Our annual in-depth look at governmental accounting and auditing will prepare you with the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidance and resources from the GASB, changes to the Yellow Book and Single Audits, and new information about government fraud and data breaches.
CPAs, auditors, city officials and other financial professionals who are involved in local government audits.
Jialan Su, CPA - Governmental Accounting Standards Board
This GASB update will provide a high-level overview of the GASB’s current technical activities, including guidance and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the newest project on renaming the comprehensive annual financial report, proposals for public comments, pronouncements currently being implemented, projects currently being deliberated by the Board, and pre-agenda research activities.
Jacquelyn Suarez, Director – Division of Local Government Services
Hear from the new DLGS director about current initiatives and what is planned for the future. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP Act) will be featured in this session as well.
Single Audit and Government Auditing Standards Update
John D’Amico, CPA and Philip Marciano, CPA, CGFM – Marks Paneth LLP
This session will provide an overview and update of the most recent single audit and government auditing standards (Yellow Book) changes and the 2020 Compliance Supplement Addendum. Common single audit deficiencies will be reviewed, and suggestions will be provided to help auditors avoid these errors.
Department of Education Update
Jacqueline Grama, CPA and Montu G. Patel, CPA – New Jersey Department of Education
This session will review changes to the audit program, updates on state aid, news on grants and findings as well as other Department of Education updates.
Government Fraud and Investigations
Brian Sanvidge, CIG, CFE and Julie Fox, CFE – Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP
Tens of billions of dollars in stimulus funding has created an unprecedented opportunity for fraudsters. Historically, there have been many fraud schemes that were used to perpetrate fraud within government agencies. Whether it’s bribery, conflict of interest or fictitious vendor schemes (to name a few), this issue persists and remains an area of concern. Recently, with unprecedented amounts of stimulus funds and grant programs available at all levels of government, concern has never been higher in relation to fraud, waste and abuse.
This session will discuss current fraud cases affecting governments, statistics related to government fraud, fraud schemes used in an attempt to get away with the crime, internal controls that should be in place, and fraud prevention techniques. We will also discuss investigations that Anchin completed related to fraud within government agencies.
Anatomy of a Data Breach
Sergio F. Orellana, Director – Redpoint Cybersecurity, LLC
In the context of a worldwide pandemic, businesses shifted their IT environments from on-site to remote resources; threat actors (TA’s) noticed. This shift directly coincides with an increase in TA sophistication using nation-state capabilities to put both small and midsize businesses in the cross-hairs as well as vital federal and local government assets. From the SolarWinds breach to operational IT security of massive SCADA systems, TA’s have tailored their approach to maintain low levels of risk for them and target lucrative, sensitive enterprises across the world.
Five Ways to Increase Employee Engagement in a Virtual Setting
Rachel Anevski, MAOB, PHR, SHRM-CP, CEO & Founder - Matters of Management, LLC
This session will provide tips to help you feel more confident that your people are listening and they heard you. Learn how gamification can be leveraged. And find out how to tune in to your people so that you can flex your style to accommodate them.