CPE Webinar

GASB’s Invitation to Comment – Major Changes Proposed to Governmental Funds

March 1, 2017


In December 2016, the GASB approved the issuance of an Invitation to Comment on the Financial Reporting Model Improvements—Governmental Funds. The ITC includes three proposed approaches to the recognition of elements of financial statements and presentation for governmental fund financial statements. This course will provide an overview of each of the approaches and well as a discussion of some of the pros and cons of each approach. We will then offer an opportunity for attendees to share their perspectives with Cherry Bekaertat the end of the webinar as part of our due process document.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the three approaches proposed in the Invitation to Comment
  • Analyze the pros and cons of each approach


  • Melisa Galasso, CPA | Senior Manager, Audit Professional Practices | Cherry Bekaert LLP

A Certified Public Accountant with nearly 15 years of experience, Melisa is an Audit Professional Practices Senior Manager at Cherry Bekaert. In this role, she assists with technical issues and quality control of the Firm’s assurance services practice. She monitors regulatory bodies including the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for changes in auditing and accounting guidance and assists the Firm in implementing the updated guidance.

  • Rob Churchman, CPA | Partner | Cherry Bekaert LLP

With more than 23 years of experience serving public sector federal, state and local governments and not-for-profits, Rob is an Audit Partner in the Richmond office of Cherry Bekaert. He serves as the Firm’s Audit Leader in Virginia for the Government Services Group. Prior to joining Cherry Bekaert, Rob was the Public Sector Partner in Virginia for a Big Four accounting firm managing multi-faceted, multi-component engagements for high profile public sector clients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia. Rob was also a key member of the firm’s national public sector and quality control infrastructure systems, participating in key audit methodology, client service product development and quality review teams. Throughout his career, Rob has served various public sector organizations as a teacher and subject matter expert, while also serving as a member of several related teams, such as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Auditor of Public Accounts’ GASB #34 and #45 task forces, the VSCPA government issues task force and the GFOA Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting program.

  • Scott Anderson, CPA | Director | Cherry Bekaert LLP

A Director with the Firm’s Assurance practice, Scott advises clients in all phases of financial reporting. He oversees engagement planning, performance of audit tests and report writing. Clients have sought Scott’s knowledge in documenting, evaluating and identifying areas of improvement in internal controls and processes, as well as with assistance in the writing of financial statements. Serving the Firm’s clients for over 11 years, Scott primarily provides audit services in the not-for-profit and government industries. He has extensive experience with Uniform Grant Guidance and he has also been an internal and external training instructor for over six years.

CPE Accreditation

Prerequisites | None
Advanced Preparation | None
Hours of CPE | 1 Hour*
Delivery Method | Group Internet
Program Level | Basic
CPE Category | Accounting (Government)

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