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The Government & Not For Profit Conference addresses the unique technical and professional challenges of the CPAs working in these sectors. This annual, one-day event puts a special emphasis on the skills and insight that CPAs can immediately implement.

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Learning Objectives
  1. 28 different sessions offered on Government and Not for Profit Topics
Maryland Association of CPAs
Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
Nonprofit / Not-For-Profit
CPE Field of Study
Auditing (Governmental)
Accounting (Governmental)
Who Should Attend

Those with an interest in Government or Not for Profit areas.

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E
Hyattsville, MD 20783 US
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Apr 27, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
3501 University Blvd E
Hyattsville, MD 20783 US
Total CPE Credits


DAY 1 of 1 April 27, 2018
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:55 am
Keynote Address - Leading People for Results

Speaker: Chip Fulgham, Deputy Undersecretary for Mgmt., Dept. of Homeland Security

Get perspective from a senior leader about how YOU can make a difference in your organization. This entertaining session will cover how to develop people, build trust, cultivate relationships, and communicate more effectively. You CAN lead from any level in your organization.

8:55 am - 9:10 am
Session Change
9:10 am - 10:20 am
01- Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Partnership Opportunities for Non-Profits

Speaker: Aaron Cohen, Esq. from Citrin Cooperman

There has been a proliferation of new and more complicated acquisition structures, as well as non-acquisition contractual affiliations models, between non-profit entities. There are certain risks across a number of different segments of the affiliating non-profits’ businesses associated with these new affiliation models. To ensure the goals of the underlying affiliation are met, it is critical for the affiliating organizations to understand and mitigate such risks.

02- A peer reviewers perspective on single audit pitfalls (preparing for peer review) - It's all about documentation!

Speakers: Karen Dojan & Traci Rate, Weyrich Cronin & Sorra

Is your firm ready for peer review? It all starts with an appropriate system of quality control. Make your peer review as stress free as possible, and avoid the most common issue identified by the AICPA… a lack of adequate audit documentation.

03- The Accidental Entrepreneur – Branding Strategies to Thrive in a Gig Economy

Speaker: Kelly Leonard

The Gig Economy is here!  Have you heard of it?  Well, studies show that by 2020, 40% of the American workforce will be independent contractors; serving in temporary, part-time, and/or flexible roles.  Given the trend, perhaps it’s time to rethink traditional employment; to stop searching for a job and embrace your inner, accidental entrepreneur.

This session will provide direction on how to look, how to connect, and where to get opportunities; bridging the gap between your intention and your outcomes!

04- Tax Reform and the Exempt Organization

Speakers: John Huskins, Johnson Lambert

The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act created a multitude of income tax changes for all U.S Taxpayers.  Unfortunately, certain changes that impact exempt organizations, including Executive Compensation, Qualified Transportation Fringe Benefits, and Unrelated Business Income Taxes, are not as well known.  This session will take an accessible look at changes specific to exempt organizations and their practical challenges for implementation.

05- Leveraging Your ERP System to Enhance Internal Controls

Speaker: Melinda DeCorte, GAO

Even in an environment of limited resources, strong internal controls and rigorous segregation of duties rules are indispensable tools for public sector entities. This session will discuss ways to integrate and automate these controls within an organization’s financial management or enterprise resource planning system, with a specific focus on helping to mitigate the risk of fraud and mismanagement.

06- When No News is Good News - Best Governance Practices to Keep Your Non-Profit from Making Headlines

Speakers: Kristin Krawchuk & Sarah McConnell, Johnson Lambert

This session will provide you with tools and tips to help board members provide oversight and guide NFPs through a changing landscape. We will discuss creating more effective financial messaging, engagement and risk management with management and the Board. Our goal in this presentation is for you to learn how to avoid being a headline through strong governance

07- Whistleblowers: Uncle Sam's Fraud & Corruption Fighters

Speaker: Scott Amey, POGO

For 37 years, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has exposed federal waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption, and promoted good government reforms. Working outside the government isn’t easy, but whistleblowers make it possible and they are essential in deterring, exposing, and prosecuting government fraud and corruption.

10:20 am - 10:35 am
Networking Break
10:35 am - 11:45 am
08- Single Audit (auditors & recipients of the grants)
09- Psychology of Fraud
10- NFP - audit and accounting update (financial statement presentation) - Deep dive
11- A Walk Through Form 990
12- FASAB Update
13- Exceptional Teamwork
14- Panel Session- Mentoring for Success
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:10 pm
15- Understanding Actuarial Analysis
16- Hello COSO! A Practical Approach to Risk Assessment and Internal Control Design/Maintenance
17- Value of Collaboration - the Art of Relationship Management
18- Inspector General Empowerment Act
19- What are the most common agency indirect cost rate templates, such as HHS, DOJ, DOI, NSF, DOL and others
20- Interviewing: What do I say?
21- Statistical Sampling
2:10 pm - 2:25 pm
Networking Break
2:25 pm - 3:45 pm
22- IRS Examinations
23- Tax Reform on Charitable Giving - Independent Sector

Speaker Allison Grayson, Independent Sector

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly altered the tax code, which drastically changed the environment in which nonprofits operate.  Now what do we do?  Learn how the 2017 tax bill and new policies in the pipeline may impact charitable giving, nonprofit tax liability, political activity, and more.  Then, join a conversation about how to mitigate problems in the short-term and push for solutions in the future.

24- GASB Update
25- Emails and Communications in the Workplace
26- How to Develop and Negotiate Indirect Rates for Nonprofits with Grant Awards
27- Current State of Cybersecurity
28- Data Visualization with Excel & Other Tools
3:45 pm - 3:55 pm
Session Change
3:55 pm - 5:00 pm
29 - Endnote - Taking Care of People


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