2020 Government Accounting & Auditing Conference - BOTH DAYS (GAAC20)
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2020 Government Accounting & Auditing Conference - BOTH DAYS (GAAC20)

 Export to Your Calendar 11/12/2020 to 11/13/2020
When: November 12-13, 2020
8:00 AM until 4:20 PM
Where: Doubletree by Hilton Lafayette & Livestream
1521 W. Pinhook Road
Lafayette, Louisiana  70508
United States
Presenter: Various
Contact: 2020 Government Accounting & Auditing Conference - BOTH DAYS

Online registration is available until: 11/12/2020
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2020 Government Accounting & Auditing Conference

November 12-13 • In-Person or Online

Cut through the fog.

Entities of all kinds have had to adapt to a new way of doing things this year, including governmental agencies. What hasn't changed is the need for constant improvements in processes, increased demands for transparency, and ever-evolving regulations. And the stakes for compliance have never been greater.

The 2020 Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference will give you the tools you need to cut through the confusion, make sense of recent changes, and chart a clear path to success. The lineup is packed with seasoned practitioners and local officials so you’re getting the information you need from the people who know best.

Join us in-person or online!

Since Louisiana has moved to Phase 3, we are moving forward with both an in-person and online option for attendees. All state and local mandates/guidelines will be followed, which means:

  • In-person registration will be limited to accommodate more space per person in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
  • Masks will be required.

We are closely monitoring the situation with the understanding that things could change quickly and could ultimately have to go all-virtual. In that case, all in-person registrants will be transferred to the virtual option. If you prefer to cancel, you will be given a full refund.

2020 Ethics


Thursday, November 12
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:30 am

GASB Update

Becky Hammond, CPA, CISA, CITP, CGAP • Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC • New Orleans, LA

A review of recent GASB pronouncements and projects in process with emphasis on the impact in Louisiana governments and their auditors.

9:30 – 9:50 am Break/Visit Exhibitors
9:50 – 10:40 am

Yellow Book Update

J. Michael Inzina, CPA, CGFM, CGMA • Altec, Inc. • Monroe, LA

The 2018 Government Auditing Standards is effective for periods ending June 30, 2020, and later. What's new as far as requirements? What new engagements are incorporated into the guidance? This session will get you up to speed on what your responsibilities (including documentation) will be.

10:40 – 11:30 am

Current Local Government Issues

Bradley Cryer, CPA • Assistant Legislative Auditor and Director of Local Government Services – Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office • Baton Rouge, LA

This session will address current local government accounting and auditing issues relative to COVID-19. Topics will also include Legislative Auditor actions and administrative changes impacting practitioners.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch/Visit Exhibitors
12:30 – 1:30 pm

COVID-19 Legal Issues

Jenifer Schaye, JD, CFE • General Counsel – Louisiana Legislative Auditor • Baton Rouge, LA

This session will cover the impact of COVID-19 on the Open Meetings Law, Public Records Law, Local Government Budget Act, and Public Bid Law. Extra time will be spent on the Certification, which is required for teleconferencing of public meetings.

1:30 – 2:20 pm

Peer Review Update

James W. Brackens, Jr., CPA, CGMA • AICPA • Durham, NC

This session will cover recent developments in peer review, including results from the Enhancing Audit Quality initiative, changes made and planned as a result of COVID and the Cares Act, and changes in technology.

2:20 – 2:40 pm Break/Visit Exhibitors
2:40 – 3:30 pm Professional Issues Update
Ron Gitz, CPA, CGMA • CEO – Society of Louisiana CPAs • Kenner, LA
3:30 - 4:20 pm

Stress Busters: Learning Skills to Improve Our Stress Reactions

Dr. Mkay Bonner • Bonner Solutions & Services, APC • Calhoun, LA

The year of 2020 has impacted our lives in ways we could have never imagined. COVID-19 changed almost everyone’s life. You may have been good at managing stress before 2020, but your techniques may not be as effective with the new dilemmas that you face. Stress reduces our energy and our health, while it creates havoc with our relationships. Dr. Bonner will discuss techniques for reducing the impact of stress and will explore methods of coping that can increase your overall happiness and well-being.

4:30 – 5:20 pm
Lagniappe Session

Improving Your Efficiency and Effectiveness With Excel

Steven Kraemer • Senior Advisor, Advisory Services – Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office • Baton Rouge, LA

Learn how to improve your efficiency and effectiveness when using Excel. Topics include Excel IF statements, VBA/macros, and a unique approach to problem solving in Excel.

Friday, November 13
7:30 – 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am

Single Audit Update and 2020 OMB Compliance Supplement

Becky Hammond, CPA, CISA, CITP, CGAP • Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC • New Orleans, LA

A review of the 2020 OMB Compliance Supplement and other information of interest to auditors performing Single Audits and government finance officers responsible for compliance with Single Audit requirements.

9:00 – 10:00 am

Risk Assessment Under GAAS

Kurt Oestriecher, CPA • Oestriecher & Company • Alexandria, LA

It has been several years since the Auditing Standards Board issued the Risk Assessment Standards, yet our profession still struggles with implementation. A recent survey of peer reviewers found over half of 400 audits they reviewed were non-conforming due to lack of compliance with the risk assessment standards. This session will highlight not only the standards, but also implementation and integration with practice tools such as PPC Smart Practice Aids.

10:00 – 10:20 am Break/Visit Exhibitors
10:20 – 11:10 am

Internal Controls in Today’s Remote Working Environment

Tiffani M. Dorsa, CPA • Postlethwaite & Nettervillle • Baton Rouge, LA
Diane B. Allison, CPA, CGMA, CGFO, CLSBA • Orleans Parish School Board • New Orleans, LA

Working in a remote environment certainly comes with its challenges. Those challenges often involve the ability to access information and to approve transactions. Understanding the importance and types of internal controls in this new normal can keep your organization from being a victim of fraud and misappropriation. In this session, you’ll hear from a school board comptroller and an auditor on those internal controls which are considered the most important in this current remote environment.

11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Cybersecurity Update

Les Nettleton • Bourgeois Bennett, LLC • New Orleans, LA

During the past year, attacks have become more complex and are now focusing on ransom and financial fraud. Add in the complexities created by COVID-19 and cybersecurity is more important than ever. This session will look at working from home, moving company files from servers to numerous locations, and the risks associated with addressing the issues of COVID-19. This session examines social engineering and the importance of a security training program. Plus, you’ll learn how to identify and address email threats, ransomware, and scams.

12:10 – 1:10 pm Lunch/Visit Exhibitors
1:10 – 2:00 pm

Investigative Auditing: A Case Study

Kevin Kelley, CPA, CFE • Investigative Audit Manager – Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office • Baton Rouge, LA

This presentation will discuss a forensic report regarding the Town of Sterlington and describe what was reported and how the fraud was discovered.

2:00 – 3:00 pm

How to Identify and Deal With Fiscal Stress

Shane Kavanagh • Government Finance Officers Association • Chicago, IL

Local governments everywhere are experiencing financial distress. This presentation demonstrates the GFOA’s 12-step process for recovering from financial distress. The session also covers technical issues, such as methods for reducing costs, as well as the leadership and management issues you must account for in a successful recovery.

3:00 – 3:20 pm Break/Visit Exhibitors
3:20 – 4:20 pm

Effect of COVID-19 on Local Government Revenues

Gina V. Brown, MPA, CIA, CGAP, CRMA • Manager, Performance Audit Services – Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office • Baton Rouge, LA
Edward P. Seyler • Economist – Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office • Baton Rouge, LA

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a nationwide economic downturn and highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression. To help local governments with planning, and to help state officials to assess the scope of the impact on local governments, LLA created a forecast of the impact of COVID-19 on local government sales tax, ad valorem tax, severance tax, mineral royalty, and gaming revenues. This presentation will provide an overview of the methodology used, highlight the regions of the state that are expected to experience the worst impacts, and explore how this relates to the state's long-term economic outlook.

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DoubleTree by Hilton

1521 W. Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA

Group Rate: $129*
Cut-off date: 10/28

*Note: Mention LCPA’s 2020 Government Accounting & Auditing Conference to get this rate when reserving by phone.

Reserve Without Reservation! Cancellations are accepted 48 hours prior to arrival without penalty.

Registration Information

Both Days

Members: $419

Non-Members: $619

CPE: Up to 17 CPE credits

Acronym: GAAC20


First Day Only

Members: $295

Non-Members: $395

CPE: Up to 9 CPE credits

Acronym: GAAC120


Second Day Only

Members: $295

Non-Members: $395

CPE: Up to 8 CPE credits

Acronym: GAAC220


Non-CPA staff of LCPA members may attend at the member rate.
Prices are good through October 28. After October 28, prices increase $50.
Upon checkout you will be asked to select the in-person or livestream webcast option.

To register by phone, call the LCPA Member Service Center at 800.288.5272 or 504.464.1040, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.\
To register by mail, fill out our Individual Registration Form and mail it to 2400 Veterans Blvd., Suite 500, Kenner, LA 70062.
Need to register more than one person? Fill out our Group Registration Form and email it to register@lcpa.org.