Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
2007 Pacific Emerging Issues Conference/RPDI a Huge Success!
The 14th biennial Pacific Emerging Issues Conference/RPDI held August 22 to 24 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel was a huge success attracting a record turnout of 302 paid registrations and 375 overall, including speakers, coordinators and exhibitors. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Hawaii Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the Aloha Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers (ASMC) and the Western Intergovernmental Audit Forum (WIAF).
The conference was especially well received by attendees and 94% of those responding to an evaluation question indicated that they will attend the PEIC/RPDI in 2009. Several among those indicating “no” to the question said that they will be unable to attend since they would not be in Hawaii attendees, including speakers and exhibitors, also indicated that they would return in 2009. In addition, many volunteers said that they would volunteer again in 2009.
After the conference opened with the posting of the colors, Hawaii State Auditor Marion Higa got the conference off to an excellent start with her opening address on “Managing and Evaluating Public Service”. The highlight of the conference was the outstanding keynote address by Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker speaking on “Transforming Government, Management and Accountability”.
Over the three days, there were many outstanding speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions featuring a first class program developed with the help of national program advisors, Bill Broadus (W. A. Broadus, Jr., CPA, PC), Clif Williams (Grant Thornton LLP), Dick Willett (Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, PC), John Raines (ASMC), Brian Estes (WIAF) and Arnold Kishi (State Department of Accounting and General Services). There were 53 local, regional and national speakers who made presentations on the latest issues and developments affecting government financial management.
The conference also provided an excellent environment for socializing and networking. At the end of the first day, many attendees enjoyed a sponsored reception with great food and live Hawaiian music on the lawn between the Sheraton Waikiki and Royal Hawaiian hotels. The Hawaiian luau at the Hale Koa Hotel was well attended and a special golf outing was held on Tuesday before the conference.
Other highlights of the conference included:
Attendance by participants, speakers and exhibitors from Hawaii, various parts of the mainland United States, American Pacific Governments (Guam, Northern Marianas, Micronesia and Marshall Islands), Japan/Korea/Okinawa and Alaska.
Congratulations and Mahalo to co-chairs Shayna Dorris (Army Audit Agency), Clarence Kuwahara (Retired), Spencer Lum (Office of the State Auditor), Karen Morinaga (U. S. Navy) and Linda Warrick (Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Headquarters) who led a joint AGA/ASMC team of many dedicated volunteers and executed the outstanding conference.
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August 22, 2007
Keynote Address “Transforming Government, Management and Accountability” (B)
Concurrent Sessions (C)
General Session “Are Government Purchase Cards Here to Stay?” (F)
August 23, 2007
Concurrent Sessions (I)
Concurrent Sessions (J)
Luncheon Talk “DFAS Transformation--The Journey Continues” (K)
Concurrent Sessions (L)
August 24, 2007
Luncheon Talk “Are You Ready for the Human Capital Transformation?” (P)