Public Sector Chief Financial Officer Forum


Continuing professional education in public financial management tends to focus on technical, day-to-day issues and not on these strategic concerns. Today's challenges for public sector finance leaders create an opportunity to hone leadership in our organizations and communities.

The Public Sector Chief Financial Officer Forum (PCFO Forum) is designed to fill this critical need for professional development. The PCFO Forum provides a unique platform for public sector financial leaders to learn about emerging issues, share innovative practices, and network with their peers.

Topic: Beltway Banter

Like it or not, what happens in Washington, D.C., affects state and local governments on many levels, including tax policy and the municipal bond market. During this forum, Susan will discuss various Congressional activities related to these topics, including: attempts to reinvigorate a direct subsidy bond program, overall threats to tax-exempt bonds, corporate tax reform efforts that could affect local tax policy, and reactive legislation in response to state and local government pension liability and bankruptcy headlines. Regulatory activities will also be addressed as well as initiatives by Congress to supplant local government policies and laws.

We will be joined by featured speaker Susan Gaffney, who was the director of the Government Finance Officers Association Federal Liaison Center for over 12 years. In this capacity, Susan represented the 17,500 members of the GFOA in Washington, D.C., and developed the Association’s government relations advocacy agenda. Susan is currently the president of SG & Associates.

During her tenure, Susan interacted with Congress and the federal regulatory bodies on matters such as municipal securities (with a special focus on SEC, MSRB and IRS rule-making), and federal tax issues related to state and local governments. She also led advocacy efforts for the entire local government community on these issues, working closely with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities. Susan has authored numerous educational pieces and articles and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences. Susan continues to work with the GFOA and other organizations to educate and promote the perspectives of local governments on federal tax, pre-emption and municipal securities issues. Additionally, Susan was responsible for directing the activities of the GFOA’s policy committees and developed and promoted the GFOA’s best practices and public policy statements to elected officials and other state and local government associations. Susan continues to work with the GFOA and other organizations on these issues representing local government interests.