State and Local Government Accounting Conference

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Friday, August 23, 2019
Rosen Plaza Hotel - 9700 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819-8100
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.

$465.00 Early Registration (through 08/22/2019)
$520.00 Regular Price
$715.00 Early Registration (through 08/22/2019)
$770.00 Regular Price
Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 19/SLGAC
Level: Update
Vendor: Florida Institute of CPAs
Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental), Accounting (Governmental)


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SLGAC Conference Chair: Corinne 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 (in-person and via simulcast) the information they need to navigate the ethical and practical demands of public services.  From GASB, Legislative and Auditor General updates to Sunshine Laws and Internal Controls and Capital Assets, 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 Early Bird discounted rates and the 15% discount for 5 registrants or more from the same organization.  FGFOA, FAC and FACC members can also come at member rates.  We want to see you in Orlando in May!

Network.  Collaborate.  Investigate. Learn.  Enjoy.

CPE Credit:

This conference qualifies for 14 Accounting & Auditing (AA), 2 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 22, 2019

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Time: Thursday 7:15am - 8:00am

Introductions & Opening Remarks

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

GASB Update

Time: Thursday 8:10am - 9:50am 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 agenda and research agenda.


Cybersecurity Trends for State and Local Government

Time: Thursday 10:05am - 10:55am Credits: 1 TB

As state and local governments continue to expand resources and technologies to support operations, cybersecurity risks with these new solutions continue to present unique security challenges. Increased frequency and complexity of attacks, such as ransomeware and social engineering, create urgency in developing comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to manage the ever-evolving risks.  Learn about the current cybersecurity risks and trends impacting state and local government and approaches to effectively manage these risks.


Yellow Book and A & A Update

Time: Thursday 10:55am - 12:35pm Credits: 2 AA

Learn the latest on accounting and auditing standards including the GAO's Yellow Book, Uniform Guidance, the Florida Single Audit Act and changes from the Accounting Standards Board (ASB).


Data and Analytics in Auditing: Past, Present and Future

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

New data analytic tools and advanced cognitive technologies hold the power to transform how clients do business and auditors deliver services.  Learn how these evolving technologies are beginning to re-shape the auditing and accounting professions.


Emerging Issues in Government Accounting & Auditing

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

Discuss emerging issues affecting state and local governments and their auditors.  Explore the issues associated with implementing recent GASB standards such as fiduciary activities, asset retirement obligations and leases.  Examine 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 expenses/expenditure recognition projects.  Challenges to implement the requirements of the 2018 Government Auditing Standards will also be reviewed.


Working in the Sunshine: An Overview of Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws

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

Explore Florida's "Sunshine" law as related to public meetings and public records.


OPEB Lessons Learned: A Panel Discussion

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

A panel discussion on the implementation of the OPEB accounting and reporting standards - the challenges as well as the benefits of these new standards. 


Friday, August 23, 2019

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Time: Friday 7:30am - 8:00am

Nailing Down Accounting and Financial Reporting for Capital Assets

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

Capital assets are an unavoidable fact of life for governments of all types and sizes.  Accounting and financial reporting for these important assets, however, frequently give rise to theoretical and practical challenges.  This session will provide a comprehensive overview to help accountants and auditors address these challenges.


Auditor General Update

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

Update from the Auditor General's Office on current issues pertaining to local governments.


Legislative Update

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

This session will provide an update on bills of interest from the 2019 Florida Legislative Session.


Third Party Risk Management & Third Party Controls Due Diligence

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

Learn about the third party risk management life cycle; how to develop controls and assess compliance and information security risks involved with using vendors.  Understand how to manage these risks on an ongoing basis.


Fraud Brainstorming and Interviewing Techniques for Auditors and Accountants

Time: Friday 1:25pm - 3:05pm Credits: 2 AA

Two of the most important requirements under SAS99 (the fraud auditing standard) are the engagement team brainstorming and expanded inquiries of auditee personnel.  The skill with which these important requirements are carried out can mean the difference between discovering material fraud and...a lawsuit.  Learn why brainstorming is important; rules for effective brainstorming; the brainstorming documentation dilemma; and integrating brainstorming results with interviewing and vice versa.  These requirements definitely demand that auditors develop new skills and change the way they conduct audits.  Utilize case studies and role-playing exercises to provide hands-on insights into these important skill sets.



  • 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


  • David Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM

    ChairmanCotton & Company LLP Dave Cotton is chairman of Cotton & Company LLP, Certified Public Accoun¬tants, headquartered in Alexan¬dria, Virginia.  The firm was founded in 1981 and has a practice concentration in assist-ing Federal and State government agencies, inspectors general, and government grantees and contractors with a variety of govern¬ment program-related assurance and advisory...

    Read more about David Cotton here
  • 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...

    Read more about Lisa R Parker here
  • Justin A Thames, DPL

    Justin 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 and regulatory objectives, meeting with state legislators...

    Read more about Justin A Thames here
  • 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...

    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
  • James Andrew Halleran, CPA,MST

    PartnerJames Moore & Co, PLJames has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting profession, with an emphasis on governmental and nonprofit accounting and auditing. During his tenure with James Moore, he has been extensively involved with entities that receive state and federal financial assistance subject to Government Auditing Standards, the Florida Single Audit Act and OMB Uniform Grant...

    Read more about James Andrew Halleran here
  • 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...

    Read more about Derek H Noonan here
  • 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...

    Read more about James J Rizzo here
  • William V Spinelli, CPA,MBA

    As Chief Administration Officer (CAO), Bill Spinelli, ensures the Sheriff’s Office administrative departments are delivering the required services in a consistent, efficient and responsible manner while providing commendable customer service. This office provides guidance, direction, coordination and leadership of BCSO services and initiatives. Before joining BCSO on September 30, 2019 Bill served...

    Read more about William V Spinelli here
  • Joel Anthony Knopp, CPA

    ShareholderMSL CPAs & AdvisorsJoel Knopp is a shareholder with MSL’s Governmental Practice Group.  Joel has over 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing and has provided services to numerous municipalities, counties, school boards, special districts, and not-for-profit organizations.Joel has performed audits on over 50 governmental entities subject to Government Auditing Standards and...

    Read more about Joel Anthony Knopp here
  • Laura Donaldson, Esq.

    ShareholderManson Bolves Donaldson Varn, PALaura Jacobs Donaldson, a Shareholder with Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn in its Tampa office, is a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in the area of City, County and Local Government. She represents clients before legislative and executive branches of government on local government, environmental and growth management issues. Laura also serves as general...

    Read more about Laura Donaldson 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

    Stephen 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 the...

    Read more about Stephen J. Gauthier here
  • Sean Arthur Dennis

    Sean Dennis is currently a faculty member in the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting at the University of Central Florida. Prior to this, he served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky. He holds a BBA in Accounting and a MS in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was a Senior...

    Read more about Sean Arthur Dennis here
  • Trevor Krause

    ManagerCrowe HorwathTrevor Krause has been with Crowe Horwath LLP for seven years, providing cybersecurity and penetration testing services to clients in multiple service industries.Trevor’s work experience within Risk Technology includes, network security assessments, detailed technical analysis, internal and external penetration testing, supporting clients with compliance to various regulations...

    Read more about Trevor Krause here
  • Kassi Wilson, CAMS

    Third Party Risk Consulting ManagerCrowe LLPKassi Wilson is a manager at Crowe in the Third Party Risk Consulting Group. Kassi has been with Crowe for 5 years, and started with the Anti-Money Laundering team, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. On the Third Party Risk Team she specializes in leading and managing Third Party information Security Assessments for a variety of clients...

    Read more about Kassi Wilson here

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

* NEWSLGAC19 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.