2020 Course Schedule Current Time Zone: Guam (GMT+10) Change
The APIPA 2020 Conference is offering sixteen courses in plenary, general and technical tracks over the two-week period of August 3-14, 2020. Two concurrent courses will be offered Tuesday-Thursday; participants may only join one of those courses on each of those days.
Mark Lee Greenblatt, Inspector General, U.S. Department of the Interior – Owning Your Work: Being the First Line of Defense Against Fraud
As Government employees, we are dedicated to finding and resolving many issues in the public sector—including waste, fraud, and abuse. Awareness is the key to identifying many of these issues, and it starts with YOU. U.S. Department of the Interior Inspector General Mark Lee Greenblatt will discuss how leading your team and encouraging ownership of the mission will help your office successfully fulfill its oversight goals.
Elizabeth Schubert and Steve Determan, U.S. Department of the Interior – Fraud Awareness and Cautionary Tales
Fraud can have a devastating impact on any program or organization, especially in small Island communities. This course will cover fraud basics, fraud risk, red flags, and what you can do to help prevent and detect fraud. We will then dive into some case studies and discuss what happens when fraud does occur, and lessons learned in those instances.
Mark Lee Greenblatt
Do audit clients and stakeholders meet your report with pushback or disinterest? By avoiding these Seven Deadly Audit Report Mistakes, you will help your report’s readers understand and act upon your findings. Furthermore, your clients and stakeholders will have proof — in writing, no less — that you are a valuable and trusted advisor.
During this session, you will learn:
- how to write with readers in mind.
- reader expectations for report structure and layout.
- why clear messaging trumps report design.
Margie P. Bastolla
The session will cover the fundamentals of making good recommendations for a performance audit, and will then make the case for using root cause analysis as a way to ensure that the audit recommendations are the most appropriate for the circumstances.
This session will provide participants with knowledge and skills to assess professional ethics, and apply this to their situations and environments. We will:
- Review recent regulatory changes in ethics guidance.
- Discuss common ethical problem areas.
- Recognize new ethical questions related to technology.
- Test your knowledge of common ethical requirements.
This session may meet part or all of the ethics renewal requirements for licensed CPAs. Please review your own government’s requirements.
This session will examine how to develop the emotional intelligence competencies and communications skill necessary to maintain control, be flexible, and better connected with people in defusing angst and building positive, cooperative relationships for constructive problem solving and inspired action. We will explore differences in personality types which cause misunderstandings, how to identify and manage your own hot buttons, and how to manage difficult personality types or potentially contentions situations for positive outcomes.
This fast-paced session will equip participants with knowledge and understanding of the many ways auditors and investigators can work together for better results. We’ll cover:
- Similarities and differences between audits and investigations
- What auditors can learn from investigators (and vice versa!)
- Examples of audit/investigation synergy
- Making the final report better than the sum of the parts, and next steps
If you audit, investigate, or just want to explore ways to enhance government oversight, you won’t want to miss this session!
This session will explore strategies and ideas for identifying and communicating with key audit stakeholders throughout the audit process. In addition to focusing on the concepts of managing stakeholder expectations and risk appetite, the session will also identify tactics and methods for effectively engaging key stakeholders, such as elected officials, government department heads and staff, external audit committees, the media, and citizens, to ensure audit visibility and impact. The session will highlight the use of a “real-time” auditing approach as an innovating example for how to effectively engage key stakeholders.
Kip R. Memmott
This session is based on the seven principles of good governance as outlined in international guidance and look at a couple of audits that addressed governance at its core. Guidance sources for governance include the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
This session will explore strategies and approaches for developing and leading high performance audit teams, including key strategies for recruiting and onboarding audit staff, empowering auditors and audit teams, implementing innovative work and communication approaches, and prioritizing professional development to ensure positive and innovative audit cultures. A case example highlighting audit leadership during the current COVID-19 response will be used to highlight innovative techniques.
Kip R. Memmott
In this session, we will explore why creative and critical thinking are essential tools of auditor proficiency that should be applied throughout all phases of the audit process. The session will discuss personal and organizational challenges to creative thinking and change for breakthrough ways of seeing problems and considering new possible solutions. The presentation will include brain training exercises and tools to get participants thinking more abstractly to look beyond the obvious and use process techniques for generating new ideas for action. This class will explore the power of "why" in looking for root causes of problems, and the power of the possible in considering new opportunities and threats for forward thinking recommendations.
This session will remind program managers what is needed to stay in compliance for grants management by highlighting actions required by the uniform guidance. Some practical tools will be shared to help you update your policies and procedures. Attend and get the latest guidance and trends in grants management.
Statements, exposure drafts and a large financial reporting model project are currently lined up and ready to march into play. While these statements and exposure drafts have varying effective dates, they are all effective soon. We will cover new statements and statements and exposure drafts in detail, and take a closer look at pending decisions about the future of a new reporting model in this session. We will also review recent changes to Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and their impact.
Frank Crawford, CPA
Oklahoma City, OK
This session provides an introduction to governmental financial statements. Participants will gain a working knowledge of accounting terminology, the accounting equation, and governmental funds. The session offers emphasizes hands-on practice in reading a set of financial statements and understanding what the numbers mean. Participants will leave the course with knowledge and skills to improve their understanding and use of governmental financial statements.
This session will go over the latest compliance supplement and will examine a recent single audit report. Participants will obtain guidance and share best practices to consider what to put in place to reduce audit findings. Forewarned is forearmed in the battle for success.
Managers are increasingly charged with designing, implementing and maintaining the internal controls needed in their areas of responsibility. This task, however, can be difficult without an adequate understanding of what internal controls are and how they should operate. Managers who attempt to simply implement specific control procedures recommended by their auditors are more likely to fail because they don’t understand why the control is needed and what it is supposed to do. This session provides a refresher in the internal control framework and how it relates to accomplishing management objectives.
Whether north or south of the Equator, auditors need robust structures for quality assurance. This session will help synergize efforts by APIPA and the Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions to support. This session is a direct response to recent assessment results and SAI needs identified at the August, 2019 PASAI Congress. We will discuss current quality assurance frameworks, efforts, and next steps in the region to maintain and enhance audit quality.