On December 4-5, 2017, GFOA committee members gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual winter standing committee meetings. As usual, the committees met to discuss current and forthcoming best practices to be approved by GFOAs executive board in February. These best practices include debt service payments, investment fee policies for retirement systems, and succession planning, among many others.
In addition, the Black Caucus of the GFOA hosted a lunch where standing committee members heard from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Executive Director Fabrice Coles speak about CBC's priorities in the coming year.
The keynote panel gave committee members the opportunity to discuss the current state of affairs regarding federal tax reform efforts. The panel consisted of representatives of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, National Association of State Retirement Administrators, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, American Public Power Association, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
At the Tuesday breakfast, the Women's Public Finance Network Co-Chairs Debby Cherney and Anne Harty made a presentation about a project that is underway to help enhance GFOA's current mentoring efforts in public finance.
Committee members and GFOA staff also teamed up to visit the Department of Treasury, Congressional Budget Office, and Senate offices on Capitol Hill. In the Senate, GFOA standing committee members discussed tax reform, including preserving advance...