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In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and government regulations, we have postponed our 2020 Government and Not-for-Profit Conference to Thursday, September 17, 2020. If you have already registered for the conference your registration will remain for the new date, no action is required. If you have any questions please contact a member of our member services team at (410) 296-6250, by email,, or our online chat located in the bottom right corner of your screen.


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.  The current list of confirmed speakers includes: Tom Hood, CEO – MACPA/BLI,

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Learning Objectives

28 different sessions offered on Government and Not for Profit Topics

Maryland Association of CPAs
Course Level
CPE Field of Study
Accounting (Governmental)
Auditing (Governmental)
Who Should Attend

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



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Sep 17, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT
Total CPE Credits
Live Webcast


DAY 1 of 1 September 17, 2020
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:55 am
Conference Opening - Keynote: The Future of the Accounting Profession

Speaker: Tom Hood, CPA, CITP, CGMA – CEO at the Maryland Association of CPAs & Business Learning Institute

8:55 am - 9:10 am
Session Change
9:10 am - 10:20 am
01 - Cybersecurity Fraud Impacting Not-for-Profits & SLGs

Speaker: Jim Kreiser – Principal, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)

02 - GASB New Leases Pronouncement

Speaker: Pamela Dolan, CPA – Supervising Project Manager, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)

Description: This session will provide an overview of the new Leases pronouncement, including accounting and financial reporting for lessees and lessors and implementation guidance.

03 - Internal Control for Financial and Performance Audits

Speaker: Melinda J. DeCorte, CPA, CFE, CGFM, PMP

Description: This interactive session discusses the requirements for obtaining an understanding and assessing internal control for both financial and performance audits and engages participants in a brainstorming session to identify internal controls to achieve financial and performance audit objectives.

04 - 10 Things You are Still Doing Wrong (or not doing right) with 403(b) Plan Fiduciary Governance

Speaker: Jania Stout – Managing Director, Co-Founder of Fiduciary Plan Advisors at Hightower

Description: Learn what all plan fiduciaries should be doing in reference to managing your fiduciary duty as a sponsor of a 403(b) plan. Hear about some of the recent court cases and how 10 things you can do to best protect yourself.

05 - Not for Profit FASB Update

Speaker: Jeff Mechanik, CSP, CPA – Assistant Director, FASB

Description: FASB issued an update to Topic 958, “Clarifying the Scope of the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made” to clarify how nonprofits determine whether a resource provider is participating in an exchange transaction vs. providing a contribution. Understanding how the new guidance affects revenue recognition is critical for all nonprofit organizations. In this session, we will review the key points of this update, including the scope and transition approaches. We will walk through several examples of the treatment of grants and pledges under the new standard, and will explore the accounting for specific transactions in the year of implementation and beyond. We will review risks associated with the implementation of the new standard, internal control considerations and disclosure requirements. Finally, we will discuss best practices for implementation, including audit readiness.

06 - Don't Jeopardize your Independence

Speaker: Karen Dojan, CPA – Principal, Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra, LLC

07 - Taking the Numb Out of Numbers

Speaker: Peter Margaritis, CSP, CPA –  Business Learning Institute

Description: Do your clients, customers, associates and peers tune you out when you are delivering financial information? There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that you are cursed. That’s right…cursed with knowledge! You can’t and don’t want to unlearn your accounting knowledge AND you have forgotten the painful struggles you went through in learning the technical aspects of accounting. The second reason is that accounting is a foreign language to those who don’t possess the same competency level as you.

10:20 am - 10:35 am
10:35 am - 11:45 am
08 - KPMG Social Media Presentation

Speakers: Joyce Treutel and Brandon White, KPMG

09 - Using Data Analytics for Fraud Detection

Speaker: Remi Omisore, CPA, CISA, MBA – Principal, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)

10 - Environmental and Sustainability Reporting

Speaker: Corrine Dougherty – Managing Director, KPMG

11 - Mission & Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

Speaker: Jeff Jacobson, CPA, Esq. – Partner,  Weyrich, Cronin, & Sorra, LLC

12 - Accounting for Grants and Contributions - Clarifying Standard

Speakers: Lindsay Dean, CPA &  Thomas Netzik, CPA – Senior Audit Managers at GRF CPAs & Advisors


13 - Update on the Developments in Government Auditing Standards

Speaker: Rebecca Riklin, CPA – Senior Auditor, Financial Management and Assurance Team, Government Accountability Office

Description: In July 2018, GAO issued the 2018 Revision of Government Auditing Standards (the Yellow Book). The session will provide an overview of Government Auditing Standards with a focus the key changes from the 2011 revision.

14 - Diversity and Inclusion

Speaker: Jenny Herrera, CPA, CGMA – Partner, Citrin Cooperman

11:45 am - 1:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:10 pm
15 - Leveraging Emerging Technology: How Distributed Ledger Technology Creates Efficiencies and Brings Transparency Across the Federal Government and Beyond

Panelist Speakers:

Craig Fischer – Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Michael Peckham – ReImagine HHS Grants Initiative Lead, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

16 - GASB Update (excluding leases)

Speaker: Keith Novak, CPA – Principal at CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen)

17 - Quantitative Analysis: IG Community Data Analytics Case Studies

Speaker: Brett Baker, Ph.D., CPA, CISA – Assistant Inspector General for Audit at Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Inspector General

Description: Dr. Brett Baker will share insight perspectives on OIG community oversight topics and how data analytics can help identify and quantify financial risks to the federal government. Session will include case studies to demonstrate data analytics approaches for grants, contracts, purchase cards, travel cards, benefits, and compensation.

18 - Digital Transformation and the Impact to Accounting: What It All Really Means?

Speaker: Yevgeniy Sukhenko, CPA – Supervisor at GRF CPAs & Advisors

Description: Join us for a down-to-earth discussion about emerging technologies and key trends in the profession, the impact of technology on both in-house and outsourced accounting, thoughts to consider in outsourcing your accounting, and our experience in navigating the ever-changing technology landscape. What does it all really mean and what should we expect?

19 - Conflicts of interest - UMMS problem, what they are, policies and disclosures, what is appropriate and what isn't, how the board vets conflicts vs potential conflicts.

Speaker: Kellie Newton – Partner at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP

20 - Updates to OMB Uniform Guidance

Speaker: Paul Calabrese –  Principal, Outsourced Accounting & Advisory Services at GRF CPAs & Advisors

21 - Building Stronger Teams by Using Improv

Speaker: Peter Margaritis, CSP, CPA – Business Learning Institute

Description: The popular TV show, “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” is a form of improvisational comedy. Did you know that the core principles of improvisational comedy are the same core principles in efficient, effective, and productive teams? Through trust and teamwork, businesses can achieve remarkable results. The question many managers and owners are challenged with today is how to develop and foster a team environment that leads to organizational productivity and profitability. This is a high-energy and interactive workshop that will help you and your team learn how humor and improvisation can lead to successful teams and ultimately a more productive and profitable business.

2:10 pm - 2:25 pm
2:25 pm - 3:45 pm
22 - Enterprise Risk Management and your entity

Speaker: Melissa Musser, CPA, CITP, CISA – Principal, Risk & Advisory Services at GRF CPAs & Advisors

23 - Excel Tips & Tricks; Basic to Advanced

Speaker: Donald Tomoff, CPA, MBA – Business Learning Institute

24 - Whistleblowers and Fraud

Speaker: Scott Amey, J.D. – General Counsel and Editor-in-Chief at Project On Government Oversight (POGO)

25 - How to start an investment portfolio

Speaker: Brian Sanker – Director, PFM Asset Management LLC

26 - Form 990 more than just the numbers- A guide for best practices and avoiding costly mistakes


Frank Linkous, CPA – Senior Tax Manager at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra

Andrew Ondish – Supervisor at Weyrich, Cronin & Sorra

Description: The 990 is an annual filing most practitioners are aware of, but it is more than just a compliance filing. It is a publicly available document that can serve as a guide to best practices for the organization. Stakeholders and professional advisors will learn in this session the intent behind the myriad of questions and schedules requested by the filing. The session will discuss the role of the board of directors, from forming a board to effectively carrying out the organizations mission. It will also discuss the function of the 990 in terms of public oversight and perception. It will include other tax compliance considerations for not for profits.

27 - Ethic Traps: Let’s Examine Some Recent Real World Cases

Speaker: Dave Cotton, CPA, CFE, CGFM – Chairman at Cotton & Company

This participant-interactive session will examine some recent real-world ethics cases. Participants will weigh in on: What ethical principles were involved (and why are they important)? Were the “right” decisions made? Were there better solutions? Why were those involved blind to the ethical conundrums? What are the lessons for CPAs from the case? These cases should illustrate why it is sometimes easy to fall prey to ethical transgressions and how we, as CPAs, can train ourselves to avoid ethics traps.

28 - Thanks for the Feedback – Lessons in Giving and Receiving Feedback

Speaker: Rebekah Brown, CPA – Director at the Maryland Association of CPAs and the Business Learning Institute

Description: Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly both giving and receiving feedback. We know that feedback is essential to our personal development, but we so often dread and even dismiss it. Feedback can be ill timed, unfair and downright mean, but that doesn’t have to dictate our ability to use it for our own growth. Using lessons from the best-selling book, “Thanks for the Feedback” by Douglas Stone and Shelia Heen, learn the three types of feedback, the barriers to receiving good feedback and how we can be empowered to seek feedback for our own growth.

3:45 pm - 3:55 pm
3:55 pm - 5:00 pm



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