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wgt image of Project Management - Identifying, Analyzing, and Managing Project Risk 08 Aug 2022 - 12 Aug 2022

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Project Management - Identifying, Analyzing, and Managing Project Risk

Risk cannot be avoided. So, the best way to manage an unavoidable situation is to plan for and identify the potential obstacles and possible solutions. This class revolves around the advanced practices for identifying, communicating, managing, and controlling project risks. This class is very interactive and includes discussions, hands-on exercises, scenarios, and case studies.

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wgt image of Grants Management Overview 16 Aug 2022 - 20 Aug 2022

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Grants Management Overview

The Grants Management Overview course will provide updated information about grants and cooperative agreements, including the responsibilities of recipients and key tasks that must be completed during the project period.  This course will be informative for administrative, finance and program staff from organizations that are involved with grant implementation.  It will also be relevant for new staff on existing grants who do not have extensive experience in grants management.

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wgt image of Communication Skills for Leaders 25 Aug 2022 - 26 Aug 2022

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Communication Skills for Leaders

Overcome barriers to effective office communications. Develop strategies to increase your ability to be understood by identifying your own communication style and that of others. Explore methods of interpreting verbal and nonverbal feedback and the use of appropriate repetition to clarify communications.  Communicating during periods of change can create conflict; participants will examine methods to best communicate during times of transition. This course uses lectures, discussions, and small group exercises focused on building the following competencies: leadership, supervisory skills, effective communication, developing effective vision, and innovation.

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wgt image of Welcome Remarks + Opening Plenary Session -- Why You Matter: Oversight as a Critical Component of Governance 29 Aug 2022 - 29 Aug 2022

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Welcome Remarks + Opening Plenary Session -- Why You Matter: Oversight as a Critical Component of Governance

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wgt image of Opening Plenary - Auditing -- the Importance of Independence and the Value of Accountability 29 Aug 2022 - 29 Aug 2022

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Opening Plenary - Auditing -- the Importance of Independence and the Value of Accountability

The promise of government auditing is that vital audit functions can improve public accountability and enhance decision-making in their jurisdictions.  This session will explore some of the threats to audit independence as well as the strengths that audit offices can leverage to ensure they work objectively.  We'll consider recent examples of audit work -- as well as challenges auditors face -- to move our offices and professions to the most independent stances to add the most value to our governments and the public we serve.

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wgt image of Understanding the Financial Statements 30 Aug 2022 - 30 Aug 2022

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Understanding the Financial Statements

This course introduces basic governmental accounting principles, terminology, and financial statements. It provides an overview of governmental accounting systems and related internal control and documentation requirements.  Participants will gain knowledge of the financial reporting process and the end product.

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wgt image of Understanding the Single Audit Report 30 Aug 2022 - 30 Aug 2022

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Understanding the Single Audit Report

This course addresses compliance requirements and includes coverage of the Single Audit, findings, and corrective action plans.  The grant reporting function and process are also reviewed as are the links to the governmental accounting system.  Participants will leave the course with improved knowledge and skills in understanding the Single Audit Report and taking appropriate action.

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wgt image of Creative and Critical Thinking  30 Aug 2022 - 30 Aug 2022

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Creative and Critical Thinking 

In this session, we will explore why creative and critical thinking are essential tools of auditor proficiency that should be applied throughout all phases of the audit process. The session will discuss personal and organizational challenges to creative thinking and change for breakthrough ways of seeing problems and considering new possible solutions. The presentation will include brain training exercises and tools to get participants thinking more abstractly to look beyond the obvious and use process techniques for generating new ideas for action. This class will explore the power of "why" in looking for root causes of problems, and the power of the possible in considering new opportunities and threats for forward thinking recommendations.

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wgt image of Leadership, Motivation, and Accountability for High-Performance Audit Organizations 30 Aug 2022 - 30 Aug 2022

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Leadership, Motivation, and Accountability for High-Performance Audit Organizations

What makes a good leader? How do we motivate others? And how do we create an environment where staff members are fully accountable? These are the basic ingredients for high performing organizations – but in many audit organizations we promote or hire staff into management or leadership positions based upon their demonstrated technical skills, without preparing them to step into a leadership role requiring an entirely different set of knowledge, skills and abilities – which becomes self-perpetuating as their only reference may be their own managers who were also promoted based upon technical skill – and never learned to lead. 

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wgt image of Green Disclosures: Fact or Fiction 31 Aug 2022 - 31 Aug 2022

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Green Disclosures: Fact or Fiction

Increasingly, governments and businesses are being asked, if not required, to disclose their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. Such disclosures are essential in both identifying the objectives undertaken and the progress made. This course introduces ESG disclosures, focusing on environmental initiatives, and provides examples. The difficulties involved in making such disclosures are also discussed

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wgt image of Governmental Accounting Standards -- What's the Same, What's Changed, and Everything You Need to Know Now 31 Aug 2022 - 31 Aug 2022

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Governmental Accounting Standards -- What's the Same, What's Changed, and Everything You Need to Know Now

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board is issuing new standards and summarizing existing standards.  This fast-paced session will provide auditors, financial statement preparers, and financial managers with the latest updates on what changed, what stayed the same, and what you may need to do differently (or keep doing) in light of the standards. We'll cover the important changes and review status of everything from GASB 87 to this year's new codifications in GASB 99.  If you prepare, use, or audit government financial statements, you won't want to miss this session!"

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wgt image of Planning for a risk-based audit: It's a RADICAL idea! 31 Aug 2022 - 31 Aug 2022

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Planning for a risk-based audit: It's a RADICAL idea!

Join as we explore 7 key activities - researching, assessing, developing, identifying, communicating, and agreeing on logistics - in order to develop a comprehensive, risk-based, audit plan that is sure to focus your work for maximum impact. 

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wgt image of A New Day: Maximizing Input and Value During A Transformative Time 01 Sep 2022 - 01 Sep 2022

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A New Day: Maximizing Input and Value During A Transformative Time

The increasingly complex and unprecedented nature of risks and challenges facing government, exacerbated by the pandemic, the widespread dissemination of mis, dis, and mal-information in the public square eroding public trust, and the rapidly evolving nature of auditing tools, technologies, and workforce changes, presents and requires new strategies and approaches. This four-hour session focuses on strategies for effectively navigating a new day for public auditors including the use of advanced risk assessment methods, the utilization of a diverse portfolio of audit products, including advisory reports, and fresh ideas for leading auditors in a post-pandemic hybrid working environment, during a generational shift occurring in the workforce. The course will use case examples to highlight key concepts and to foster group discussion. 

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wgt image of Being Realistic: Writing Good Goals and Objectives 01 Sep 2022 - 01 Sep 2022

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Being Realistic: Writing Good Goals and Objectives

This session will demonstrate how to write clear goals and SMART objectives to set program implementers up for success in the future.  Participates will gain skills through examples and practice to improve their work plans so it is easier to evaluate progress towards the mission.  If managers want to gift their future selves, then this course can help them get on the right path.   

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wgt image of How to Deal with Risk: Implementing Internal Controls 01 Sep 2022 - 01 Sep 2022

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How to Deal with Risk: Implementing Internal Controls

Increase effectiveness and efficiency in fiscal management through better living with internal controls. This session may help you to sleep better after you have helped your organization define and clarify requirements and expectations regarding internal control over grants management. 

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wgt image of Plenary Closing Remarks (Haser) + Accountability and Auditing: Panel presentations by all APIPA Member Offices 02 Sep 2022 - 02 Sep 2022

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Plenary Closing Remarks (Haser) + Accountability and Auditing: Panel presentations by all APIPA Member Offices

The closing plenary will feature short presentations and a panel discussion with APIPA member offices.  These presentations and discussion will highlight examples of current work and provide a template for next steps for accountability and auditing in the region.  Graduate School USA instructor, Mr. Drummond Kahn, will facilitate the session.

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wgt image of Leases, Leases and more LISA’S:  The Implementation of GASB 87 08 Sep 2022 - 10 Sep 2022

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Leases, Leases and more LISA’S: The Implementation of GASB 87

A new GASB accounting standard has recently became effective that alters the historical landscape of how lease accounting has always been performed.  GASB 87 not only does away with the methodology of previous accounting for leases, but also introduces new concepts for what a lease is, and even more importantly what is not a lease, and also provides new guidance on how to determine the true “term” of a lease for accounting and financial reporting purposes. 

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wgt image of Leases, Leases and more LISA’S:  The Implementation of GASB 87 13 Sep 2022 - 17 Sep 2022

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Leases, Leases and more LISA’S: The Implementation of GASB 87

A new GASB accounting standard has recently became effective that alters the historical landscape of how lease accounting has always been performed.  GASB 87 not only does away with the methodology of previous accounting for leases, but also introduces new concepts for what a lease is, and even more importantly what is not a lease, and also provides new guidance on how to determine the true “term” of a lease for accounting and financial reporting purposes.       

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wgt image of Principals and Techniques of Project Management 18 Oct 2022 - 22 Oct 2022

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Principals and Techniques of Project Management

This course provides a hands-on study of the project management concepts and principles needed to manage a project from day to day. The course allows each individual to understand the discipline of project management, learn the industry standard terminology, and use the tools and techniques to effectively manage projects in a case study environment. This course is compliant with the Project Management Institute’s® (PMI’s®) current Project Management Body of Knowledge® (PMBOK®). 

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Camera Photo Gallery

Photos from recent activities hosted by the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) in support of conferences, training and leadership development, are available below.