President’s Message
October 2017

On September 13th the Chapter held a very successful class on Advanced Excel with instructor Gregory Cleveland, with over 50 people in attend-ance.  Mr. Cleveland was very personable in his approach to sharing tips and tricks in Excel, like using pivot tables and macros, as well as other functions.  Thank you, Mr. Cleveland, and to you who attended this class.

Our next meeting will be held on October 11th.  This will be an audio conference on the topic of internal controls from 10:30 AM to 12:50 PM and will be worth two CPE credits.  The meeting will be held at ASU SkySong Global Room 301.  Please visit our website for more information and to register for this event. 

Besides the normal monthly meeting, this month we will also be holding a CGFM review course Octo-ber 30th through November 3rd.  The registration for this course has been extended to October 11th, so if you missed the original deadline, but are interested in registering for this class, please register by visit-ing the Phoenix AGA website. This course is worth 40 hours of CPE for all five days.  

Here are some other updates/deadlines to share with you.  I would like to welcome Jessica Leal as the new Phoenix AGA Young Professionals / Early Career chairperson!  Jessica has already organized an event with the GCU Accounting Society, on October 25th, to talk with their members about the benefit in working in government financial management.  Thank you, Jessica!  Also, the Phoenix AGA schol-arship application is due on December 31, 2017, so if you are interested in this opportunity, please visit the Phoenix AGA website for a downloadable application.  

The Phoenix AGA website is .    You can find updates on all Phoenix AGA activities and register for any of our events.  Also, if you would like to reach out to the Board with your feedback, or interest in participating on the Board, please contact us at

Looking forward to seeing you at the October event!

Thank you for supporting the Phoenix Chapter!

Gergana Kovatcheva, CPA, CGFM
AGA Phoenix Chapter



Chapter News

CGFM Review Course Registration Closing 10/11/17
CGFM Revew Course - Registration closing September 30, 2017
Scholarship opportunity for undergraduate / graduate students.

Upcoming Events

CGFM Review Course

Description: Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) review course. Participate in five full days (8 AM to 4:00 PM) of an instructor led review course to prepare to sit for and take the CGFM exams. 

Location: 800 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Date: October 30, 2017 – November 3, 2017
Who's on Your Bench? - Tips for Succession Planning

Staff and leadership development

Location: Arizona Department of Education - Room 312
Date: November 15, 2017
Cost Allocation

Details coming soon.

Location: SkySong - Room SS3 135 Synergy II
Date: December 6, 2017
Grants Management

Details coming soon.

Location: SkySong - Room SS1 301 Ingenuity
Date: January 10, 2018
Professional Ethics Update for Arizona CPAs

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. In times such as those we are facing, all CPAs likely will be dealing with new and difficult challenges. These challenges will require that a CPA has a firm grasp of the professional ethics standards as well as an increased awareness of both accounting and business ethical issues.

Location: SkySong - Room SS3 135 Synergy II
Date: January 19, 2018

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