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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 Director at AOC Solutions and avid AGA member. He has worked in the government accountability world for nearly 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 9: State of Arizona

Michelle Huckabay, MAIS, CPA, CGFM, Deputy Controller, State of Arizona

Michelle Huckabay, MAIS, CPA, CGFM, Deputy Controller, State of Arizona

Welcome podcast listeners. Today we speak with Michelle Huckabay, MAIS, CPA, CGFM, Deputy Controller at the State of Arizona, about AGA's Fraud Prevention Toolkit, robotics process automation, collaboration with other government agencies, attracting new talent and the Arizona Management System (see link: https://ams.az.gov/).

Episode 8: AGA Past National President Jim Arnette

Jim Arnette, AGA Past National President

Jim Arnette, AGA Past National President

On this episode of Accountibility Talks, hear from AGA Past National President Jim Arnette on his accomplishments and experiences from the past year.

Episode 7: Blockchain and Robotics

Craig Fischer, <br />Office of Financial Innovation and<br />Transofrmation, U.S. Department of Treasury

Craig Fischer,
Office of Financial Innovation and
Transofrmation, U.S. Department of Treasury

Curious how blockchain and robotics can help your organization work more efficiently? On this episode we speak with Craig Fischer from U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT) to learn how his agency incorporates these technologies into its initiatives. 

Episode 6: Young Professionals

Alex Yow, Associate, Grant Thornton LLP

Alex Yow, Associate, Grant Thornton LLP

Interested in getting involved with AGA, networking with government and private sector thought leaders and making a difference early on in your career?  You came to the right place!  Join us as we speak with Alex Yow, associate with Grant Thorton, to learn his AGA story and how his AGA membership has helped him grow his career in government accountability.

Episode 5: Jeff Steinhoff

Jeff Steinhoff, Managing Director, KPMG Government Institute

Jeff Steinhoff, Managing Director, KPMG Government Institute

Jeff Steinhoff is one of the undisputed legends in the field of government accountability. During this episode, we have the opportunity to hear about Jeff's experiences as a leader in the government accountability community as he discusses mentoring, how to work with leadership, navigate your career and much more.

Episode 4: Grants Management

Lucy Mungle, U.S. Department of Justice  and Doug Godesky, The Corporation for National and Community Service

Lucy Mungle, U.S. Department of Justice and
Doug Godesky, The Corporation for National and Community Service

Join us as we discuss grants management with Lucy Mungle from the Department of Justice and Doug Godesky from the Corporation for National and Community Service. During this episode, we talk about AGA’s Candidate Assessment Tool for Grants Management Professionals that helps hiring managers identify candidates who have the right skill sets for grant management and serves as a self-assessment for current grants professionals. We also discuss the common financial management issues grantees face throughout the grants lifecycle and how to fix them.

Episode 3: The U.S. Coast Guard’s Journey to Auditability

Mark Rose, CGFM, CPA,<br />Director of Financial Operations/Comptroller, U.S. Coast Guard

Mark Rose, CGFM, CPA,
Director of Financial Operations/Comptroller, U.S. Coast Guard

As the U.S. Department of Defense and intelligence community agencies attempt to obtain their first audit opinions, we thought it would be a good time to speak with an agency that’s “been there, done that” – namely the U.S. Coast Guard. Mark Rose, director of financial operations/comptroller for the U.S. Coast Guard, walks us through the long and challenging journey to auditability, as well as how to keep a clean opinion once you’ve got one!

Episode 2: The AGA Journal

Wendy Payne, MPA, CGFM, CPA and Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, PMP

Wendy Payne, MPA, CGFM, CPA and
Wendy Morton-Huddleston, CGFM, PMP

Have you ever wondered how to write and submit a scholarly article to the Journal of Government Financial Management? Learn tips and best practices from AGA insider experts, Wendy Payne and Wendy Morton-Huddleston.

Wendy Payne discusses her role on the Journal board, where she reviewed submissions and provided guidance to budding accountability journalists. Wendy Morton-Huddleston provides the perspective of someone who has submitted several articles (successfully) to the Journal!   Get a copy of AGA’s “How-To” guide for submitting articles

How to Write for the Journal

Episode 1: Enterprise Risk Management at the Architect of the Capitol

Tom Carroll, CFO, Architect of the Capitol

Tom Carroll, CFO, Architect of the Capitol

In our inaugural episode, we check in with Architect of the Capitol's CFO, Tom Carroll, to learn what inspired this legislative branch agency to implement an Enterprise Risk Management program. We discuss challenges, successes and how to talk about risk openly with senior leaders and the Office of the Inspector General.