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28th Annual Government Financial Management Conference Tentative (GFMC) Agenda


Monday through Wednesday,
August 13-15, 2018: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Monday, August 13, 2018


8:00 AM - GFMC Opening Session

Opening remarks from David A. Lebryk, Fiscal Assistant Secretary, and Kim McCoy, Commissioner, Bureau of the Fiscal Service.

9:00 AM - USAspending and the Data Lab: Using Financial Data to Engage with the Public

This session will explore efforts by USAspending and the Data Lab to connect with the public, and use federal financial data to improve outcomes, advance performance and increase transparency. We will also discuss the creation of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) dashboards that provide data driven insight.

9:00 AM - The Centralized Receivables Service: Managing Receivables through Automation, Compliance and Transparency

The CRS Presentation offers information on the Centralized Receivables Service (CRS) Program including the CRS Mission, key features, performance results, services and functionality offered, and agency feedback which elaborate on how the program operates and how it rates.

9:00 AM - Why You Should Care About Custodial Activity

This session is for accountants who deal with Custodial Activity. Participants will be given an overview of the newly issued guidance, how it facilitates intragovernmental eliminations issues, and how custodial activity is treated at the governmentwide level versus the agency level.

10:05 AM - G-Invoicing - We're Open for Business, Come On In!

This session will provide an update on Fiscal Service's ongoing efforts to implement G-Invoicing as a long-term sustainable solution to improve the quality of Intragovernmental Transactions (IGT) - Buy/Sell data, in support of more accurate financial management by Federal Trading Partners.

10:05 AM - An Interesting Journey: What Actually Happens After An Appropriations Bill Is Signed

Taking a journey of the Congressional Appropriations process. Guiding you from the time the Appropriation Bill is signed until the funds are made available to the Federal Program Agencies (FPAs).

10:05 AM - Tackling Fraud, Waste and Abuse Together

Every year we hear about the overwhelming amount of fraud, waste and abuse and it is hard to know where to start. The VA and Treasury have partnered to develop a plan to combat fraud, waste and abuse. Come learn about what they have done and how you can use similar assessments, tools and processes to tackle this issue.

11:05 AM - Apportionment

Understanding the apportionment is important not only for those who are preparing it but also for those who are interpreting the signed apportionment. This session covers the apportionment’s purpose and requirements, timing, components (e.g., budgetary resources, application of budgetary resources, footnotes, and program reporting categories), legal aspects, and more.

11:05 AM - With Our Powers Combined: Fostering Collaboration in Financial Management

The Financial Management Standards Committee (FMSC) is working to overcome barriers to government-wide collaboration by bringing agency leaders together to share common practices, identify shared issues, and strategically address financial management problems. Come learn about some of the ways we are moving forward together.

11:05 AM - Borrowing from Treasury: What is it all about?

General Overview of the Federal Borrowings Program and updates on recent and/or upcoming changes.

1:00 PM - Motivating Government Employees: Carrot or Stick?

Government employees are becoming harder to motivate. Some of the reasons offered are: negative attitudes about government and government employees, frequent and abrupt changes in leadership, hard-to-measure achievement, and an older workforce. Often, we're motivated by a "Carrot or Stick" approach which comes from an old story of a donkey: you move him by putting a carrot in front of him or jab him with a stick from behind. Is there a better way? What other options do organizations and managers have?

1:00 PM - From TAS to the Monthly Treasury Statement & All Things in Between

Learn about the processes involved and the data flow from the time the Treasury Account Symbol is established to the reporting on the Monthly Treasury Statement.

1:00 PM - The A,B,Cs of Investing in Treasury

General Overview of the Federal Investments Program and updates on recent and/or upcoming changes.

2:00 PM - Continuing Resolutions: CRs in a Nutshell

Most years, a large percentage of accounts still do not have enacted appropriations bills before the new fiscal year begins, creating numerous financial and operational complications. This session will include anomalies, apportionments (automatic and exception), warrants under a CR, and how to proceed with apportionments once the funding bill is enacted.

2:00 PM - Access Evolution: Do Not Pay PIV Implementation

We live in a world where important decisions require swift access to increasingly valuable information. Balancing business needs and data security can be a difficult task. How do we ensure our customers are securely accessing data without cramping their style? Join us for a stroll through Do Not Pay's recent improvements which enhance user experience while keeping data safe.

2:00 PM - Judgment Fund - More Efficient Processing

This session will discuss the new E-Forms system that is available to use for Judgment Fund claim processing. We will share how to gain access to the new system and walk through the ease of processing a claim. We will walk through how to provide mandatory processing information at the onset of submitting a claim to more efficiently process the requested payment. We will discuss the transition of paper claim processing (fax) to electronic processing.

3:05 PM - Leadership Reflections for Financial Manager

Financial management staff are uniquely situated for leadership, both to observe it and to move into those positions. If you are interested in making that move into leadership or just understanding more about the contributions staff of the CFO shop can make to leadership, this session is for you.

3:05 PM - What is the difference between the Daily and Monthly Treasury Statement?

Learn about the differences and similarities between the Daily Treasury Statement (DTS) and the Monthly Treasury Statement (MTS).

3:05 PM - Citizen’s Guide 2.0: Helping Citizens Understand Federal Finances

Helping citizens understand how the federal government puts public dollars to use is a priority in the Administration’s agenda. This session will introduce a new initiative to give a fresh digital look to federal finances through a new and improved Citizens Guide.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


8:00 AM - Looking Ahead: Treasury's Financial Management Roadmap

The Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service is leading the direction of fiscal responsibility and excellence. Increasingly federal agencies across the nation are working in concert to lead, transform and deliver financial management innovations. Come hear from the nation's leading experts on financial management to gain insight into the government's strategic direction for federal financial management. Executive leaders will share their insights into central and shared services, electronic commerce, data integrity and transparency, and how the fiscal service engages the financial management community to lead into the future. The federal, state and private sector can utilize insights gained during this panel to advance their strategic and operational priorities.

9:00 AM - Federal Budget Outlook – Beyond the 30-second Soundbite

Did we get a 2-year budget agreement last year or not? It’s not always as clear as it appears. As we inch closer to the fiscal year end, Congress continues to be a source of fascination. The subcommittees have been busy with their respective funding bills, but big questions remain: Will appropriations be enacted on time, or, are we looking at yet another year of continuing resolutions . . . and for how many agencies? What about big policy choices: Will there be another shutdown as these are hammered out? If you are curious about these questions, attend this session to get all the answers (maybe not all).

9:00 AM - How Close Are We To An Opinion On The Financial Report of the U.S. Government?

This session will give a status update on the material weaknesses and progress that we, as a government, have made on the Financial Report. It's time to discuss the specific categories that are left...and what each of us can do to correct them.

9:00 AM - Day in the Life of Revenue Collections

During this session, the CIR team will share a visual overview of the various systems and services that are involved in the processing of collections on behalf of the federal agencies.

10:05 AM - The Ongoing Governmentwide Intragovernmental Elimination Effort: What's Left to Address?

This session will provide a progress update on Treasury's efforts to address the intragovernmental transaction and balance differences in the Federal government. Much has been done by the federal program agencies to assist with addressing the material weakness in the FR, and it's time to discuss the categorized issues that are left...and what we can do to correct them.

10:05 AM - Analytics Solutions to Combat Vendor Improper Payments

Analytics offers great promise to detect improper payments, but the cost of implementing such solutions isn't free. Learn about DNP's product to detect high-risk and duplicative payments to vendors and how to make decisions to balance the costs and benefits of implementing solutions.

10:05 AM - Controlling the Payment Flow to Grantees

The Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP.gov) allows grant and financial institution recipients to draw billions of dollars securely from pre-authorized accounts established by the agency issuing the payment. During this session, you will hear about how ASAP protects and ensures the integrity of these payments.

11:05 AM - The Latest Buzz on the General Fund

This session provides an overview of the General Fund, provides an update on the status of the inaugural audit, and discusses the guidance for reporting intragovernmental transactions with the General Fund as a trading partner. Fiscal year 2018 is the first year for audit of the General Fund, federal program agency partnership to share information timely and ultimately reduce intragovernmental differences is a key component of success.

11:05 AM - Advanced Process Automation: Increasing Back-Office Productivity with Robotics

The Fiscal Service and other Federal agencies are testing robotic process automation to minimize repeatable manual operations in core financial management processes. Come learn about future trends in the financial industry along with potential applications that will transform the financial management community. Senior leaders across agencies will share trends and discuss the priorities ahead. This session will be of interest to the federal, state and private sector.

11:05 AM - Delivering Federal Payments around the World

To support Federal paying agencies, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service delivers more than $23 billion annually in payments in many different types of currencies to recipients located around the world. Learn more about how these payments travel to their destination country and reach the proper payee no matter where they are.

1:00 PM - Governmentwide Accounting: Help Us Help You!

Our experts from GTAS, Intragovernmental transactions, TFM Chapter 4700, USSGL TFM Supplement, and the Financial Report will serve on a panel taking questions from you! Participants will be asked to share their ideas on ways to streamline and improve governmentwide accounting guidance and agency requirement for their closing package.

1:00 PM - Understanding Your Financial Reporting Needs – A Conversation with the Financial Information Repository (FIR)

Our goal is to support agency decision-making by offering you more intuitive access to your financial data. In this session we will conduct usability testing and user research, as well as gathering feedback on our site and its tools. Your input and participation will support our commitment to continually improve the usefulness of the FIR and its value to you.

1:00 PM - Pay.gov eBilling

During this session, the Pay.gov SME will walk through the Pay.Gov eBilling interface and show the audience how easy it is to use and describe key features and attributes.

2:00 PM - DATA Act: Lessons Learned and Changes to Increase Data Quality

This session will discuss changes from OMB and Treasury to increase data quality, and incentivize agencies to improve their DATA Act submissions, with a focus on lessons learned and applicability for other systems.

2:00 PM - Got a Dispute? We Can Help You Resolve It!

This session will provide an overview the Intragovernmental Dispute Resolution process; what it is, what it isn't, and how agencies can benefit from it.

2:00 PM - Working Together To Improve Payment Data Accuracy

Discover how Fiscal Service can analyze your payment data, provide a scorecard and work closely with your agency to improve overall data. We will also demonstrate the latest “Infoapps” that allows for a unique retrospective into your post payment exceptions.

3:05 PM - FR Consolidation and Your Closing Package - Changes are Coming Your Way Soon!

Attendees will get an update on where the FR Consolidation process is and where we are going next. As Fiscal Service looks to phase out GFRS, attendees will be instructed on changes to how they submit and signoff on their closing packages. Including how Fiscal Service will collect information for FR Notes.

3:05 PM - No session scheduled.

TBD.

3:05 PM - Optimizing Agency Use of Do Not Pay

A presentation on the services and data sources available in Do Not Pay.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


8:00 AM - OMB Circulars A-136 and A-11: Updates and Significant Changes

Attend this session to hear about recent updates and significant changes to Circular A-136, “Financial Reporting Requirements,” and the budget execution portions of Circular A-11, “Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget.” Both Circulars contain a wealth of information; understanding how they are updated, how they tie to other guidance, and how you can become part of the revision process will make these documents even more valuable tools.

8:00 AM - TFM 2-4700: Don't Get Left Behind, Come & Learn What's New This Year

The annual TFM 2-4700 updates and key reporting due dates will be discussed in this session. Significant changes to the TFM will be discussed in detail, including changes regarding Treaties, Legal Letters, Contingencies, and Criminal Debt.

8:00 AM - Stored Value Card

Stored Value Cards continues to evolve through cutting-edge payments options such as Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV) and Near Field Communication (NFC), more powerful reporting tools, and improved customer access. This session will include actual use cases/solutions that have been deployed for remote operations and provide insight on use cases employed worldwide.

9:00 AM - Impoundment: What You Need to Know

What is the Impoundment Control Act? What are deferrals and rescissions? What are the reporting requirements under the Act for GAO and the President? This session will explain the history of the Act, clarify terminology used in the Act, and bring you up-to-date on recent rescission proposals developed pursuant to the Act.

9:00 AM - Do Not Pay Analytics Process for Agencies

Walk through an agency engagement with a Do Not Pay analytics project.

9:00 AM - FASAB: Hot Topics

Updates on various exposure drafts and future standards, ie. NBAR Reconciliation and SFFAS No. 51 Insurance Programs.

10:05 AM - GTAS: Help Me With Validations & Edits!

In this session attendees will learn about some changes taking place with GTAS Validations and Edits. Additionally, they will hear about common GTAS reporting issues and our experts will provide solutions. Lastly, recent and future GTAS enhancements will be discussed.

10:05 AM - Innovation and Employee Engagement

All too often we talk about the technology...and never mention its impact on the employees in our organization. This panel will discuss various ways the Fiscal Service is using technology and innovation to engage employees in shaping the organization’s future.

10:05 AM - 2018 Card Acquiring Service Developments

CAS will provide an overview of the program, new features and trends in card acceptance, and industry developments from an operations perspective.

11:05 AM - Out with the Old & In with the New: Closing 2018 and Opening 2019 in GTAS

Understand how to successfully close your books in 2018 and what your beginning balance should look like in 2019 GTAS Reporting.

11:05 AM - The Amazing Journey of Federal Payments

In collaboration with more than 250 Federal agencies and programs, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service disburses 87% of the Government's payments -- 1.2 billion payments each year -- to individuals, companies, state and local governments, and other entities. Learn the amazing story of how trillions of dollars in tax and other government revenues are delivered to payment recipients around the world.

11:05 AM - An Introduction to the Treasury Financial Manual

An Introduction to the Treasury Financial Manual (TFM)

1:00 PM - Manual Adjustments in GTAS: How to Make Them Work for You

If you are a preparer or reviewer of your agencies Manual Adjustments, you won't want to miss this session! You will be guided the Manual Adjustments process, common issues experienced in 2017, and improvements for 2018.

1:00 PM - eCommerce Initiative

During this session, the eCommerce team will discuss the eCommerce vision and explain the three pillars of the eCommerce initiative (Digital Wallet, Online Bill Payment, and the Mobile Program). The audience will be urged to consider which of the three (or possibly all three) would be a good fit to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their federal government collections.

1:00 PM - No session scheduled.

TBD.

2:00 PM - USSGL TFM Supplement: Daily Vitamins Not Doing the Trick? Check out this Supplement to Get Back on Track!

The USSGL TFM Supplement will be discussed in this session. Significant changes to the TFM will be discussed in detail, including changes to the Chart of Accounts and Financial Statements. Additionally, participants will hear about the newly issued Assisted Acquisition Guidance and upcoming project that USSGL Team will be working on.

2:00 PM - Where's My Payment? Is There An App For That?

It is no secret that technology is rapidly changing the way we transact business in our daily lives. The Federal Government must find ways to address the public's demand for using new technologies to receive payments. Join this fascinating panel discussion about how the Government is exploring payment innovation for the more than 1 billion payments it delivers each year to recipients around the world.

2:00 PM - Emerging Technologies to Improve Customer Experience

Mobile payments, chat bots, identity management, artificial intelligence. All of these technologies are changing the end-user experience for the citizen interacting with their government. Technology leaders from the Fiscal Service will discuss these technologies...and how they are testing that technology in real life.

3:05 PM - Fatal Attraction: Bridging the Gap between GTAS and the Budget

This session will describe the incremental process to improve the integrity of the budgetary GTAS data before it is loaded into OMB’s MAX A-11 budget database. It will cover proposed analytical and fatal edits, the process of transitioning from MAX A-11 to GTAS, and timeframes. These changes reflect ongoing incremental improvements that benefit the entire budget and financial community and improve the data quality underlying the President’s Budget and other financial documents.

3:05 PM - Invoice Processing Platform: Implementation Experience & Benefits

OMB Memorandum M-15-19 requires federal agencies to implement electronic invoicing by the end of FY 2018. Fiscal Service and agency panelists will highlight, with case studies, how Treasury’s Invoice Processing Platform (IPP) is assisting federal agencies and their vendors to achieve efficiencies with their invoicing processes.

3:05 PM - Debt Collection: A Win for All

Why should you allow DMS to Service your Debt? What is needed from your agency to Service your debt? Current Tools that are available for Debt Collection. Potential Collection Gains for your Agency.


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