For the past twelve-years, thanks to the initiative and dedication of AGA regional and chapter leaders, state and local governments have been declaring March CGFM month. This project has been a great example of AGA leadership and teamwork and continues to help spread the word about the CGFM Program. Your AGA Southern WI Chapter is proud to continue this tradition in 2018.
Visit the national AGA website for more information on the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) certification.
Official Southern Wisconsin Chapter AGA “March is CGFM Month” Proclamations: |
State of Wisconsin- Governor Walker and City of Madison- Mayor Soglin
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 We will review why outdated ethical models centered around rule-based codes have failed and what research indicates does improve individual and organizational ethical reasoning.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.
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 email@example.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.
Welcome to CGFM Month! Every March, our chapter requests and receives proclamations from the Governor and Madison Mayor declaring March is CGFM month. If you have ideas on another municipal government that we should reach out, please let us know; we would be happy to reach out to other areas in the state of Wisconsin. For more information on the Certified Govenerment Financial Manager certification, please visit the AGA National website at http://www.agacgfm.org/cgfm
We have a busy spring with quite a few CPE offerings. Please view the calendar of events. There is also a free members-only webinar on March 15 that National should have sent notices about.
This month is also an opportunity to highlight the career of one of the chapter’s first CGFM members. David Mellem has retired with over 50 years of federal service. I encourage you to see the related articles in the March newsletter.
I look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming training sessions!
PLACE: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)/Department of Tourism Building, 201 W Washington. Madison
REGISTER: Below on-line Or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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
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
Within the State of Wisconsin, Department of Administration (DOA), positions held include Chief State Architect, Construction Project Manager, Team Leader, Supervisor, Architectural Technical Services Section-Section Chief, and DOA’s Historic Preservation Officer.
He was the ranking architect at DOA and, by statute, a non-voting member of the State of Wisconsin Building Commission. He was directly involved with policy development and management of architectural activity associated with the State Building Program. He provided architectural services and architectural consulting services to state agencies, consultants, and other Division staff in addition to managing outside A/E contracts providing those services to the Division of Facilities Development. Directly supervised 12 staff members who were architects, engineers, and architectural technical specialists.
He provided design direction to outside professional consultants. He contributed to the determination of the level of quality of general construction in state facilities, administered A/E and consultant contracts, and managed the architectural design and construction approved as part of the State Building Program. Supervised in-house architects and professional engineers and managed multiple outside engineers and architects providing services to the state. After 25 years of service to the State of Wisconsin, he retired on June 25, 2015.
Our January lunch meeting featuring Sarah Loose and Andrew Justl from Baker-Tilly Virchow Kraus focused mainly on the 2018 changes in the tax code. It was an interesting insight for what deductions continue or end, and what the impact is on taxpayers. Thank you to all who came. Also, an extra thank you to those who donated cash/items to the Salvation Army.
We will be hosting the AGA National webinars on March 28 and April 11. Registration details will come out in March, but hold the date if these topics will help you. Each is 2 CPE, and will run from 1:00-2:50 CT.
March 28 Cybersecurity
April 11 Beyond the Code: Ethics in the Real World
The schedule is in the final stages for our Annual Spring Symposium on May 9. Brochures will be available soon and registration details will be on our website. See page 7 of the current newsletter for a preview of topics. This day will offer 7 CPE.