April 11, 2018 Webinar – Beyond the Code: Ethics in The Real World

Beyond the Code: Ethics in The Real World

April 11 | 1–2:50 p.m. CT | 2 CPEs | FOS: BETH

This innovative and interactive presentation taps the fields of neuroscience, psychology and even biology to understand the point where science, emotion and critical thinking interact. Instead of critiquing how our minds are supposed to work, we will delve inside the fascinating world of how our minds actually work when we face difficult dilemmas with competing goals. The audience will experience startling, interactive experiments that reveal how we miss the obvious and how our minds conjure up false perceptions out of thin air. We will review why outdated ethical models centered around rule-based codes have failed and what research indicates does improve individual and organizational ethical reasoning.

This session offers a powerful, live EEG demonstration (visual representation of brain activity) allowing attendees to witness the cognitive patterns associated with ethical reasoning.

Major subjects:

  • Why model codes of ethics fail
  • The science behind organizations’ “ethical DNA”
  • Understanding the psychology behind “tone at the top”
  • The interaction between critical thinking and ethics
  • Breaking myths about motivation related to decision-making
  • Ethical decision-making under pressure
  • Are ethics and morals “fixed” or can we learn to improve

Attendance is free to the first 30 people who register.  Register below OR e-mail sherri-aga@hotmail.com to register. (A wait list bill be created if more than 30 sign up.)

Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license.  We can only award CPE for on-site attendance under the agreement.


March 28, 2018 Audio Conference – Cybersecurity

Wednesday, March 28th
Audio Conference
 1–2:50 p.m. | 2 CPEs

TOPIC: Cybersecurity

SPEAKER: Caleb Jones, Assistant VP Security Risk Program Manager, Alion Science & Technology

REGISTRATION: 12:30 p.m. – Webinar 1:00 p.m.

COST: $0 for Members, $10 for Non-Members

PLACE: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)/Department of Tourism Building, 201 W Washington. Madison
WI, 53703

REGISTER:  Below on-line Or by e-mail (sherri-aga@hotmail.com) by 1 pm on Monday, March 26, 2018. If you would like us to
invoice, note if you want to pay by check or credit card (We can bill through PayPal for credit card use).

Note: The AGA Chapter signs up for a single-site group webinar license. We can only award CPE for on-site attendance.

For non-information technology personnel, cybersecurity can be a labyrinth of strange concepts, acronyms and techno-babble that is at best confusing and at worst terrifying. All of us rely on technical staff to secure our systems and data, and unless you are a trained IT professional, the details of cybersecurity will likely remain something of a mystery. However, a little familiarity with the fundamentals will go a long way. This session will provide a basic understanding of cybersecurity concepts and will empower the personnel who own the data and depend on the systems to better collaborate with their IT staff to ensure the integrity, availability and confidentially of financial data.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • The principles of the confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) triad
    • We will review case studies highlighting actual incidents and relate them
      to the CIA triad
  • The principles of risk-based security assessment including the elements of
    criticality, threat and vulnerability

    • We will review examples in order to clarify why this is important to the layperson and will explain your role in this process
  • What data owners and system users can do to help their IT staff better secure
    their systems
  • We will review: 1) what questions you should be asking your IT staff, 2) what
    information you should be providing them and 3) how your business unit can
    work with the IT staff to affect a positive change in your cyber-preparedness


December Audio Conference – Accounting & Financial Auditing Challenges/Best Practices

Welcome Members and Non-Members

December Audio Conference

 The Southern WI AGA Chapter is hosting a National Audio Conference on December 6. We pay for one group license and can certify CPE for anyone in attendance in the room. Physical attendance is required. If you would prefer to host your own session, there are group and individual registration options through the AGA National Office: https://www.agacgfm.org/Training-and-Events/Learn-Online/Webinars/2015-2016-Offerings/120617-auditing-quality-assurance.aspx

DATE:   December 6 | 1–2:50 p.m. | 2 CPEs

TOPIC:   Accounting & Financial Auditing Challenges/Best Practices

As identified in the numerous surveys, peer review reports, and inspection results produced by various accounting and audit groups, there are indications that practitioners are still trying to identify ways to effectively deal with many challenges that arise during the audit. During this webinar, the speakers will highlight a few of the challenges faced during financial statement audits of government agencies and discuss relevant standards and other resources that may be considered in addressing these challenges.


  • Wendy Payne, MPA, CGFM, CPA, Executive Director, FASAB
  • Anne Sit-Williams, CPA, Assistant Director, Financial Management and Assurance, GAO 

Moderator: Berri Davis, CGFM, CPA, Director, Financial Management and Assurance, GAO

 Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify:

  • various accounting and auditing issues and challenges on a government financial statement audit and
  • some of the standards and other resources that may be considered to address those challenges

DATE:         Wednesday, December 6, 2017     1–2:50 p.m.

COST:     Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members

PLACE:  Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 751

RESERVATIONS:  Contact Sherri Voigt by 11 a.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 with your name, membership status, at sherriv@live.com or register below. PayPal invoicing is available if your agency would like to use a P-Card.

Details about parking and security desk check-in will be sent a few days ahead of the event.

Register On-Line for 40th Annual Symposium

You may use the following form to register for the AGA Southern Wisconsin Chapter Symposium if you will be sending a Purchase Order or will be paying by credit card through PayPal.  Please print the Registration Form  if you are planning to pay by check.

Fortieth Accounting and Financial Management Conference

AGA Southern Wisconsin Chapter

Fortieth Accounting  and Financial Management Conference

May 10, 2017

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Conference

University of Wisconsin
Union South
1308 West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53705

Objective: The intended audience is financial managers, controllers, treasurers, auditors and IT personnel whose responsibilities involve governmental accountability and financial management. This conference is designed to enhance understanding of some of the problems encountered today in the public sector, inform of public policies and emerging issues, and provide managerial techniques to affect positive changes. The 40th Annual Accounting and Financial Management Conference continues the Association of Government Accountant’s commitment to a planned program of professional education and development for public sector financial managers.
CPE Credits: 7.0 hours
Fee: AGA Member $37
Non-Member $75
Retired AGA Member $25
Registration deadline: April 27, 2017

Agenda and Registration: 40th Annual Symposium

On-Line Registration Available

September 2016 Lunch Meeting Webinar

September 2016 Lunch Meeting Webinar

September 14 | 1–2:50 p.m. CT | 2 CPEs

TOPIC: Avoiding Surprises and Assessing Risks: Building on Today’s Internal Controls

DATE: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

TIME: 1:00 – 2:50 p.m.

COST: Free for Members, $10 for NonMembers

PLACE: State Office Building (home of DFI, Tourism, DVA, WHEDA) 201 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703

REGISTRATION: Contact Sherri Voigt by 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016 with your name, membership status, at (608) 266-2814,  sherriv@live.com, or register below:



Avoiding Surprises and Assessing Risks: Building
on Today’s Internal Controls

September 14 | 1–2:50 p.m. CT | 2 CPEs | FOS: ACCG

Learn how governments across the country are strengthening their internal control processes by setting new parameters for risk management. These new parameters help governments identify challenges early, bring them to the attention of agency leadership and develop solutions. On July 15, 2016, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a revised version of OMB Circular No. A-123, which addressed internal controls. The revised circular was broadened and now addresses Management’s Responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Control. Similarly, under North Carolina’s Enhancing Accountability in Government through Leadership and Education (EAGLE), each agency must perform an annual assessment of internal controls over financial reporting and compliance. By performing this assessment, agencies can identify risks and compensating controls that reduce the possibility of material misstatements, misappropriation of assets and noncompliance with governmental rules and regulations. This webinar will examine emerging trends in internal control by examining both the federal and North Carolina initiatives.

Wynona Cash, CICA, EAGLE Team Lead, North Carolina Comptroller’s Office Mike Wetklow, MPA, CGFM, CPA, Deputy CFO, National Science Foundation

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisite: None

Advance Preparation: None required

Field of Study: Governmental Accounting

This webinar offers two (2) CPE hours for participants who attend the entire training. Site coordinators will receive an email confirmation one day before the start of the training that will contain the PIN code and instructions for participants to verify and retrieve their certificates.

CPE Hours earned during this event can be used to fulfill CGFM CPE requirements. To learn more about the CGFM Certification, contact AGA’s Office of Professional Certification.

AGA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. www.learningmarket.org.


March 23 Audio Conference – Internal Controls

March 23 | 1-2:50 p.m. | 2 CPEs Available


DATE:  Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 1:00-2:50 p.m.

COST:  Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members

PLACE: WI Department of Tourism, 201 West Washington Ave, Madison, WI, 1st Floor Conference Room

The AGA Southern Wisconsin chapter is sponsoring one link to this session. In-room attendance is required for the awarding of CPE. The National AGA Office has not yet posted the speaker/title details for this session. We will send a follow-up notice once available.

f you are interested but unable to attend this session, individual session links are available through
https://www.agacgfm.org/Training-and-Events/Learn-Online/Webinars/2015-2016-Offerings/Internal-Controls.aspx at $49 for members.

RESERVATIONS: Contact Sherri Voigt by 1 p.m. on Monday, March 21, 2016 with your name, membership status, at (608) 266-2814 or sherriv@live.com

Or Register on-line below:

Annual Symposium – May 11, 2016

AGA Southern Wisconsin Chapter Annual Symposium
UW – Madison Union South
May 11, 2016

2016 Annual Symposium Brochure


  • 7:30-8:00   Registration – Varsity Hall 2, Union South
  • 8:00-8:05   Opening Remarks/Welcome Mary Laufenberg, Chapter President
  • 8:05–9:20  Highway Traffic Funding in Dane County
  • Laura Larsen, Budget & Program Evaluation Manager, City of Madison
  • 9:20-9:35   Break
  • 9:35-11:40 Uniform Grant Guidance
  • Leah L. Nikaidoh, National Single Audit Coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • 11:40-12:30  Lunch – Varsity Hall 3
  • 12:30-1:20 Public Private Collaboration
  • Arjun Sanga, Executive Director, WiSys Technology Foundation
  • 1:20-1:35   Break
  • 1:35-2:40 Highlights in Business Ethics
  • Warren “Boz” Bostrom, Associate Professor of Accounting & Finance, College of St Benedict/St John’s University (CSB/SJU)
  • 2:40-2:55   Break
  • 2:55-3:55  Highlights in Business Ethics continued



Audio Conference – Evidence Based Policy Making: January 13, 2016

Evidence Based Policy Making – Making the Right Decision to Improve Programs

January 13, 2016
1-2:50 p.m. CT

Governments at all levels make budget and policy choices each year that have long-term effects on the services provided and dollars spent delivering those services to the public. Studies have shown that government leaders can make better decisions and achieve better results by using rigorous evidence to inform, enable and operate programs more strategically. Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative has developed a framework for governments to build and support a system of evidence-based policymaking.

Speakers: Torrey Silloway, Manager, Pew Charitable Trusts, Gary VanLandingham, Director, Pew Charitable Trusts

Moderator: Robert Shea, Principal, Grant Thornton LLP

PLACE: WI Department Of Transportation, 4802 Sheboygan Avenue, room 421

RESERVATIONS: Contact Sherri Voigt by 1 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016 with your name, membership status, at (608) 266-2814 or sherriv@live.com. OR Register Below:

Invoicing is Available

Training: Ethics in the Workplace – December 2, 2015

Ethics in the Workplace

Dec. 2 | 1–2:50 p.m. CT | 2 CPEs

(This training webinar is FREE to all.)

Being ethical and understanding ethics and ethical principles is of growing importance in today’s workplace, in both the public and private sectors.

We will discuss various ethical situations that arise as well as the risks and rewards of being ethical. We will talk about the appropriate actions to take and the correct methods to use.

This webinar will cover the approaches to ethical challenges in the workplace. We’ll discuss policies, procedures and the methods to handle situations and ethical challenges that we encounter. This webinar will be interactive and practical—no theory. Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the webinar.


  • Leon Young, Consultant and Educator, Leon Young Seminars

    ​Learning Objective: To understand the ethical issues in the workplace and to be capable to handle them objectively. To be able to differentiate between facts and rumors and to recognize real ethical issues. To be aware of the risk-taking component of being ethical.
    Program Level: Overview
    Prerequisite: None
    Advance Preparation: None required
    Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

    CPE Information

    This webinar offers two (2) CPE hours for participants who attend the entire training.  Site coordinators will receive an email confirmation one day before the start of the training that will contain the PIN code and instructions for participants to verify and retrieve their certificates.


    WHEDA Building, 201 W Washington


    Free to all attendees


    Register below or by contacting Sherri Voigt at sherri2.voigt@dot.wi.gov or sherriv@live.com by 11 a.m. Monday, November 30