Friday, June 17, 2016 – Friday, June 17, 2016 | 8:15am – 4:45pm

Government Accounting & Auditing Conference

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If you are registering for this conference after 6/13/15, e-mateirals will only be available

8:15 - 8:40 a.m.


8:40 - 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

James Powers, CPA,managing partner, Powers & Sullivan

Chairman, MSCPA Government Accounting and Auditing Committee


8:45 - 10:15 a.m

What's New at GASB

Lisa Parker, CPA,CGMA, senior project manager, Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB)

Join GASB's own Lisa Parker for a detailed discussion on GASB statements 72, 74/75 and 77. Ms. Parker will also discuss the latest guidance on external investments, the most recent exposure drafts and other developments you and your clients need to know!


10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break


10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Peer Review Update

Thomas Kirwin, CPA, shareholder, Sullivan Bille, PC

This session will cover the outcome of the AICPA's single audit task force; common deficiencies on single audits; using the peer review checklist to assist in your pre-issuance review of audits; and how to survive the AICPA's Enhanced Oversight Initiative.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

DOR Update

Sean Cronin, senior deputy commissioner, Local Services, Massachusetts Department of Revenue

This session will cover the Department of Revenue's latest updates impacting municipal finance practitioners. We will review the FY 17 state budget, local aid distribution, snow and ice accounts and so much more!

12:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote address

Daniel Bergstresser, associate professor of finance, Brandeis International Business School

Join Brandeis Professor and finance expert, Daniel Bergstresser for a discussion about interest rate risk managment approaches being pioneered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He wil place these approaches against the backdrop of the somewhat obscured but still extremely significant interest rate risk exposur stemming from the Commonwealth's pension and OPEB liabilities.


2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Single Audit Update - Uniform Guidance

Ralph DeAcetis, CPA, managing director,

This session will cover the new Uniform Guidance from a practical standpoint. This presentation will focus on the new administrative requirements, internal control requirements such as compliance with COSO and the auditor's responsibilites related to them.


3:30 - 3:45 p.m.
Networking Break


3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Auditing Pension Liabilities - Discount Rate Presentation

Eric Berman, CPA, Partner Eide Bailly, LLP

Eric Berman will walk us through the process for developing discount rates for pension plans and how an auditor can determine if the rate is reasonable and can be supported. He will also address audit issues for year 2 of the implementation of the new pension GASBs including, testing census data in the interim year and timing considerations for actuarial valuations.


This conference qualifies for the Workforce Training Express Fund program. The course code for this program is 1107426
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 If you are registering for this conference after 6/13/16, e-materials will only be available 


Conference Credits

This course is 8.00 credits

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