President's Letter
March 2019
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Greetings Boston Chapter Members,

February was an awesome month for us Bostonians

& New Englanders. The New England Patriots
embraced their 6th Lombardi trophy and our Boston
Chapter conducted another successful webinar along
with executing our annual “Valentines for Veterans”
program.

On February 6th, our Chapter gold sponsor, RSM, hosted 16 attendees for the
national webcast on the latest GASB’s Statements.  Former Chapter President,
Eric Berman, hosted a pre-meeting on student activity fund presentation and the
provisions of GASB Statement No. 84, Fiduciary Activities.  GASB-84 is in the
process of being implemented by states and local governments.  The next AGA
national webcast will be on March 6th, at RSM, discussing Updates to The New
Tax Reform.  Attendance is free to Chapter members.

For a seventh year in a row, the AGA Boston Chapter organized efforts to
support the VA’s “Valentines for Veterans” program. The purpose of the VA’s
National Salute to Veteran Patients Program, of which the “Valentines for
Veterans” is a part, is to pay tribute and express appreciation to our veterans.  
Children, families, and individuals from schools and other programs in
Massachusetts and New Hampshire participated in this year’s collection. More
than 3,750 cards and artwork were prepared and provided to seven VA
hospitals in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and
Vermont. Led by Marcia Luciano & Ben Howe, Chapter members organized
their efforts in January and early February 2019.

To recognize the CGFM Program and its accomplishments, AGA has declared
March of each year as "CGFM Month". The AGA’s Certified Government
Financial Manager (CGFM) Program of AGA provides a means of
demonstrating professionalism and competency by requiring CGFM candidates
to have appropriate education and professional experience, to abide by AGA’s
Code of Ethics and to pass three examinations requiring expertise in
Governmental Environment, Governmental Financial Management and Control,
and Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting, and requires
each CGFM to maintain certification by completing at least 80 hours of
continuing professional education in government financial management topics or
related technical subjects every two years. For additional information, please
access our webpage http://www.agaboston.org/CGFM or contact Male Kamya
(617-626-6836) the Chapter's CGFM Coordinator.

The Chapter Education Committee is making final preparations for our annual
2019 Regional Professional Development Training (RPDT) on Thursday, May
30th at Bentley University, Waltham, MA. Please plan to join us for this wonderful
learning & networking opportunity for government financial management
professionals.  Some of the confirmed speakers include:  Carmen M. Ortiz,
former United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts; Ernie Almonte,
Partner, RSM US LLP (AGA Incoming National President, former RI Auditor
General, past AICPA Chair); Lisa Parker, Senior Project Manager,
Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB); and Jim Arnette, AGA
Past National President.

GOOD NEWS!  Punxsutawney Phil claims we're in for an early Spring.

Regards,


Bill