President’s Message

March-April 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Virus concerns, and recent recommendations from the State of Arizona and the Federal Government, we have moved a number of our planned in-person meetings to virtual.  We will update you as we have new information, through our website and our weekly e-mails.  Please check these sources regularly, because as new information becomes available changes may occur.  I would also like to say, with all that is going on around us, we at Phoenix AGA hope that you are staying safe and finding ways to creatively work remotely or safely in the office.  The work that you do is extremely important to maintaining the financial resources to keep the government operating and working for its citizens.  Please keep up the good work. 

Here is what we have been up to in March.  We welcomed one new transfer member to the Phoenix AGA, Heston with Eastern Arizona College.  Welcome, Heston, we are glad to have you here!  We also held one in-person meeting earlier in the month on March 4th.  At this event we recognized our CGFMs, during the CGFM month celebrations.  This year we were fortunate to receive proclamations from the State of Arizona and the City of Phoenix.  Both of these proclamations can be viewed on our website, here.  Our second event on March 25th, on the topic of Cybersecurity – Mitigating Threats and Hacks, will be moved to a virtual event, and the registration is now closed.  This event is worth two (2) CPEs.  Thank you, AGA National for making this happen! 

We will also change the April 8th meeting on Ethics to a virtual event.  You can now register on our website.  As the event nears, you will be provided with additional instructions for confirming your information for virtual attendance.  Later in the month on April 24th, we were scheduled to hold our annual Professional Development Training.  Again, due to government recommendations, we will once again need to look at whether to hold this meeting virtually, or reschedule it for another time.  We have heard from many of you about your preference towards moving this to a virtual event.  We will work with our Board, and presenters to gear up to transforming this event to a virtual only meeting.  Please stay tuned to our weekly e-mails and website for the details and a confirmation of these changes, which we expect to communicate by the end of March. 

As we near the end of March, do not forget to renew your AGA membership. This would be easy to do, with all that is going on, but it is due by the end of the month. In order to renew, use this link to login to the AGA website, and then proceed to checkout.  It is as easy as that.

Just a reminder that you can keep informed about all of our upcoming events and the status on our website, here.    Again, thank you for your support of the Phoenix Chapter, and your patience as we work towards continuing to find ways to deliver quality CPE opportunities to you during this time! 

Michelle Huckabay, CPA, CGFM, President of the AGA Phoenix Chapter

Upcoming Events

Ethics

Date:  April 8, 2020
Location: Virtual Event

April 8th | Audio Conference 11:00am - 12:50pm | 2 CPEs

The Psychology Behind Unethical Behavior & The Role Technology Plays in Unethical Behavior. This Webinar will help you recognize alarming ways that ethics is being compromised in the workplace. It will also help you become more cognizant of the ethical dilemma companies face in their quest for more advanced technology.

Speakers:

Dr. Alfred Robinson, Chief J1 , DoD

2020 AGA Professional Development Training

Date:  April 24, 2020
Location: Virtual Event

8 hours of CPE. 

PDT Welcome Address (8:00AM - 8:10AM): Michelle Huckabay, President, AGA Phoenix Chapter

Session 1 (8:10AM – 9:00AM) - Preparing for the Future of Accountability - Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
Speaker: AGA President - Ernie Almonte, CGFM, CPA, CFF, CFE
Description:  Discussion on future proofing ourselves, our organizations, and our profession. The development of new skills and where to apply them to put us on a path to success. 

 

Session 2 (9:10AM – 10:00AM)  - Controls Audit
Speaker: Tamiya Dickerson, CPA
Description: 


Session 3 (10:10AM – 11:00AM) - New Financial Reporting Model for Governments 
Speaker: Henry + Horne, LLP - Brian Hemmerle, CPA, CFE
Description: It’s coming, the new financial reporting model for governments.  In this presentation we will take a look at the model that is likely to effect every government accountant in coming years.


Session 4 (11:10AM – 12:00PM) - Cyber Security
Speaker: State of Arizona, Owen Zorge 
Description: 


Lunch Break 12:00PM - 12:30PM


Session 5 (12:30PM – 1:20PM) - 2020 State Treasurer Updates
Speaker: State of Arizona Treasurer's Office, Mark Swenson
Description:  This session  will provide an update on how the State Treasurer's Office investments are doing, what the projections are for the future, provide any new or proposed legislative changes impacting the Treasurer's Office, and discuss how the Education Land Trust for Schools funding is doing.


Session 6 (1:30PM – 2:45 PM) - GASB & AICPA Updates
Speaker: Arizona Auditor General's Office, Michael Stelpstra, CPA
Description: The GASB and AICPA have been busy this year issuing many new accounting, auditing, and attestation standards and a revised ethics interpretation for government auditors.  This session will review the new guidance along with other standards Arizona governments will need to implement in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. We will also look at other projects the GASB and AICPA are working on.

 

Session 7 (3:00PM – 4:15 PM)  - Panel Discussion on the Challenges and Opportunities in Government Finance
Panelists: Michelle Huckabay, CCGFM, CPA (facilitator) -  Maricopa County PDS Administrator, Lauren Cochran - City of Scottsdale Treasurer, Jeff Nichols, CPA - Town of Gilbert Accounting Manager,Tanya Wright 
Description:   Discussion with leaders in the government finance community about some of the challenges and opportunities facing their organizations and how they are coming up with unique solutions, big or small, to address some of these issues.  This will provide a candid discussion, among organizations, so that we can learn from each other on what works and what does not.


Speakers:
Ernie Almonte, CGFM, CPA, CFF, CFE  AGA National President
Tamiya Dickerson,CPA  Partner of Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
Brian Hemmerle, CPA, CFE, Senior Manager at Henry + Horne
Owen Zorge, State of Arizona
Mark Swenson, Arizona State Treasurer's Office
Michael Stelpstra,CPA Manager in Professional Practices Group at Auditor General's Office
Lauren Cochran, PDS Administrator at Maricopa County
Jeff Nichols,CPA  Treasurer at City of Scottsdale
Tanya Wright, Accounting Manger at Town of Gilbert

Disclaimer: This event is virtual only.

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