ACPEN Signature: 2020 Governmental Accounting & Auditing Update

Course Details


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

8:00am – 4:00pm

Field of Study

Accounting (Governmental)

Course Number


CPE Credit

8.0 hours CPE credit

Level of Knowledge







Stay up-to-date on rapidly changing developments by participating in the 2020 Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update! Take advantage of this opportunity to find out about breaking government issues. This is your opportunity to hear about the latest challenges facing state and local governments and practitioners who work with them and audit them, presented by leading experts on governmental accounting and auditing, both those who work in the trenches and those from the regulatory world.


With all of the fiscal, regulatory, and new standards challenges facing governments and their auditors, it is important to keep current on critical issues and developments. In 2020, governments and their auditors are operating in a rapidly changing environment as they face the many challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. From a governmental accounting, auditing, and compliance perspective, 2020 will be a critical year for addressing the complex pandemic-related challenges as well as focusing on implementing new standards and requirements! Plus, it is imperative that you start planning for the significant changes coming in 2021 and beyond! Hear our important new hot topic for 2020 on addressing key challenges (including accounting, control, operations, auditing, federal funding, compliance, reporting) related to the COVID-19 pandemic! Other exciting new topics this year include focused discussions on implementing GASB’s fiduciary activities and lease standards and GAO’s 2018 Yellow Book!


GASB has issued an unprecedented number of standards in the last several years—issuing 20 statements in 2015–2019 and 6 statements, so far, in 2020. Among the new standards, GASB Statement No. 95 provides temporary relief from certain newer accounting and financial reporting requirements to governments due to the COVID-19 pandemic by postponing the effective dates of certain GASB standards. GASB has also provided guidance and tools addressing pandemic-related accounting issues. Now is the time to find out about the details on how these and other recently effective guidance will affect governmental accounting and reporting. The ACPEN panel of experts can fill you in on all the latest details you need to know about critical new requirements, implementation issues, and developments.


It is time to implement GASB’s standard on fiduciary activities, and implementation of the complex new lease standard is coming soon! You’ll get the latest scoop on all the new standards from both the GASB, preparer, and audit implementation sides—and hear about solutions to those issues. Now is the time to find out about the details on how these and other recently effective standards will affect governmental accounting and reporting.


2020 is also the time to focus on preparing to implement GASB’s new lease standards! GASB’s new lease standards significantly change the existing lease guidance for governments. It is imperative that government finance officials and their auditors understand how GASB Statement No. 87 and related implementation guide questions and answers will affect accounting for leases and the effect on governmental reporting. Now is the time to find out about implementation challenges and to start planning a strategy on how to conquer those critical implementation issues!


For Single Audits, the ACPEN panel will cover topics that are relevant to single audits being performed NOW. Following current developments and using the most recent guidance is critical to conducting quality single audits. Hear the details on the latest single audit issues. In addition to providing you with the latest information about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on single audits, the ACPEN panel will highlight key issues relating to the Uniform Guidance, the 2020 OMB Compliance Supplement (including the 6-requirement mandate, changes to Part 3, and COVID-19 program/compliance issues), changes in the recently updated Data Collection Form, the updated Audit Guide, and the latest audit quality findings relating to single audits. It is critical that auditors understand how requirements have changed and how to effectively use the Compliance Supplement.


Finally, you’ll receive an update on the most recent accounting and auditing developments affecting governments and government auditors. This includes Single Audit issues, AICPA and Yellow Book implementation issues, new and recently effective GASB pronouncements, audit issues, and a look at what’s on the horizon. Join ACPEN’s panel of experts as they discuss, not only the technical requirements of new standards, but also the key implementation issues that must be addressed by auditors and their governmental clients! Benefit from their experience and insights from many perspectives, as well as their long experience in governmental accounting and auditing.


  • Find out about the requirements in challenging new standards on fiduciary activities, debt disclosures, leases, and other new GASB standards.
  • Hear detailed information on GASBS No. 95, Postponement of the Effective Dates of Certain Authoritative Guidance, and the revised effective dates for many complex standards.
  • Hear some hints on how to avoid pitfalls and prepare for a successful implementation of the new fiduciary activities and lease standards. (Hear the perspectives from a seasoned government finance official, auditors, and a standard-setter that want to help you successfully conquer these complex new standards!)
  • Find out the details about critical implementation and audit issues for governments and auditors tackling other new GASB standards.
  • Hear the latest about hot audit topics, including audit issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic!
  • Hear information about current accounting, auditing, and operational issues affecting governments and their auditors, including pandemic-related issues.
  • Hear about the most recent developments affecting single audits, including the 2020 OMB Compliance Supplement, as well as:
    • Guidance from the AICPA, OMB, and other agencies about the treatment of COVID-19 funding, information of which funding is subject to Uniform Guidance requirements, treatment of funding on the SEFA, deferrals, and an expected COVID addendum to the 2020 Compliance Supplement.
    • The latest guidance on compliance requirements and single audit reporting.
    • Changes to the 2020 Compliance Supplement, including the continuing 6-requirement mandate, changes to Part 3, COVID-19 programs, and the latest information on procurement and other issues.
    • Updates on Federal Audit Clearinghouse activities and the Data Collection Form.
    • Single audit quality issues (including recent audit quality findings).
  • Discover the details about key revisions in Government Auditing Standards, 2018 Revision (2018 Yellow Book) and gain insights on how its provisions will impact your practice.
  • Discover how new accounting and auditing standards will affect governments and your government practice, including common implementation issues, reporting issues, and best practices.
  • Hear guidance from experts on how to avoid common single audit deficiencies.
  • Learn the most recent auditing standards, government and Yellow Book/single audit risk alerts, and the latest AICPA audit and accounting guides.
  • Find out what GASB projects are on the horizon, with a focus on the reporting model project.


  • Review most recent governmental accounting and auditing developments
  • Discuss the new and recently effective GASB pronouncements

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