State and Local Government Accounting Conference

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Friday, August 25, 2017
Rosen Plaza Hotel - 9700 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819-8100
8:00am - 5:00pm (opens at 7:15am) EST
Accounting and Auditing and Behavioral 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.

$455.00 Early Registration (through 07/26/2017)
$510.00 Regular Price
$705.00 Early Registration (through 07/26/2017)
$760.00 Regular Price
Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 17/SLGAC
Level: Update
Vendor: Florida Institute of CPAs
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental), Accounting (Governmental)


Letter from the Chair
Image: Yvonne Clayborne
Yvonne Clayborne

CPAs in government have the honor and responsibility of serving the public's best interest.  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 due diligence.

Challenges are everywhere.  The State & Local Government Accounting Conference brings together cutting edge topics and great speakers to provide you with the information you need to stay ahead of the curve.  The conference also offers a great opportunity to network with other CPAs in the field and to socialize at our welcoming reception.

From the full range of GASB pronouncements to the latest in cyber security, fraud and emerging issues--this is the conference for you!  This year, there is also a preconference seminar on government ethics (separate registration required).

Please take a moment to review the agenda.  I'm sure you'll find it a program you won't want to miss.  We want you to share this opportunity with your colleagues.  The FICPA offers registration discounts for groups of five or more.  Those who have never attended the conference will receive a $100 discount.  Members of FGFOA, FAC and FACC can register at member rates.  If you have any questions, please contact the FICPA's Member Service Center at (800) 342-3197. See you in Orlando August 24-25, 2017!

– Yvonne Clayborne, Audit & Consulting Partner, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

CPE Credit:

This conference qualifies for 13 Accounting & Auditing (AA), 2 Technical Business (TB) and 1 (BE) Behavioral 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 24, 2017

Introduction & Opening Remarks

Time: Thursday 8:00am - 8:10am

Legislative Update

Time: Thursday 8:10am - 9:00am Credits: 1 TB

This presentation will provide a recap of the 2017 Legislative Session, including bills that passed, those that failed, a brief overview of the budget and an outlook of next Session. The primary focus will be on finance and taxation issues that impact state and local governments.


Internal Audit - How the Internal Audit Function Facilitates Internal Controls

Time: Thursday 9:00am - 9:50am Credits: 1 AA

This session will address how an internal audit function can help ensure an entity maintains an adequate internal control framework, such as that provided by COSO and the GAO Green Book.   An overview will be provided of the structure and operations of the internal audit function within the City of Tallahassee.  Specific areas addressed will include the scope of work performed by the City's internal audit function, the manner in which audit topics are selected, and the role of risk in in determining what areas should be audited. Actual audits will be discussed to demonstrate how the internal audit function has addressed and resulted in improvements in the City 's internal control framework.


GASB Update

Time: Thursday 10:05am - 11:45am Credits: 2 AA

This session will provide an overview of the GASB pronouncements that become effective in the coming fiscal years.  Some of the projects on GASB's current technical and research agendas will also be discussed.


Common Financial Statement Deficiencies in State and Local Government Financial Reports

Time: Thursday 11:45am - 12:35pm Credits: 1 AA

Every year there are changes in the financial reporting that result in new issues and problems in the financial statements of state and local governments.  Sometimes, old issues continue to be a common problem.  Explore commonly seen financial reporting deficiencies with the goal of helping you prevent these problems from happening to your organization.


Fraud Risk Update

Time: Thursday 1:25pm - 2:15pm Credits: 1 AA

Learn the basics of fraud and what can make governmental entities particularly susceptible to it.


Cyber Security - Updates and Trends Affecting the Public Sector

Time: Thursday 2:15pm - 3:05pm Credits: 1 AA

Public sector organizations are under constant attack from hackers probing networks and web sites, phishing attacks and ransomware.  At the same time, we are under constant pressure to integrate new technology to increase efficiencies, improve processes and maintain transparency.  This session will review the current threats and trends, methods to improve security, and ideas for the future.


Data Analysis Hot Topics for the Public Sector

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

In the digital age, governments have access to data within multiple systems.  Explore ways in which municipalities and state government accounting functions can mine information from their existing data to make processes more efficient, compliance with accounting standards easier, and provide insight into governmental operations.


Understanding the New GASB OPEB Standards:A Closer Look at GASB Statements No. 74 and 75

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

Learn the latest on how to implement the new GASB OPEB standards which are effective in 2017 for OPEB trust fund reporting and 2018 for employer reporting. These new standards were created with the GASB 67 and 68 pension statements as a model, and follow those standards very closely. We will compare and contrast the similarities and important differences between the two and keep you ahead of the implementation curve!


Welcoming Reception

Time: Thursday 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday, August 25, 2017

Auditor General Update

Time: Friday 8:00am - 8:50am Credits: 1 AA

Learn the latest from the Florida Auditor General's Office on current issues pertaining to local governments.


Investments GASB 72 & 79

Time: Friday 8:50am - 9:40am Credits: 1 AA

Examine GASB 72 and 79 including the related accounting and reporting issues. Focus will be on what types of investments meet the reporting criteria under both standards and the related disclosure requirements. Explore a unique perspective into investment valuations and pricing models from an investment consultant’s perspective.


Hot Topics Facing Local Governments - Open Government Laws, Lobbying and Ethics

Time: Friday 9:55am - 10:45am Credits: 1 TB

The increase in public/private partnerships, along with the use of social media and other current trends, has affected open government laws, lobbying and ethics.  This session will explore challenges local governments are facing and the solutions that have been implemented. 


Yellow Book and Single Audit Update

Time: Friday 10:45am - 11:35am Credits: 1 AA

Explore current developments and practice issues related to Single Audits and Yellow Book engagements.


Emerging Accounting & Auditing Issues Facing State and Local Governments

Time: Friday 12:35pm - 1:25pm Credits: 1 AA

This session will provide a high level overview of various issues state and local governments and their auditors may face in implementing recently issued accounting standards such as tax abatement disclosures, OPEB, and fiduciary activities.  We will also discuss the status of several GASB projects expected to have a significant effect on state and local government accounting and financial reporting.


Creating an Ethical Culture: How Leaders Affect Organizational Behavior in Positive and Negative Ways

Time: Friday 1:25pm - 2:15pm Credits: 1 BE

Whether leaders recognize it or not, followers are watching your every move.  The things you say and the things you do can determine whether or not your followers behave ethically or unethically.  We often wonder why good people do bad things.  During this session, you will find that the leader may have more to do with follower behavior than they think.


The Whistle-Blower and Fraud: How Can Accountants Balance Ethics and Responsibility in Fraud Investigations Involving Whistle-Blowers

Time: Friday 2:15pm - 3:05pm Credits: 1 AA

This session will offer techniques for how you, as an accountant or auditor, can be best prepared to interact with the whistle-blower while continuing to manage clients' needs and your regular duties. 



  • 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
  • Manage ethical issues


  • Joel Martin Black, CPA

    PartnerMauldin & Jenkins CPA’sJoel M. Black is a certified public accountant and partner with Mauldin & Jenkins CPA’s (with offices in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee) specializing in serving local and state governmental and non-profit entities throughout the Southeast.  Residing in the Atlanta office, he serves on the firm’s Accounting and Audit Committee.  He currently serves on the...

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  • Lisa R Parker, CPA

    Senior Project Manager Governmental Accounting Standards Board Lisa 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...

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  • Lynda Munion Dennis, CPA, CGFO PhD

    Lynda 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 School of Accounting at the University...

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  • Bruce Allen Nunnally, CGMA,CPA

    Bruce Nunnally has over 30 years of public accounting experience, including 10 years with the international public accounting firm, Ernst & Young, LLP. During his career, Bruce has served clients in a wide range of industries with varied financial reporting requirements. He has been directly responsible for directing audits serving small businesses to Fortune 200 companies. Bruce is a national...

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  • William Blend, CFE, CPA

    ShareholderMSL, PABill Blend is a Shareholder and a member of the Firm’s Governmental Practice Group (GPG). He is the firm’s Shareholder in charge of Quality Control. Bill has over 23 years of public and private sector accounting experience. The goal of the GPG is to work as a team to guarantee the success of our clients. Bill has performed audits on over 30 governmental entities including...

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  • Derek H Noonan, CPA, MBA

    Derek 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; and rules for the conduct of local...

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  • James J Rizzo, ASA, MAAA

    Senior Consultant and ActuaryGabriel, Roeder, Smith & CompanyMr. Rizzo has over 35 years of experience in virtually all aspects of pension, health and retiree medical plans for governmental entities.  He and his team of actuaries and analysts in the Florida office serve over 100 governments for their GASB OPEB needs for funding and accounting.Mr. Rizzo served on the GASB’s Task Force to assist in...

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  • Michael Bret Hood

    After 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 Maricopa Investments case.  Since 2000, Bret has...

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  • Robert Nolan Nevill, CPA,MBA

    As an Audit Partner with Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam, CPAs and Associates, LLP Robert provides assurance services to clients from both the public and private sectors. An accomplished financial business executive, he performs a variety of engagements for nonprofit, government, construction, healthcare and SEC clients. Possessing several years of public accounting experience, Robert has shared...

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  • Mark Alan White, CPA

    PartnerPurvis, Gray and CompanyMark is an Audit Partner with Purvis, Gray and Company, a Statewide CPA firm with offices in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Ocala and Sarasota. With over 38 years of experience, Mark’s career has focused on providing accounting and auditing services to a variety of industries with concentrations in local governments, public utilities and non- profits. In the governmental...

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  • Jack Evatt

    Director/Senior ConsultantAndCoJack is a Director and Senior Consultant with AndCo.  His duties include coordinating consulting initiatives, optimizing investment portfolios, preparing investment manager due diligence reviews, selecting investment managers, developing investment policy guidelines, and preparing performance-monitoring reports. Jack also serves on the firm’s Investment Committee...

    Read more about Jack Evatt here
  • T Bert Fletcher III, CGMA,CPA

    City AuditorCity of TallahasseeResponsibilitiesThe City Auditor directs the auditing function within the City. He is appointed by and works under the administrative direction of the City Commission. As the independent appraiser of City operations, the City Auditor reviews and evaluates activities, both operational and financial, as a service to the City Commission and other Appointed Officials. As...

    Read more about T Bert Fletcher III here
  • Kara Clement-Bayard, CPA, CIA, CISA, CFE

    ManagerRubinBrownKara Clement-Bayard is a Manager in RubinBrown’s Business Advisory Services Group with a focus on risk and IT risk services. She is responsible for leading internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley and consulting engagements. Her client base covers a wide range of industries, with specializations within the manufacturing and distribution, public sector and commercial gaming industry segments...

    Read more about Kara Clement-Bayard here
  • Amber Hughes

    Senior Legislative AdvocateFlorida League of CitiesAmber Hughes is the Senior Legislative Advocate for the Florida League of Cities, a statewide association representing the interest of Florida’s 412 municipal governments. She represents the League on a variety of municipal matters before state agencies and the Florida Legislature with particular focus on finance, taxation, insurance and personnel...

    Read more about Amber Hughes here
  • Robert Rudloff, CISSP-ISSMP

    PartnerRubinBrownRob Rudloff is a Business Advisory Services Partner at RubinBrown. Rob has over 20 years of information security experience on security reviews, mitigation, strategy and architecture development. He consults with clients on a variety of information security projects ranging from penetration testing to security assessments to implementation of security architectures. He began his...

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  • Mary Helen Farris

    General CounselHillsborough County Attorney’s OfficeMary Helen Farris is the General Counsel for the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and has been with the Office since 1992.  Mrs. Farris received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987.  Mrs. Farris practices in the areas of home rule charter, public records, sunshine law...

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  • Trey Scott, CPA

    DirectorMauldin & JenkinsTrey works in the governmental practice of Mauldin & Jenkins.  His experience covers a wide variety of state and local governments in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  Trey became a Director in July 2017.After graduating from Austin College (Sherman, Texas) in 2003, Trey attended graduate school at the University of West Georgia and obtained his Master of Professional...

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Major Topics:

  • Accounting and Auditing Issues
  • Whistleblowing and Fraud
  • Cyber Security and Data Analysis
  • Emerging Issues Facing Governments
  • Creating an Ethical Culture
  • Single Audit and Yellow Book 
  • Governmental Accounting Standards
  • GASB 74/75 OPEB Standards
  • Investments GASB 72 & 79
  • Open Government Laws

Designed For:

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


What Previous Attendees Are Saying...

"The FICPA's State & Local Government Accounting Conference provides me with the opportunity to stay on top of the latest changes in governmental auditing and accounting...and discuss the challenges with other professionals.  I attend every year," -- Julieann Klein, CPA Lombardo Spradley & Klein, CPAs, Daytona Beach

Event Promotions

First Time Attendees

* NEWSLGAC17 promo code offer valid for first-time attendees, applies to in-person or simulcast registration and does not apply to non-member fees. Discount cannot be combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases/registrations.

FGFOA Attendees

**The nonmember fee is waived for active members of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA), the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) and the Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC) on registrations for the State & Local Government Accounting Conference and Simulcast only. To receive the member price, you must place your registration through our Member Service Center by calling (850) 224-2727 or (800) 342-3197.