President’s Message

September 2019

This month we are back into the full swing of things. I would like to offer many thanks to the Board for working hard on planning this summer. We have now laid out our education plan for the year, which you can review on our website.   Please take a look and save the dates for all of our upcoming events. Also, now is a great time to consider purchasing the package deal as a member, which includes 14 regular chapter meetings for the price of 9. This is a great way to get all of your training needs met and secure affordable CPE!

Our kickoff meeting this program year will be on September 11th, and the topic is - Achieve Results in Government Using Lean Six Sigma. We will hear from two live speakers, Teri O’Brien and Otto Sticca who are both Lean Six Sigma Black Belts working in the thick of things within the AZ Department of Administration, on process improvement. The event will be held at the AZ Department of Education, and it is worth two (2) CPE. You may also choose to attend this event virtually, as this year we will begin to offer this option for all of our live speaking events. To register for any of our events, you can head over to the events section of our website:

Also, be on the lookup in our weekly e-mails for a link to our annual survey. We would love your feedback, and look forward to reviewing it and finding ways to implement your suggestions. When you complete our survey you enter for a chance to win a Starbuck’s gift card. We hope that you will take a moment to tell us more about when and where you like to attend meetings, what community service events you prefer, etc. I hope you will take a moment to provide us with your feedback. As always, this is much appreciated.   

Additionally, as a special note, I would like to encourage you that if you are interested in sitting for the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) exam, right now is a great time. AGA is in the midst of introducing its updated exams. You can save $75 by taking any of the CGFM beta exams before the end of October. When you register for an exam, you will receive free access to the 2019 edition of the online study guide. This is a great way to save money and advance your career!

We want to thank you for your continued support of the Phoenix Chapter, and we hope to see you in September!  In the meantime, let us know how we can help, by providing your questions and comments to us at We would love to hear from you!

Michelle Huckabay, CPA, CGFM


AGA Phoenix Chapter


Upcoming Events

How Automation Can Take the Robot Out of the Human

Date:  October 23, 2019
Department of Education 1535 W. Jefferson St., Room 311 Phoenix, AZ 85007

In this lunch and learn, Grant Thornton will discuss two examples of how intelligent automation is deployed in the federal government. Automation can help free knowledge workers to focus on more valuable, high-impact tasks.
Speaker Bio

Trends in Budgeting and Forecasting in Government

Date:  November 20, 2019
ASU Skysong 1475 N. Scottsdale Rd. 301 Ingenuity Conference Room Phoenix, AZ 852

A look at the budget and forecasting process in government, and a discussion of the trends in this area. Topics covered include methods of budgeting, the considerations in drafting a budget and their policy and financial implications.

Professional Ethics Update for CPAs

Date:  January 17, 2020
Maricopa Community College District, Governing Board Room 2411 W. 14th St., 2nd

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 27, 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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