2020 Government Training Academy

Group Of Professionals Meeting
  • 3/6/2020
  • Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Hosting Speaking

Join us for our annual Government Training Academy! This event offers learning opportunities in an 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.

Who should attend

Whether you work for a governmental entity as an accounting or financial manager, controller, accounting or reporting staff, or other financial decision maker, this seminar is right for you.

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

  • Outline the new accounting standards affecting state and local government accounting and reporting
  • Explain dates of implementation on new standards for 2020
  • Discuss the upcoming census and how it will impact local governments
  • Identify complex accounting transactions that government entities encounter
  • Recognize challenges in processes and controls within your organization
  • Identify and describe types of ransomware and outline defensive measures you can take to protect your organization


GASB Update

1 credit accounting (governmental)
Speakers: April Anderson, Principal, and John Lorenzini, Manager, CLA
During this session, participants will be briefed on the new accounting standards affecting state and local government, determine dates of implementation, outline some of the challenges related to implementation, and be updated on additional GASB projects on the horizon.

Accounting Complexities

1 credit accounting (governmental)
Speaker: Michelle Hoffman, Principal, CLA
In this session we will explore some of the complex accounting transactions and financial statement items many government entities encounter. We will utilize examples and excerpts from financial statements and authoritative guidance to review the proper way to tackle these challenging areas.

Building a Strong Core: Assessing and Improving Your Financial Operations

1 credit finance
Speakers: Kelsey Vatsaas, Principal, and Jesse Dorn, BizOps Chief Financial Officer, CLA
Having a strong and healthy finance function is important to every effective state and local government. But there are many challenges that can weaken our finance function at its core — turnover in key positions, too few internal controls, doubtful data, too many time-consuming manual processes, having your best thinking depend on complicated Excel schedules, and finding it impossible to get financial statements done on time. Do any of these sound familiar? These pain points are often symptoms of deeper challenges within an organization’s finance function. In this case study-based session, learn about a holistic approach you can take to assess the processes, controls, systems, and structure that your finance function uses to operate, and how to develop a road map to get you from today’s challenges to the high-performing finance function of your future.

Employee Benefits 2020 – Trends and Insights

1 credit specialized knowledge
Speakers: Jim Sarych, Managing Director, and Andy Weitnauer, Senior Advisor, NFP
NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement, and individual solutions through our licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. In this session our speakers will provide a legislative update, an overview of benefit and cost trends, and where innovation is leading the industry.

State Demographer: About the Census

1 credit specialized knowledge
Speaker: Megan Dayton, Senior Demographer, Minnesota State Demographic Center
Megan will get you up to speed on the 2020 Census: What it is, why it matters, when and where it happens, and more.

Economic and Market Update

0.5 credits economics
Speaker: Peter Holupchinski, CFA, CFP, CPA, Senior Wealth Advisor, CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC
This session will discuss the current state of the U.S. economy and capital markets.

GASB 84 – Fiduciary Activities

0.5 credits accounting (governmental)
Speaker: Miranda Wendlandt, Principal, CLA
In this session we will discuss the new guidance regarding identification of fiduciary activities for accounting and financial reporting purposes and how those activities should be reported.

GASB 87: Understanding and Implementing the New Lease Accounting Standard

1 credit accounting (governmental)
Speaker: Chris Knopik of CLA
During this session, participants will develop a broad understanding of GASB 87, be able to determine the presentation requirements of the standard, and learn some effective approaches in assessing the implementation of the new standard.

Preventing and Responding to Ransomware Attacks at State and Local Governments

1 credit information technology
Speaker: Keith Dallmann, Senior Information Security Analyst, CLA
Ransomware is malware designed to cripple computer systems by encrypting all data and files until a ransom is paid by the victim organization. This session will show you how this malware is spread and how it behaves once a system is affected. We’ll outline sound defensive measures designed to prevent ransomware, provide information on how to detect potential indicators of compromise, and review recovery strategies in the event your system is attacked.


7 – 8 a.m. — Registration
8 – 11:45 a.m. — Sessions
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Lunch
12:30 – 4:05 p.m. — Sessions


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

Please register by February 28, 2020.


After submitting the form below, you will be redirected to our online payment site.


Recommended CPE: 8 credits possible (3.5 credits Accounting (Governmental), 1 credit Finance, 2 credits Specialized Knowledge, .5 credit Economics, 1 credit Information Technology)
Prerequisites: None
Program level: Overview
Advance preparation: None
Delivery method: Group live

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