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M100: Opening General Session: What's New from the Comptroller General?
09:00am - 10:00am Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)
How has GAO leveraged technology to focus audit efforts? Learn about the initial reviews of Fed/state & local government use of COVID relief funds. What have we learned about "getting money out quickly" and what were the issues with eligibility of these federal funds? Audience questions will be welcome!

Key Takeaways: High level understanding of key risk issues in government as well as areas needing improvement -- and where we -- as a financial community -- need to understand these priorities to engage and enable progress. Understanding of new (newer) technologies that are being leveraged to target additional investigations and help resolve issues.



Objectives:
  • Hear about the focus areas of the GAO on new technologies, audit results of key programs and the latest agency changes/improvements on the updated High Risk list. Hear too, about the audit findings on the federal, state and local government use of COVID relief packages. What have we learned about "getting money out quickly" and understanding of any issues with eligibility of these federal funds. What technology advances are being applied to help target the efforts of GAO and how these approaches can be leveraged by agencies.
Monday
President Gavel Exchange Ceremony
10:00am - 10:15am Eastern - July 19, 2021
Each year at PDT, the symbolic passing of the gavel signifies the change in leadership of AGA's governing body.  This year, AGA National President for 2020-2021 -- Wendy Morton-Huddleston will pass the presidential gavel to incoming president for 2021-2022, Gerry Boaz
Monday
M101: Evidence-Based Solutions to Drive Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives (FOS: PD)
10:30am - 11:20am Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: PD (Personal Development)
Explore strategies to cultivate an better workplace environment and employee experience through allyship, inclusion and intersectionality. Get the latest on workplace policies, strategic plans, and ways to implement and mature Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Business Resource Groups (BRGs), and councils. Discuss the business imperative of inclusive teams, norms and attitudes to challenge the status quo. And learn how to empower your workforce to expand recruitment channels, integrate DEI and business strategies, and maximize partnerships.   

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Objectives:
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Monday
M102: GASB Update (FOS: ACCG)
10:30am - 11:20am Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: ACCG (Accounting Governmental)
Join us for a comprehensive update on all  of the projects currently underway at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Key Takeaways: Gain understanding of current GASB projects.



Objectives:
  • Learn about upcoming governmental accounting standards.
Monday
The AGA Grants Survey will provide results for federal authorities to use as evidence in developing and mandating the definition of a Grants Management professional. A moderated panel of experts on grants management, skills development, and industry standardization will explore the need for a definition of the competencies required in the emerging field. They will also discuss  AGA's Competency Model Survey and its progress to date.

Key Takeaways: 1. Defining the Competency Model is a foundation to professional development in the area of grants. 2. Gain awareness of the role good grant skills will play in building the grants workforce. 3. The federal government needs reciprocity for grants managers across agencies. 4. Key government officials have firm views on standardization in Grants Management. 5. The federal government is making progress in defining Grants Management as a profession and plans standardization of the grants workforce in the future. 6. Understand the purpose of the AGA Grants Survey and in helping to define Grants Management.



Objectives:
  • - Explore the term "Competency Model" and gain awareness of its usefulness.
  • - Learn about the progress of the AGA Survey and the challenge of defining grants management so that the emerging profession can have an OPM professional classification of Federal Grants Manager.
  • - Learn to differentiate grants management skills from skills in related professions, such as FM and Acquisitions.
Monday
M104: Transforming Financial Reporting with Data Visualization (FOS: ITT)
10:30am - 11:20am Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: ITT (Information Technology-Technical)
Imagine if instead of just publishing and posting your AFR/PAR on your website, you could make the data inside come alive with appealing and informative visualizations! This session will discuss how to transform the way we share governmental financial data with stakeholders and the public, utilizing readily available software, including open source. Think of the USA Spending Data Lab concept applied to all AFRs and PARs!

Key Takeaways: - Call to action to begin adding visualizations and dashboards to agency sites - Learn how visualizations and analytics can support management and demonstrate evidence-based results with financial data



Objectives:
  • - Ideas for visualization of financial reporting data
  • - Learn about software tools for visualization, both proprietary and open-source
  • - How to create visualizations that are impactful to different types of stakeholders (Congress, the agency, the public)
Monday
M105: Improving the Federal Financial Reporting and Audit Model (FOS: ACCG)
10:30am - 11:20am Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: ACCG (Accounting Governmental)
Learn how the CFO Council Reporting and Audit Working Group is coming along in its development of initiatives and recommendations to streamline government financial reporting and auditing. The working group wants to modernize the reporting and audit model through a sharper focus on data and a risk-based approach. Join us to hear the latest information!

Key Takeaways: The CFO Council Audit and Reporting Working Group continues to develop and implement initiatives to streamline financial statement reporting at all levels of government. The Working Group also seeks to modernize the reporting and audit model more broadly with a focus on data and a risk-based approach.



Objectives:
  • - Explore the CFOC Audit & Reporting Working Group's results-driven approach, including the recent elimination of the requirement for 40 significant entities to prepare a closing package that was subject to a full and complete financial statement audit.
  • - Have a look at other current group efforts, such as leveraging the Governmentwide Treasury Account Symbol Adjusted Trial Balance System (GTAS) to produce agency financial statements for the significant entities and creating right-sized financial reporting and audit processes for the many small federal agencies.
Monday
M106: Managing Teams Remotely (FOS: HR)
10:30am - 11:20am Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: HR (Human Resources/Personnel)
According to GAO, federal employees working from home have been more productive than they were in the office. A Gartner report found that 74% of CFOs recognized that telecommuting would become permanent after the pandemic. This session will examine remote working environments and explore ways for managers  to continue to lead their teams.

Key Takeaways: -Constant communication is vital to overcome the barrier of not working in person. Remote work teams should benchmark performance with “goals for the day” and “goals for the week.” -Meeting organizers should be aware of the attendees' workload before structuring and preparing for meetings. For example, agendas and read-ahead materials are often essential to achieving the meeting goals and objectives. -Managers should be mindful of messaging. For example, written feedback can be misconstrued and taken badly because the physical expressions, body language, and voice intonations are not conveyed in an email. -Key challenges for working remotely include increased cybersecurity risks, contingency planning for disruptions in connectivity, and fewer networking and career opportunities. -Managers should be aware of the work-life balance of their teams.



Objectives:
  • -Understand the current state, trends, benefits and challenges of working remotely.
  • -Obtain insights from managers on successfully leading remote teams.
  • -Implement applicable techniques to increase efficiency in your remote team of employees.
Monday
M107: Financial Management of the Future: The Power of Data (FOS: FINT)
11:35am - 12:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: FINT (Finance-Technical)
Learn how DoD's Office of the Secretary of Defense is leveraging data for business decision-making and monitoring progress in FM and program management. Discussion will include the innovative DoD solutions in many areas -- from achieving financial excellence to responding to the pandemic -- that derived from attention to data analytics tools and metrics.

Key Takeaways: Based on changes at DoD, gain insights into what could be next for the overall government FM function.



Objectives:
  • - Since many PDT attendees do not work for the Department of Defense, this presentation will help everyone understand the transformation happening at DoD as the agency moves from scorekeeper to value-added strategic business partner in the federal government.
  • - Find out how data will serve as the cornerstone in the CFO's value proposition.
Monday
M108: Leveraging New Technology in COVID-19: The New Normal (FOS: MGMT)
11:35am - 12:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: MGMT (Management Services)
How do you leverage new technology in the government in the middle of a pandemic? Join us to explore solutions and tactics to set up a new technology program when everyone is working remotely. Find out how to clarify your technology goals and platform capabilities and build trust in the process.

Key Takeaways: Remember, we are all in this together. The future is coming no matter what we do today, so we may as well prepare for the future. Consider the challenges that face your organization and explore ways you can plan to meet them in the future with the best technology available.



Objectives:
  • - Understand the five major process areas that affect the use of technology: Acquisition, Authorization To Operate, Go Live!, Training and Enablement, and Maintenance
  • - Examine major federal programs that leveraged significant software during COVID-19
  • - Explore specific challenges in working from home and working to keep missions running on technology platforms
  • - Discuss the rationale behind choosing certain software packages.
  • - Find out how leveraging technology from home in 2020 may have changed the way the process works going forward.
Monday
M109: Post–Pandemic: What’s Different Going Forward? (FOS: CSA)
11:35am - 12:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: CSA (Computer Software & Applications)
The pandemic has changed the way most government professionals work. In this session, learn how the roles and teams of successful leaders were re-shaped by the experience. Gather insight into new and innovative uses of technology that will remain in a post-pandemic world and lead to new opportunities! 

Key Takeaways: The COVID-19 pandemic forced rapid change in many areas of government mission delivery and mission support services. Agencies and organization with a continuous IT modernization strategy and those with agile leadership adapted most easily. Plan for agility and innovation over the next 5-10 years (at a minimum).



Objectives:
  • - Explore enduring aspects of mission support a" the foundational elements of data and business support services common to federal, state and local government entities.
  • - Review pandemic impacts on people, processes and technologies.
  • - Gain insights from panelists about what worked for their agencies and how to apply these ideas in your own organization!
Monday
M110: Risky Business? Challenges & Opportunities for Small Agencies in ERM Implementations (FOS: MGMT)
11:35am - 12:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: MGMT (Management Services)
Financial professionals have discussed the basic constructs of ERM for years. However, the application of ERM very much depends on the nature and culture of an organization. In small federal agencies, ERM introduces unique challenges and opportunities not usually found in larger organizations' implementation.

Key Takeaways: Smaller government organizations face both challenges and opportunities in ERM implementation that can differ from those of large organizations. Discover whether benefits outweigh the hassles.



Objectives:
  • - Understand the potential impact of organizational culture and structure on ERM implementation initiatives.
  • - Explore the experiences of small agencies in addressing and overcoming various challenges for implementing ERM, including organizational culture and structure, and diverse stakeholder interests.
  • - Learn how to apply lessons learned in implementing and maturing ERM.
Monday
CFO's have not only found a place at the table but also bring tremendous value to their organizations when they take over at the head of the table.  Hear from some notable and dynamic leaders who have made the leap from leading financial management to leading agency operations ... along with the challenges, skills and benefits.

Key Takeaways: FM leaders need specific, vital leadership skills and knowledge to succeed in their jobs.



Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of financial management leadership in mission execution.
Monday
M112: Grants Management: Breaking Down the Complexities of Audit Findings (FOS: ACCG)
11:35am - 12:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: ACCG (Accounting Governmental)
Addressing audit findings is one of the most complex areas for grant managers, especially given the competing priorities for limited resources in an organization. This session will focus on training participants to understand risks from audits, plus grant terms and conditions and ways to develop appropriate corrective action plans in grant management.

Key Takeaways: - Know how to explain grant administration to an organization's management. - The complexities and risks associated with acceptance of federal funding are often misunderstood by decision-makers. - Understand some risks and findings from audits and reports. - New AGA grant resources and tools are available to help you!



Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to identify:
  • - The types of deficiencies that can lead to audit findings.
  • - The important steps to take in developing a corrective action plan to respond to findings.
  • - The key provisions of federal laws and regulations related to grants.
  • - The resources and tools available to assist in grant management.
Monday
Awards Presentation/Visit Solutions Hall /Lunch Break
12:25pm - 01:30pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
AGA recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to both the association and the profession it serves. Join us for a few minutes as we present the awards for the Einhorn–Gary Award, Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award, Robert W. King Memorial Award, International Achievement, President’s Awards, and Treasurer’s award.
Monday
M113: CFO Survey: COVID-19 and the Impacts on the CFO Community (FOS: BMO)
01:30pm - 02:20pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: BMO (Business Management & Organization)
Between managing operations and fulfilling fiduciary duties, agencies rely heavily on their CFOs to guide them through the COVID-19 pandemic. This session explores finding from the FY2021 CFO Survey Series, aimed to identify current concerns and provide outcome-oriented recommendations that help CFOs lead their organizations.

Key Takeaways: Insights into key findings of “Managing Finances for the Future.” CFOs responded to the pandemic with agility; they centralized operations and coordinated to gather and distribute personal protective equipment. CFOs found guidance coming from different agencies confusing, but having experienced staff was critical in adapting quickly to fund reporting requirements. With data analytics and other reporting tools, they were able to enhance transparency and accountability. Long-term budget impacts remain unknown. CFOs have been able to turn certain short-term solutions into permanent processes, and staff remained productive in a telework environment. "Organizational Resiliency” – Findings to be determined. The CFO Survey explores the role of the CFO as the linchpin of agency operations. CFOs support other CXOs to reduce disruption and build resiliency across workforce, real estate investments, IT and planning.



Objectives:
  • - Identify ways workforce, IT investment, real estate, and organizational resiliency planning have been affected by COVID-19.
  • - Understand how CFOs responded at the onset of the pandemic and how they plan to resume operations in the future.
Monday
M114: Internal Control: Looking Beyond Financial Statements (FOS: AUDG)
01:30pm - 02:20pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Mr. Eric Rivera, CGFM, Moderator; Mr. Javier Lopez, Speaker; Ms. Neha Diwan, Speaker
Track: FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)

A key area of review during financial statement audits is internal control. Several years have passed since the Green Book and OMB Circular A-123 were revised, and many agencies have incorporated the critical components of the guidance into their processes. In this session, examine the way revised guidance on internal control affects agencies beyond financial statements and how these changes can lead to improved agency operations.



Key Takeaways: An internal control review is conducted during a performance audit and can improve the results and the agency operations. Gain perspective from an agency that benefitted from an audit by implementing the suggested internal control improvements. Gain insights from an audited entity on how improved internal control guidance impacts audit scheduling, planning, performance and results.



Objectives:
  • Learn about the review of internal control during performance audits and understand how revisions to internal control guidance has led to improved audits that have a positive impact on agency operations. Moreover, this session will discuss how agencies have incorporated internal control principles into their operations.
Monday
M115: Upskilling Your Workforce Virtually (FOS: HR)
01:30pm - 02:20pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Christopher Shuster, Moderator; Mr. Stephen Kunze, Speaker; Glenn Fueston, Speaker; Reid Walsh, Speaker
Track: FOS: HR (Human Resources/Personnel)
Facing a “new normal” in which uncertainty is the only standard, agencies have adapted their learning and collaboration practices. Discuss best practices, new ideas and lessons learned from the pandemic about  training and professional development needs in the public sector.

Key Takeaways: -“Managing a virtual team requires managers to double down on the fundamentals of good management, including establishing clear goals, running great meetings, communicating clearly, and leveraging team members’ individual and collective strengths.” – Julie Wilson, founder of the Institute for Future Learning at Harvard University -Communication, trust, support and maintaining boundaries are key to successful management of a virtual environment and beyond. -Maintaining a culture of consistent collaboration, applying various technologies and tools that are agreed-upon by teams, and providing training to make sure these tools are used effectively is essential. 57% of government executives report COVID-19 increased awareness of training and upskilling needs among agency employees. 45% said COVID-19 revealed training inadequacies and lack of preparation to work remotely, while 39% said their employees have the necessary skills to embrace emerging technologies.



Objectives:
  • - Cover three overarching challenges in managing a virtual team: Communication, Trust and Productivity.
  • - Learn how managers set the tone and lead by example to build a virtual working culture that supports continuous learning.
  • - Explore lessons learned from various agencies through the shift to remote work.
  • - Identify leading practices to maintain a culture of learning.
  • - Leverage various virtual tools to enhance communication and collaboration.
Monday
M116: Audit and Oversight Trends in the Federal IG Community (FOS: AUDG)
01:30pm - 02:20pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)
Discuss the results of AGA and Kearney & Company’s Annual IG Survey. Learn more about current priorities and trends in filling IG positions, as well as federal stimulus funding oversight and the PRAC, innovative reporting and data sharing, information and resources throughout federal departments and IG offices.

Key Takeaways: Gain a snapshot of what is underway within the IG community.



Objectives:
  • Explore the latest trends and techniques related to federal auditing and oversight.
Monday
M117: Artificial Intelligence: An Oversight Framework for Federal Agencies and Other Entities (FOS: AUDG)
01:30pm - 02:20pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)

To help entities ensure responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) in government programs and processes, GAO developed an AI accountability framework that encompasses key practices as well as assessment procedures.  



Key Takeaways: • Four complementary principles that span across design, development, deployment, and continuous monitoring of AI systems • Key practices for entities using AI systems • Key questions for entities, auditors, and third-party assessors • Audit procedures with the types of evidence for auditors and third-party assessors to collect



Objectives:
  • Learn about key practices, key questions, and audit procedures to help ensure accountability and responsible use of AI
Monday
M118: Personality with a Purpose (FOS: PD)
01:30pm - 02:20pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Kevin Coleman, Speaker
Track: FOS: PD (Personal Development)

In this session, you will discover how your individual communication and personality affect every aspect of your life. That is why one of the best things you can do to grow yourself and others is to understand your communication, personality, and what naturally drives you. When you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, you can give your best as you work with people around you.



Key Takeaways: Everyone you encounter is motivated differently, communicates differently, and views tasks and relationships differently. The Personality with A Purpose - D.I.S.C. session will help you achieve greater success when you learn to value your strengths as well as those of others.



Objectives:
  • a Get along with anyone, even if you're not a "people person"
  • a Build a stronger team that communicates, appreciates the style of others, and works well together
  • a Unlock effective strategies for handling conflict and personality clashes
  • a Understand your strengths and weaknesses given your D.I.S.C. personality type
  • a Discover your best mode of communication to accomplish the most results for you and your team
  • a Develop yourself and others to be their best in this high-octane workforce environment
Monday
M119: The Impact of Cyberattacks (FOS: ITT)
02:35pm - 03:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: ITT (Information Technology-Technical)
Join us for an up-to-the minute review of serious cyberattacks -- from Solar Winds to school systems' virtual learning programs to water systems. We will discuss how the recent attacks affect service delivery at all levels of government. Experts will focus on ways you can determine your risk of cyberattack and how to protect your organization against it.

Key Takeaways: Gather details about the ongoing Solar Winds attack, how attacks affected on-line educational systems, and why hackers tried to poison Florida's local water systems. Know more about internal controls that could protect you from attacks, how to improve them, and the value of controlling risk.



Objectives:
  • - Experts will discuss the rash of recent cyberattacks on every area of governmental activities and how ransom-demanding cyberattackers also diminish our trust in automated government systems.
  • - Examine ways to re-assess risk and improve focus on critical controls that may already be in place but have likely never been checked.
Monday
M120: I-LEAD Inclusive Leadership: The Assets and Principles of DEI for High Performing Leaders (FOS: PD)
02:35pm - 03:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Ms. Tracey Walker, Moderator
Track: FOS: PD (Personal Development)

Inclusive leadership begins with "I." Great leaders know how to leverage Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) as an asset for personal, team and organization success. Fundamentals of inclusive leadership allow us to think differently about DEI and launch a journey from awareness, understanding and application of inclusive principles to the integration and sustainable behaviors of true inclusivity.



Key Takeaways: Inclusive leadership begins with personal responsibility and expands to cultural dexterity. It is optimal when fully integrated into an organization's culture. Our changing demographics make understanding and practicing inclusion a leadership differentiator -- both personally and professionally -- into the future. Leading business schools and corporate studies reveal a new business case for inclusion. Discover methods and tools to use to become an inclusive leader. Audience members will engage in polls and practice critical processes for leading diverse teams and going from good to great. Learn to optimize the power of inclusion and develop new people skills to drive your success and mission forward.



Objectives:
  • - Examine the ILEAD model for assessing inclusive leadership and action.
  • - Understand key terms, concepts and defining principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • - Explore new organizational behavior frameworks and maturity models for the successful practice of inclusion.
  • - Learn the "why" of inclusion and the business case for achieving an inclusive culture.
  • - Gain insight into actions that will drive change, mentor, sponsor, address bias and lead diverse teams.
  • - Learn the elements of courageous conversation, allyship, feedback, and best performances with cultural dexterity.
Monday
M121: Limiting Risk While Stimulating Economic Recovery in a Pandemic (FOS: BMO)
02:35pm - 03:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: BMO (Business Management & Organization)
Agencies had to move quickly in 2020 to distribute trillions of dollars in emergency and recovery funding, set up new programs, assess risk, and tailor oversight to ensure good stewardship. Our expert panel will discuss federal COVID-19 funding and the risk management strategies used to empower good internal controls, proper oversight, and fraud prevention.

Key Takeaways: 1. Use enterprise risk management strategies to control risk. 2. A good internal control program is critical. 3. Oversight can be tailored to address risk.



Objectives:
  • - Through a panel discussion, participants gain insight into the challenges involved in scaling large programs quickly and the associated agency risks.
  • - Explore the tools and techniques deployed by federal agencies to manage risk during the pandemic and into the future.
Monday
M122: Improper Payments: One Size Will Not Fit All! (FOS: AUDG)
02:35pm - 03:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)

Reducing improper payments demands a holistic approach. Accounts must be validated, but variables must be identified to determine the right mix of validation sources. The session covers the benefits of open architecture design and algorithms to optimize validation processes and technology.



Key Takeaways: Improper payments are a main topic of public sector payments in grappling with the consequences of increased value and volumes in volatile times. However, aspects of improper payments, such as patterns, account ownership, and account information, are old hat for payment providers, like large financial institutions. Best practices from the private sector can help reduce improper payments in government, including immediate risk decisions, preventative risk management, and a more efficient payment process. This session will debunk myths about a comprehensive source of validation information and reinforce the finding that no one solution can meet the requirements of various situations that require validation capabilities.



Objectives:
  • - Understand the levels of validation that can significantly change the paradigm for eliminating risk.
  • - Determine the parameters to judge the efficacy of sources, with special attention on the "source of source."
  • - Consider the impact of variables, such as demographics and geography, on sources used.
  • - Understand the implications of sequential validations in a multi-source scenario. Aspects such as Transactions Per Second (TPS) and response times can make a big difference in the tradeoff of risk against efficiency.
Monday
M123: Virtual Auditing After the Pandemic (FOS: AUDG)
02:35pm - 03:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)

During the monumental pandemic that began in 2020, audit teams faced a number of new challenges.Many emerged from working remotely -- away from their federal, state and recipient offices. In a short period, what began as a tough challenge became a new way of working -- and it  led to opportunities for efficiency, innovation and cost savings in performing audits.



Key Takeaways: - Understand the challenges faced by management and the OIG during FY 2020. - Several communication protocols were successful during completely virtual audits. - Specific technology innovations will support audit procedures in a remote environment.



Objectives:
  • - Gain an overview of the challenges in the remote auditing environment for agency programs and OIG personnel.
  • - Explore examples of technical innovations used to perform certain remote audit procedures.
  • - Establish communication paths to timely responses and documentation delivery.
  • - Identify areas of potential cost savings in virtual audits.
Monday
M124: FASAB Update: Leases (FOS: ACCG)
02:35pm - 03:25pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Track: FOS: ACCG (Accounting Governmental)
Explore ongoing efforts and guidance under development  to prepare to implement FASAB’s Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards 54, Leases. Learn more about the steps you need to take in your agency for readiness.

Key Takeaways: SFFAS 54 has wide-ranging effects on federal financial reporting, systems and controls. Financial managers must take numerous actions to prepare for its implementation in fiscal year 2024.



Objectives:
  • - Review forthcoming changes in lease accounting standards and how they will affect financial reporting.
  • - Examine real-world examples of SFFAS 54 implementation issues, including many that are unique to the federal environment.
  • - Explore steps to prepare for SFFAS 54 implementation.
  • - Consider ongoing projects designed to facilitate implementation.
Monday
M125: Plenary Session: Big Little Breakthroughs (FOS: PD)
03:40pm - 05:00pm Eastern - July 19, 2021
Josh Linkner, Speaker

The pressure to generate big ideas can feel overwhelming. Although we know that bold innovations are critical in today's disruptive and competitive times, we freeze up when a situation calls for breakthrough thinking. The key to success is going little. Instead of shooting for a $10 billion IPO or a Nobel Prize, the most prolific innovators focus instead on Big Little Breakthroughs — small, creative acts that unlock massive rewards over time. By building a daily habit of creativity, leaders and organizations can enjoy a high volume of small wins and a daily practice of micro-innovations. Small, simple ideas can drive gigantic results — and they pave the fastest route to the massive breakthroughs we seek.


Tuesday

Email replies that show up a week later. Video chats full of “oops... sorry no you go” and “can you hear me?!” Ambiguous text messages. Is it any wonder communication takes us so much time and effort to figure out? How did we lose our innate capacity to understand each other? Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most of our communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible - or are they? In her keynote, Erica combines cutting-edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations, and cultures. In-person, we lean in, uncross our arms, smile, nod and make eye contact to show we listen and care. Online, reading carefully is the new listening. Writing clearly is the new empathy. And a phone or video call is worth a thousand emails. In this keynote, Erica will supercharge your teams with collectively understood rules that foster connection, build trust and drive innovation.



Objectives:
  • - Explore successful tactics to address communication overload and foster authentic, innovation-driving relationships.
  • - Discover tools to break down silos and keep teams aligned, accountable, and motivated in-person and online.
  • - Examine specific actions that foster loyalty, respect, collaboration and innovation over stakeholder networks, regardless of physical distance.
Tuesday
T101: Climate-Related Financial Risk: How the Government Can Lead by Example (FOS: ACCG)
10:30am - 11:20am Eastern - July 20, 2021
Track: FOS: ACCG (Accounting Governmental)
With the Climate-Related Financial Risk Executive Order signed by the President in May 2021, the Federal government will need to develop strategies around climate-related financial risks. Learn about the ways the government can develop and implement strategies to mitigate the financial risk of climate change and how the government can report on environmental non-financial information

Key Takeaways: Through the panel discussion, attendees will observe: • Trends in integrating strategies on how to mitigate the financial risk of climate change in organizations. • Measuring and reporting on the impact on climate-related financial risk must be complete, honest, and forthright, and include demonstrable impacts of government programs to citizens and stakeholders. • Reporting on environmental metrics can help restore accountability and transparency in government. • Trust will increase if governments use credible reports on environmental metrics that are independently audited to promote reliability in the data.



Objectives:
  • The impact of climate change presents financial risk to the government's programs and financial position. The panel will discuss emerging trends in developing and implementing strategies around climate-related financial risk and reporting on the data to citizens and stakeholders.
Tuesday
T102: Translate Fraud Risk Management Theory into Practice (FOS: AUDG)
10:30am - 11:20am Eastern - July 20, 2021
Track: FOS: AUDG (Auditing Governmental)
Establishing an antifraud program governance structure and overarching strategic plan improves decision-making. Such a program also ensures resources to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse focus on areas of highest impact and priority. This session will offer practical insights and best practices to use in your organization to translate fraud risk management theory into a vital practice.

Key Takeaways: Comprehend the benefits of an anti-fraud strategy and apply best practices to translate fraud risk management theory into practice in an agency.



Objectives:
  • - Explore the tools and techniques needed in a fraud risk management program that complies with federal guidance and leading practices.
  • - Describe the importance of strategic planning in the development of the fraud risk management programs.
  • - Gain insight from best practices related to fraud risk management used in organizational decision-making