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The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) has prepared our Citizen Centric Report (CCR) for Program Year 2013-2014. The CCR highlights the Mission and Core Values of AGA and provides an overview of our organization, at the national, regional and local levels. AGA-KC promotes government accountability by providing quality Continuing Professional Education to financial professionals and developing future leaders in government. Our Chapter also assists local organizations through our many community service events. We invite you to read our CCR and learn more about AGA-KC. You may access the CCR by clicking on this link: Download 2013-2014 AGA-KC CCR File.


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AGA-KC December 2017 Professional Development Seminar

 

On 20 Dec 2017, Scott Huizenga, (MPA, K.U.) Budget Director, Kansas City, MO spoke on "Citywide Business Plan & Budget Overview". Scott has served in the Budget Director position since his appointment in 2013. Scott manages the development, implementation and monitoring of the KCMO's $1.6 billion annual budget while leading the development of the Citywide Business Plan and Five-Year Financial Model. Please find a copy of Scott's presentation (HERE)

AGA Kansas City Chapter "Thanks" Scott for his most interesting presentation. In addition to explaining the budget process, Scott brought in discussion of public meetings and input into the budget process and its contribution to the Five-Year Financial Model. When asked, Scott confirmed the incorporation of citizen/public comment and involvement places the Kansas City Budgeting process into a "model" category. Other municipalities often contact KCMO asking to share or use these public input meetings/ comments/procedures that Kansas City has so effectively Implemented in its budgeting procedures.


Thanks Scott!

 

 

On 20 Dec 2017, Scott Huizenga, (MPA, K.U.) Budget Director, Kansas City, MO spoke on "Citywide Business Plan & Budget Overview".

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC November 2017 Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The seminar concluded with an interesting discussion about "Challenges of a Nonprofit CFO". Mr. Mike Feine and Mr. Barry Owens from the USDA Farm Services Agency opened the seminar with their tag-team presentation "Internal Control Over Financial Reporting (ICFR) Blocking and Tackling." Mike and Barry shared their presentation with us – click here to view.

 

The next topic for the day was "Reimaging the Auditor Accountant Relationship" led by Mr. Adam Travis, CPA, CISA also with the USDA FSA. Ms. Rachelle Styles, CPA was up next with an interactive discussion about ethics with specific scenarios. Following a lunch break where attendees had an opportunity to network – Ms. Christal Watson, President and CDEO of the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce engaged the attendees with a discussion about "Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader." You can view Ms. Watson's presentation here Ms. Sarah Schiltz, CPA and Partner with MarkNelson LLC shared her experiences as a volunteer serving with the Dream Factory. She explained the organization's mission and went on to discuss how they manage their finance and accounting operations.

 

Our final presentation for the day was by Mr. Anthony Funk, CFO for the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. He provided a discussion about some of the challenges a CFO for a nonprofit organization faces. His presentation is here. The seminar attendees received 8 CPE hours for the day's training

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 14th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included ICFR Blocking & Tackling, Accountant = Auditor relationships, Leadership, as well as the ever-popular Ethics.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC September 2017 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella's Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on.

 

He opened his discussion by engaging the audience and discussed some specific cases involving accountants as witnesses. Mr. Rask indicated that a number of his office's case are the result of tips received from the general public. Luncheon attendees received 1 hour of CPE credit.

 

The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on. The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on. The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on. The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on.
The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on. The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on. The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on.Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on.Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting).
The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on.Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on. The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on. The KCAGA Chapter met at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District on Wednesday September 20th for their monthly Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Scott Rask, Assistant US Attorney for the District of Kansas, joined us to discuss recent fraud cases that his office has been working on.

 

 

 

AGA-KC August 2017 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met on 8/16/2017 at the Café Trio on the Plaza for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Jones, City Auditor for Kansas City MO, discussed the topic of "What Happens After the Audit". Mr. Jones opened his presentation by reviewing a little history of the KCMO Auditor's Office and went on to review the post-audit results of several engagements. Some of the focus of the audits included KCPD vehicle take-home program, KCFD controlled substance safeguarding and the KC Bike program – to name a few. You can view the full presentation HERE. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for the training event.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC May 2017 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Wednesday – May 17th was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting).

 

The team provided information about the Royals' new community project to support the KC Urban Youth Academy. This new 501c3 organization is coordinating the construction of a sports campus with baseball fields and support building and the KC Royals will fund the annual operations! The presentation went on to review some of the risks associating with Major League Baseball and how the teams mitigate those risks. We concluded the session by discussing financial management in the MLB to include cash management, budgeting, revenue sharing as well as GAAP versus Tax accounting for the operations. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for the day's training.

The Chapter also collected items and donations at the luncheon for Food Equality Initiative Incorporated (FEI), a non-profit public benefit corporation that supports the low-income food allergy and celiac communities. Thank you to all of those who supported this community effort!

 

Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting).Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting).
Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting).
Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). Wednesday – May 17th  was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting). Wednesday – May 17th was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting).   Wednesday – May 17th was an AGA Royal Day @ the K!! Our monthly professional development luncheon started with a one hour tour of Kauffman Stadium where we visited the Hall of Fame, the press room and the dugout! The official CPE portion of the day was hosted by the Royals Finance Team consisting of Mr. Patrick Fleischmann (Director of Risk Management), Mr. Adam Tyhurst (Director of Finance) and Ms. Sidney Goodman (Director of Accounting).

 

 

 

KCAGA Community Service

 

AGA Kansas City Chapter Volunteered in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2017

Association of Government Accountants (AGA) Kansas City Chapter members volunteered in the Harvesters' food drive called Stamp out Hunger 2017. We assisted in placing envelopes in sacks and folding on Wednesday evening, April 12, 2017 at Harvesters. Stamp Out Hunger is The National Association of Letter Carriers' food drive, held on the second Saturday in May each year. It is the largest one-day food drive event in the nation.


Volunteers ages 12 and older were needed to help Harvesters insert envelopes into plastic bags at Harvesters. The bags were tri-folded so that letter carriers can insert them into mailboxes. Attention to details and patience was needed for this task. Volunteers ages 12-15 were welcome with adult supervision.
By folding each and every bag, volunteers helped increase the food donations from this drive by 35%. The donation envelopes included with each bag yielded over $30,000 in donations last year!

AGA, Community Service Committee would like to thank Josh Calhoun and Danielle Pinnell, Volunteer Engagement Coordinators at Harvesters, members of the AGA and their families for their generous donation of time and for showing how much they care. Our team of 12 promptly folded approximately 1,000 bags!!
Please contact the Community Service Committee, Cloretta Lewis 816-926-1948, or Norma McCloud 816-926-2551 with any questions on this event.

Article submitted by Norma McCloud and Cloretta Lewis, 04/18/2017

 

 

 

AGA-KC April 2017 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership.

 

Leveraging his years of experience including work with GSA's Financial Policy and Operations and NASA, Doug shared how we are all leaders in our individual roles and talked about ways we can strengthen our leadership abilities. He went on to share about Daniel Goleman's article "Leadership that Gets Results". You can view that article HERE.

 

Doug concluded his presentation with some statistics regarding the U.S. Government's costs for Financial Management – 1% of the Budget! You can view Doug's presentation HERE. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for the training event.

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership.
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership.
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Classic Cup on the Plaza for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Doug Glenn, Deputy CFO for the U.S. Department of Interior and current AGA National President, discussed the topic of leadership.  

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC March 2017 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. Mr. David Wright with the U.S. Department of Agriculture opened the seminar with an in depth discussion of how people can remain safe and the proper actions to take during an active shooter event. Dr. Rick Olson from the US Army's Command and General Staff College was up next with his presentation "Leadership, Effective Followership." Dr. Olsen has shared his presentation with us – click here to view.

 

FBI Agent Kevin McCrary returned as a favorite speaker to discuss ethics. Following a lunch break, Mr. Colin Humphrey, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Services Agency revved up the audience with an interactive "MS Excel Tips" presentation. Colin has shared his MS Excel workbook with us – click here to view. Laura Logan, CPA, CGFM followed with an equally engaging discussion of Federal Accounting topics. You can view Laura's presentation here. Our next speaker provided an update on recent Kansas City, MO Audit topics with a focus on Information Technology. Mr. Douglas Jones, KCMO Auditor has also shared his presentation here. Mr. Bill Miller rounded out the day discussing a different approach to "Leadership". Bill's presentation can be viewed here. The seminar attendees received 8 CPE hours for the day's training.

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. >Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes.
>Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. >The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. >The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2017 Professional Development Seminar on Thursday, March 9th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Microsoft Excel Tips, Active Shooter training, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics.

 

 

 

 

Mayor of Kansas City, MO issues Proclamation

 

Mayor Sly James has proclaimed the month of March 2017 as Certified Government Financial Manager Month for Kansas City, MO. Please read the full proclamation HERE.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC February 2017 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block, provided an update on 2016 Taxes.

Shirley has worked with H&R Block for the last 34 years. This year H&R Block is introducing their new "Block Advisors" brand who offer services appropriate for the complex tax clients and small business client. Shirley is an Enrolled Agent (E.A.) with the IRS, serving in that distinction for the last 27 years and is also a Series 6 practitioner licensed with the SEC. She enjoys the challenge of helping tax clients pay their lowest possible taxes and strives to be their year round tax and financial partner taking the guess work out of taxes. Shirley is a Kansas City native, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family (especially the 4 grandkids all under 6) and scheduling a few rounds of golf with her husband!

Ms. Plemmons opened her presentation by reviewing the tax provisions of the PATH Act as well as discussing the Appropriations Bill. The PATH Act, passed on December 18, 2015 is intended to "Protect Americans from Tax Hikes" and extends several tax exemptions and credits. Some provisions were extended permanently! . Shirley went on to explain how new rules for employers require that they file W-2 and 1099-MISC forms with the IRS no later than January 31st each year. This accelerated reporting requirement will help the IRS prevent tax fraud through their improved program integrity efforts. Shirley concluded her presentation by reviewing several tax considerations when planning retirement. You can view her presentation HERE. The 22 luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for the training event.

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes.
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. >Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes.
>Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. >Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. >Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Brio Tuscan Cafe on the Plaza for the February 15th Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block,  provided an update on 2016 Taxes.

 

 

 

Chapter Executive Committee Meeting

 

The KC AGA Chapter Executive Committee met on January 19, 2017. Please find the meeting minutes HERE.

 

 

AGA-KC Joins Regional Leaders for SLM-R

 

Members of the Kansas City AGA Chapter gathered with other AGA Chapter leaders in our region on Saturday, January 28, 2017 for a day of training and networking. The Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional or SLM-R was held at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton near the KC airport. Guests from St Louis MO, Jefferson City MO, Springfield MO, Lincoln NE, Des Moines IA, and Topeka KS met to enhance their leadership skills and welcome new chapter leaders.

Attendees participated in discussions involving Chapter operations and governance including topics such as National AGA Finances, Chapter Challenges, the Chapter Recognition Program (CRP) as well as the Citizen Centric Reports (CCR). The KC Chapter was pleased to welcome everyone to our city for this annual event and thanks everyone who attended.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC January 2017 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget.

 

Tammy opened the presentation with a history of the project reviewing the financing structure and how the City residents voted to approve the streetcar. Since the first streetcar trip on May 6, 2016 – the ridership has exceeded the original expected levels by more than 200% with a daily average of 5,829. Tammy specifically pointed out that there has not been any arrests or major safety incidents since the roll-out. She then discussed how the streetcar has already had a positive economic impact on the Transportation Development District.

 

Tammy concluded the presentation with a look to the future and discussed several of the possible project expansion plans. You can view her presentation HERE. The 26 luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for the training event.

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget.
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget.
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Seasons 52 on the Plaza for the January Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Tammy Queen, the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Kansas City, MO, discussed the topic of the Kansas City Streetcar Project Budget.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC Community Involvement

 

AGA – KANSAS CITY CHAPTER TOY DONATIONS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND MONETARY DONATION FOR V LINDSAY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL

AGA's Kansas City Chapter collected toy donations for Toys for Tots, a non-profit organization. Toy drives are an important source for Toys for Tots most needed items. The toys were collected during the November Professional Development Seminar on Wednesday, November 15, 2016 at Johnson County Community College. In addition, AGA collected a sum of $175 for Toys for Tots.

AGA donated $250 to V. Lindsay Seventh-Day Adventist School in Kansas City, Kansas. Clothing and toys were purchased on Monday, December 19, 2016 and donated to a needy family that the school adopted.


AGA, Community Service Committee would like to thank SSgt. David J. Francis, CLR-4 Toys for Tots Coordinator, Chuck Koelsch, NITC, Melody Bingham, USDA-OCFO and Jamie Charles, V. Lindsay SDA School Board Chairperson for their ample assistance in these projects and to the AGA members for their generous donations and for showing how much you care.

Please contact the Community Service Committee, Cloretta Lewis 816-926-1948, or Norma McCloud 816-926-2551 with any questions on this event.

 

AGA – KANSAS CITY CHAPTER TOY DONATIONS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND MONETARY DONATION FOR V LINDSAY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL. AGA – KANSAS CITY CHAPTER TOY DONATIONS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND MONETARY DONATION FOR V LINDSAY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL. AGA – KANSAS CITY CHAPTER TOY DONATIONS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND MONETARY DONATION FOR V LINDSAY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL. AGA – KANSAS CITY CHAPTER TOY DONATIONS FOR TOYS FOR TOTS AND MONETARY DONATION FOR V LINDSAY SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL.

 

 

 

AGA-KC December 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. As an auditor with the U.S. Attorney's office, Debbie works with investigators and attorneys to identify perpetrators who commit fraud against the Federal Government. Debbie's presentation identified the differences between Criminal Fraud (punishable by jail) and Civil Fraud (punishable by fines). She has worked on cases with a number of Federal departments and agencies to include the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as the Railroad Retirement B oard – just to name a few. Debbie shared that in the early 1990s, the Department of Justice implemented the Affirmative Civil Enforcement program to aggressively fight fraud. You can view her presentation HERE. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for the training event.

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud.The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud.
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the December Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Debbie Heston with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District Kansas, discussed the topic of Civil Fraud.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC November 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The seminar concluded with an energetic discussion about "Fiscal and Physical Fitness". Dr. Rick Olson from the US Army's Command and General Staff College opened the seminar with his presentation "Psychological Pitfalls of Power & Impact on Influence." Dr. Olsen has shared his presentation with us – click here to view (ROlsen.pdf). The next topic for the day was "Communication and Leadership" led by Mr. Christopher Madden, CPA with Morgan Franklin (CMadden.pdf). Ms. Michelle Cleveland was up next with a discussion about auditing (MCleveland.pdf). Following a lunch break where attendees had an opportunity to network – Ms. Rachelle Styles led the group in an interactive discussion about ethics with specific scenarios. Mr. Michael Fiene, CPA rounded out the day discussing a merger of two interesting topics – Fiscal and Physical Fitness (MFiene.pdf). The seminar attendees received 8 CPE hours for the day's training.

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2016 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, November 15th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar's topics included Pitfalls of Power, Communication/Leadership, Auditing as well as the ever-popular Ethics.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC October 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan, CPA, CGFM with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting. The discussion included thoughts and opinions regarding the current Continuing Resolution (CR) Authority situation as well as the future of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. You can view Laura's presentation here (LLogan.pdf). Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for event.

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting.
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting.AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting. Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at Cooper's Hawk restaurant on the Plaza for their October Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Laura Logan with the USDA's Farm Services Agency, provided an informative presentation about Federal Budgeting and Accounting.  

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC September 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Café Trio at the Plaza for the September Professional Development Luncheon. Mr. Douglas Jones, Auditor for the City of Kansas City, MO provided a discussion regarding accountability, transparency and improved services in local government. The 21 attendees received 1 hour of CPE for the professional development event.

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics.

 

 

Chapter Executive Committee Meeting

 

The KC AGA Chapter Executive Committee met on August 21, 2016. Please find the meeting minutes HERE.

 

 

 

AGA-KC August 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. She opened the presentation by reviewing the level of governing policies and regulations from the IRS Code to individual HR Policies for organizations. Organizational decisions are guided by these regulations and decision makers must consider ethical requirements as well. Ms. Watson then involved the participants with several specific scenarios designed to manage Budgets, Resources and Time. Participants worked as teams to determine how they would respond to the scenarios and Donna reviewed the decisions with a view from the ethical standpoints. You can view Ms. Watson's full presentation here.

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Jack Stack Restaurant in the Freight House District for the August Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Donna Watson engaged with the luncheon attendees to discuss Professional Ethics.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC June 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax. Ms. Ruck opened her presentation by reviewing the history of the "E-Tax" and identifying some of the City's services that the E-Tax supports and who pays the E-Tax. She discussed the requirement for the City to provide a ballot measure every five years for the City residents to decide if they want to continue the E-Tax. Ms. Ruck went on to provide information regarding the City's new electronic tax filing capabilities. She reviewed the two options provided by the Quick Tax website and the Modernized Electronic Filing "MEF" site as well. She also took time to answer several questions from the audience. You can view Ms. Ruck's full presentation here.

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at The Cork House in Kansas City, KS for the June Professional Development Luncheon. Ms. Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for Kansas City, MO provided an informative presentation regarding the Kansas City, MO Earnings Tax.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC May 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy's Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor's Office recent audits and audit methodology. Following a brief review of the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (aka the Yellow Book) and an introduction into the history and demographics of Johnson County, Kansas - Mr. Kleffner transitioned to a discussion of the audits and the results. The JoCo audit of their fleet maintenance involved a review of processes involved in maintaining their inventory of 1,043 vehicles and identified improvements for – among other matters - disposing surplus assets. Other audit efforts involved reviewing the County's requirements for Child Care Licensing and the Sheriff Office's Medical Support Contract. The final audit discussed involved the County's Sanitary Sewer Connection Process. You can view Mr. Kleffner's full presentation here.

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant for the May Professional Development Luncheon. Local Government Auditing was our topic of discussion this month. Mr. Ken Kleffner, Johnson County, KS Auditor shared his thoughts and experiences with the County Auditor’s Office recent audits and audit methodology.

 

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC April 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. Ms. Jones opened the presentation by discussing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's mission and transitioned to the topic of Financial Share Service Providers. Her office recently migrated from the General Services Agency (GSA) to the USDA OCFO in a "lift and shift" move. Vickie described how the transition occurred and how the USDA OCFO is now positioned to serve as a Financial Shared Services Provider (FSSP) with two separate payroll and accounting systems. The GSA transition provided the ability for USDA to offer Momentum-based "Pegasys" services while the SAP-based Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) provides prospective customers with a second option. Vickie went on to discuss some of the advantages and challenges involved with FSSPs. You can view Ms. Jones' full presentation here.

 

AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services.
AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services.

 

 

 

 

AGA-St Louis Spring 2016 Professional Development Seminar

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The 5 CPE Seminar topics included Ethics, Issues and Challenges in Government Accountability, Public Speaking and Data Warehouse Analytics. Chapter President Ryan Loewe opened the seminar welcoming attendees and reviewing the day's agenda. Dr. Christopher Bauer, PhD, CSP, CFS followed with a 2 hour lively and interactive discussion of Ethics offering "A Preventive Maintenance Approach". Dr. Bauer offered that Ethics are "rules to be followed when no one is looking" and we must consider honesty above all else. Interested parties can find more information regarding Dr. Bauer's seminars on his website (BauerEthicsSeminars.com). AGA's own Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Ann Ebberts, joined us in St Louis to share her views on "Issues and Challenges in Government Accountability". Ann joined AGA in October of 2014 and "hit the ground running". She opened her discussion with a brief history of her 30 years of experience in management consulting, project management and advisory support services. Ann reviewed some of the recent accountability legislation including the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) of 2014 which provides increased visibility of how the U.S. Government spends the taxpayers' money and created the USASpending.gov website. She discussed the states' efforts in providing accountability and introduced the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The US PIRG (www.uspirg.org) serves as a federation of state PIRGs which advocate for the public interest. The Missouri efforts to provide transparency and accountability to our citizens includes the Missouri Accountability Portal (mapyourtaxes.mo.gov) which provides a plethora of information about Missouri's financial reports, Federal grants and even a search engine identifying (by county) those businesses who fail to pay their state sales taxes. Mr. Fred Miller kicked off the afternoon with a discussion about "No Sweat Public Speaking and Presentation Skills". Fred's energetic session introduced the parts and elements of public speaking which enables speakers to take their presentations from "blah" to "AH"! The seminar concluded with a presentation from FI Consulting discussing "Data Warehouse for Financial Management Analytics". Seminar attendees received 5 CPEs for the day's training.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO.AGA-KC Chapter members and guests gathered at the Brio Tuscan Restaurant for the April Professional Development Luncheon. Featured speaker, Ms. Vickie Jones with the UDSA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), discussed Financial Shared Services. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA traveled east on April 21st to join the St Louis Chapter for their Spring Seminar. The recently re-energized StL Chapter welcomed 81 attendees to their first Professional Development Seminar held at the Holiday Inn in Earth City, MO.

 

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC Spring 2016 Professional Development Seminar

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Kevin introduced the seminar attendees to the USAJobs.gov website and walked through the website's navigation and capabilities. He discussed resume writing and the steps required to apply for a Federal Government position. Kevin provided insight to the hiring process and shared some tips on how to prepare for an interview with a Federal Agency. Click HERE to view Kevin's presentation. Mr. Harry Heflin followed the OPM presentation by introducing an esteemed panel of experts who provided information regarding several professional certifications available to those working in the various financial management fields. The panelists shared their history and experiences earning the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designations. Panel members, Mr. Bill Miller, CIA, CGFM, Retired -- Immediate Past President, AGA; Mr. Rick Wright, CIA, YRC Worldwide Inc. -- Director, Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk Management; Mr. Jim Tompkins, CPA, CGMA, Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City -- Asst. Director of Accounting & Purchasing, and Mr. Adam Travis, CPA, CISA, Farm Services Agency, USDA – Systems Accountant, discussed the advantages gained by earning their specific designations and reviewed the requirements and prerequisites for each certificate.

Following a buffet lunch and networking opportunity, the seminar participants received an update of the financial markets and a presentation regarding retirement planning. Mr. Joseph Groebl and Mr. Tim Groebl from V Wealth Management, reviewed the history of the stock market from 1900 to the present and discussed some of the global events that have had an impact on the markets in recent years. They provided a brief summary of how the Chinese economy plays a role in the global markets and summarized the Chinese commodity consumption. They concluded the presentation with an update on some 2016 U.S. Tax facts and provided an "Investment Roadmap" to help with retirement planning. The full presentation, Tax Facts and Investment Roadmap are all available HERE.

The seminar shifted gears for the next presentation provided by Mr. Colin Humphrey – an Accounting Supervisor with the USDA's Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Many of us in the financial management field rely on Microsoft Excel to accomplish our daily tasks. Mr. Humphrey packed years of Excel experience into a 60-minute discussion about some of the more useful formulae required to manipulate and analyze data in Excel spreadsheets. His "Ifs, Ands, & Ors" review was a hit! Mr. Humphrey has shared his summary HERE. Of course, we wouldn't want any of the AGA seminar attendees to leave without a good dose of Ethics training. To help with this topic, Special Agent Kevin McCrary from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provided an informative discussion of how ethical behavior is critical in both law enforcement and financial management. SA McCrary shared his personal experiences of his 20+ year career in the FBI which started with his Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS (GO Gorillas!). Following closing remarks by the Chapter President – seminar attendees received their certificates of completion earning 8 Continuous Professional Education (CPE) points. We look forward to everyone joining us again in November 2016 for our Fall Professional Development Seminar.

 

Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members and guests of the Kansas City AGA Chapter met at the Johnson County Community College on Thursday, March 24, 2016 for the Spring Professional Development Seminar. Following introductions from Chapter President, Sean Rathman, the seminar commenced with an informative presentation and discussion led by Mr. Kevin Marts from the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor of Kansas City, MO issues Proclamation

 

Mayor Sly James has proclaimed the month of March 2016 as Certified Government Financial Manager Month for Kansas City, MO. Please read the full proclamation: Click Here

 

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC February 2016 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. Taxpayers are required to include documentation supporting proof of health insurance (IRS Form 1095B/C) with their 2015 returns. Looking forward to the 2016 Tax Year, Ms. Plemmons discussed highlights of changes to Social Security as well as some tax issues for retirement planning. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE for attendance. You can review the presentation materials HERE and can contact Shirley directly for any tax questions via SPlemmons@blockadvisors.com.

 

The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings.
The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings.
The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings. The Kansas City Chapter hosted our annual "Tax Update" luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's on the Plaza - February 17, 2016. Ms. Shirley Plemmons, E.A. with H&R Block provided an informative discussion regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2015 fillings.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Executive Committee Meeting

 

The KC AGA Chapter Executive Committee met on January 27, 2016. Please find the meeting minutes HERE

 

 

 

KC Chapter visits Lincoln, NE

 

The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. We also heard from our Regional Vice Presidents regarding Membership, Education, Accountability and the Chapter Recognition Program (CRP). Immediate Past National President Bill Miller and AGA Field Rep (and Past National President) Bobby Derrick joined us to discuss "where we are and where we are going". Members of the region welcomed Demetric Williams representing the recently revived St. Louis, MO Chapter! Meeting attendees received 6 CPEs for the day's training.

 

The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region.
The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region. The Kansas City Chapter participated in the Sectional Leadership Meeting – Regional (SLM-R) In Lincoln, NE on February 6th. The 25 attendees discussed the current state of AGA and the Chapters in our Region.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC Fall 2015 Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  Ms. Rachelle Styles opened the seminar with a discussion about Ethics that included several practical application scenarios.

 

The next topic for the day was “Kansas Schools Finance – Formula and Trends”. Mr. Mark Tallman guided the audience through the intricate details of school funding in Kansas. He shared some history of the school funding process and how the districts receive their funding today. His discussion included school accounting and closed with a list of school finance priorities. (PD Seminar).  Following a lunch break where attendees had an opportunity to network – the FBI team of Mr. Randy Wolverton and Mr. Brian Koechner provided a dual presentation covering White Collar Crime and the topics - “Business Email Compromise” and “Virtual Currencies”. (FBI-BEC) (FBI-VirtCurr).

 

Mr. Scott Huizenga was next providing an informative presentation covering the KCMO Budget Process (Budget Process). Seminar attendees where then treated to a closing presentation by Dr. Rick Olsen who discussed “Toxic Leadership/Toxic Environment”. (Dr. Olsen). The seminar attendees received 8 CPE hours for the day’s training

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.  The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 16th at the Johnson County Community College. The seminar’s topics included Kansas School Finances, White Collar Crime, the KCMO Budget Process, Toxic Leadership as well as the ever-popular Ethics.

 

 

 

AGA-KC October 2015 Professional Development Luncheon

 

AGA National's Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont's Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month's meeting. Mr. Miller provided the audience with an informative discussion about Leadership Techniques. He shared his experiences as the AGA's president and his extensive career lessons to inspire us in seeking leadership roles.

Mr. Miller's extensive career provided him with leadership positions at the Federal (Department of Energy and Department of the Army), State (Missouri State Auditor's Office), and Local (Johnson County Auditor) levels. Mr. Miller opined that we are all leaders in life, whether at work, in our church or worship centers, sports team coaches or parental units at home. Leading and inspiring others is a very tough job and Bill had numerous and specific scenarios that illustrated how he was able to build his "leadership toolbox". As we adjourned from the discussion, several people mentioned that they were ready to "jump in with both feet" as the next leadership opportunities presented themselves.

Before leaving, we gathered all local chapter current and past presidents for a group photo (there were 12 present for the event). Check out the photo gallery to see the fine group of leaders! Luncheon attendees received 1 training CPE.

AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting.
AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting.
AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting. AGA National’s Immediate Past President, Mr. Bill Miller, CGFM, CIA was the guest speaker for our well-attended October Professional Development Luncheon held on the 16th. Chapter members and guests gathered at the Pierpont’s Restaurant in the historic Union Station for this month’s meeting.

 

 

 

Congratulations Jacob

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants would like to offer congratulations to member Jacob Nicholls for his successful completion of the Certified Government Financial Manager exam series. As part of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) team, Jacob's new designation recognizes his unique skills and knowledge of today's government financial management requirements. Congratulations, Jacob!

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC September 2015 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon. The Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western Region of Missouri, Ms. Cindi Woolery, provided a presentation entitled "The 'Whistleblower' Statute". Ms. Woolery identified that the False Claims Act originated in 1863 to "combat rampant fraud in the Civil War defense contracts". She went on to explain the requirements necessary to file a False Claims Act case as well as the amounts the U.S. Government can recover from successful cases. Her presentation concluded with some specific examples of past cases. Ms. Woolery discussed several Hospice Fraud allegations and reviewed how her office sometimes reviews "Reverse False Claims". Ms.Woolery's presentation is available HERE. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE.

The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon. The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon. The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon. The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon.
The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon. The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon. The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon. The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon.
The KC AGA Chapter gathered at the Plaza III Steakhouse for their September 16th professional development luncheon.      

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC June 2015 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Mr. Adam Tyhurst, CPA – Director of Finance for the KC Royals teamed with Ms. Sydney Goodman, CPA & Accounting Manager to provide the chapter with an informative presentation. Following the luncheon, which was held in the Kauffman Stadium's Diamond Club, Adam and Sydney launched into their discussion about accounting for the Royals. Adam started the discussion by reviewing the core responsibilities of his Finance Department. Sydney then provided a brief summary of how they mitigate risks in their cash management processes and the internal controls employed to reduce losses. The discussion included overall reporting requirements and how the Royals share in the revenue collections of the MLB Central Fund. Adam then quizzed the audience with a scenario involving the capitalization and amortization of a player's signing bonus. We discussed how the Royals account for that asset for both GAAP and tax purposes. The presentation concluded with a discussion regarding the accounting process for the Kauffman Stadium Real Property and then the financial impact that the team encountered with the 2014 Post Season. Adam and Sydney's presentation is available HERE. Following the presentation, attendees were treated to a "behind the scenes" tour of the "K". Those attending the luncheon received 2 CPEs.

Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club!
Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club!
Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club! Welcome to summer and baseball season! Kansas Citians love their Royals and the KC-AGA chapter does too! Our June Professional Development Luncheon provided 54 chapter members and guests the opportunity to learn about accounting and risk management activities used to operate our favorite MLB Club!

 

 

 

AGA-KC May 2015 Professional Development Luncheon

 

Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC's luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Ms. Laura Logan, CGFM, CPA leveraged her experience as the Assistant to the Chief Accountant for the USDA's Farm Service Agency and the Commodity Credit Corporation to provide a historical perspective of the U.S. Government's budget process. She began the presentation by reviewing significant legislation dating all the way back to 1921 in addition to Article 1 of the Constitution. She then discussed the four phases of the Federal budget process ranging from the formulation of the budget through to the reporting, auditing and compliance phase. Her presentation also provided a summary of the Anti-Deficiency Act and the components of that Act. She concluded the presentation by identifying the two sets of General Ledger account series used to track the budgetary resources. Ms. Logan's presentation is available HERE. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE.

 

Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process.
Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process.
Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process. Kansas City Barbeque always draws the crowd to AGA-KC’s luncheons and our May meeting was no exception. The Chapter met at the Jack Stack Freight House restaurant on May 20th and the 48 attendees were treated to an informative review of the Federal Budget Process.

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC Spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. Dr. Rick Olsen – Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth - opened the seminar with a discussion “Military & Business Ethics: Strange Bedfellows or the Perfect Pair?” Following a brief definition of ethics, Dr. Olsen compared 7 causes of unethical behavior in the US Military to causes of the same behavior in the Business environment. The discussion then led to ethical lapses in the field of government accounting!  (Presentation). The next topic for the day was “The Leader’s Journey: Are You Ready?” Mr. Harry Heflin guided the audience along a path to defining the differences between Leadership and Management. He clarified that the rules of the “game” are as easy as P.I.E. Mr. Heflin shared Harvey Coleman’s formula for success where PIE = Performance, Image and Exposure.  (Presentation). Erin Blocher with the University of Missouri – Kansas City, followed up with an informative review of “Managing an Intergenerational Workforce”. Her discussion compared how the “Baby Boomer” generation requires  significantly different leadership styles compared to the “Gen X” and “Gen Y” workers and how the differences in their learning and work styles poses challenges for today's leaders. Erin provided tips regarding how to approach these differences. The focus shifted from generational differences to information security with a presentation by the CBIZ MHM, LLC team Kyle Konopasek and Cory Kaiser. The duo discussed the difference between information security and security awareness and the components of a successful information security program.  (Presentation). Commander Mark Baldwin with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service engaged the seminar attendees with a presentation reviewing “Active Shooter Awareness”. Cdr Baldwin opened his discussion by reviewing the characteristics of several active shooter events. His presentation provided specific guidance for reacting to an active shooter incident including photos depicting how to best protect oneself. (Presentation). Seminar attendees where then treated to an encore presentation by the CBIZ team. Kyle and Cory were back to discuss “Hacking the Human – Social Engineering Attacks”. The increased presence of online activity provides hackers with greater opportunities to exploit personal information. Kyle and Cory shared information regarding how one can identify various types of attacks and who is most susceptible to attacks. (Presentation). The seminar concluded with a presentation by San Cannon of the Kansas City Federal Reserve who offered “New data challenges: Is there such a thing as too much data?” (Presentation). The seminar attendees were awarded 8 CPE hours for the day’s training

 

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their spring 2015 Professional Development Seminar on Tuesday, April 14th at the Johnson County Community College. Discussion topics for the seminar ran the gamut from personnel security and information security to the ever-popular Ethics.

 

 

 

AGA-KC March 2015 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. Mr. Douglas Jones, CIA, CGAP, CRMA provided an informative overview of the Auditor's Office history, background and role in the governance of Kansas City, MO. The Audit Office has been in service since 1898 and provides the citizens with transparency, accountability and identifies areas where the City government can improve operations. The Office's audit topics literally run from A to Z!! The Auditor reviews the operations of all 20 of the City's departments ranging from the Airport to the Zoo! Mr. Jones reviewed several of his recent audit engagements including the Traffic Management Center, the Fire Code Inspection Program and how the City performs under the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Memorandum of Understanding. Mr. Jones' presentation is available HERE. Luncheon attendees received 1 CPE.

 

The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office.
The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office.
The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office. The Café Trio welcomed the KC AGA Chapter for their March 18th professional development luncheon. The presentation for March centered on the City of Kansas City, MO and their Audit Office.    

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. Ms. Rachelle Styles, CPA, provided an update on "Recent Tax Changes for 2014". A major portion of the presentation involved a discussion on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how the new law is impacting many taxpayers' filing for 2014. Ms. Styles provided an introductory "quiz" to identify some of the misconceptions surrounding the law. She went on to discuss how the IRS calculates each taxpayer's "individual shared responsibility" related to health care requirements as well as what provides qualified coverage levels. The entire presentation is available (HERE). The luncheon attendees were awarded 1 CPE hour for the training.

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their February 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, February 18th at the Seasons 52 restaurant.    

 

 

 

AGA-KC January 2015 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their January 2015 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, January 14th at the Grand Street Café in Lenexa. Mr. Michael Redmond, Associate Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of KC presented "The U.S. Economic Outlook". Mr. Redmond open the presentation with a brief history of the Federal Reserve and discussed the structure of the Fed. He then covered some key historical events that brought about the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank including the Great Depression and the "Great Inflation" periods. He concluded the discussion by providing some thoughts about our economic recovery and what the future might hold for us. Mr. Redmond's presentation is provided HERE for your review. The luncheon attendees were awarded 1 CPE hour for the training.

 

 

 

AGA-KC December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation "Generational Differences in the Work Place". Ms. Blocher reviewed and discussed how today's workplace includes workers in the Baby Boomer generation as well as those from the Gen-X phase. The differences in their learning and work styles poses challenges for today's leaders. Erin provided tips regarding how to approach these differences. The luncheon attendees were awarded 1 CPE hour for the training.

 

To support the Toys for Tots Program, luncheon attendees donated gifts to help make the holidays special for area children. A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this community support effort!

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their December 2014 Professional Development Luncheon on Wednesday, December 17th at the Plaza III Steakhouse. Ms. Erin Blocher, Director, Bloch Communication Center, Instructor, Business Communication Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri – Kansas City will provided a presentation 'Generational Differences in the Work Place'.    

 

 

AGA-KC Fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. Chapter President Leeanna Balsley opened the seminar by thanking all of the veterans and their families on the eve of Veterans' Day. She then acknowledged the U.S. Marines attending and offered a Happy Birthday (# 239) to all Marines. Bill Miller led the seminar with a discussion centered around "Ethics – If You Are Not Making a Difference, You Are Wasting Time". The 2014-2015 National President shared his experiences in a variety of ethical scenarios and quizzed the audience on "How would you handle this ethical challenge?" (Presentation).

 

The next topic for the day was "What's New in GAO's Revised Greenbook. Mr. Mike Fiene, with the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided an update on initiatives in monitoring and evaluating Internal Controls. Serving as the FSA's Chief of Internal Control and Planning, Mr. Fiene brought valuable experience to the discussion. (Presentation). Mr. Richard Cram, Director Policy and Research for the State of Kansas followed with an introduction to the Kansas budget reviewing the revenue sources and the expenditure line items. (Presentation).

 

Following lunch and time for networking, Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue for KCMO started the afternoon session by discussing "Earnings Tax: Is it Real?" (Presentation). The Executive Director for the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board (FEB) followed Mari's presentation by reviewing "The Role of the FEB in Fostering Collaborations Among Government Agencies". (Presentation). The seminar concluded with a presentation by Vince Sabia of the Goddard Group who offered "Considerations in Starting a New Business". (Presentation). The seminar attendees were awarded 8 CPE hours for the day's training.

To support the Harvester's Food Bank, seminar attendees donated enough food items to fill three food barrels. A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this community support effort!

A complete list of speaker biographies is available Here.

 

The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business..
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business.
The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business.. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business. The Kansas City AGA Chapter hosted their fall 2014 Professional Development Seminar on Monday, November 10th at the Johnson County Community College. More than 90 attendees gathered to hear topics ranging from Ethics (always a popular choice) to how one might start a new business.  

 

 

 

 

October 2014

 

The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. Mr. Ken Rouch from the Lincoln Chapter is serving as the Regional Vice President (RVP) this year and Mr. Rick Findley from the Ozarks Chapter is the RVP-elect for the year.

 

The RVPs lead the SLM-R attendees through a series of discussions covering topics ranging from the AGA National current and future outlook, Chapter Citizen-Centric Reports (CCRs), Membership best practices and the Chapter Recognition Program. The SLM-R attendees included members from all MidWest Region Chapters including Mid-Missouri (Jefferson City, MO), Ozarks (Springfield, MO), Topeka KS, Des Moines IA, Omaha and Lincoln NE, and Kansas City.

 

The SLM-R attendees also welcomed our Senior Vice President for Regional Services – Ms. Kimney Cox from the Baton Rouge, LA Chapter. Ms. Cox provided a session relating the MidWest Region chapter activities to chapters in other regions – indicating that the MidWest Region chapters are "leading the way". SLMR attendees received 2 CPE credits for leadership training.

 

The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel.
The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel.
The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel. The Kansas City Chapter was pleased to host the MidWest Region Sectional Leadership Meeting (aka SLM-R). AGA Chapter Executive Committee members and Regional Officers gathered on Saturday - October 4th - for an informative seminar held at the Four Points Hotel.    

 

 

 

August 2014

 

The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. Mr. Cowan provided an informative presentation entitled "The Role of the NBC in the Immigration Process". The NBC's primary mission is to prepare applications for adjudication that require an interview at a USCIS Field Office. A lot goes into preparing an application including conducting background and security checks and reviewing the evidence an applicant submits to support their eligibility for the benefit. During 2013, the NBC processed more than 800,000 security cases, approximately 10,000 international adoption cases and more than 300,000 immigration applications.

 

Mr. Cowan stated the NBC focuses on three primary goals: (1) Keeping our Nation's doors open and well-guarded; (2) Customer Service and (3) National Security. Mr. Cowan explained the four ways an individual can obtain permanent residency in the U.S. (aka Green Card) – through family; through employment; through refugee/Asylee status or through the U.S. State Department's Diversity Visa Program. Additional information is available at http://www.uscis.gov/greencard. You can visit http://www.uscis.gov for more information about the USCIS and the NBC. Event attendees received 1 Finance CPE.

 

The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO.
The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO.
The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO. The AGA Kansas City Chapter met at Bo Lings restaurant on Wednesday August 20th for the monthly professional development luncheon. Attendees welcomed Mr. Robert Cowan, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) National Benefits Center (NBC) in Lees Summit, MO.    

 

 

June 2014

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on "Black Market Travel Agents." Our speaker discussed a case, prosecuted by his office, in which stolen credit card numbers were used to purchase tickets for airline fares, sporting events and other activities.

 

Individuals involved in this complex criminal act used "travel agents" within their network to facilitate purchases made with stolen credit card numbers. These individuals were operating in locations throughout the U.S. and overseas. While the events discussed took place several years ago, identity theft remains a serious problem today. Security enhancements by credit card issuers in recent years, however, have helped reduce the risk of credit card fraud. Participants attending the June 2014 AGA-KC Meeting received one hour of Audit CPE.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. ' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. ' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. ' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. '
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. ' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. ' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. ' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. '
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on June 18, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. John Cowles, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Cowles provided an informative presentation on 'Black Market Travel Agents. '      

 

 

May 2014

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." Our speaker began his presentation with an overview of the City's budget, accounting and financial reporting processes. He then discussed the City's revenues, expenses, and challenges and opportunities for the future.

According to the City's recent annual financial reports, the City of Kansas City, MO received $1.4 billion in revenues from a variety of sources. Revenues from water and sewer, sales and use tax, earnings tax and property tax comprised over 60 percent of the total. The City maintains a General Fund, for basic city services and administrative expenses, and Special Revenue Funds, which are used for specific voter-approved purposes. Mr. Landes cited the impact of the Hancock Amendment - which requires balanced budget and voter approval requirements, along with unfunded mandates - as an ongoing challenge for future City revenues. Funding from the City's Earnings Tax and Fire Sales Tax are subject to voter approval in 2016, and Capital Improvements Sales Tax funding will be presented to voters in 2018.

Mr. Landes also provided information on the City's debt, credit ratings, population, employee pension issues, Tax Increment Financing and capital maintenance. Participants attending the May 2014 AGA-KC Meeting received one hour of Finance CPE.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition."
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition."
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition." The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse restaurant on May 21, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Randall Landes, Director of Finance, City of Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Landes provided an informative presentation on "City of Kansas City, MO - Financial Condition."

 

 

 

AGA-KC Spring 2014 Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.  Seminar speakers covered a wide range of topics including the Use of technology for audits, Political corruption, crisis and scandal, Recent fraud cases, Federal Accounting, Retirement planning and the History of Kansas City, Missouri government.  Each presenter's topic, name, presentation file (if available) and organization are shown below:

 

  • "Use of Technology During the Audit Process” - Mike Eglinski, City Auditor, Lawrence, KS.

Presentation File:  EGLINSKIOpenSourceMeetsAnAuditor.pdf

 

  • "Corruption, Crisis and Scandal – A Case Study” - Paul Johnson, Political Science Professor, The University of Kansas.

 

  • "Association of Certified Fraud Examiners:  Report to the Nations" – Roy Greenway, Auditor – Kansas City, MO and Adjunct Professor – University of Missouri.

Presentation File: AprilAGAMeeiting-Casesand2012ReportToTheNationsHandout-2.pdf

 

  • "Federal Accounting:  Solving the USSGL Mystery” – Laura Logan, CPA, CGFM, Assistant to the Chief Accountant – Commodity Credit Corporation.

Presentation File:  LoganPresentationUSSGLMystery.pdf

  • "Preparing to Retire the Cheapskate Way" – Mike Fiene, USDA/FSA, Internal Control and Planning Office.

Presentation File:  Fiene_AGA_14-04-16.pdf

 

  • “Government in Kansas City: A Historical Perspective” – Bill Worley, Professor, Metropolitan Community College – Independence.

 

Participants received eight hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for attending the seminar, including 1½ hours of Ethics CPE credit. The next AGA-KC PDS will be held in October 2014. The PDS is a great opportunity for government financial professionals to learn, meet others in the profession, and earn quality, cost-effective CPE credits.

 

 

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March 2014

KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member! Ms. Debra Wentz – from Chesterfield, MO – joined us for the luncheon and earned the "furthest traveled" designation for the month. Welcome Debra!

Our March luncheon topic was audit related and we were honored to have Ms. Jodi Robinson, CPA and Ms. Katina Larsen, CPA join us to present "Evidence and Support: What's Best?". Our presenters – from CBIZ, Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C. – began the discussion by reviewing the preferred evidence used in financial audits. Katina discussed specific examples for balance sheet, income statement and journal entry evidential support – citing third party documentation as the most preferred. She went on to identify the requirements for documenting and demonstrating internal control objectives.

Jodi took over the presentation by reviewing the evidence and support that a client or individual taxpayer might be required to provide in the event of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) exam. She described types of exams ranging from a Correspondence exam (least evasive), Desk exam, Field exam to a full "Taxpayer Compliance Measurement Program (TCMP) exam. Jodi recommended that clients and taxpayers retain tax return evidence for up to seven years to ensure full support is available in the event of an examination.

Participants attending the March 2014 AGA-KC Meeting received one hour of Accounting CPE.

 

KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member! KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member! KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member! KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member!
KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member! KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member! KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member! KC Chapter members and guests convened our March Professional Development Luncheon at the Grand Street Café. We opened the meeting by welcoming a new chapter member!
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February 2014

Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Legally married, same-sex couples may now use either the Married Filing Separately or Married Filing Jointly status for their tax returns. This provision is applicable even if a couple lives in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage.

The deferral limit for individuals participating in 401(k) or 403(b) plans has risen to $17,500. Catch-up contributions, for persons 50 or older, are $5,500 under both plans. Contribution limits for Traditional and Roth IRAs are $5,500. Persons aged 50 or older may contribute an additional $1,000 catch-up contribution under either plan.

Beginning in 2013, Kansas has eliminated income taxes on small business and farm income reported on individual tax returns. Kansas has also reduced income tax rates and increased the standard deduction for all taxpayers. These changes will take place incrementally over the next five years. Legislation to lower income tax rates in Missouri did not pass. Participants attending the February 2014 AGA-KC Meeting received one hour of Taxation CPE.

 

Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space.
Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space.
Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space. Significant Federal changes for 2013 include a 10 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) threshold for deducting medical expenses, compared to 7.5 percent of AGI in prior years. Also, individuals who maintain a home office can now claim a deduction of $5.00 per square foot, up to 300 square feet, of exclusive home office space.' width=    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2014

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Jack's Stack Barbecue restaurant on January 15, 2014. Our speaker was Mr. Daniel Crumb, Chief Financial Officer, Kansas City Chiefs. The topic of Mr. Crumb's presentation was "Financial Operations and Accounting for an NFL Team."

 

Our speaker discussed the history of the KC Chiefs and how the organization is structured identifying the components of the Football Operations staff and the Administration Team. He provided some insight into everything required to convert Arrowhead stadium into a "small town" on event days and all of the personnel required to host the games and other special events.

 

We closed the discussion with a Question and Answer session where Mr. Crumb responded to inquiries from the audience. The Chiefs' CFO presentation was a "sell-out" event for the AGA Chapter as we welcomed more than 50 guests for the luncheon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2013

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on "Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials." She began her presentation by providing an overview of employee age groups that comprise today's workforce.

 

These groups include Traditionalists (workers between the ages of 68 to 85), Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. Employees in the Millennial age group are currently between the ages of 20 and 32 and represent 20 percent of the workforce. In general, these employees enjoy working in teams, respect co-workers, prefer structure and clear expectations, and value flexibility. Managers who supervise Millennials need to consider these characteristics and adjust their management styles accordingly. Participants received one hour of Management CPE for attending this event.

 

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Cafe Trio restaurant on December 18, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Cheryl McConnell, Dean, Helzberg School of Management - Rockhurst University. Ms. McConnell provided an informative presentation on 'Leading, Managing and Educating Millennials.'      

 

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC Fall 2013 Professional Development Seminar

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.  Seminar speakers covered a wide range of topics including the role of inter-generational differences in the workplace, the effects of sequestration, furloughs and budget cuts on Federal agencies in the Greater Kansas City area, ethics laws related to conflicts of interest and campaign finance, reducing improper payments and recent GASB changes to accounting for governmental pension plans.  Each presenter's topic, name, organization and presentation file (if available) are shown below:

 

"Intergenerational Differences" – Mary Peterman, National President, Association of Government Accountants.
(MPeterman.pdf)

 

"The Current and Future Impacts of Sequestration, Furloughs, and Budget Cuts on Local Kansas City Agencies.”  This topic was presented by a panel of Federal officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Aviation Administration and Environmental Protection Agency

 

"Ethics: Conflicts of Interest and Campaign Finance" – Betsy Byers, Director of Business Services, Missouri Ethics Commission.

"The U.S. Treasury’s Do Not Pay List – Reducing Improper Payments" – Russ Kuehn, U.S. Treasury Department – Fiscal Services.
(Treasury-DoNotPay.pdf)

"The State of Our Governmental Pension Plans" – Dave Scott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Overland Park. (PensionPlans.pdf)


Participants received eight hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for attending the seminar, including one hour of Ethics CPE credit. The next AGA-KC PDS will be held in April 2014. The PDS is a great opportunity for government financial professionals to learn, meet others in the profession, and earn quality, cost-effective CPE credits.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.'The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Approximately seventy five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.      

 

 

 

 

 

Citizen Centric Report (CCR) - 2012/2013

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) recently prepared a Citizen Centric Report (CCR) for Program Year 2012-2013. The CCR highlights the Mission and Core Values of AGA and provides an overview of our organization, at the national, regional and local levels. AGA-KC promotes government accountability by providing quality Continuing Professional Education to financial professionals and developing future leaders in government. Our Chapter also assists local organizations through our many community service events. We invite you to read our CCR and learn more about AGA-KC. You may access the CCR by clicking on the link below:

Download 2012-2013 AGA-KC CCR File

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2013

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on "The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View." The intent of the AHCA, as Mr. Krull explained, is to broaden health care coverage for uninsured Americans and reduce overall costs on health care. Beginning in 2014, employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (i.e. employees who work 30 or more hours per week on a regular basis) will be required to provide acceptable and affordable health care coverage to their employees. Health care plans are deemed "Acceptable" if they "meet the essential benefits and minimum out of pocket requirements." The minimum actuarial value for an "Acceptable" plan is 60 percent. Plans are "Affordable" if premiums are less than 9.5 percent of an employee's income for the minimum "Acceptable" coverage.

 

Health care product values under the AHCA are designated as Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, according to the plan's actuarial value. Premium subsidies may be available to individuals with household incomes above 100 percent and below 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Participants received one hour of Finance CPE for attending this event."

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Seasons 52 restaurant on September 18, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Matt Krull, CBIZ, Inc. Mr. Krull provided an interesting and informative presentation on 'The Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) - From a Consumer's Point of View.'  

 

 

 

 

 

August 2013

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center. Ms. Stoltz provided an interesting and informative presentation on "DISC Leadership Assessment - A Focus on Leadership and Communication Styles." In her presentation, Ms. Stoltz provided an overview of assessment tools used by Human Resource (HR) professionals to examine personality and behavioral traits of job applicants. HR and hiring officials use results of these assessments, in part, to determine suitability of applicants for vacant positions in the organization. Ms. Stoltz emphasized that use of assessment tools represent only one means of evaluating candidates for job openings, and should not be relied upon solely for selection decisions.

 

Our speaker then offered attendees an opportunity to complete a "True Colours" assessment tool, which consists of six questions and four possible responses to each question. Users ranked each response 1 to 4, based on their own perspectives. Upon completion, response values for each of the four categories were totaled, allowing users to determine which categories most closely represent their personality and behavioral traits. Participants received one hour of Leadership CPE for attending this event."

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center.  The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center.  The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center.  The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on August 21, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Kyla Stoltz, Vice President, Human Resources and Support Services, CenterPoint Medical Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Masters in Accounting Student Resource

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants was recently contacted by an organization who has developed an online resource dedicated to assisting accounting students locate Masters in Accounting programs. If you, or someone you know, is interested in pursuing a Masters in Accounting degree, please see the following statement from Natalie Harris, Project Head - Online Resource.

 

The website MastersinAccounting.org/Online-Directory was created for students wishing to learn more about pursuing a master's in accounting: an advanced business degree that can lead to many fulfilling and lucrative careers. Our site will help you determine if an advanced education in accounting is appropriate for you. We assure you that the material on this website is reliable and current, as it is supported by an actual expert in the accounting field. We are also an unbiased information source because we are not affiliated with any school, college, or training agency."

 

 

 

 

June 2013

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was "The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy."

 

Mr. Medley began his presentation by describing the types of currency and notes issued by colonies and the Continental Congress, respectively, prior to the Revolutionary War. Following the War, the U.S. initiated its first attempt at central banking through establishment of the The First Bank of the United States in 1791. This privately-owned institution provided credit to the government. The government's second attempt to establish central banking occurred in 1817, with formation of the Second Bank of the U.S. The Second Bank's role as a central bank became controversial, however, as many citizens questioned it's lending practices and were concerned about the bank's role in politics.

 

The government did not maintain a central banking role during the late 1800's and early 1900's, until the Federal Reserve Act was signed in 1913. This Act established the Federal Reserve System (FRS). The FRS consists of four components - The Board of Governors, Federal Open Market Committee, Advisory Councils and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks. These entities fulfill the three overall missions of the FRS - Monetary Policy, Financial Services and Supervision and Regulation. Participants received one hour of Finance CPE for attending the June 2013 AGA-KC Meeting.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Grand Street Cafe Restaurant on June 19, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Medley, Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His presentation topic was 'The History of Central Banking in the United States and the Current Role of the Federal Reserve in Today's Economy.'    

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC Spring 2013 Professional Development Seminar

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. Seminar speakers covered a wide range of topics including a Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) update, A-123 Internal Controls over Financial Reporting, Health Care Payment Reform, Ethics, U.S. Economic Update and Welfare Fraud. Each presenter's topic, name, organization and presentation file (if available) are shown below:

"The GASB-69 Statements and Counting" - James Brown, GASB Board Member.
2013-04-17KCAGA-GASBUpdate

 

"A-123 Internal Controls over Financial Statements and Reporting" – Mike Fiene, Chief, Internal
Control and Planning Office, USDA-Farm Service Agency.
Fiene 13-04-17 AGA

 

"Health Care Payment Reform" – Neil Thowe, Deputy Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Ethics and Ethical Dilemmas" – Evelyn Brown, National President, Association of Government Accountants.
2012-03 Ethics Presentation

 

"U.S. Economic Outlook" – Jordan Rappaport, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

"Welfare Fraud" – Bridget Hug, Chief of Investigations, Missouri Department of
Social Services.

Participants received eight hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for attending the seminar, including one hour of Ethics CPE credit. The next AGA-KC PDS will be held on November 6, 2013. The PDS is a great opportunity for government financial professionals to learn, meet others in the profession, and earn quality, cost-effective CPE credits.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.    

 

 

 

 

AGA-KC Volunteers at the Harvesters Community Food Network

AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need. AGA-KC appreciates the efforts of Chapter Members and their families who participated in this very worthwhile event. Our Chapter participates in several community service events throughout the year. For more information about future events, please contact our Community Service Co-Chairs, Nancy Healy at Healy.Nancy@epamail.epa.gov or Kimberlynn Outman at Kimberlynn.Outman@kcc.usda.gov. Please click the link below to see a letter from Harvesters to AGA-KC, expressing appreciation to Chapter Members for their assistance."

Letter from Harvesters

 

AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need. AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need. AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need. AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need.
AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need. AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need. AGA-KC Chapter Members volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday April 6, 2013. Participants shrink wrapped containers of meat products onto pallets, and prepared them for distribution to local families in need.  

 

 

 

 

March 2013

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was "The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish." The Federal procurement process begins when an agency determines that it needs to purchase goods or services from an external source.

 

Following this decision, a Project Officer from the applicable agency will prepare requirements for the goods/services to be purchased and develop an Independent Government Cost Estimate (IGCE). The Contracting Officer uses the IGCE to determine if a contractor's price proposals are reasonable and to obtain realistic cost estimates.

 

Ms. Wilder also discussed the types of Government contracts, risks associated with contracts and changes that may occur following the contract award. After a contract has been awarded and signed, the agency's finance area submits an obligation entry into their general ledger system. Participants received one hour of Finance CPE for attending the March 2013 AGA-KC Meeting.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.'
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.' The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Fogo De Chao Restaurant on March 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Leeanna Wilder, Contracting Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her presentation topic was 'The Federal Procurement Process: Following the Money From Start to Finish.'    

 

 

 

 

February 2013

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Pierponts Restaurant at the Union Station on February 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Becky Wigington, H&R Block. Her presentation topic was "Recent Tax Changes for 2012." Ms. Wigington identified the Standard Deduction and Exemption Amounts available to taxpayers for the 2012 tax year. She also reminded participants that the payroll tax holiday, available in tax years 2011 and 2012, has now expired.

 

Consequently, payroll withholdings for Social Security (FICA) in 2013 have returned to 6.2 percent, which is an increase from the 4.2 percent rates withheld during the two-year payroll tax holiday. In response to questions, our speaker discussed ramifications from a recent court decision to not require tax preparers to successfully complete the Registered Tax Return Preparer examination, prior to preparing tax returns for compensation.

 

She also discussed a current proposal that would require brokers who trade securities, on behalf of their clients, to report the cost basis paid by clients for securities sold during the currently reported tax year. Implementation of this rule would lessen the burden on clients to produce documentation verifying their purchase prices, but would likely increase administrative costs of brokerage firms who will need to furnish this information on 1099-B forms.

 

Participants attending the February 2013 AGA-KC Meeting received one hour of Taxation CPE.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Pierponts Restaurant at the Union Station on February 20, 2013. Our speaker was Ms. Becky Wigington, H&R Block. Her presentation topic was 'Recent Tax Changes for 2012.' The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012.  

 

 

 

January 2013 Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR)

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. AGA Chapter Leaders from the Midwest Region attended this event, which was held at the Embassy Suites-Plaza Hotel. The theme of this year's SLMR was "Getting Back to the Basics." The event featured Regional Coordinators' Reports and presentations on the following topics:

 

Building a Successful Chapter
Success through Planning and Preparation
Individual Chapter Goals
Communication, Certification and Community Service
Staying Strong with Succession Planning.

 

The SLMR provided an excellent opportunity for learning, knowledge-sharing and networking for AGA financial leaders throughout the Midwest Region.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) participated in this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 26, 2012.      

 

 

 

January 2013

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business. His presentation topic was "Closing the Federal Deficit Gap." In his presentation, Mr. Martin identified Federal government expenditures by major category (i.e. Defense, Medicare/Medicaid, Education, etc.) and compared the overall amount of these expenditures in 2011 with revenues collected during the same time period.

 

Mr. Martin also discussed a recent assignment he gave to his students, in which the students were asked to develop a plan that would close the $1.3 trillion deficit in 2011 by making hypothetical decreases in major expense categories and revising income tax rates by income level. Our speaker then offered attendees at the January 2013 AGA-KC meeting a chance to perform this same exercise, using actual expenditure and revenue data from 2011. Participants enjoyed an interesting and interactive training session and received one hour of Finance CPE for attending this event.

 

TThe Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on January 16, 2013. Our speaker was Mr. Jim Martin, Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business, Washburn University School of Business.

 

 

 

December 2012

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Figlio Restaurant on December 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Miller, County Auditor, Johnson County, Kansas. His presentation topic was "Is Leadership on Your Radar Screen?" In his presentation, Mr. Miller encouraged attendees to seek leadership opportunities in the workplace and in professional organizations.

 

Mr. Miller began his Federal service career at the Army Audit Agency. He stated that his approach to becoming a leader was to identify work areas of interest, and then seek leadership roles in those areas. He emphasized the importance of embracing new work opportunities and demonstrating leadership qualities in day-to-day work operations and special projects. Bill also noted that government financial professionals can attain leadership roles through participation in the AGA-KC Chapter Executive Committee.

 

Throughout his own career, Bill has been an exemplary leader in the auditing field at the Federal, State and County levels. He has also been a dedicated and long-time source of leadership and guidance to AGA, at the Chapter and Regional levels. As always, Bill provided his interesting and informative presentation in the light-hearted and entertaining manner that Bill has long been known and admired for! Participants received one hour of Leadership CPE for attending the December 2012 AGA-KC Meeting.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Figlio Restaurant on December 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Miller, County Auditor, Johnson County, Kansas. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Figlio Restaurant on December 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Miller, County Auditor, Johnson County, Kansas. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Figlio Restaurant on December 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Miller, County Auditor, Johnson County, Kansas. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Figlio Restaurant on December 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Miller, County Auditor, Johnson County, Kansas.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Figlio Restaurant on December 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Bill Miller, County Auditor, Johnson County, Kansas.      

 

 

 

AGA-KC Fall 2012 Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.  Seminar speakers covered a wide range of topics including Recovery of  assets from fraudulent practices in the public housing market, Obtaining adequate supporting documentation for Financial Statement assertions, employing quality control measures for processing legal residency and naturalization applications, uncovering illegal and/or unethical business practices through investigative reporting, prosecuting a major health care fraud case and improving financial management practices and audit methodology at Federal agencies.  Each presenter’s topic, name and organization are shown below:

 

  • “Civil Fraud Auditing and Enforcement: How HUD-OIG is Recovering Money from the Scofflaws” – Christy Thomas, OIG, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

  • “Making the Numbers Add Up – the RIGHT Way” – Walt Schrepel, Professor, Park University.

 

  •  “DHS’s Fraud and Quality Control Process in Becoming a Legal Resident” – Jwana Smith, Supervisory Immigration Services Officer, DHS, USCIS, National Benefits Center.

 

  •  “Ethics Gone Wrong” – Linda Wagar, Fox4 Problem Solver.

 

  • “Show Me the Money – How Financial Investigations Fortify Fraud Prosecutions – A Case Study of U.S. v. Schneider” – Tanya Treadway, Assistant U.S. Attorney - Kansas.

 

  •  “Meeting Accountability Challenges in a Dynamic Environment” – Steve Sebastian, Director of Financial Management and Assurance, GAO.

 

Participants received eight hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for attending the seminar, including two hours of Ethics CPE credit. The next AGA-KC PDS will be held in April 2013. The PDS is a great opportunity for government financial professionals to learn, meet others in the profession, and earn quality, cost-effective CPE credits.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  Approximately seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.

 

 

 

AGA-KC 2011-2012 Citizen-Centric Report (CCR)

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) recently prepared a Citizen-Centric Report (CCR) for Program Year 2011-2012. The CCR highlights the Mission and Core Values of AGA and provides an overview of our organization, at the national, regional and local levels. AGA-KC promotes government accountability by providing quality Continuing Professional Education to financial professionals and developing future leaders in government. Our Chapter also assists local organizations through our community service events. We invite you to read our CCR and learn more about AGA-KC. You may access the 2011-2012 CCR by clicking on the link below:

 

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September 2012

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on September 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Dennis C. O'Connell, General Counsel, Heartland Region, General Services Administration (GSA). His presentation topic was "Ethics Breach – GSA and the Hatch Act." In the wake of recent public scrutiny, regarding the GSA Western Region 2010 Conference in Las Vegas, Mr. O'Connell discussed actions initiated by the agency to investigate this event and hold appropriate staff members accountable for conference spending deemed "questionable" and "excessive." He also discussed GSA's upper-Management changes, in light of the controversial event, and implementation of controls designed to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. With the U.S. general election fast approaching, Mr. O'Connell also provided an overview of "Do's and Don'ts" for Federal Employees, as provided by the Hatch Act. Restrictions imposed by the Hatch Act relate primarily to Federal Employee involvement in partisan political activities. Participants received one hour of Ethics CPE for attending the September 2012 AGA-KC Meeting.

 

 

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The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on September 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Dennis C. O'Connell, General Counsel, Heartland Region, General Services Administration (GSA). The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on September 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Dennis C. O'Connell, General Counsel, Heartland Region, General Services Administration (GSA). The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on September 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Dennis C. O'Connell, General Counsel, Heartland Region, General Services Administration (GSA). The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on September 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Dennis C. O'Connell, General Counsel, Heartland Region, General Services Administration (GSA).
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Plaza III Steakhouse on September 19, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Dennis C. O'Connell, General Counsel, Heartland Region, General Services Administration (GSA).      

 

 

 

August 2012

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry."

 

Using substantiated economic data from the past five years, Mr. Hagedorn provided compelling explanations for the debt and foreclosure issues that have impacted many American families since 2008. Mr. Hagedorn cited factors, prevalent in 2008, such as "low interest rates and cheap capital, too much leverage, a passive regulatory environment" and lenders basing loan decisions on a borrower's ability to make monthly payments, rather than on their current debt load and general ability to repay their loans over time.

 

The combination of these factors, according to Mr. Hagedorn's presentation, resulted in the undesirable outcomes of less personal savings and greater personal consumption, mortgage loan amounts that routinely exceed home values and increased foreclosure rates. Mr. Hagedorn also provided data suggesting that debt and foreclosure issues have subsided in recent years, even though some of the same problematic factors that gave rise to the subsequent mortgage crisis are still present today. Participants received one hour of Finance CPE for attending the August 2012 AGA-KC Meeting.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry.". The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry.". The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry.". The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry.".
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry.". The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry.". The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 Program Year at the Grand Street Café on August 15, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Hagedorn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, UMB Financial Corporation. His presentation topic was "The Making or Breaking of American Economic Prosperity: Making the case for a return to civility, honesty and integrity in business, politics and the financial industry.".  

 

 

 

June 2012

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012. Past-President Oscar Williams presided over the ceremony where he recognized several AGA members for their contributions to the Chapter and to the Community. Laura Logan – AGA's Regional Vice President – assisted Oscar in presenting the awards. The following individuals received awards during the ceremony:

Clifford M. Buck Award Constance Smith, CGFM, USDA-FSA
Community Service Lynn Smith, Johnson Co.
Special Achievement Award Ken Kleffner, Johnson Co.
Member of the Year Chuck Koelsch, CGFM, USDA-NITC
President's Award Leeanna Wilder, EPA
President's Award Rhonda Lucas, CGFM, USDA-ITS
President's Award Harry Heflin, CGFM, CPA, Retired

We were fortunate to have three Clifford M. Buck Award recipients present at the ceremony. In addition to Connie Smith (2012), also present were past awardees, William Miller and Harry Heflin.

The Chapter also awarded a $250 Scholarship to Kathleen Emley and Kayd Kohler (presented separately).

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held our annual Awards Ceremony at The Café at Briarcliff on June 20, 2012.

 

 

 

May 2012

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). Their presentation topic was "Continuous Monitoring and Data Analytics." Mr. Dauffenbach and Mr. Hinrichs discussed how ongoing use of data analysis methods and reporting tools can identify incorrect or fraudulent financial entries, prior to detection by internal or external auditors. Two common methods of continuous monitoring are verifying that employee names do not appear on the vendor table, and ensuring that duplicate invoice numbers are not disguised through trailing characters or spaces. Commercial off-the-shelf tools are available to conduct continuous monitoring and data analysis activities, but many organizations can use common desktop applications such as Microsoft Excel or Access to perform this function. A link to Mr. Dauffenbach's and Mr. Hinrich's presentation is shown below:"

AGA 5.16.12 Data Analytics & Continuous Monitoring

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC).
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC).
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC). The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Buca di Beppo Restaurant on May 16, 2012. Our speakers for this event were Brett Dauffenbach and Eric Hinrichs, Price Waterhouse Coopers, LLC (PwC).  

 

 

 

AGA-KC Spring 2012 Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. Seminar speakers covered a wide range of topics including a Review of the National and Local Economies, Use of Social Media at Work, Financing Emergency Responses, Ethics, Internet Payment Platform and Strategies for Obtaining Electronic Evidence.  Each presenter’s name, topic, organization and link to the organization’s web site (if available) are shown below:

 

  • “An Account of the U.S. and Kansas City Economies” – Alison Felix, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Web Site: http://www.kc.frb.org/

 

  • “Why It’s OK to Surf Facebook at Work, or is it?” – Shannon Bond, Social Media Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/socialmedia.html

 

  • “Logistical Financing Part 2: How to Finance an Emergency Response under the Incident Command System” – John Anderson, Accountant, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/

 

  • “Nifty Ways of Running Afoul of Accounting Ethics, Losing Your License, Getting Sued, and Serving Time!” – Jim Wirken, Attorney, The Law Offices of James C. Wirken, LLC.

 

  • “Internet Payment Platform – Treasury’s Government Wide Offering for E-Invoicing” – Paul Lionikios, Strategic Agency Relations Director, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Web Site: http://www.bos.frb.org/

 

  • “Search for Electronic Evidence, How to Find the Concept, Not the Key Word” – Steven Haenchen, CPA/ABV CFE.

Web Site: http://www.HaenchenValuations.com

 

Participants received eight hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) for attending the seminar, including two hours of Ethics CPE credit.  The next AGA-KC PDS will be held in Fall 2012. The PDS is a great opportunity for government financial professionals to learn, meet others in the profession, and earn quality CPE at an affordable cost.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Seventy-five financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College.

 

 

 

AGA-KC Volunteers at the Harvesters Community Food Network

 

The KC AGA Chapter closed National Nutrition Month (March) in an appropriate manner. Several chapter members, with family help, volunteered at the Harvesters Community Food Network on Saturday March 31, 2012. Our team of 15 accepted the challenge of sorting and packing numerous health and comfort items for further distribution to local families. The team's hard work resulted in nearly 5 full pallets of items ready to help those in need. The Chapter appreciates the help from all who participated – job well done. Our Chapter participates in several community service events during the year. For more information about future events, please contact the Community Service Co-Chairs, Nancy Healy at Healy.Nancy@epamail.epa.gov or by phone at 913-551-7713 or Kimberlynn Outman at Kimberlynn.Outman@gsa.gov or by phone at 816-926-7217.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.  
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.    
 

 

 

March 2012

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at the Ameristar Conference Center on March 21, 2012. Our speaker was Mr. Keith Chrostowski, Assistant Managing Editor - Business, The Kansas City Star. His presentation topic was "The Sub-Prime Crisis - A Finance Nightmare." Mr. Chrostowski provided his thoughts on both the sub-prime mortgage crisis that emerged in 2008, and recovery prospects for the real estate market. He referred to possible causes of the crisis, and addressed the role that some large investment firms may have played in prolonging and escalating the problem. Participants received one hour of Finance CPE for attending the March 2012 AGA-KC Meeting.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.      
 

 

February 2012

 

"The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Jack's Stack Barbecue on February 15, 2012. Our speaker was Ms. Becky Wigington, Senior Tax Advisor, H&R Block. Ms. Wigington provided an overview of tax law changes for the 2011 and 2012 tax years. For 2011, tax law changes will impact reporting requirements for Capital Gains and Alternative Minimum Taxes, as well as for Credits for Nonbusiness Energy Property, Adoption and Alternative Motor Vehicles. Tax law changes impacting the 2011 and 2012 tax years include a two-year removal of limitations for itemized deductions and basis/exemption changes for estate and gift taxes. Participants received one hour of Taxation CPE for attending the February 2012 AGA-KC Meeting.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

 

 

January 2012

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) met at Grand Street Café on January 18, 2012. Our speaker for this event was Dan Stewart, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of Missouri. Mr. Stewart's topic of discussion was "Money Laundering in Serbia." In his presentation, he spoke of the means and methods by which criminal elements in Serbia launder money through other countries. Mr Stewart served on a U.S. Justice Department team assigned to assist Serbian authorities in their efforts to combat money laundering and apprehend individuals associated with this activity. He also provided an interesting presentation on the history, culture and landscape of Serbia.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.

 

 

January 2012 Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR)

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. AGA Chapter Leaders from the Midwest Region attended this event, which was held at the Embassy Suites-Plaza Hotel. The theme of this year's SLMR was "Lead for Success." Training sessions included "Leadership Styles 101," presented by Catherine Demes-Maydew of the AGA Omaha Chapter and "You Are Your Own Destiny," presented by Bill Miller of AGA-KC. The event also featured Regional Coordinators' Reports and an update on Citizen Centric Reporting. Participants received two hours of Leadership CPE for attending the SLMR training sessions. The SLMR provided an excellent opportunity for learning and networking.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) sponsored this year's Sectional Leadership Meeting - Regional (SLMR) on Saturday, January 21, 2012.      

 

 

 

November 2011

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Brio Tuscan Grille on November 16, 2011. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Fiene, Chief, Internal Control and Planning Office, USDA/Farm Service Agency (Mr. Fiene previously served as Financial Management Analyst, Department of Navy). His presentation included an overview of the Government-wide Treasury Account Symbol Adjusted Trial Balance System (GTAS), which will serve as the primary method for agencies to report trial balance data. Agency financial information submitted into GTAS will be subject to data validations and accounting edits. Data validation errors must be resolved before file processing can continue. Accounting edit issues may need to be resolved, prior to continued processing, if deemed necessary by Treasury/Financial Management Service administrators. GTAS will be implemented in December 2012 and will reAGA 2011 November Meeting 033place the FACTS I, FACTS II, IFCS, and IRAS reporting systems.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Brio Tuscan Grille on November 16, 2011. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Fiene, Chief, Internal Control and Planning Office, USDA/Farm Service Agency. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Brio Tuscan Grille on November 16, 2011. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Fiene, Chief, Internal Control and Planning Office, USDA/Farm Service Agency. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Brio Tuscan Grille on November 16, 2011. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Fiene, Chief, Internal Control and Planning Office, USDA/Farm Service Agency.
The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Brio Tuscan Grille on November 16, 2011. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Fiene, Chief, Internal Control and Planning Office, USDA/Farm Service Agency. The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Brio Tuscan Grille on November 16, 2011. Our speaker was Mr. Michael Fiene, Chief, Internal Control and Planning Office, USDA/Farm Service Agency.  

 

 

AGA-KC By-Laws and Procedures

 

Want to learn more about AGA-KC operations and the roles of Chapter Executive Committee Members? Click on the links below to read our AGA-KC By-Laws and Procedures Manual:

 

AGA-KC By-Laws and Procedures Manual

 

 

AGA-KC Fall Professional Development Seminar

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Approximately 75 financial professionals – from all levels of government - attended the event, which was held at Johnson County Community College. Seminar speakers covered a wide range of topics including Financial Operations, Auditing, IT services, Ethics, Financing Emergency Responses and Performance Auditing. Participants received eight hours of CPE for attending the seminar, including two hours of Ethics CPE credit. The next AGA-KC PDS will be held in Spring 2012. The PDS is a great opportunity for government financial professionals to learn, meet others in the profession, and earn quality CPE at an affordable cost.

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.
The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) held its Semi-Annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.  

 

AGA-KC Citizen Centric Report (CCR)

 

The Kansas City Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA-KC) recently prepared a Citizen Centric Report (CCR) for Program Year 2011-2012. The CCR highlights the Mission and Core Values of AGA and provides an overview of our organization, at the national, regional and local levels. AGA-KC promotes government accountability by providing quality Continuing Professional Education to financial professionals and developing future leaders in government. Our Chapter also assists local organizations through our many community service events. We invite you to read our CCR and learn more about AGA-KC. You may access the CCR by clicking on the link below:

 

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KC AGA Walks to Defeat ALS

 

Members, family and friends of the Kansas City Chapter of AGA joined the community on Saturday October 8th, 2011 in a walk to defeat ALS. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. The Corporate Woods grounds set the scene as the walkers welcomed a cool fall morning. The Chapter Team members walked in memory of Janet K. Miller and exceeded their fund raising goal of $1,500 in their efforts to help defeat ALS. A big "Thank You" to all who participated and donated. Job well done!

 

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September 2011

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at 75th Street Brewery on September 21, 2011. Our speakers were the Honorable John T. Maughmer, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri (USDC-WDMO) and Lisa Nouri, Federal Court Practice Committee Member. Their presentation topics included the Federal Court Structure, the process of selecting Federal judges and examples of cases brought before the USDC-WDMO. The presenters also spoke about high profile cases tried in USDC-WDMO and changes in the types of cases heard during their tenure in the court. The USDC-WDMO has jurisdiction over cases involving Federal law and interstate commerce in the western half of Missouri.

 

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August 2011

 

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Grand Street Café on August 17, 2011. Our speaker for this event was Chuck Gowans, Chief Architect-Enterprise Data Center, USDA National IT Center (NITC). Mr. Gowans provided a very informative presentation on Cloud Computing. His discussion included a definition of this concept and an explanation of how IT Virtualization enables the deployment of Cloud Computing in the workplace. He also discussed the various service levels available from Cloud Computing providers. Mr. Gowans has worked in the IT field for over 30 years. USDA/NITC is a provider of IT services to many Federal agencies, including the USDA National Finance Center – which processes payroll for most Federal employees. Click here to view Mr. Gowans' presentation.

 

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July 2011

 

The Kansas City Chapter President, Oscar Williams, attended the National Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Atlanta, GA from July 10th through the 13th. The PDC offers AGA members a premier education and networking event for all government financial managers and accountability professionals. This year's PDC theme was "Celebrating Our Past, Embracing the Future". As the Chapter representative, Mr. Williams accepted the Chapter's Silver Recognition Award during the Awards Ceremony.

 

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June 2011

 

The Kanas City Chapter of AGA held its annual awards ceremony on June 21, 2011. The Chapter met at Bo Lings Restaurant on the Plaza where Chapter President Oscar Williams presented numerous awards to chapter members. Bill Miller, AGA Regional Vice President, addressed the attendees providing an update on AGA events taking place throughout the Midwest Region. Bill provided the status of nearby chapters that are working to rebuild their organizations, and stated how proud he was of AGA-KC's many accomplishments and strong membership base. Mr. Williams concluded the meeting by transferring the chapter operations to incoming Chapter President Jim Kirk. Mr. Kirk and the Chapter Executive Committee for the program year 2011-2012 are looking forward to another event-filled year.

 

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May 2011

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA held its spring Professional Development Seminar on May 3, 2011. The Johnson County Community College provided an excellent venue for the PDS where Chapter members and guests had an opportunity to hear about recent governmental accounting updates. The seminar topics also included U.S. Food Aid, Tax Accounting Changes and a two-hour discussion covering Ethics. Seminar attendees earned 8 Continuing Professional Education credits as the KC Chapter continues to provide quality training opportunities.

 

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March 2011

On March 15, 2011, Chapter President Oscar Williams welcomed Catherine Demes Maydew, CPA, MBA to the KC Chapter luncheon held at the Figlio Tower Restaurant. Ms. Maydew provided the attending AGA members and guests with an informative presentation entitled "Reconciliation and Analytics as part of the Accountant's Toolbox". During the luncheon, the Chapter was presented with a proclamation from the Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser designating March as the official CGFM Month. The proclamation was presented by the KC Auditor, Mr. Gary White, CGFM.

 

 

January 2011

The Kansas City Chapter of AGA met at Cascone's (N Oak) on January 18, 2011. This month's luncheon provided the AGA members and guest with an opportunity to hear from U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips. USA Phillips discussed several cases that her office has recently handled. USA Phillips is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Missouri, which includes Kansas City, St. Joseph, Columbia, Jefferson City, and Springfield. She oversees a staff of 126 employees, including 67 attorneys and 59 non-attorney support personnel. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.