local government, district school board, and charter school audit reports...

    Read more about Derek H Noonan here
  • Laura Youmans, Esq

    Associate Director of Public PolicyFlorida Association of CountiesLaura Youmans serves as Legislative Counsel for the Florida Association of Counties where she specializes in the issues of local government finance and tax.   Ms. Youmans has been with the F.A.C. since 2015 in that time she has represented Florida’s counties before the Florida Legislature and the 2017-18 Constitution Revision...

    Read more about Laura Youmans here
  • Stephen J. Gauthier

    ConsultantStephen J. Gauthier was director of GFOA's Technical Services Center (TSC). TSC is responsible for all of GFOA's member services involving accounting, auditing, and financial reporting, which includes performing technical reviews of the more than 5,000 financial reports and budgets of state and local governments submitted each year to GFOA's professional recognition programs.Gauthier was...

    Read more about Stephen J. Gauthier here
  • Michael Bret Hood

    Director21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLCAfter serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Michael “Bret” Hood became the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC upon his retirement in 2016.  During his tenure with the FBI, Bret worked many complex financial crime, money laundering, corruption and major cases such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the HealthSouth fraud and the...

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  • Ryan Daniel Nolan

    Read more about Ryan Daniel Nolan here
  • Joshua Kleinberg, CPA, CFE

    Read more about Joshua Kleinberg here
  • Mark Eckerle, CPA

    Read more about Mark Eckerle here

Designed For:

CPAs and financial professionals practicing in Government and CPAs with governmental clients