February 8, 2019 8:00am – 4:30pm Map & Directions 602-252-4144

Webcast: Governmental Accounting Conference

Online registrations are currently closed, please call (602) 324-6847 for additional registration options


This conference is designed for CPAs, auditors and accountants in federal, state, local and Tribal governments, to provide insights and understanding on new developments in government accounting and auditing.

Register on-line, by phone at 602-252-4144, or download the Conference Registration Form: www.ascpa.com/confregform18 and send to ascpacpe@ascpa.com

General sessions and the most popular breakout sessions will be available for the webcast.


ASCPA Live Online Webcast
Phoenix, AZ 85034-6617

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Non-CPA Staff


Non-CPA Staff (100% club)


Non-CPA Staff (sole proprietor)




Specialized Knowledge



8:00-8:05 Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Committee Chair Brian J. Hemmerle,  Henry+Horne

8:05-8:55 Auditor General Update
Lindsey Perry, Office of the Auditor General, State of Arizona
Change can be unsettling for employees at all levels in an organization, but with great change comes new and exciting opportunities. Learn how the Auditor General’s Office has coped with change and used it as an opportunity to accomplish new goals in its mission to provide independent, objective and impartial information, assistance and recommendations to improve Arizona government for its citizens.

8:55-9:20 Networking Break

9:20-11:00 Anatomy of a Fraud
David L. Cotton, Cotton & Company, LLP
Be part of the action, as volunteer participants play key roles in the case – a case study that demonstrates the importance of having sound systems of internal control over the grant award and grantee monitoring processes. It quickly becomes obvious that procedures were either missing or broken down in several important areas. Were there more sinister forces at play? Who had motive, access and opportunity? Learn how to identify risk factors, understand that internal controls protect innocent employees, and value the importance of an active and involved governance body.

11:00-11:20 Networking Break

11:20-12:10 GASB Update
David R. Bean, Governmental Accounting Standards Board
With OPEB still fresh in our minds, it is now time to begin focusing on the next wave of new GASB standards. Asset retirement obligations, fiduciary activities, leases and related implementation guides are all front and center. In addition, the Board has addressed several practical issues. Learn what you need to know to implement these new standards.

12:10-1:20 Sustaining Arizona
Grady Gammage, Jr., Gammage & Burnham, PLC
Hear about Arizona’s future growth prospects from Grady Gammage, Jr. who is a part-time academic, a practicing lawyer, an author, a real estate developer and a former elected official.

1:20-1:35 Networking Break

1:35-2:50 Concurrent Sessions
A. In-Depth GASB Report
David R. Bean, Governmental Accounting Standards Board
The financial reporting model and revenue and expense recognition projects continue to move through due process. They have now been joined by the note disclosure framework project. Learn where governmental accounting and financial reporting may be headed and how you can help shape that future.

B. Thinking the Unthinkable: Real World Lessons From Actual Disaster Recovery Scenarios
Michael Cocanower, ItSynergy
You’ve just gotten the phone call you never want to get. Your office was burglarized. There has been a fire. A water pipe burst. You’ve been hacked. How well you have prepared for this moment could have a significant financial impact and determine your future. The most valuable lessons are those learned from real world disaster scenarios.

C. Who Reads This Stuff Anyway? Why Preparing a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is Important and How it Can Help Your Government
Vicki L. Rios City of Glendale, and Thomas F. Duensing, City of Tempe
Explore what it takes to successfully compile a meaningful and award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Examine the perspectives of different types of users to understand what information is needed, how the information is used and how having the right information can help your government.

2:50-3:15 Networking Break

3:15-4:30 Concurrent Sessions

D. What you Absolutely, Positively Need to Know About What it Costs
David L. Cotton, Cotton & Company, LLP
Not understanding the nuances and details of cost accounting can have very serious consequences for the accountant or auditor. This session conveys some of the important details and nuances via a series of case study examples.

E. Yellow Book Update
Vanessa Burke and Jack Georger, Jr., The Pun Group, LLP 
F. Integrating Multi-Generational Work Styles 
Aaron Peterson, City of Tempe
Your experienced people are retiring or cutting back on their contributions of time and effort. How will the next generation of employees, supervisors and leaders take on their new roles? Learn how you can help them with this transition for you, your team, and the company.


Thank You to Our Sponsors
Platinum Sponsor



Gold Sponsor
Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.


Fester & Chapman, PLLC

The Pun Group LLP

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)



Designed For

Manuals will be furnished electronically only. We encourage laptops and readers at the conference.



Brian J. Hemmerle, CPA, CFE, Henry+Horne - Committee Chair
Vanessa Burke, CPA, CPFO, The Pun Group, LLP
Levi D. Gibson, CPA, MAcc, Pinal County Finance and Purchasing Administration
Elisa K. Gin, CPA, City of Mesa
Hyungju Hur, CPA, Fester & Chapman, PLLC
Lisa B. Lumbard, CPA, CGFM, Lumbard & Associates, PLLC (ADvision of the Pun Group)
Marilyn M. Mays, CPA, Henry+Horne
Keith J. Orr, CPA, Retired
Jennifer L. Shields, CPA, CGFM, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.
Gerald E. Snyder, CPA, CGFM, Retired
Jaimie L. Soulvie, CPA, CGFM, Retired
Cheryl Toone, CPA, ARM, Arizona Department of Risk Management

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