October 24, 2014
BWI Marriott, Linthicum, MD
9:00 - 9:05 a.m. Introduction and Welcome
Ted Zaleski, President, MDGFOA
9:05 - 10:00 a.m. Technical Session I
This presentation will provide economic updates for the global, national, and regional economies. Special attention will be given to those aspects of economic performance that relate most directly to government finances, including the performance of both labor and housing markets.
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Technical Session II
Maryland Revenue Outlook
This presentation will discuss trends in Maryland's economy and their impact on State and local revenues, especially the income tax. It will also touch on the budget outlook for the state and some likely revenue/budget issues for the upcoming session.
10:50 - 11:10 a.m. Break
11:10 - 12:00 noon Technical Session III
Value to Finance Organizations: Women and Their Perpectives
Stephanie M. Beran
For decades, women have embarked on careers in accounting and finance. Today, majority of business school graduates are women. Yet, the proportion of women in senior positions has plateaued in the high teens. Stephanie Beran, an accountant and risk manager, will reflect on the value that women and their perspectives bring to finance organizations and ideas for attracting and retaining top talent.
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Networking Reception
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 - 2:30p.m. Technical Session IV
A Look At Fraud, Counterfeiting, and Cybercrimes
US Secret Service
Secret Service agents will review the latest threats in fraud, counterfeiting, and cybercrimes, what the Secret Service is doing to thwart these attacks, and methods local government can use to avoid those crimes.
2:30 - 2:50 p.m. Break
2:50 - 3:40 p.m. Technical Session V
Purchasing Cloud Based Solutions in the Public Sector
Rob Roque, GFOA
Adoption of Cloud solutions is growing rapidly in the public and private sectors. Mr. Roque will discuss issues related to risk, technology, pricing, and procurement practices that government finance professionals need to consider before proceeding with acquisition of Cloud based solutions.
3:40 - 4:30 p.m. Technical Session VI
Credit Rating Update
Jennifer Diercksen, Moody's