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.

If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Amy Puente at amyp@macpa.org.

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.
Ryan Wey

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD, United States

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Apr 27, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD, United States
Total CPE Credits
Ryan Wey


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)

Speaker: Gil Tran

09- Psychology of Fraud

Speaker: Dave Cotton, Cotton & Company LLP

We all know that Fraud Happens. But, why? Why do people we think we can trust let us down? This session will explore the minds of white-collar criminals and examine some recent high-profile fraud cases. Why did they do it? How did they do it? What were the warning signs? If you think that fraud cannot happen to your organization, this session might give you pause.

10- NFP - audit and accounting update (financial statement presentation) - Deep dive

Speakers: Karen Dojan & Greg Scherer, Weyrich Cronin & Sorra

Effective for years beginning after December 15, 2017, the FASB has updated financial statement presentation for NFP organizations. Are you ready to implement the changes for your calendar 2018 financial statements? We’ll do a deep dive on the changes and how they are intended to meet the needs of financial statement users.

11- A Walk Through Form 990

Speakers: Calvin Marks,CPA, Johnson Lambert

This session will provide an overview of a nonprofit organization’s federal tax filing and reporting responsibilities as well as a walk-through of the Form 990 and its most common schedules.



12- FASAB Update

Speaker: Wendy Payne

13- Exceptional Teamwork

Speaker: Dr. Cary Larson, Organizational Psychologist, National Science Foundation

Whether leader or individual contributor — formally or informally – exceptional teamwork is essential to your success. This interactive workshop highlights three habits you can cultivate to elevate your success as a team player: (1) making effective requests, (2) managing commitments, and (3) influencing team norms.

14- Panel Session- Mentoring for Success

Speakers: Tricia Griffis, Samantha Bowling, Randi Reed, Jacob Oseghale

An outlook on creating successful mentoring relationships that last and create positive outcomes for both the mentor and mentee.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:10 pm
15- Understanding Actuarial Analysis

Speaker: Greg Stump

An overview of actuarial reporting, in words you can understand.  We will discuss the valuation process, the impact of various key assumptions, and key considerations for GASB reporting.

16- Hello COSO! A Practical Approach to Risk Assessment and Internal Control Design/Maintenance

Speaker: Tom Sneeringer, CPA, Partner, RSM US, LLP

Effective internal control design and implementation is a challenge, especially in the governmental/nonprofit environments where resources can be scarce. However, expectations from the public and funders are still high for these sectors which requires more to be done with less. The COSO model of internal controls can be a solution to this problem if the elements are well understood and consistently applied. This session will provide an overall summary of the model and then focus the risk assessment and monitoring elements. Compliance with Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) as it applies to internal controls will also be addressed.

17- Value of Collaboration - the Art of Relationship Management

Speaker: Jennifer Elder, CPA, Business Learning Institute

18- Inspector General Empowerment Act

Speaker: Nancy Eyl, Asst. General Counsel, Appalachian Regional Commission, Gladis Griffith.

The Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016 significantly enhances the independence and authority of Inspectors General. The IGEA includes both broad and specific direction guiding IGs and federal agencies on required access, disclosures, and whistleblower protections. It increases OIGs’ reporting responsibilities and exempts OIGs from laws that were considered burdensome, such as the Computer Matching Act. The presenters will discuss how the IGEA changed the law and why the changes are important to the federal government and audit community.

19- What are the most common agency indirect cost rate templates, such as HHS, DOJ, DOI, NSF, DOL and others

Speaker: Paul Calabrese, Rubino & McGeehin

20- Interviewing: What do I say?

Speaker: Randall Kizer, Dept. of Homeland Security, OIG

During this session we will focus on how to get an interview started and what to say to gain rapport and then how to ask direct questions to elicit truthful responses.

21- Statistical Sampling

Speaker: Johnny Ramsey, KPMG

2:10 pm - 2:25 pm
Networking Break
2:25 pm - 3:45 pm
22- IRS Examinations

Speaker: Tricia Katebini, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

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

Speaker: Keith Novak, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

The session will provide an update of the GASB standards that are required to be implemented in the current year. We will also discuss pronouncements which will be required to be implemented in future years. Finally, we will discuss current items in the GASB pipeline.

25- Emails and Communications in the Workplace

Speaker: Jennifer Elder, CPA, Business Learning Institute

Bad communications waste time, increase mistakes, and destroy reputations. Good communication skills can strengthen relationships and advance your career. This fast-paced and interactive session will cover 18 specific ways to immediately improve your ability to connect and influence by improving your general, in-person, meeting, email, and presentation communication skills.

26- How to Develop and Negotiate Indirect Rates for Nonprofits with Grant Awards

Speaker: Paul Calabrese, Rubino & McGeehin

27- Current State of Cybersecurity

Speaker: Tony Hubbard, KPMG


28- Data Visualization with Excel & Other Tools

Speaker: Lisa Stover, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

3:45 pm - 3:55 pm
Session Change
3:55 pm - 5:00 pm
29 - Endnote - Taking Care of People

Speaker: Dave Weinberg, Kearney & Company

The resource that really matters is people. You know we have to take care of people, but do you really know what that means? The challenges of today make it more important than ever, especially when you are trying to balance the people you take care of both at work and at home. This presentation will walk you through a simple to use, simple to understand list of fun-filled anecdotes that you can use in everyday life. In fact, the lessons you’ll take away will help shape your leadership style and how you deal with people both at work and at home. Taking care of people is important, both at work and at home. Learn what it means so you can do it deliberately and improve upon it every day. Listen,learn and laugh with this high-energy presentation that will leave you wanting more!


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