Since 1999, IGFOA members have met at least annually to participate in professional development and networking activities and to establish an agenda for financial management improvement. The conferences also provided a forum for participants to discuss common issues and strategies, and to develop a shared agenda for training, organizational development, and technical assistance. For the past few conferences IGFOA has focused on improving accounting and financial practices in the governments. The current conference covered the single audits and how to improve management of the audits, new auditing standard GASB-54, and developing and using performance measures to monitor and improve financial office performance.
The IGFOA Executive Committee built the agenda for the conference based on input solicited from IGFOA members, feedback from the last conference, and current issues facing government accounting. The goals of the December 2010 IGFOA conference were to provide IGFOA members with the information and skills needed to implement GASB 54 – Fund Balance Reporting; build government specific plans to address the GASB 54 changes in the governmental accounting structure; exchange information on the latest Performeter analysis; provide training to IGFOA members in management and leadership best practices; and update the performance measurement action plans for the finance office operations.