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"Accountability Talks" is a podcast focused on the government accountability community. We hope these conversations will enlighten and inspire you as you navigate your career, provide fascinating insights from government thought leaders and encourage you to take part in this vibrant community. 

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About the Host

Paul Marshall, CPA, CGFM, CIA, CICA, PMP is a Vice President at the MIL Corporation and avid AGA member. He has worked in the government accountability world for 20 years supporting audits, audit readiness, financial reporting, accounting operations, process improvement, software implementation, enterprise risk management and pretty much anything else you can think of. Paul has also served on AGA boards at the Northern Virginia Chapter and National level and is passionate about sharing best practices in government accounting.

 

Current Episodes

 

Episode 25 - Agile and GAO

Jennifer Leotta, Asst. Director, GAO and Michael Holland, Asst. Director, GAO

Jennifer Leotta, Asst. Director, GAO and
Michael Holland, Asst. Director, GAO

Today we speak with Jennifer Leotta and Michael Holland from GAO about their upcoming Agile guide, agile development, best practices, challenges and the future of agile in the government!

Episode 24 - Quality Assurance at the DHS OIG

Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

Tom Salmon, Assistant Inspector General, Audit Services Office, HHS

Want to learn how IGs ensure the quality of their reports, investigations and professional staff? Today we chat with Tom Salmon from DHS OIG about quality assurance of audits, investigations, inspections and agency internal affairs offices. 

Episode 23 - G-Invocing and RPA at the ARC

Marisa Schmader, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Marisa Schmader, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Join us as we chat with Marisa Schmader from the Treasury on this "two-fer" podcast! We discuss G-Invoicing. What is it? What do agencies need to do? When do agencies start using it for inter-agency agreements? Then we turn to innovative use of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) at the Treasury's shared service provider, the ARC. RPA is helping the ARC do more with less, learn all about it.

Links: 
G-Invoicing Training: https://www.fiscal.treasury.gov/g-invoice/training.html
G-Invoicing Home Page: https://www.fiscal.treasury.gov/g-invoice/ 
G-Invoicing Program Guide: https://fiscal.treasury.gov/ussgl/resources-g-invoicing-program-guide.html
Treasury ARC: https://arc.fiscal.treasury.gov/

Episode 22: Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act

Linda Miller, Director, Grant Thornton LLP and Rebecca Shea, Director, GAO

Linda Miller, Director, Grant Thornton LLP and
Rebecca Shea, Director, GAO

Linda Miller from Grant Thornton and Rebecca Shea from GAO discuss the Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act. We discuss what agencies need to do to comply with the act, report on fraud and put together an approach to detect, and hopefully prevent, fraud.

Episode 21: The Future of Audit

Andrew Lewis, Partner, Federal Audit, KPMG and Heidi Williams, Senior Manager, KPMG

Andrew Lewis, Partner, Federal Audit, KPMG and
Heidi Williams, Senior Manager, KPMG

Today we speak with Andrew Lewis and Heidi Williams from KPMG about the future of audit. We'll cover the skillsets that future auditor and technology CFOs need to know and the direction audits are headed.

 

Episode 20: The ABCDs of Technology and the Federal CFO

John B. Hill, Assistant Commissioner for Payment Management Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Mike Wetklow, CGFM, CPA, Deputy CFO, National Science Foundation and Douglas A. Glenn, former AGA National President

John B. Hill, Assistant Commissioner for Payment Management Bureau of the Fiscal Service,
Mike Wetklow, CGFM, CPA, Deputy CFO, National Science Foundation and Douglas A. Glenn, former AGA National President

On this episode we chat with John Hill, Mike Wetklow and Doug Glenn about the ABCDs of Technology — Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cyber and Data Analytics. Based on an AGA Journal article by John, Mike and Doug, we deep dive into what tomorrow, and today's, CFO needs to know about the ABCDs!

Episode 19: GASB

David Vaudt, Chairman, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)

David Vaudt, Chairman, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)

On this episode, we speak with the chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), David Vaudt. We learn about the standard setting process, the makeup of the board and major projects underway in the state and local government accounting world. Learn more about GASB at their website: gasb.org.

Episode 18: Leadership and Vision

John Hill, Assistant Commissioner for Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT), U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service

John Hill, Assistant Commissioner for Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT), U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service

Today we speak with John Hill from the Treasury about leadership and vision. We discuss the Treasury's recently released Vision for the Future of Federal Financial Management, as well as why it's important for government leaders to have vision. Click here for a copy of the Treasury's report or visit Treasury's website.

Episode 17: Evidence, Cost and Performance

Ann Ebberts, CEO, AGA, Nick Hart, Director, Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center and Robert Shea, Principal, Grant Thornton LLP

Ann Ebberts, CEO, AGA,
Nick Hart, Director, Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative, Bipartisan Policy Center and Robert Shea, Principal, Grant Thornton LLP

On this episode, Ann Ebberts, Nick Hart and Robert Shea discuss how to bridge the gap between evidence, cost and performance. We cover the newly enacted Foundations for Evidence-Based Policy Making Act, discuss how we can determine "what we get for what we spent" and how CFOs, Public Information Officers and Chief Evaluation Officers can collaborate to bridge the gap.

Links: Building Insights

Bipartisan Policy Center: https://bipartisanpolicy.org/

Episode 16: CAROI

Rich Rasa, Office of Inspector General, US Department of Education

Rich Rasa, Office of Inspector General, US Department of Education

During this episode, Rich Rasa from the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, discusses the Cooperative Audit Resolution and Oversight Initiative (CAROI). Rich was the architect of this innovative program and we learn about its origins, evolution over time and how both auditors and auditees can benefit from using the CAROI approach. For more info on CAROI, including implementation guides see: www.agacgfm.org/tools-resources/intergovhome.aspx

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