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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 12: Data Analytics at the Palm Beach County OIG

Megan Gaillard, Audit Director, Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General

Megan Gaillard, Audit Director, Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General

On this episode, we speak with Megan Gaillard, audit director at the Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General. We discuss how her office uses data analytics tools and techniques to identify auditees, audit findings and even fraud. For bonus content, check out the accompanying presentation.

Episode 11: OMB Circular A-123 Appendix C

Heather Pajak, Senior Policy Analyst at The White House, Office of Management and Budget

Heather Pajak, Senior Policy Analyst at The White House, Office of Management and Budget

Join us as we talk with Heather Pajak from the Office of Management and Budget! We discuss how the OMB Circular A-123 Appendix C addresses enterprise risk management and will reduce the burden on federal agencies reporting improper payments.

Episode 10: City of Fairfax Citizen Centric Report

Jon Stehle, City of Fairfax City Council and Ann Ebberts, CEO, AGA

Jon Stehle, City of Fairfax City Council and
Ann Ebberts, CEO, AGA

Join Jon Stehle, a Fairfax, Va. City Council member and AGA CEO Ann Ebberts as they discuss Fairfax's Citizen-Centric Report (CCR), as well as other CCRs from around the country. We hope this podcast inspires you to create a CCR for your organization! View the City of Fairfax's CCR here

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

On this episode of “Accountability Talks,” Paul speaks with Michelle Huckabay, MAIS, CPA, CGFM, deputy controller for the State of Arizona. During this episode, she talks with about AGA's Fraud Prevention Toolkit, robotics process automation, collaboration with other government agencies, attracting new talent and the Arizona Management System.

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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!

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