Public Finance

One of the five tracks taking place at the 2019 Annual Conference, Public Finance will span two days—March 8-9—and provide attendees with an in-depth look at specific public finance issues that impact public administration across the discipline. Below, find overview information as well as details about each of the panels being planned. We hope this content proves useful for both practitioners and academics alike.

Presidential Panels

The following Presidential Panels will focus on public finance, looking at some of the most important challenges finance and budget officers face.

The Buck Stops Here: How Federal Leaders Can Reduce Improper Payments

Friday, March 8 | 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
In 2017, improper payments totaled more than $140 billion across the government. Ensuring taxpayer money is properly spent is a critical function of the government, whether it involves getting the correct benefits to deserving veterans or preventing fraudulent payments to scammers. When agencies mistakenly send payments to people who are not entitled to them or pay incorrect benefit amounts, it is a sign of government ineffectiveness. Utilizing government-wide strategies to reduce improper payments is one piece of the puzzle. Agencies also need to adopt solutions that address root causes of improper payments within their programs. Join this panel discussion about how the federal government can partner with states to improve program integrity. We’ll also look at how using behavioral economics can reduce improper payments.
Amina Popowich, Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche
Cory Baumhardt, Improper Payments Manager, U.S. Department of Transportation
Mary Green, Senior Advisor, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of the Administrator
DJ LaVoy, Deputy Assistant Secretary PIH, Real Estate Assessment Center

The New Financial Sustainability Framework

Saturday, March 9 | 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and its university partners have been researching a new model for how local governments can become financially sustainable. The model is based on a Nobel-prize winning body of work about how communities can make better decisions about shared resources, such as a public budget. It also builds on many concepts for which GFOA has long advocated, but it raises a number of new concepts that our research has shown to be vital to financial sustainability. At this session, you will be introduced to the new framework, learn its essential components and find out it has been applied.
[Interested in more information? Click here to access an article originally published in the September 2018 edition of Public Management (PM) magazine, published by ICMA.]
Shayne Kavanagh, Moderator, Senior Manager, Research, GFOA
Laura Allen, Town Administrator, Berlin, Maryland
Mark Pisano, Senior Fellow, University of Southern California
Shui-Yan Tang, Duggan Professor in Public Administration, University of Southern California

Significant Risks in Higher Education—The Future Is In Our Hands

Tuesday, March 12 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
The higher education sector is changing rapidly. Some shifts have been years in the making and follow other patterns and cultural trends; others are the result of recent disruptions to the sector itself, such as student loans and college affordability. As the model for higher education evolves, new risks will emerge, known risks will take new forms and have more extensive impacts, and crises will inevitably unfold. Universities must be comfortable with a “new normal” of perpetual discomfort. At this session you will hear from leaders from all sides of the sector, sharing their perspectives on the risks facing higher education, and some possible considerations for institutions in dealing with these challenges moving forward.
Cynthia Vitters, Risk and Financial Advisory Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche
Michael Dean, Chief Risk Officer and Senior Executive Head of Portfolio, Risk and Data, U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid
Luke Figora, Senior Associate Vice President, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Northwestern University
Julia Zobel, Assistant Vice President, Safety, Emergency and Enterprise Risk Management, George Mason University

Concurrent Panels

25 concurrent panels will be presented throughout the conference focusing on public finance, accounting and procurement. Use the search box below to look for speakers you know, or use the arrows to expand each time slot to see which presentations will take place. (Click on the name of the presentation to open a window for more detail about each one.)
Expand CollapseSession Day and Time
Friday 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM3/8/2019 8:00:00 AM
Friday 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM3/8/2019 9:30:00 AM
Friday 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM3/8/2019 12:45:00 PM
Friday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM3/8/2019 2:15:00 PM
Friday 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM3/8/2019 3:45:00 PM
Saturday 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM3/9/2019 10:45:00 AM
Saturday 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM3/9/2019 12:15:00 PM
Saturday 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM3/9/2019 3:15:00 PM
Saturday 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM3/9/2019 4:45:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM3/10/2019 8:30:00 AM
Sunday 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM3/10/2019 3:15:00 PM