2021 Governmental Conference 2-Days


Gain critical insights for improving government audit quality at the annual COCPA Governmental Conference. Every year, there are new and emerging developments. This conference will give you clarity about the “new now” and help you anticipate what’s next.

Learning Objectives

To update participants on current developments in the government industry.

Colorado Society of CPAs
Course Level
CPE Field of Study
Who Should Attend

Practitioners and governmental accountants wanting an overview of specialized subjects in the governmental arena.



Advanced Preparation


Event Information
October 20 - 21, 2021
8:30 am - 12:00 pm MDT
Total CPE Credits


Day 1

8:30 am
GASB Update
Janeen Hathcock

Learning Objective:
The GASB update will provide participants information on current projects, recently completed projects, and potential projects.  Attendees can expect to learn about projects that may impact financial reporting of their state or local government.

9:25 am
Economic Outlook 2022: How Far Have We Gone on the Road to Recovery?
Rich Wobbekind

Learning Objective:
Insight into the current phase of the economic recovery.  What are the short term opportunities and challenges? What are the long term challenges and opportunities?

Major Topics:
Where are we on the employment recovery path at the national and state level?
Should we be worrying about debt, inflation and interest rates?
How have governmental revenues been impacted?

10:40 am
10:50 am
Panel: CARES Act - What Have We Learned?
Jim Rae, CPA, Chris Telli, Allison Slife, and Blaine Dunn

Learning Objective: Perspective from around the state, the good, the bad and the ugly

Major Topics:
CARES Act stories, what worked and what didn’t?
Auditing – Will these funds be looked at differently?
Moving forward.

Day 2

8:30 am
OSA Update Including Issues Found in Local Government Financial Statements and the State of Colorado’s Audit
Crystal Dorsey

Learning Objective:
Learn about common errors and best practices in local government financial statements and note disclosures. Also hear an OSA update on the Fiscal Year 2020 statewide audit and the factors that lead to a modified opinion.
Major Topics:
Learn about common errors and best practices in local government financial statements and note disclosures.
The decision to modify an audit opinion is never easy, learn about key factors that impacted the State of Colorado’s Fiscal Year 2020 audit.

9:25 am
CDE Update
Kate Bartlett

Learning Objective:
School year 2020-2021 was a wild ride for Colorado school districts, CDE and school district auditors! In this session, we will review issues such as federal COVID stimulus funds for education, changes to the school finance act and other updates. We will also have a chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges for auditing school districts, and potential solutions going forward.

10:15 am
10:25 am
Modern Day Hacking
Tristan Neate, Brian Cather, and Donnie McLaughlin

Learning Objective:
Current hacking techniques and emerging technologies as well as the current breaches.

Major Topics:
• Current hacking techniques
• Current emerging technologies within hacking
• Discuss current breaches

11:15 am
Gallagher Repeal Ramifications, where have we gone in a year?
JoAnn Groff and Carol Hedges

Learning Objective
Gallagher has finally been repealed after repeated attempts, but now
Major Topics:
The change for the residential assessment rate – Gallagher Amendment
Trend in increased values and property taxes
What does a repeal of Gallgaher really mean to municipalities?
Businesses? Home owners?
Budget requirements – what auditors should be looking for, what entities needs to be aware of moving forward


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