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*** REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE PROFESSIONAL LECTURE HERE! ***

The Professional Lecture Series brings to you an easy opportunity to enjoy lunch while also listening to an interesting and challenging speaker. Topics are focused on financial issues or other areas of interest to our members and the governmental financial community. Check the announcements below to see some of the upcoming and previous presentations.

Prices for these lectures are designed to cover the cost of the lunch and room rental on a break-even basis. The Topeka Chapter welcomes you to participate.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND our PLS luncheons.

The series schedule is intended to occur on the second Wednesday of each month. Due to speaker schedules, it is not always possible to hold it on that day, but will be held as close to that date as possible. A notice will be emailed at least one week prior to the lecture notifying interested persons of the location, topic and cost. If you are not on the mailing list for those notices, please fill out the registration form above and we will gladly add you to the list. Thank you.

Upcoming Lectures (PLS)

Jim MartinJim Martin, Henrietta & G.W. Snyder Jr. Professorship in Business at Washburn University. Honed from his 19 years with Westar, Jim’s presentation reflects the process as practiced at the Kansas Corporation Commission.

TOPIC: The Kansas Regulatory Electric Rate-Making Process

Date: October 21, 2015
Registration opens: 11:30 pm
Lecture begins: 12:00 pm and ends at 12:50 pm
Hosted by: Topeka Chapter of AGA
Location: Jayhawk Florentine Room.
Click this link to access the event flyer.

Susan DuffySusan Duffy. Susan Duffy was appointed General Manager for the Topeka Metro in August, 2012. She was previously the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Kansas Corporation Commission, and, Controller and Director of Research for the Kansas Department of Revenue.

TOPIC: Topeka Metro: A Managerial and Financial Overview for Keeping the Metro Relevant in a Changing World.

Date: September 10, 2015
Registration opens: 11:30 pm
Lecture begins: 12:00 pm and ends at 12:50 pm
Hosted by: Topeka Chapter of AGA
Location: Jayhawk Senate Room.
Click this link to access the event flyer.

Alan ConroyAlan Conroy. Alan serves as the Executive Director of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS). He previously was promoted to the post of Director of Legislative Research after holding a position with Legislative Research as a Research Analyst.

TOPIC: KPERS: Good Things to Know About Your Retirement System

Date: October 21, 2015
Registration opens: 11:30 pm
Lecture begins: 12:00 pm and ends at 12:50 pm
Hosted by: Topeka Chapter of AGA
Location: Jayhawk Florentine Room.
Click this link to access the event flyer.

John ByersRandy Adair, Director of the Anti-Fraud Division within the Kansas Insurance Department, stresses that critical link between insurance companies and consumers. Often referred to as trust, this link is the quality in the relationship that demands honesty and clarity in sales.

TOPIC: What You Need to Know About Insurance Fraud

 

Date: July 9, 2015
Registration opens: 11:30 pm
Lecture begins: 12:00 pm and ends at 12:50 pm
Hosted by: Topeka Chapter of AGA
Location: Jayhawk Senate Room.
Click this link to access the event flyer.

 

Past Summit - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - PLS

Data Security Summit 2014

The Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Information Technology Services, and Legislative Post Audit combined at this event to provide you an overview on data security; what you need to know, what you need to keep secure, what liability you have if you fail in that effort, and what policies or procedures you can
employ to ensure you correctly follow the state guidelines.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Registration: 11:30 am
Lunch is included.
Location: Senate Room, Jayhawk Tower, 700 SW Jackson St, Topeka, 66603
Cost: $20 for AGA members and $40 for non-members
CPE: 3 credits
End time: 2:40 pm

Featured speakers at the event, were:

Adrian Serene - Assistant Attorney General

Adrian SereneAdrian Serene is an Assistant Attorney General working in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Serene regularly represents the attorney general's office in civil and criminal prosecutions across the State of Kansas. Specifically, Serene files civil actions related to the Kansas Consumer Protection Act and criminal prosecutions related to financial crimes such as theft and mistreatment of a dependant adult. He is active in the Topeka community and lives in Topeka, Kansas with his wife and two children.

John Byers - Chief Information Security Officer

John ByersJohn Byers is the Chief Information Security Officer for the Office of Information Technology Services. John is responsible for the development and oversight of the State Information Security programs, and brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience.

 

Justin Stowe - Deputy Director, Legislative Post Audit

Justin StoweJustin graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in political science and a Master’s in public administration. Immediately following his graduation from K-State’s MPA program he went to work for the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit and has been there for the past seven years.

In his role as Deputy, Justin currently develops audit requests Kansas legislators and legislative committees, oversees the division’s IT and internal security functions, and manages several audit teams. As the division’s IT Security Audit Team Manager, Justin helps develop and administer the LPA IT audit plan and processes, and edits the LPA's confidential audit reports.

Past Lectures (PLS)


August 21, 2014 - PLS

Bernie Hayen
Director of Finance - City of Manhattan, Kansas
"Ethics in the Workplace"

Bernie HayenPlease help us welcome Bernie Hayen, Director of Finance for the City of Manhattan, Kansas. Bernie will focus on “Ethics in the Workplace.” This special two-hour presentation will provide 2 CPE and a great time with a fun speaker.

 

 

 

 

July 9, 2014:
Dr. Kristie Ogilve - Dean and Distinguished Professor
Dr. John Rich - Director of Student Affairs and Alumni
Emporia State University - School of Business

Dr Kristie OgilvieDr John RichPlease help us welcome Dean Kristie Ogilvie and Dr. John Rich of the Emporia State University School of Business. Major developments have been underway at ESU and these leaders will be bringing us up-to-date on those changes as well as focusing on the future of ESU’s School of Business.

 

June 11, 2014: Understanding the Data Act

Based on popular demand, the Topeka AGA will be hosting the AGA Web Conference: Understanding the DATA Act.

The 2-hour CPE event is on June 11 from 1:00-2:50 pm and will be held at the Topeka Public Schools USD No 501: Burnett Administrative Center, 624 SW 24th Street, Topeka, KS. Thank you to USD 501 and Mike Jones for use of their facilities.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Learning Objectives: To understand how the DATA Act will impact reporting of federal expenditures.

Course Detail:

On May 9, President Obama signed into law the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support. The law requires federal agencies to publish spending information in a standardized format that will be accessible to the public. The DATA Act has the potential to make federal expenditures more transparent and easy to analyze by interested parties. It has implications for federal agencies and recipients of federal grant funds.

This web conference will provide an overview of the law’s major provisions and the first steps toward implementation.

Speakers:
• Nancy K. DiPaolo, Chief, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board
• Hudson Hollister, Executive Director, Data Transparency Coalition
• Representative, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (invited)

April - No Speaker due to Professional Development Training

March - Speaker Cancelled

February - Hermann Jones, Shawnee County Sheriff

January - Jim Colson, City Manager of Topeka

 

2013

  • August 14;Michaela ButterworthOur Professional Lecture Series Speaker is Michaela Butterworth of the SMART Team within the Department of Administration of the State of Kansas.

    Michaela is the SMART Training Team lead for the State of Kansas and is also the instigator of the SMART Web website Consultant Board. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Michaela came to Kansas and has worked for the State of Kansas for nearly five years. She will talk about what SMART is, what the SMART Web website is, and how are they used by their end-users.

    Michaela holds degrees in Fine Arts and in Organizational Design from Sydney TAFE, and Floral Design from MCC in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • June 12, 2013 - Topeka, Kansas

    David Sollers

    David L. Sollars joined Washburn University as Dean, School of Business and Professor of Economics in 2003. Sollars is responsible for leading the School's high-quality undergraduate, MBA and Masters of Accountancy programs, which earned AACSB-International accreditation in 2006. In addition, the School provides the Washburn University Small Business Development Center (WUSBDC) that serves nine counties in northeast Kansas.

    Born and raised in Wilmington, Ohio, David holds the B.B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Ohio University and the Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University.

  • May 8; This presentation has been cancelled so that we may present Paul Kohler, CPA in a special 8 CPE Seminar on May 9th.

  • April 10; Dan DeinesOur Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Dr. Dan Deines CPA, spoke on efforts to create an AP Accounting Class and why that is important to the accounting profession in the coming years. Dr. Deines is the Interim Head of the Kansas State University's Department of Accounting and the Ralph Crouch KPMG Professor of Accounting.







  • March 13; Mary Peterman Our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Mary Peterman, CGFM, CPA, National AGA President-elect.










  • February 13; Pat GeorgeOur Professional Lecture Series Speaker: Pat George, Secretary, Kansas Department of Commerce.










  • January 9; Our Professional Lecture Series Speaker yet to be determined.

2012

  • December 12; Our Professional Lecture Series Speaker is Julie Jenson. She will speak on Credit History Fraud from her perspective as a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  • November 14; Steve Anderson, Director of the Division of the Budget will discuss the state's budget plan in light of the new tax plan passed by the Legislature .

  • November 9; Half-Day Professional Development Seminar in Manhattan, Kansas. Please see more information on our Seminar page.

  • October 22; Professional Development Seminar in Lawrence, Kansas. Please see our information on this full-day event on our seminar page.

  • October 10; Nick JordanHelp us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Nick Jordan, Secretary, Department of Revenue.












  • September 12; Jim MartinHelp us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Jim Martin. Professor Martin is the Henrietta and G.W. Snyder Jr. Professor in Business at Washburn University. His topics include: 1. Income Tax Winners and Losers: The Recession in Focus, and, 2. Entrepreneurs and the Federal Deficit Gap (Making the Case for Expenditure Cuts and/or Tax Increases.)





  • Aug 8 Sandy Praeger; Our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Commissioner will update us on the Affordable Care Act and what it means for Kansas.









  • July 11; Our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Ron Estes, Kansas State Treasurer updated us on the Unclaimed Property Program wherein the State becomes the custodian of property in perpetuity to preserve the rights of the original owner.

  • June 13; Help us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Katherine Girgis of RubinBrown LLP.

  • May; Please see our May educational activity under Professional Development Seminars

  • Apr 11; Help us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Nick Jordan, Secretary, Department of Revenue.

  • Mar 14;Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Scott Brunner Presentation Title - "A Perspective on the Governor's Budget" Please join us as Scott Brunner updates us regarding the current version of the State Budget, what the purpose of the "Budget Puzzle" is, and how the Kansas "Budget Puzzle" works. Scott has a broad background in Kansas Government. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Kansas Health Policy Authority, the Kansas Medicaid and SCHIP Director, the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, a Fiscal Analyst in the Governor's Budget Office and worked for the Kansas Legislature's Audit Division.

  • Feb 08; Paul DavisWe are disappointed that Representative Davis was unable to appear due to schedule conflicts with the passage of measures on the House Floor. This event will be rescheduled. The Honorable Paul Davis is a State Representative and Minority Leader in the Kansas House of Representatives.
  • Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Paul Davis

    Presentation Title - "A Perspective on the Governor's Budget"

  • Jan 11; Help us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Mr. Steve Anderson, Director, Kansas Division of the Budget.
  • Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Steve Anderson

    Presentation Title - "Budget Outlook"

    The Kansas Budget Director returns to inform the financial professionals of the elements and financing within the Governor's recommendations to the Legislature. Opportunities for questions will follow.

    Audio Conference Presentation Speaker - William D. Miller, CGFM, CIA

    Presentation Title - ""Getting a Handle on Internal Controls." "

    AGA, in conjunction with the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) and the Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA), is pleased to announce a new audio conference on making internal controls work by considering risks to the organization and understanding the impact of inefficiencies on fraud, waste and abuse. This audio conference addresses the elements of internal control from top management to operating levels. It includes the consequences of failing to pay attention to organization operations and the internal control environment, so often overlooked by auditors and management alike. Major inefficiencies creep into organizations with little or no internal controls, creating an environment where fraud, waste and abuse can and often does, occur. To share his knowledge and expertise about internal controls is: William D. Miller, CGFM, CIA, county auditor, Johnson County, KS and member of AGA’s National Executive Committee. Come and listen to an expert from the great State of Kansas.

    2011

    • Dec 14; Help us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speakers, Mr. Scott Alisoglu and Mr. Warren Woodruff, both of the City of Topeka.
    • Scott Alisoglu

      Professional Lecture Series Speakers - Scott Alisoglu and Warren Woodruff

      Presentation Title - "Topeka's Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, and Energy Star Initiatives."

      AGA presents the City of Topeka's experts on Housing rehabilitation and energy savings. Get both the policy perspectives and real-life recommendations on how to make your home or your parent's home more energy efficient, and how to find financing for the improvements.

      Audio Conference Presentation Speakers - John J. Scornaienchi, CGFM, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton LLP and Eric Werab, Senior Business Solution Strategist

      Presentation Title - "Boost Efficiency, Accuracy, Transparency, Fraud Detection and Cost Savings by Preventing Inappropriate Payments "

      As transaction volumes increase and payments become a mix of paper and electronic, it's no longer sufficient to use spreadsheets or outdated manual processes to track transactions. To keep inappropriate payments from happening, agencies need to look for ways to automate the reconciliation process so that duplicate or fraudulent transactions can be spotted and prevented. This requires having a single work stream for both paper-based and electronic payments. An enterprise view can be established by integrating a financial control solution with the general ledger and other data sources to expedite transaction matching, the identification of exceptions, and mitigate risk by preventing unauthorized payments. By having expedited awareness of anomalies and issues, inappropriate payments can be prevented.

    • Nov 16; Help us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Mr. Kent Olson, Inspector General of the State of Kansas.
    • Kent Olson

      Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Kent Olson, Kansas Inspector General

      Presentation Title - "What the New Inspector General's Office Means for Kansas"

      AGA presents Inspector General Kent Olson November 16, 2011. The Office of Inspector General is new for the State of Kansas, and as the first Inspector General, Kent Olson will talk about the charge he has been given and how he anticipates his office interacting with State Agencies.

    • Sep 14; Help us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Mr. Derek Schmidt, Attorney General of the State of Kansas.
    • Derek Schmidt

      Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Derek Schmidt, Attorney General

      Presentation Title - "Our Focus for Kansas in 2011"

      AGA presents Attorney General Derek Schmidt for September 14, 2011. Attorney General Schmidt has made it his priority to provide quality legal services for the State of Kansas and standing up for public safety, economic growth and personal liberty.

    • Aug 12; Help us welcome our Professional Lecture Series Speaker, Mr. Bobby A. Derrick, formerly of the Department of Finance and Accounting Services of DOD in Indianapolis, Indiana.
    • Bobby Derrick

      Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Bobby A. Derrick, Deputy Director (Retired) for Corporate Resources Administrative Services and Corporate Resources Field Operations Customer Advocate Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)

      Presentation Title - "Ethics; Understanding Our Critical Role in Setting the Tone in Government"

      Bobby Derrick has had a broad range of responsibilities within the Department of Finance and Accounting Services for the Department of Defense. He headed efforts in Strategic Planning, E-Commerce, Independent Acceptance Training for all automated systems being adopted by DFAS, and served as Deputy Director over Administrative Services, which included Human Resources, Resource Management, Adminstrative Services, Support Services, Acquisition Services, Coporate Planning, and Equal Employment Opportunity. Immediately prior to his retirement, he served as the Director for Business Operations and Network Compliance.

    • June 8; This 3.0 CPE Event features our Professional Lecture Series Speaker followed by a two-hour Audio Conference
    • Bobby Derrick

      Professional Lecture Series Speaker - William H. Miller, CGFM, CIA; Director of Internal Audit for Johnson County, headed Internal Audit Programs for both the federal government and the State of Missouri prior to being recruited by Johnson County to create such a program for them. 

      Presentation Title - "Things Managers Do That Make You Shake Your Head."

      Bill Miller has spent years finding the things being done and applying an outside perspective (How would this be viewed by a taxpayer?) to explain changes that need to be made. Government is no different than any other organization, but the impact of waste and fraud effect taxpayers, not buyers. Bill will provide examples of things he has found managers doing while providing an overall philosophy you can use to test programs or processes taking place in your agencies.

      June 8 Audio Conference - "Improving Controls Can Improve Program Performance"

      Establishing and maintaining effective internal controls are key factors for managing risk while improving operational efficiency and effectiveness. This audio conference focuses on how some agencies are meeting this challenge. Participants will gain insight into the methodologies, solutions and tools available to enable agencies to more effectively and efficiently assess entity-wide risks, evaluate internal controls, improve processes, comply with government requirements, and achieve agency program goals and business objectives.

      To share their expert knowledge and practical experience in internal controls are Kathy Hill, director, Risk Management and Compliance, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Rory Souther, chief, Office of Resource Management, U.S. Coast Guard.

    • Apr 20; This 3 CPE Event features our Professional Lecture Series Speaker followed by a two-hour Audio Conference
    • Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Steve Anderson, Kansas Director of the Budget

      Presentation Title - "Looking Forward to Fiscal Year 2012"

      Steve Anderson is the new Budget Director for the State of Kansas, having been recently appointed by the new Governor Sam Brownback. The State faces a half-billion dollar deficit and Mr. Anderson is rolling out his first budget. As we know, much of this budget is made up of "straw dogs" that will never come to pass. However, the deficit is real, and results even after a one-cent sales tax increase. Thus, in addition to presenting a budget plan, Mr. Anderson and the new administration is looking for ideas to help all of us get through this while also helping streamline the state so we aren't all back here again with the same problems next year.

      April 20 Audio Conference - "Mortgage Fraud and Beyond - Looking Towards the Future "

    • Mar 09; This 3 CPE Event features Barbara Carswell as our Professional Lecture Series Speaker followed by a two-hour Audio Conference
    • Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Barbara Carswell, First Vice President, Regional Coordinator, Capitol Federal Savings

      Barbara Carswell

      Presentation Title - "Chance Favors the Prepared Mind"; Louis Pasteur. "An essential aspect of improvement is to incorporate the lessons of the past into the future." A brief review of some of the ways ... and reasons why ... we disregard this.

      Barbara Carswell is a Senior Administrator at Capitol Federal Savings, with oversight of branch operations in Manhattan, Topeka, and Lawrence. In addition, she has the administrative responsibility for the Customer Call Center and oversight of an IRA Portfolio with $600 million in deposits. Barbara dedicates much of her efforts toward educational efforts within the organization as the facilitator of a management program for internal managers and a two-year competitive leadership course for the Bank's emerging leaders.

      March 9 Audio Conference - "Planning, conducting and Reporting Performace Audit Work Even More Efficiently; Additional Tools to Improve Your Office's Performance Audit Productivity." Audit offices can more efficiently use their limited resources to produce timely and high-quality performance audit reports. You'll learn the latest tools and techniques, including how to create a framework for audit efficiency in your organization through the use of technology and telecommuting. Innovations in performance auditing are helping auditors find efficiencies in unexpected places, from audit planning and fieldwork through the reporting process.



    • Feb 02; This 3 CPE Event features our Professional Lecture Series Speaker followed by a two-hour Audio Conference
    • Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Steve Anderson, Director of the Kansas Division of Budget

      Presentation Title - "Looking Forward to Fiscal Year 2012"

      Steve Anderson is the new Budget Director for the State of Kansas, having been recently appointed by the new Governor Sam Brownback. The State faces a half-billion dollar deficit and Mr. Anderson is rolling out his first budget. As we know, much of this budget is made up of "straw dogs" that will never come to pass. However, the deficit is real, and results even after a one-cent sales tax increase. Thus, in addition to presenting a budget plan, Mr. Anderson and the new administration is looking for ideas to help all of us get through this while also helping streamline the state so we aren't all back here again with the same problems next year.

      Feb 02 Audio Conference - "Making Internal Controls Work in Your Organization" John J. Hall, CPA, is a professional speaker, seminar instructor and business consultant. He has 30-plus years of business experience in public accounting, multinational corporations and as a business owner and operator. His presentations stress active participant interaction, the development of high impact “how to” actions and solutions, and enhanced business and interpersonal skills for all involved.



    • Jan 12; Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Trey Springer, Licensed Financial Analyst with ING Financial
    • Trey Springer

      Trey Springer graduated in 2001 from Kansas State University with a Finance degree from the College of Business. Mrs. Springer has been a licensed financial representative for ING nearly 10 years. Mrs. Springer works primarily with the State of Kansas 457 deferred compensation plan providing guidance to State of Kansas employees on their retirement outlook.



    Past Lectures

    2010

    • Nov 10; Professional Lecture Series Speaker - Andy Tompkins, President of the Kansas Board of Regents
    • Andy Tompkins

      Andy Tompkins became president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents on June 1, 2010. Prior to coming to the Board of Regents, Dr. Tompkins served in a variety of roles in education in Kansas.







    • Oct 12 - Marc Wilson, Kansas Securities Commissioner
    • Marc Wilson

      Governor Mark Parkinson appointed Marc Wilson to serve as Kansas Securities Commissioner in May 2010.  Prior to Governor Parkinson’s appointment, Wilson practiced law at Kansas City-area firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP and advised financial services, corporate and nonprofit clients on matters involving governance, capital structure, regulatory compliance, administrative law and mergers and acquisitions.


    • Sep 21 - "Health Care Finance - What's Happening?" - Mike Kongs, Financial Manager for Stormont Vail Hospital.

      Mike graduated from Washburn University with both a BBA and MBA in Accounting. He has 28 years of health care finance experience at all levels and has served on board the Kansas Dialysis Service and Lifestar Air Ambulance.

    • Aug 12 - Kent Olson, Director of the Kansas Division of Accounts and Reports
    • Kent Olson

      Kent Olson was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Division of Accounts & Reports in the Department of Administration in January, 2007. In June of that same year, he was appointed as the Director of the Division of Accounts and Reports. In January of 2008, Kent also became the Project Director of the Kansas Financial Management System Sunflower Project.



    • July - No Lecture
    • Jun 10 - "Updates on Federal Health Care Reform" - Linda Sheppard, Director of Health and Accident Division at the Kansas Insurance Department
    • May 19 - "Spring Seminar on Ethics" // Please see our description of this Seminar on our Seminar web page. (210 KB PDF)
    • Apr 20 - "ID Theft & Red Flag Policy; What's There To Know?" // This workshop introduces countless ways your identity can be compromised and how quickly scams can occur. We will evaluate the pitfalls of sharing personal and sensitive information as well as the importance of how to dispose of these materials. Participants will walk away knowing how to be smart and healthy consumers. Participants will be involved with hands-on examples illustrating the significance of maintaining control of sensitive and private information. Resources and handout materials used by state law enforcement to assist and protect victims of identity theft will be provided. Through this interactive training, participants will be encouraged to take this information back to their own communities and places of employment in an effort to combat this very malicious and predatory crime. (21.8 KB PDF)
    • Feb 11 - "Performance Audits for the State of Kansas" // Barbara J. Hinton has been with Legislative Post Audit — the audit arm of the Kansas Legislature — since 1977, and was appointed as Legislative Auditor in 1991. Her office primarily conducts performance audits of State agencies and programs and local school districts, focusing in more recent years on efficiency and cost-savings issues. (21.8 KB PDF)
    • Jan 21 - "State of Kansas Budget - The Governor's Recommendations" // As Director of the Division of the Budget, Duane and his staff of professionals are responsible to the governor to craft a budget that balances not only the revenues with the expenditures, but also the effect of that balance in one year with past and projected future balances. The resulting recommendations to the Legislature by the Governor affect not only state government, but school districts and local governments. In a time of shrinking resources, and a shortage of "rabbits" to pull from the hat, the Executive and Legislative Branches must work closely together to produce a workable budget. Come and listen as Duane explains our current situation and the Governor's recommendations to lead this State through this troubling time. (21.8 KB PDF)

    2009

    • Dec 10 - "Identity Theft" // Ted Clark (21.8 KB PDF)
    • Nov 10 - "A New State-Wide Service and How it is Funded." // Karl McNorton (21.8 KB PDF)
    • Oct 7 - "Looking Before You Leap Into Investments " // Chris Biggs (21.8 KB PDF)
    • Sep 2 - "“The Effect of Current Government Policies on Personal Finance.”" // Anthony Blanco and Jared Gwin (21.8 KB PDF)
    • Aug 13 - "School District Efficiency Audits in the State of Kansas" // Scott Frank (21.8 KB PDF)
    • July 9 - "Economic Issues and the Kansas Regents Institutions" // Reginald L. Robinson (21.8 KB PDF)
    • May 14 - "The Bankruptcy Option: Does the United Airlines Model Work for General Motors?" // Jim Martin MPA, CPA (21.8 KB PDF)
    • April 16 - "The Outlook for Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy" // Robert A. Weigand, Ph.D. (21.8 KB PDF)
    • March 19 - A summary of the recently completed audit “Low-Priority Programs in Kansas: Identifying Them and The Costs Associated with Operating Them.“ // Katrin Osterhaus (21.8 KB PDF)
    • Jan 15 - THE FINANCIAL STATUS OF KANSAS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF THE STATE OF KANSAS BUDGET - 2009 Legislative Session // Duane Goossen (21.8 KB PDF)

    2008

    • Nov 13 "Identifying Fraud - As a Means for Social Change" - John E. McElroy, CFE (78.2 KB PDF)
    • Oct 9 "Social Intelligence: Its Role for Accountants" - Barbara Carswell (78.2 KB PDF)
    • Sep 11 "Challenging the Theories when Auditing" - Randy Tongier (78.0 KB PDF)
    • Aug 13 "Regulation of Insurance Companies" - Linda Sheppard. (78.0 KB PDF)
    • July 10 "ETHICS WORKSHOP" - Bernie Hayen. (78.0 KB PDF)
    • June 12 "INSURANCE FRAUD - Common Abuses and Tactics for Protection" - Ted Clark (78.0 KB PDF)
    • May 14 Audio Conference "The Anatomy of Ethical Slips in Government" - Marianne M. Jennings, JD (84.0 KB PDF)
    • April - No Lecture
    • March - No Lecture
    • Feb 27 - FORGET THEORY - Five Common Sense Rules Govern the Regulation of Electric Utilities // Jim Martin - (21.5 KB PDF)
    • Jan 28 - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE STATE OF KANSAS BUDGET - 2008 Legislative Session // Duane Goossen (21.8 KB PDF)

    2007

    • DEC 12 - SPECIAL FOUR-HOUR CONFERENCE! - Beginning with a 2-hour audio conference, "Anatomy of Fraud: Case Examples of Greed, Collusion and Override of Controls" followed by a 2-hour presentation on ETHICS by Bernie Hayen, "Ethical Behaviors to Counter the Threat of Fraud." This special four-hour presentation will be held at 1:00 PM in Room 101A of the Shawnee County Public Library on December 12th.
    • Nov 14 Audio Conference - CONDUCTING PERFORMANCE AUDITS EFFICIENTLY: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AUDIT PRODUCTIVITY. // Drummond Kahn, Audit Director, City of Portland, Oregon, and Leslie Tanaka, City and County Auditor for Honolulu, Hawaii, Shawnee County Library 206 (Menninger Room)
    • Oct 11 - REGULATOR AND MARKET RESPONSE TO WALL STREET'S BAD BEHAVIOR: THE CASES OF BACKDATED STOCK OPTIONS/PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS. // Jim Martin, Professor of Accounting, Management and Finance at Washburn University, Warde-Meade Park (Preston Hale Reception Room)
    • Sep 6 - TRUE ADVENTURES WITH CONSOLIDATION: The Role of Finance Professionals in Decision Making. // Maureen Rogers, Finance Director, City of Merriam (Topeka Shawnee County Public Library, Room 101B)
    • Aug 9 - INTERGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE COMMUNICATIONS // Martha Crumpaker, Associate Professor, School of Business, Washburn University (Top of the Tower Lounge)
    • Jul 19 - KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND SUCCESSION PLANNING // Jonathan Morris, KU Public Management Center (Top of the Tower Starlight Room)
    • May 10 - DATA MINING AS AN AUDIT TOOL; CONCEPTS, METHODS, AND LESSONS LEARNED // Randy Tongier, Financial Audit Manager - Legislative Division of Post Audit
    • Apr 12 - DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE // Chuck Wilson, Human Relations Specialist for the City of Topeka
    • Feb 8 - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2007 LEGISLATIVE SESSION // The Honorable Steve Morris, President, Kansas State Senate
    • Jan 18 - HIGHLIGHTS OF THE STATE OF KANSAS BUDGET - 2007 LEGISLATIVE SESSION // Duane Goossen - Director, Division of Budget; Secretary, Department of Administration (22.4 KB PDF)
    • Jan 9 - HOW THE YELLOW BOOK STANDARDS ON INDEPENDENCE AFFECT GOVERNMENTAL AUDITS - Thompson Interactive Audio Conference

    2006

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    2004

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