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Thursday, June 24, 2021 Live Webcast

Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference (E2106020)

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT


8.0 CPE Credits in AA


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.


8-9:15 a.m.
GASB Update
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.

9:25-10:15 a.m.
DLGS Update
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.

10:25-11:40 a.m.
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.

Lunch Break

12:10-1 p.m.
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.

1:10-2 p.m.
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.

2:10-3 p.m.
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.

3:10-4 p.m.
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.




Rachel Anevski

Rachel L. Anevski, MAOB, PHR, SHRM-CP

President & CEO

Matters Of Management, LLC

Rachel L. Anevski, M.A.O.B., PHR, SHRM-CP, is the founder and chief executive officer of Matters of Management, LLC. Rachel has held executive roles in marketing, business development and human capital for mid-size and large professional services firms. She has spent her career working alongside business owners and managing partners carrying out firm missions, acquiring talent and providing coaching to executives, management and staff. Consulting engagements have consisted of organizational redesign of operations and infrastructure, personnel programming, senior talent acquisition, total benefit and rewards systems, policy and procedure manuals, and providing business development coaching training. She is certified in human resources, has a Masters Degree in organizational behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an undergraduate degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

John D'Amico

John D'Amico, CPA


Marks Paneth LLP

John D'Amico, CPA, is a Partner within the Professional Standards Group at Marks Paneth LLP, which is responsible for monitoring quality control in the firm as mandated by professional standards. He specializes in pre-issuance reviews and inspections of nonprofit organizations, governments and Single Audits. Mr. D’Amico also provides consultation on accounting and attestation matters and tests and monitors the firm's quality review policies and procedures. He teaches continuing education classes for the firm and on behalf of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) nationally.

As a sought-out thought leader in his areas of expertise, Mr. D'Amico has authored numerous articles pertaining to nonprofit accounting/auditing, governmental auditing standards and Uniform Guidance. He frequently leads training seminars for his clients and is an instructor for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He has presented at the annual Nonprofit Conferences of the New York State Society of CPAs; the New Jersey Society of CPAs; and the Connecticut Society of CPAs; as well as the annual Governmental Conferences of the Connecticut Society of CPAs and the Michigan Society of CPAs.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. D’Amico is a dedicated volunteer who regularly donates his time to charitable organizations. He currently serves on several nonprofit boards of directors in a variety of capacities.

Julie Fox

Julie Fox


Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP

Julie is a supervisor in the Regulatory Compliance and Investigations Group. Prior to Anchin, she gained experience at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP where she specialized in fraud and investigative services related to construction, healthcare, and not-for-profit organizations.

Jacqueline Grama

Jacqueline Grama, CPA

Policy Planning Associate

State of NJ - Department of Education

Jacqueline Grama is a CPA, licensed in New Jersey and holds a New Jersey School Business Administrator Certificate. She began her career in 1987 at Arthur Young’s Metropark Office performing audits of state and local government agencies in New Jersey. In 1999, she joined the Department of Education’s Office of Fiscal Standards to develop and implement fiscal policy for the newly established Charter School Program. She currently works in the Office of Fiscal Policy and Planning and is primarily responsible for the development and administration of fiscal policy guiding school districts and for the related provision of technical assistance. She also administers the Special Education Medicaid Initiative (SEMI) in conjunction with the Departments of the Treasury and Human Services. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rider University in 1987 and her Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University in 2002. Jacqueline is also an active member of the Association of Government Accountants.

Philip Marciano

Philip Marciano, CPA, CGFM

Senior Manager

Marks Paneth LLP

Phil Marciano, CPA, is a Senior Manager within the Professional Standards Group at Marks Paneth LLP. He specializes in the quality reviews of audits of governments and nonprofit organizations, including Uniform Guidance (formerly OMB A-133) audits. The Professional Standards Group is responsible for monitoring quality control as mandated by professional standards. Specifically, he is part of a team that reviews all attest engagements, provides consultation on accounting and attestation matters, tests and monitors the firm’s quality review policies and procedures, and develops and delivers training material related to accounting and auditing standards, ethics and industry-specific matters.

Prior to joining Marks Paneth, Mr. Marciano gained several years’ experience with a mid-sized CPA firm on Long Island, providing accounting and auditing services to his clients within the government, education and nonprofit arenas. His experience includes engagements involving audit, attest and assurance services, Government Auditing Standards, Uniform Guidance, risk assessments, and internal control studies. He has led training seminars for his clients and professional staff on various topics. He has given seminars on behalf of the New York State Government Finance Officers Association, New York State Association of School Business Officials, and the Institute of Internal Auditors (Long Island Chapter) on various subjects including governmental and nonprofit accounting/auditing. Mr. Marciano is also an instructor for the AICPA.

Sergio Orellana

Sergio F. Orellana

Director - Breach Response

Redpoint Cybersecurity

Sergio Orellana is the Director of Breach Response Services at Redpoint Cyber. He has a decade of experience working on large and complex security incidents and investigations for the US Navy, large multinational corporations, government agencies, law enforcement and small and medium sized businesses to help them detect, investigate and eradicate cyber threats.

Montu Patel

Montu G. Patel, CPA

Planning Associate

State of NJ - Department of Education

Montu Patel is a Planning Associate in the Office of Fiscal Policy and Planning. He joined the Department of Education in 2015 and is primarily responsible for the development and administration of fiscal policy guiding school districts and for the related provision of technical assistance. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University in 2006. He holds a CPA license in New Jersey. Prior to working with the Department of Education, his experience includes the audits of profit and not-for-profit organizations.

Brian Sanvidge

Brian P. Sanvidge, CIG, CFE


Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP

Brian is the leader of the firm’s Regulatory Compliance and Investigations Group. He has been with Anchin Block & Anchin since 2019. As a Certified Inspector General in New York, he has more than 25 years of experience working with businesses on labor investigations, fraud investigations, disaster recovery, and business continuity. He has lectured nationally on labor law, business fraud, white- collar crime, and tax fraud, and has worked on regulatory compliance and government investigations for groups including the New York State Surrogate Bench as well as several bar associations. In 2013, Brian was honored to be included among the Who’s Who of Forensic Accountants by the Long Island Business News.

Jialan Su

Jialan Su, CPA

Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Jialan Su is a supervising project manager with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is currently working on two pre-agenda research projects and GASB’s post implementation review project on pension plans. Previously, she has worked on the projects leading to Statement No. 72, Fair Value Measurement and Application, Statement No. 79, Certain External Investment Pools and Pool Participants, Statement No. 83, Certain Asset Retirement Obligations, Statement No. 85, Omnibus 2017, Statement No. 87, Leases, Statement No. 96, Subscription-Based Information Technology Arrangements, and various Implementation Guide Updates.

Before joining the staff of the GASB in 2013, Jialan spent 10 years working in public accounting performing financial and compliance audits mainly of local governments and not-for-profit entities in California and later in New York City. Jialan holds a master’s degree in Economics from the California State University, East Bay. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of CPAs. She is a licensed CPA in the states of New York and California

Jacquelyn Suarez

Jacquelyn Suarez


Division of Local Government Services

Ms. Suárez serves as the Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Director of the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) and Local Finance Board Chairwoman. In this role, Ms. Suárez advocates for local government interests, revitalizing the Division’s supportive initiatives and developing grant programs. She also oversees the financial and operational regulations of New Jersey local units to help ensure fiscal solvency. Prior to joining the Division in 2021, Suárez served as Associate Counsel to Governor Murphy. In that capacity, she counseled the Governor on matters affecting his administration, including pending legislation, statutory responsibilities, litigation, the development of administrative regulations, and proposals impacting the Governor’s public policy agenda. She also drafted legislation, executive orders, vetoes, administrative orders and regulations and negotiated with legislators, departments, and stakeholders regarding pending legislation and policy initiatives with a focus on the Departments of Community Affairs, Human Services, Children and Families, and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Prior to her work in the Governor’s Office, she was DCA’s point person for all communication with the State Legislature, including the Department’s official position on legislation and legislative inquiries. She also drafted bill language, spearheaded the implementation of newly signed legislation at DCA, and helped review and advise the Department on decisions, orders, settlements, and other matters that impacted DCA. Ms. Suárez, a New Jersey native, earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Camden and her bachelor’s degree in communications, legal institutions, economics, and government from American University in Washington D.C. She is a member of the New Jersey and New York bars.


$289.00 - Member

$439.00 - Nonmember

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