2019 Government Training Academy

Leading the Meeting
  • 3/1/2019
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Hosting Speaking

Register now for CLA’s 10th annual government training academy. During this intensive one-day session, you’ll gain knowledge and insight to help you navigate the complex accounting and financial reporting issues facing many local governments.

This year’s event features sessions on a broad spectrum of governmental agency topics, including an annual GASB update, internal controls, data analytics, government pension plans, uniform grant guidance, single audits, and how business operations could help your entity be more efficient.

At the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Outline the new accounting standards affecting state and local government accounting and reporting.
  • Model the facilitation of financial management plans in your organization.
  • Implement ethics that are integral to your organization.
  • Identify civil rights violations and improve reporting and complaints of said violations.
  • Discuss requirements of GASB 87 that are common to local governments.

Who should attend

This session is designed for anyone working for a government entity in the role of accounting or financial manager, controller, accounting or reporting staff, or any other financial decision-makers.


GASB 75 Update

Speaker: Mary Reedy, Principal, CLA
GASB 75 is new for most entities this year. This session goes beyond the basics and provides you with examples of how to implement the standard. After this session, you should have enough examples to draft notes and RSI schedules in your financial statements.

GASB Update #1

Speaker: Sean Walker, Principal, CLA
This session provides participants with an overview of the new accounting standards affecting state and local government. We’ll go over ways to determine dates of implementation, some of the challenges related to implementation, and additional GASB projects on the horizon.

GASB 87 Update: Leases

Speaker: Steve Cohen, Senior Consultant, CLA
This session provides a review of GASB Statement No. 87, Leases requirements. We’ll also provide examples that are common to local governments.

The FBI and the Civil Rights Program

Speaker: Michael Melcher, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
During this session, we’ll discuss civil rights threats, which encompass hate crimes, color of law violations, and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act violation

Financial Management Plans and Telling the Story

Speaker: Brian Swanson, BizOps Chief Financial Officer, CLA
During this session, we’ll cover topics related to financial management plans, including how to get started, key things to consider when building a plan, how to use summary information to articulate the message to your audience, and follow-up.

Outperform The Norm: Raise Your Game

Speaker: Scott Welle, Author
Join Scott Welle, #1 bestselling author and founder of Outperform The Norm. He’ll share the peak performance strategies used by top leaders to motivate, inspire, and bring out the best in others to drive a culture of high performance.

Ethical Challenges in Today’s Society: Creating an Environment of Fraud Awareness and Prevention

Speaker: Mike Schulstad, Manager, CLA
This session covers ways to confront ethical challenges in your organization. We’ll also discuss fraud awareness and how to develop an environment conducive to the prevention of fraud.

Economic and Market Update

Speaker: John Gustavson, Signing Director, CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC
In this session, we will discuss the current state of the U.S. economy and capital markets.


7:30 – 8 a.m. — Registration and breakfast
8:10 – 11:45 a.m. – Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 4:10 p.m. — Sessions

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Earle Brown Heritage Center
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Please register by Friday, February 22, 2019.



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Recommended CPE: 8 CPE credits, 3 Accounting (governmental), 1 Specialized Knowledge, 1 Finance, 1.5 Personal Development, 1 Behavioral Ethics, 0.5 Economics
Prerequisites: None
Program level: Overview
Advance preparation: None
Delivery method: Group live

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