President’s Message

December 2019

November was another busy month for us at the Phoenix Chapter of AGA.  This month we welcomed two new members, William from ASU and Bradford from the City of Scottsdale.  Welcome William and Bradford!  Also, during this month, on the 6th, members of the Board provided outreach to students in the Accounting Society at Grand Canyon University, on the opportunities in Government Financial Management.  We look forward to a continued relationship with this group, and were glad for this opportunity to share.  Also, on the topic of students, if you happen to be a student, or know a student that might qualify, we are now accepting applications for our scholarship through the end of December.  You can find the application, on our website under scholarship opportunity.

Additionally, during November, we held our monthly education event at Skysong, on November 20th.  It was nice to see such a great turnout at the event.  Speakers, Cindy Goelz and Mayra Hourigan presented on the topic of “Trends in Budgeting and Forecasting in Government” at this meeting.  Thank you to our speakers, and thank you to all of you who attended this meeting. 

For our December meeting, we will be back at the Department of Education on December 11th.  This will be an audio conference on the topic of “Controlling Your Bots”.  This event will be worth two (2) CPE, and unfortunately no virtual attendance is available for this meeting, since it will be an audio conference.  However, during this meeting, we will also hold our annual holiday party, so certainly this is an event worth attending in person.  We will raffle off some goodies, and have some good holiday cheer, so come out and join us!

Also, in December, we will hold our first community service event of the year.  We will participate along-side the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) local chapter at the Feed My Starving Children’s Hope Filled Holiday Arizona Mobile Pack event, on December 6th and 7th.  You can register online for this event through a link in our weekly event e-mails, or by clicking here to register for Friday, and here to register for Saturday.  If you need more information, please e-mail us here. It would be great to see the Phoenix Chapter of AGA represented at these two events!

Besides the opportunity to network and give back to the community, we know that a big reason that many of you are members of AGA, is because of the opportunity to attend quality CPE events, at a discounted rate.  Then here is something that you certainly will not want to miss.  The Financial Systems Summit is coming up on January 9th.  This event will be held in Washington DC, but you can also attend the meeting virtually.  Also, if you are a member of AGA, there is no cost to you.  Check it out, here.

Again, thank you for your continued support of the Phoenix Chapter, and we hope to see you in December! 

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

Upcoming Events

Uniform Guidance Webinar

Date:  January 8, 2020
ASU Skysong 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. 301 Ingenuity Conf Room Phoenix, AZ 85257

Information and trends on the topic of uniform guidance will be discussed in this webinar. This event is a great opportunity to meet your peers in government finance.

Professional Ethics Update for CPAs

Date:  January 17, 2020
Maricopa Community College 2411 W. 14th Street Tempe, Arizona 85281

Constantly updated, this course is designed to meet the Arizona biennial four-hour ethics CPE requirement for CPAs renewing their licenses. In addition to meeting Arizona State Board of Accountancy requirements, the course includes materials designed to reinforce the CPA's practical understanding of professional ethics standards.

Tax and Retirement Updates

Date:  February 28, 2020
1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. SkySong - Room SS3 130 Synergy I Scottsdale, AZ 85257

  • Discussion on the status of the Arizona State Retirement System
  • Discussion on Deferred Compensation
  • IRS update on Federal Income Tax
  • Department of Revenue update on State Income Tax
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