AGA Professional Development Training

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado

Guidehouse is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the Association of Government Accountant's Professional Development Training July 14-17, 2024. Speak to one of our Guidehouse Experts at Booth 206.

AGA’s Professional Development Training (PDT) brings together a broad audience of federal, state and local government financial professionals, including CFOs, inspectors general, accountants, auditors, as well as, financial professionals from the private sector. With over 3,000 attendees, PDT offers three and a half days of educational session sessions designed to equip attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to enhance, leadership, improve performance in cost-constrained environments, and address shared challenges using best practices.


Guidehouse Sessions:

S103: ICOR Covers Financial and Nonfinancial Reporting Objectives
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. | Sunday, July 14

OMB Circular A-123 requires federal agencies to implement control activities for assurances of internal controls and processes. These controls check overall data quality and internal controls over reporting (ICOR) to cover financial and nonfinancial reporting objectives. Learn how agencies align OMB Circular A-123 requirements to integrate ERM and ICOR into agency management and stakeholder decision-making. Discover how agencies balance resources to conduct and promote A-123 Appendix A requirements and integrate data quality with changes in scoping, planning and execution. Explore agency challenges in implementing or shifting programs to meet new Appendix reporting objectives and data quality requirements.

Moderator: Andreia Bodale, Director, Defense & Security, Guidehouse 


  • Mary Flaherty, Inegration Branch Head for the Internal Controls and Compliance Division, Department of the Navy
  • Edom Aweke, Associate Director, of Planning, Performance & Risk, Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Pedro Maldonado, Director, Office of Financial Management, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

M107: Evolving Risk Management in a Mature Control Environment
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Monday, July 15

The internal control systems of government entities are evolving and maturing. At the same time, technology is evolving and maturing. So, the mechanisms used to identify, assess, and respond to operational and financial risks should change, too. Come learn about effective approaches to internal control programs and nuanced risk management techniques that work in a mature financial environment.

Moderator: Melanie Geesaman, Director, Defense & Security, Guidehouse 


  • Alyssa Smiley, Director, Risk Management & Assurance, Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Donald Holzinger, Assistant Director, Risk Management & Assurance, Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Erica Gaddy, Deputy Chief Financial and Chief Risk Officer, Dept. of Treasury – Bureau of Fiscal Service


M115: Defining a Leader | Successes and Struggles
2:10 – 3:25 p.m. | Monday, July 15

Whether you are brand-new to leading a team or a seasoned professional, this session will help you avoid leadership pitfalls and focus on the possibilities ahead.

Moderator: Crystal Wolf


  • Jay Hurt, Partner, Public Sector Financial Services, Guidehouse
  • Cynthia Nickels, Staff Accountant, IRS


T116: The Truth about Cyber Fraud

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Tuesday, July 16

We live in a dynamic, sometimes volatile world. As leaders in a hyper-connected global society, we must remain aware of numerous issues, including cyber fraud, digital criminal activity, organized and everyday crime, world economics, supply chain and energy security, misinformation and much more! Join this session to learn how to put up good cyber defenses against these forces.

Moderator: Ajay Guru, Partner, Financial Crime, Fraud & Investigative Services, Guidehouse


  • Adina Kriss, Management Analyst, Fraud, Waste, & Abuse, VHA Office of Integrated Veteran Care
  • Heather Hobson, Denver Special Agent, FBI
  • Stacey Mainero, Head of Fraud, Login.gov

T127: Know More, Become More with the CGFM Certification

2:30 – 3:20 p.m. | Tuesday, July 16

CGFMs describe why they pursued the Certified Government Financial Manager® (CGFM®) certification and how it has helped advance their careers. Join us to gather tips to prepare for the three CGFM examinations and get started on your journey to success.


  • Carter Vick, Associate Director, Enterprise Solutions, Guidehouse
  • Ana Chaletzky, Director Accounting, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Katya Silver, Director of Professional Certification, AGA


W107: Leading Through Uncertainty

9:35 – 10:25 a.m. | Wednesday, July 17

Enjoy a fireside chat with Vinay Singh as he reflects on several discrete federal roles he held in different administrations, each presenting different challenges. Mr. Singh will share his story of navigating highly political positions to make an impact and drive success for his agency, the government, and the nation.

Moderator: Caitlin Holmes, Partner, Public Sector Financial Services, Guidehouse


  • Vinay Singh, Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Chad Clifford, Executive Director - Division of Policy, Oversight, Effectiveness, and Training, Department of Health & Human Services


Guidehouse Attendees:

  • Caitlin Holmes, Partner, Public Sector Financial Services
  • Jay Hurt, Partner, Public Sector Financial Services
  • Brian Gagnon, Partner & Public Sector Financial Services Leader
  • Ajay Guru, Partner, Financial Crime, Fraud & Investigative Services, Guidehouse
  • Tony Elachkar, Partner, Defense & Security
  • Christian Clarke, Partner, Defense & Security
  • Jennifer Melchior, Partner, Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure
  • Andreia Bodale, Director, Defense & Security
  • Melanie Geesaman, Director, Defense & Security
  • Amber Heimberg, Director, Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure
  • Tony Hinojosa, Director, Defense & Security
  • Doug MacInnes, Client Relationship Executive
  • Ken Miller, Associate Director, Public Health
  • Carter Vick Associate Director, Digital Enterprise Solutions
  • Craig Maxwell, Managing Consultant, Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure


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