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State Auditor's Office 2020 Audit Conference (OFFERED VIRTUALLY)

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Date(s): Aug 05, 2020 - Aug 06, 2020
Time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Registration Fee: $179.00
Cancellation Date: Jul 15, 2020
Location: Online

Course Description

The Texas State Auditor's Office invites you to attend the 2020 Audit Conference on August 5-6, 2020. The conference will be virtual for the first time!

All sessions meet Texas Administrative Code requirements for technical training and Government Auditing Standards requirements for governmental CPE. Estimated 15.2 hours of CPE.  

August 5, 2020

8:00 am – 8:15 am                Log-in and Welcome

8:15 am – 8:20 am                Opening Remarks, Lisa Collier, 1st Assistant State Auditor 

8:20 am – 9:20 am                The Human Element: Ethics in the Modern Age, Dan Graves, Weaver and Tidwell

9:20 am – 9:30 am                Break



Audit Essentials

Current Events Impacting Audit

9:30 am – 10:40 am



Support for Engagement Outcomes

Chance Watson, DFPS

The Great GASB (87)

Sara Dempsey, Weaver and Tidwell


10:50 am – 12:00 noon



Collaborative Communication

Sherry Yellin, Beacon Training Services Inc.

Assessing Compliance Risk in Public Sector Grants and Building a Monitoring Plan

Mara Ash, BFS

12:00 noon – 1:10 pm               Lunch on Your Own

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm                    Emotional Intelligence for Greater Audit Effectiveness, Amy Adler and Nick Adams, DK Partners, PC

2:10 pm – 2:20 pm                    Break

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm                    Strategic Project Management for Auditors, Catherine Melvin and Susan Oballe, Department of Public Safety

3:20 pm – 3:30 pm                    Break



Audit Essentials

Current Events Impacting Audit

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm



Interviewing Skills

Matthew Mull, Captain, Criminal Investigations Division – Polygraph/Asset Forfeiture, Department of Public Safety

Construction Infrastructure Audit Risks Commonly Overlooked

Adam Rouse, BDO USA, LLP

 August 6, 2020

 8:00 am – 8:15 am                Log-in and Welcome

8:15 am – 9:20 am                CyberSecurity Blocking & Tackling, Jude Viator, Postlewthwaite & Netterville

9:20 am – 9:30 am                   Break



Information Technology Audits


9:30 am – 10:40 am



The Practical Use of AI in State Financial Management & Audit

John Colthart, MindBridge Ai

Leveraging Data Analytics to Prevent and Detect Fraud

Ashley Deihr and Nataly Cherepansky, Baker Tilly



10:50 am – 12:00 noon



Assessing Cloud Computing Service Agreements

Claude Baudoin, cebe IT & Knowledge Management LLC


Fraud Detection & Response

John Hall, Hall Consulting, Inc.


12:00 noon – 1:10 pm               Lunch on Your Own



Information Technology Audits


1:10 pm – 2:10 pm

Application Implementations: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Reema Parappilly, Weaver and Tidwell

How to Build Fraud Risk Assessment into Every Project

John Hall, Hall Consulting, Inc.


2:20 pm – 3:20 pm



Penetration Testing: Demystifying the Results

Trip Hillman, Weaver and Tidwell

Government Contract Fraud: Internal Controls – What Good are They if Not Utilized?

Fred Olivares, CPA/CFF, PLLC


3:30 pm – 4:30 pm



Information Security Issues for Auditors and IT Professionals

Mike Cullen, Baker Tilly

Fraud: How Can We Learn from the Past in Developing the Audit Plan?

Russell Hissom, Baker Tilly


For Your Information:

  • An electronic version of course materials will be provided a week prior to conference start date.
  • Lunch each day is on your own.
  • Attendees will join the virtual event via GoToTraining.

Potential CPE Credits: 15.0
Govt Hours: This class meets 15.0 hours of the 24-hour requirement for governmental CPE under Government Auditing Standards (yellow book), in most cases.
Technical Hours: This class meets 15.0 CPE credits of technical training in compliance with Texas Admin. Code Rule 523.102.

Instruction Type: Live
Experience Level: ALL
Category: 02 Auditing


No prerequisites required.

Additional Information

TAC Rule 523.142(g) requires the CPE Sponsor to monitor individual attendance and assign the correct number of CPE credits. Participants will be asked to document their time of arrival and departure in compliance with this Rule. Additionally, attendance will be monitored throughout the day and CPE certificates will reflect actual attendance of each participant.

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