DOA In-Person Ethics Webinar (4/13/2023)

New! Special addition for in-person attendance–Free to attend  

Note: In person attendance will not allow for participation in the “ethical dilemmas” and other polls during the webinar; therefore, attendance will be monitored by AGA through sign-in logs for CPE credit. Questions may be submitted during the webinar through the room monitor. 

Duration: 100 minutes (2 CPE hours)

Program level: Overview

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Cost:   Free

All agencies: Conference room space is being reserved at the DOA building for in person attendance, Limit: 75 

Register below or send e-mail to Sherri Voigt with membership status, payment preference (non-members) and name(s) of attendees.

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

**conference room information will be sent after registrations are completed 
**waiting lists will be created if the room limits are reached 

Membership Status (Chose one option)

Ethics Webinar – April 13, 2023

New! Special addition for in-person attendance–Free to attend  

Title: Ethical Dilemmas—You Make the Calls

Session Date and Time: April 13, 2023 1:00 – 3:00 pm CT (Virtual, via Zoom)

Description: If you said to a group of government accountability professionals, “raise your hand if you’re ethical,” every hand would go up.  Why, then, do we have ethical failures?  One answer is that not everyone recognizes it when confronted with an ethical dilemma. Another answer is that not everyone can agree on the “right” course of action to take in every situation.  This interactive webinar will explore several potential ethical dilemmas vis-à-vis AGA’s Code of Ethics to determine how and why trained and experienced government accountability professionals sometimes run afoul of our ethics principles.

Learning Objectives: After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the AGA’s Code of Ethics and how it can help you remain ethical.
  2. Describe AGA’s ethics inquiry process and ethics enforcement process and results of recent ethics inquiries and investigations.
  3. Evaluate hypothetical ethical dilemmas, whether they can result in a violation of AGA’s Code of Ethics, and propose your views about each dilemma.

NASBA Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics

Duration: 100 minutes (2 CPE hours)

Program level: Overview

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Cost:   AGA Members – Free

            Non-members – $10

Register below or send e-mail to Sherri Voigt with membership status, payment preference (non-members) and name(s) of attendees.

Registration Deadline is Tuesday, April 11, 2023.

Membership Status (Choose one option)(required)

Payment Choice for Non-Members (Choose one option)

Speaker Bio:

Melinda J. DeCorte, CPA, CFE, CGFM, PMP

Partner at Cotton, A Sikich Company

Melinda DeCorte has 25 years of accounting, auditing and government financial management experience. She directs, manages, and serves in a quality assurance capacity for financial statement audit engagements conducted in accordance with Government Auditing Standards (GAS) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) auditing standards. She also has extensive advisory experience for multiple governmental agencies, primarily focusing on internal controls and risk assessments, financial statement preparation, financial system implementation, and evaluating agencies for audit readiness and compliance with internal control standards and generally accepted accounting principles.

In addition to client engagements, Melinda’s corporate leadership roles include serving on the Sikich LLP Executive Board and overseeing the Sikich federal audit practice.

Ms. DeCorte is an active member of the AGA (formerly known as the Association of Government Accountants) and she also served on the advisory council to the GAO in updating the Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government. She has authored several articles in the AGA Journal of Government Financial Management and the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) Armed Forces Comptroller. A former adjunct professor at the University of Virginia (introductory and intermediate accounting principles), Ms. DeCorte regularly speaks on ethics, audit, and internal control at professional development conferences and training seminars


President’s Message – November 2022

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Welcome to the new AGA Southern Wisconsin program year!

We are off to a bit of a late start, but our first chapter webinar is coming up November 10, Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management.

We have also included some upcoming CPE events from AGA National and other chapters. Please take a look at the information for the 2022 Technology & Transformation Summit (page 3)… This is 8 CPE and is free to members!!! If you can’t attend the full day, you can still get credit for the sessions you do attend. This is a great part of your membership value!

The chapter board spent time in September and October discussing what we could for new AGA members. Historically, we offered a free lunch meeting. Since those are no longer part of the event rotation, we brainstormed and came up with a few ideas. The result was a vote to give new members $20 off the registration fee for the Annual Symposium. This also helps with members who are outside the Madison area and could not reasonably attend the lunch meetings. We will do a look-back to all members with an original join date of January 1, 2022 or later. I will be reaching out to that list of people over the next month or two to let them know, and I will also do an outreach as the Symposium agenda is finalized. [Note: Be sure to save the date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023]

AGA National has created Google accounts for chapters so we can better handle surveys. We will be sending out a member survey very soon to get feedback on what you would like to see the chapter doing, including the ever-present request for training topics and speakers. This year, we will be offering an optional drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card for completing the survey by the deadline. We look forward to the information so we can use it in planning chapter activities.


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November 10, 2022 Webinar – Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management

Title: Cybersecurity and Supply Chain Risk Management
Speakers: Tyler Carlin, Mike Lane, and Will Walsh – KPMG Advisory

CPE Credits: 1.0 credit
Subject Area: Information Technology

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. CT

Cost: Free to members and non-members

Instruction Method: Group Internet Based
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None

This webinar is presented by your local AGA Chapter and supported by our members. Please consider joining AGA Southern Wisconsin today.

Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 8, 10:00 a.m.
Limit: 75 people

Register on-line below or by email to Sherri Voigt.

Membership Status(required)

April 20, 2022 Webinar – State and Local Government Emerging Issues

State and Local Government Emerging Issues
R. Kinney Poynter, CPA, Executive Director-
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT)

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 1:00-2:40 pm Central Time
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Preparation: None
Field of Study: FIN
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Program Level: Overview


  1. Provide an overview of current trends and issues for state and local governments
  2. Help attendees locate useful websites for collected data

Participants will earn 2.0 CPE credits


  • Free for AGA members
  • $5.00 for non-members

Registration deadline is Monday April 18, 5 pm

* Limit: 75 people (a wait list will be created if the limit is reached)*

Register via email to [email protected] or here:

Membership Status:(required)

Non-Member Payment Option:

About the Presenter 

R. KINNEY POYNTER, CPA, NASACT Executive Director 

Kinney Poynter is the Executive Director for the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers (NASACT). In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall operations of NASACT as well as the programs of the National Association of State Comptrollers and National State Auditors Association. NASACT is a professional organization whose mission is to assist state leaders to enhance and promote effective and efficient management of governmental resources. Kinney has been with NASACT since 1989, previously serving as the association’s Deputy Director and various other positions. 

In addition to his experience with NASACT, he has been a partner of a local public accounting firm in Lexington, Kentucky, and a principal auditor with the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, where he conducted financial, performance, and investigative audits on state agencies and local governments. 

While in public practice, he performed single audits on various nonprofit organizations. 

Kinney has BS and MS degrees in accounting from the University of Kentucky and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). He previously served on the AICPA Governing Council. He is also a member of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he has served as chairman of the Governmental Accounting Committee. Kinney has served as an instructor domestically and internationally on a variety of governmental accounting and auditing issues. 



In-Person for 2022 – Full Schedule Linked Below:

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Conference

Objective: The intended audience is financial managers, controllers, treasurers, auditors, IT personnel, and accountability professionals whose responsibilities involve governmental accountability and financial management. This conference will explore current problems encountered in the public sector, inform of public policies and emerging issues, and provide managerial techniques to affect positive change.

Format:                 Lecture, Question & Answer

Level:                    Update/Overview

CPE Credits:        6.5 hours

Fee:                       AGA Member $50
                               Non-Member $100
                                Retired AGA Member $30

Registration:    Union South moved up the deadlines for meal and chair counts—

Registration ends on Tuesday, April 26

Symposium Brochure with Schedule and Speakers

Register On-line:

Membership (Choose one)(required)

Payment Method (Choose one)(required)

President’s Message – March 2022

Sherri Voigt, CGFM, CPA

Happy CGFM month!!!! If you have ever considered the Certified Government Financial Manager certification, this is a great time to apply. There is a special running through March 31 that will give you one free exam voucher, a $125 value. Visit for details and to start the process. We have received CGFM Month proclamations from the governor and City of Madison mayor. These are included on pages 5 & 6 of the newsletter.

The Symposium speakers are confirmed and we are just working out some last details on titles and agenda times so the full information can be posted/sent out. I hope to see many of you out there on Wednesday, May 11. Union South surprised us a little this year by moving up the dates for meal and chair counts by a week. Please note that registration cuts off Tuesday, April 26. You can register via email or on our website (soon) and be invoiced later.

We have set up a webinar on Wednesday, April 20. Kinney Poynter, CPA, NASACT Executive Director, will be speaking on “State and Local Government Emerging Issues”. This will be worth 2 CPE.

AGA National has changed our logo for the organization and the CGFM certification. Also, our name has been shortened to “just” AGA. See all the details in this month’s Footnotes.

We have started planning for the fall and have a fraud speaker lined up for a 2 CPE webinar on August 23. If you have any topics you would like to see offered as a webinar, please let us know. Education chair Mary Laufenberg is great at finding speakers and building on your ideas ([email protected]).


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