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2013 CPE Day Participant Materials

Speaker and Topic Learning Objectives Session Materials

Jeffrey W Gunther, VP  Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

“No More Too-Big-to-Fail: Reconstituting the U.S. Financial System along Market Principles”

  • An appreciation of the market and supervisory setting in which different size classes of banks operate in the United States,
  • An understanding of how the market and supervisory structure facing banks affects the risks they take,
  • An introduction to some proposed policy steps for establishing a more stable and efficient banking system.
Morning Materials

Rahul Gupta, FASB Practice Fellow

 “Update on FASB Activities”

  • To provide an update on current FASB projects and recently issued standards.
Morning Materials

Jim LaCamp, Senior VP, UBS Financial Services

“Money Sense”
  • Understanding the Dynamics of the Fed-Driven Economy
  • What You Need to Know About Investing in a Central Bank Driven World
Morning Materials: Live Presentation
  JD Granger, Exec Dir of the Trinity River Vision Authority

“Project Overview of the Trinity River Vision”

  • Learn about the The Trinity River Vision - a master plan for the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas. It is underway now - connecting every neighborhood in the city to the Trinity River corridor with new recreational amenities, improved infrastructure, environmental enhancements and event programming.
  • Learn about Panther Island - a vibrant urban waterfront neighborhood, expand Gateway Park into one of the largest urban-programmed parks in the nation, enhance the river corridor with over 90 user-requested projects along the Trinity Trails and program public spaces including the Panther Island Pavilion, a waterfront music venue and festival space directly adjacent to downtown Fort Worth.

Richard Mark, Associate Professor, UTA

“Ethics in Accounting – Part I”
  • This course examines all of the various components of ethical issues inherent in the practice of public accounting for CPAs in the State of Texas. A main objective of the course is to aid CPAs in identifying and then reaching satisfactory conclusions about ethical issues in their practice. To accomplish this objective, the course examines the various ethical principles and concepts, ethical reasoning, corporate governance and fraud, and the impact of culture and human behavior on ethical conduct through case analysis and class discussion.
  • The course also reviews applicable current Texas Rules of Professional Conduct for CPAs in all practice disciplines, including private practice, industry, education, or government. This section also illustrates, using case examples, the enforcement procedures that the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy has undertaken in accordance with the Rules.
Breakout Session I Materials

Richard Mark, Associate Professor, UTA

“Ethics in Accounting – Part II”              

Breakout Session I Materials

Michael C. Prindible, Senior Counsel, IRS

“Discovery of Taxpayer Information: IRS Use of its Summons Power”

  • Identify statutory and administrative framework for an IRS summons
  • Explain steps necessary to accurately complete a Summons, Form 2039 (Rev. 10-2010)
  • Discuss how to judicially quash and enforce an IRS summons
  • Explain taxpayer and third-party defenses to an IRS summons
  • Identify special situations for IRS summonses
Breakout Session II Materials

Robert Wolff, Appeals Officer, IRS

“An Alternative to litigation: The IRS Appeals Process”

  • Describe Appeals’ role within the IRS
  • Explain how cases get to Appeals
  • Understand Appeals’ independence including the ex parte rules.
  • Discuss the Appeals’ process
  • Explain the concepts of how Appeals settles cases including a brief discussion of hazards of litigation
  • Describe the alternative dispute resolutions
Breakout Session II Materials

William Crowder, Professor, UTA 

U.S. Economic Recovery: Why so weak and what should be done?

  • The recovery from the financial crisis of 2007-09 and the subsequent economic contraction has been one of the weakest in the history of the country. Why is this the case? Is there something special about the current episode compared to previous recessions? Is there some policy response that would work? These issues will be discussed and some tentative conclusions may be reached.
Breakout Session II Materials

Wade Myers, Cherry Tree

Driving Strategic Growth in an Uncertain Economy

  • Understanding winning strategies during an uncertain economy
  • Understanding the growth framework for your company
Breakout Session II Materials

Steve Messer, Health and Benefits Rep, Paychex Insurance

“Healthcare Update”

  • For attendees to have a better understanding of the impact that ACA will have on individuals
  • For attendees to have a better understanding of the impact ACA will have on employers.

Breakout Session III Materials

Robert Durak, Director at AICPA

“AICPA’s Small Business Reporting Framework for  Small and Medium-Sized Entities”

  • The AICPA released a new accounting framework for Main Street businesses that are not required to prepare GAAP-based financial statements. The FRF for SMEsTM framework is a highly relevant, simplified and cost-effective solution to the financial reporting needs of small- and medium-sized private businesses and their financial statement users. This session will explain why the framework was developed, its key features and benefits, and explore its principles and key accounting areas.

Breakout Session III Materials

Tom Mighell, Senior Technology consultant, Contoural, Inc

"Mobile Productivity: Incorporating Tablet Computing Into your Practice”

  • How to use the iPad’s versatility and power, for a more mobile practice.
  • How to create and revise documents, take notes, hold meetings, review and revise PDF files, and give presentations, all from a tablet device.
  • How to use the iPad when working with clients, or on their own, either at the office, or anywhere they happen to be.
Breakout Session III Materials: Live Presentation

Beth Junell

“Forensic Accounting De-Mystified”

  • Learn from a former auditor turned forensic accountant about the unique aspects of the forensic accounting profession, including the nature of work that they perform and required skill sets
  • Learn about how this part of the accounting profession differs from the more traditional accountant roles in audit.
Breakout Session III Materials

Donna Mayes, Audit Manager, RCO LLP

“Understanding and Complying with Governmental Grants”

  • To become more aware of the requirements of governmental grants and enhance compliance with those requirements.

Breakout Session IV Materials

Ken Schroeder, Director of Internal Audit, UTA

“Surviving a Governmental Audit and How to Get Ready”

  • Participants will learn about UT Arlington’s approach to audits and gain an understanding of audits from an auditee perspective. Topics will include suggestions for successful audits and discussions of selected cases.
Breakout Session IV Materials

Michael Lawrance, Senior Manager, KPMG

What does your Plan Auditor Do?

  • What are the issues your auditor is looking for to ensure you have met the requirements of your employee benefit plan.
Breakout Session IV Materials

Guadalupe Garcia, Assurance Manager, Whitley Penn

“Risks and Issues in auditing CAFR and Single audits”


  • For the auditor and auditee, avoid these common deficiencies identified by the AICPA and GFOA in financial statement and single audits
Breakout Session IV Materials