Texas Association of County Auditors' January On-the-Road Area Training

January 16 - 17, 2020

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Kemah Waterfront St.
Kemah, TX 77565

Registration for this event is closed. If you would like to join the wait list in case registrants cancel, please contact Kristin Bulanek, Galveston County First Assistant County Auditor, at (409) 770-5408.

Galveston County Auditor’s Office is proud to host the Texas Association of County Auditors’ 2020 January On-the-Road Area Training in Kemah!  This two-day conference is a convenient way to earn continuing education credits during education sessions, as well as an opportunity to network with your peers.

Registration is scheduled to open Monday, Nov. 4.

Check back often for conference updates.

Registration Fees

Registration includes all education sessions and evening events. 

Registration Fees Registration by Dec. 25
County auditor $100
County auditor assistants /staff $100
Guest Tickets Cost
Thursday: Dinner Cruise aboard the FANTASEA (guest) $154.58

Continuing Education

The conference offers continuing education credits for county auditors. Please check back for updates on the exact hours offered.

Payment Information

Please make checks payable to Texas Association of Counties.

Mail checks to:
Texas Association of County Auditors
c/o Texas Association of Counties
P.O. Box 2711
San Antonio, TX 78299

Special Services

 To ensure that our event is ADA accessible to all, please contact Sam Burke or Luz Hinojosa at (800) 456-5974 if you need assistance.

Holiday Inn Kemah (Near Boardwalk)
805 Harris Ave.
Kemah, TX 77565
(877) 666-3243
Rate: $119 a night plus taxes
Group Code: TAC

For reservations, visit the hotel website link or call (877) 666-3243. Ask for the Texas Association of County Auditors room block with code TAC.

The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is Dec. 25, or until the block is full. We encourage you to make reservations early. Group rates are available for the nights of Jan. 15–18, 2020.

Parking Rates

Complimentary daily self-parking

Wednesday, Jan. 15
3-5 p.m. TACA Board of Directors Meeting
5-7 p.m. Conference Registration
Thursday, Jan. 16
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch at The Flying Dutchman
Sponsored by: Tyler Technologies, TexPool and Kofile
6-8:30 p.m. Dinner Cruise aboard the FANTASEA
Sponsored by: Perdue Brannon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP, Patillo, Brown & Hill, LLP

Enjoy a 2.5 hour dinner cruise through Clear Lake and Galveston aboard the Boardwalk FantaSea luxury yacht. The state-of-the-art yacht is a unique floating restaurant surrounded by an ever-changing view of beautiful waterfront homes, picturesque lighthouses and the thrilling Kemah Boardwalk. The luxury yacht is climate controlled on all decks to maximize comfort in all areas of the ship. Outfitted with two full service bars and a dance floor, the Boardwalk FantaSea offers fun for all. Featuring large glass windows and doors, the panoramic view can be seen from all positions aboard the ship.  The cruise will include a full dual entrée dinner buffet and open bar.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
3-5 p.m. TACA Board of Directors Meeting
5-7 p.m. Conference Registration
Thursday, Jan. 16
7:15-8 a.m. Breakfast buffet
Sponsored by: Prosperity Bank
8 a.m.-4:40 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
8-8:10 a.m. Opening Remarks/Welcome
Mr. Randall Rice, CPA, Galveston County Auditor
8:10-9 a.m. Teamwork in Space
Col. Michael Edward Fossum, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Texas A&M University at Galveston
9-9:50 a.m. Phishing and Social Engineering
Mr. Reese Kimmons, Disaster Recovery/Data Center Coordinator, Galveston County
A look at the latest tactics being used by social engineers through phishing, vishing and other exploitations of the human in the loop.
9:50-10:10 a.m. Refreshment break
10:10-11:30 a.m. Truth-in-Taxation Expectations for 2020
Hon. Cheryl Johnson, Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector
It wasn't only a reduced spending limit and new vocabulary. Profound legislative changes will impact Truth-in-Taxation and the assessment phase of Texas property taxation. We anticipate an entirely new set of deadlines, changes in the calculations, specific actions pre-rate adoption and new transparency requirements. How will auditors' roles be impacted? These and other questions have yet to be asked and answered. Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Cheryl E. Johnson will provide her interpretation of what to expect, how to work together to implement the changes properly and define changes that may be needed during the 87th Legislative Session to improve the process moving forward.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch at The Flying Dutchman
Sponsored by: Tyler Technologies and Kofile and TexPool
1-1:50 p.m. Building Your Continuous Monitoring Program
Mr. Patrick Rodriguez, Director of Info Systems Audit, Harris County
Evaluate the maturity and opportunities for implementing continuous monitoring/auditing into your audit activities.  This session will help you understand the value of continuous program, assess your readiness for a program and start to identify elements that are important for developing data analytics routines.
1:50-2:40 p.m. Auditing A-Z Part 1
Mr. Randall Rice, CPA, Galveston County Auditor
Auditing is an independent, statutory-driven and assurance activity designed to add value and improve a county’s operations. The objective of the auditor is to assure the taxpayer of the integrity and accuracy of the financial transactions and to assist county officials and staff in ensuring the mitigation of risks and providing an independent appraisal and analysis of the activities reviewed. In order for the desired results to be realized, auditors must perform their work fully and objectively, that is, be independent of the activities they audit. They must have no authority over or responsibility for the activities they audit.
2:40-3 p.m. Refreshment break
3-3:50 p.m. Auditing A-Z Part 2
3:50-5 p.m. GASB 84: What Do I Need To Do?
Mr. Todd Pruitt, Partner, Pattillo Brown & Hill, LLP                                  
Mr. Kent Willis, Audit Supervisor, Pattillo Brown & Hill, LLP
This session will include a brief overview of Government Accounting Standards Board (GASBE) Statement 84 followed by a focus on what counties need to do to implement the standard.
6-8:30 p.m. Dinner Cruise aboard the FANTASEA
Sponsored by: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP, Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP
Texas Association of County Auditors

Boarding starts at 5:30 p.m. Attendees set sail at 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17
7:30-8:15 a.m. Breakfast buffet
8:15-9:30 a.m. Recent Ransomware Attacks
Mr. Jonathan Turner, IT Services Manager, Texas Association of Counties
Supply chain attacks are rising as networks become less centralized.  In 2019, a successful supply chain attack resulted in the spread of ransomware to more than 20 local government networks.  This session will discuss the risk associated with untrusted networks providing trusted services and how the supply chain can be secured.
9:30-10:20 a.m. ALERRT CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events)
Corporal Lucio Martinez, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
Since 2002, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)™ Program at Texas State University has been used to train law enforcement officers across the nation in how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations. Over the years we've seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase. As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what individuals can do protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Avoid | Deny |Defend™ has been developed as an easy to remember method for individuals to follow.
10:20-10:40 a.m. Refreshment break
10:40-11:30 a.m. ALERRT CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events)(cont.)
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch at T-Bone Tom's
Sponsored by Kofile and Stw, Inc.
1-1:50 p.m. Business Email Compromise
Ms. Mary Beth Wright, FBI
1:50-2:40 p.m. What is Happening in Today's Market
Mr. Chris Ahrens, Managing Director, Stifel Nicolaus & Co.
This session provides an overview of economic performance and environment; factors influencing forward growth prospects; state of play regarding the Federal Reserve; and expectations for movement in the rates markets. Session will also provide discussion of relative value among product sectors.
2:40-2:50 p.m. Refreshment break
2:50-3:40 p.m. The Evolution of Happiness: Some Old Answers to Modern Questions About Life in the Fast Lane
Mr. Mark Warren, Training Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Modern living has produced so many improvements in our quality of life. However, with progress, there are setbacks. It seems that as life progresses, and we all have more than ever before, there is a corresponding regression in our overall level of happiness. This applies to our homes, but also to our work lives. Why? Tennis legend Jimmy Connors once remarked, "I hate to lose more than I like to win." Is that healthy? What can we do about it? Now, in spite of the seriousness of the topic, we'll have some fun identifying some of the causes as cited by one well-known expert, and we'll illustrate the solutions and see how they apply to the workplace.
3:40-3:50 p.m. Closing Remarks
Mr. Randall Rice, CPA, Galveston County Auditor

*Agenda is subject to change

No prerequisites are required for any of the sessions. The conference will offer a minimum of 14.5 hours of continuing education credit for county auditors and assistant county auditors.

For more information, please contact Kristin Bulanek, Galveston County First Assistant County Auditor, at (409) 770-5408.

County official organization support and event services provided by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC).

Conference Cancellation
Conference fees are fully transferable to other participants, upon request. All conference registration refund requests must be received in writing before Jan. 1, 2020 to receive a full refund. Please email Sam Burke or fax notice of your cancellation to (512) 477-1324.

Hotel Cancellation
If you must cancel a room reservation, please cancel directly with the hotel.

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