Governmental Accounting and Auditing Conference

← Return to The CPE Catalog
Thursday, August 16, 2018 @ 8:30am Friday, August 17, 2018 4:30pm
Add to Calendar


This two-day event for government accountants will provide the crucial guidance you need to stay in compliance with the many A&A rules affecting your practice, business or clients.


Category Amount
YellowBook 16.00


Thursday, August 16, 2018

8:10am - 9:50am

GAO has proposed revisions to Government Auditing Standards (the Yellow Book). The revisions include changes to the format and structure of the standards and changes in the areas of auditor competence, internal control, and external peer review. This session will cover the key changes in Government Auditing Standards and the impact the changes may have on auditors and auditees.

Credits: YellowBook 2
10:10am - 11:00am

Economist Darrin Webb will be discussing and providing insight on the economic outlook for the state of Mississippi and the United States. He will also be sharing his thoughts on the impact of the sales tax ruling by the Supreme Court on state, county, and city revenue streams.

Credits: YellowBook 1
11:00am - 11:50am
12:50pm - 4:40pm

Dave Hancox will discuss the largest municipal fraud in history. The City Comptroller stole half the city's general fund revenue every year for 22 years. She stole $53 million. Dave will show the documents she used to commit the fraud, and what the CPAs did and didn't do, that failed to identify the fraud. The CPA firm was one of the top ten in the country. He will also discuss an $11 million school district fraud that involved 29 people.

Also, Dave will show you how easy it is to alter original documents and offer suggestions on how to change the audit approach to improve the auditor's ability to find the fraud that exists in organizations. 

Finally, this session will explore internal control concepts important to auditors and managers. Auditing standards require auditors to assess the adequacy of internal control in an organization in financial, compliance and performance audits. Auditors, though, sometimes place too much emphasis on the wrong control components under the misguided premise that control activities (i.e., policies and procedures) are the most critical elements of an organization’s success. This misplaced focus can cause managers to respond with strong — but wrong — preventive controls over day-to-day activities, which ultimately frustrates efforts to correct an organization’s real problems. This session will help auditors to identify and recommend the right controls to prevent the past practices, which have harmed major organizations involved in fraud and scandals over the years, from reoccurring.

Credits: YellowBook 4

Friday, August 17, 2018

8:05am - 9:10am

We will be discussing changes in the 2018 Office of Management (OMB) Compliance Supplement, other single audit updates and reminders for single audits.

Credits: YellowBook 1.30
9:10am - 11:00am

This session will give an overview of the GASB pronouncements that become effective in the coming fiscal years.  The session also will explain some of the projects on GASB’s current technical agenda and research agenda.

Credits: YellowBook 2
11:15am - 12:15pm
Credits: YellowBook 1.20
  • Thomas S. Chain
  • Joe E. McKnight
  • Stephanie Palmertree
  • Leigh Taylor
12:35pm - 1:00pm
Credits: YellowBook 0.50
  • Shad White
1:15pm - 2:25pm
Credits: YellowBook 1.40
2:25pm - 3:35pm
Credits: YellowBook 1.40

Course Materials

Links to the e-materials will be listed with your course registration in your account on the MSCPA website seven calendar days before the course. You will receive an e-mail when the materials are available.

The option to request printed materials is only available up to 5 business days prior to the course date. Walk-in registrants and those registering between 1 and 5 days before the course will be sent an electronic link to the e-materials by default. “Extra” printed course materials will not be available on site. Printed materials are not available for conferences.


Ross Campbell

Ross Campbell is the Director of the Office of Purchasing, Travel and Fleet Management for the Department of Finance and Administration. He has worked for the State of Mississippi for over 29 years. Previously, he worked for the Secretary of State in the Business Services Division for 7 years and the State Auditor’s Office for 15 years, where he was Property Division Director for 6 years. He began work with DFA as the Director of Marketing and Audit in 2011 and became Director of OPTFM in July of 2017. He holds CPPS and CPPA Certifications from the National Property Managers Association and is a Certified Mississippi Purchasing Agent.

Wilkins M. Crawford

Wil has over 10 years of experience providing audit and accounting services to telecommunications, governmental, not-for-profit, higher education and various other clients. Wil also serves as the accounting and auditing assistant director for BKD’s Jackson office. Wil is a member of the AICPA and MSCPA. He was awarded the Silas M. Simmons Bronze Medal for the 2007 CPA Exam. He also has served as president of the MSCPA Young CPA Network, chair of the MSCPA Governmental A&A Committee, millenial chair of the MSCPA Long Range Planning Committee, an MSCPA board member and was the 2015 winner of the MSCPA Rising Star Award. He is a member of the Association of Government Accountants and a reviewer for the United States and Canada’s Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting Program. He previously served as treasurer on the board of directors of the Central Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association, on the Madison United Methodist Church finance committee and on the advisory board for Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. Wil is a summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in accounting and an MPA.

Derrick J. Garner

Derrick earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Mississippi College December of 2002, and a Masters of Business Administration from Delta State University December of 2011. He started his governmental career as an Accounting Auditor at MS Gaming Commission from July 2003 to July 2013. While working as an Auditor at the MS Gaming Commission he earned the following licenses; Certified Public Manager and Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner July 2013. He moved to the Office of the State Auditor in September 2013 as a Field Auditor with the Performance Audit Division. He then transferred to the Investigation Division Section January 2014 where he worked white collar crime in State and Local Government, in 2016 he transferred to Agency Audit Division, and In 2018 Derrick Garner was named Director of the Compliance Section of the Financial and Compliance Audit Division. His is a member of MS CPA Society and sits on the committee of NSAA concerning Performance Audits.

Aubrey Leigh Goodwin

Aubrey Leigh Goodwin works for the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration as the Deputy Executive Director with direct management and oversight of the Office of Purchasing, Travel and Fleet Management and the Office of Personal Service Contract Review. Prior to becoming Deputy, Aubrey Leigh was the Director of the Office of Purchasing, Travel and Fleet Management and Chief Procurement Officer for the State of Mississippi.

Prior to joining DFA, Aubrey Leigh served as Special Assistant Attorney General to the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration for over seven years, giving counsel to DFA’s leadership in the areas of policy development, purchasing, fleet management, public works contracting, property leasing, and human resources. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Aubrey Leigh was in private practice.

Aubrey Leigh is a Jackson, MS native and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American Studies. After graduation, she worked as a paralegal for five years before beginning law school. Aubrey Leigh graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi College School of Law, where she later served as an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy. Aubrey Leigh and her husband Tommy, a Special Assistant Attorney General, have two boys and live in Madison, Mississippi where they are members of Parkway Hills United Methodist Church.

Dave Hancox

Dave provides advisory and management services to government and private sector organizations. His focus is on the right control systems that make for highly effective management performance. He has served as an expert witness for several of the largest law firms in the world. He also does work in the Republic of Georgia on the Good Governance Initiative sponsored by USAID. He retired from the NYS Comptroller’s Office. He transformed many of the audit functions within the office to a modern, risk-based approach, using the latest audit, data analysis and data mining techniques to find fraud, waste, and improper transactions. He led a team that transformed an outdated State Expenditures Bureau into a model audit unit that dramatically increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the State’s expenditure audit and payment process. He is co-author of two books: Government Performance Audit in Action and State and Local Government, Program Control and Audit: Handbook for Managers and Auditors. He is on the faculty of Siena College and The Graduate School USA in Washington DC.

Billy A. Morehead

William A. (Billy) Morehead, Ph.D., CGFM, CPA:

Billy is a Professor of Accountancy at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi where he teaches primarily Governmental and Advanced accounting classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Billy retired from the State of Mississippi in 2011 after 27 years of service in various roles, including Vice President for Finance and Administration, Interim Dean, Chair, and Associate Professor at Delta State University, auditor for the State Auditor’s Office; GAAP Project Administrator for the State Department of Finance and Administration; and CFO within the State Department of Mental Health.

Billy has been a member of the Association of Government Accountants for more than 30 years and has served as both National President and National Treasurer. Billy has served in various other national and chapter roles including the Chair of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Government Financial Management and the Chair of the Higher Education Committee. Billy has also received several AGA national awards, including three National President’s Awards, the Educator Award, and the Robert W. King Memorial Award. Billy is a member of the Mississippi Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

Lisa R. Parker

Lisa R. Parker, CPA

Lisa is a project manager with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Prior to joining the GASB, Lisa worked for Runyon Kersteen Ouellette CPA’s for 10 years, the Town of Old Orchard Beach, Maine as their Finance Director and interim Town Manager for 2 years, and the City of Saco, Maine as their Finance Director for 8 years. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is also a member of the Association of Governmental Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants and has served as their President. Lisa also has previously served as President of the Maine Governmental Finance Officers Association, an Executive Board member of the New England Governmental Finance Officers Association, and a member of a National GFOA standing committee. Lisa attended Boston College and the University of Southern Maine graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors and a Bachelors degree in Accounting.

Darrin Webb

Dr. Darrin Webb became the state economist and director of the University Research Center in July 2010. The University Research Center works with the Department of Revenue, the Legislative Budget Office, the Legisla¬ture, the governor’s administration and other agencies on matters concerning the state’s economy. As state economist, Dr. Webb works directly with the state revenue-forecasting group, serving traditionally as the chair. He also oversees the state’s econometric model which forecasts the state’s economy.

Before being named state economist, Dr. Webb was senior economist for the University Research Center for 15 years, where he was primarily responsible for forecasting tax revenue. Prior to joining the University Research Center, Dr. Webb was assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is a native Mississippian and received his Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University, his master’s in agricultural economics and his baccalaureate in agri¬business from Mississippi State University and an associate’s degree in agribusiness from Hinds Community College.

Matthew Zaun

Mr. Zaun is a Senior Auditor for the Financial Management and Assurance team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). His areas of responsibility have included financial statement and performance audits of government entities, auditing standards (Yellow Book), and Standards of Internal Control for the Federal Government (Green Book). Mr. Zaun holds Bachelors of Science in Finance, Management, and Accounting, and a Master of Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech.