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.
Dave Mader, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte & Touche
Cory Baumhardt, Improper Payments Manager, U.S. Department of Transportation
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.
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.
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