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AGA Teams With MorganFranklin, Treasury, USDA for April 17 Audio Conference on Shared Services

Association of Government Accountants partners with respected audit and accountability experts to deliver live event exploring internal control concepts applied to government shared services practices.

McLean, Virginia – April 10, 2013
The Association of Government Accountants (AGA), in conjunction with speakers from MorganFranklin Consulting, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be hosting a live audio conference titled "Internal Control Considerations in a Shared Services Environment" on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. As many government agencies adopt shared services and consider it as a way to more effectively utilize scarce resources in challenging budget times, this new way of conducting business brings risks as well as benefits. The audio conference will introduce internal control concepts as they relate to shared services practices in government.

Speakers include Adam Goldberg, Executive Architect at the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation (FIT); Gil Hawk, Chief Information Officer at the USDA National Finance Center; and Francois Barnard, Manager at MorganFranklin Consulting, a business and technology consulting firm that delivers financial management, performance improvement, and technology enablement solutions to government and industry clients. Serving as moderator is Geoff Harkness, Managing Director at MorganFranklin Consulting.

The first segment will provide an introduction to shared services and an outlook on where the federal government is headed with regard to shared services adoption. The second segment will feature the perspective of a shared services center of excellence (COE), the USDA National Finance Center. The final segment will address user agency control responsibilities, including a discussion of SSAE16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. The live event will conclude with a 30-minute question and answer session. Topics of discussion include:

  • Introduction to shared services
  • What is the future for shared services in the federal government?
  • Internal control considerations from a shared services provider/federal center of excellence perspective
  • Internal control considerations from a user agency perspective
  • What is SSAE16 and what does it mean to the parties in a shared services arrangement?

"MorganFranklin is honored to partner with AGA and our esteemed colleagues from the USDA and Treasury Department to shed light on the important topic of internal controls in shared services," said Geoff Harkness, Managing Director at MorganFranklin Consulting. "We look forward to examining the current and future state of shared services in the federal space to help government leadership, providers, and user agencies gain comfort around controls within a shared services environment."

The audio conference will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. EST on April 17. Attendees must register online at

Attendees will qualify for two continuing professional education (CPE) credit hours under the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). For questions regarding registration, contact Maria Patton at 800.AGA.7211 x308 or

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About AGA

AGA, the thought leader for the government accountability profession, supports the careers and professional development of government finance professionals working in federal, state, and local governments as well as the private sector and academia. Through education, research, publications, certification, and conferences, AGA reaches thousands of professionals and offers more than 100,000 CPE hours annually. AGA members, who number more than 16,000, are local finance directors, state auditors, federal chief financial officers, academicians, and private sector leaders. Learn more at

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About MorganFranklin Consulting

MorganFranklin is a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm and professional advisor. The company provides strategic thinking and hands-on support to help public companies, fast-growing private companies, and government clients manage growth and maximize performance. The firm delivers strategy, accounting and transaction services, risk and compliance, and information management and technology solutions. MorganFranklin is headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area and has supported clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

MorganFranklin Consulting is the brand name referring to the global organization of MorganFranklin, Inc. and its subsidiary MorganFranklin Consulting, LLC.