Total Credits: 8 including 3 Accounting - Technical, 4 Auditing- Technical, 1 Behavioral Ethics - Non-technical
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Laura A. Billingsley, CPA, MS Acc, MEd, is an executive editor of PPC products for the Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters in Carrollton, Texas, where she is responsible for the technical content and annual update of several PPC products. She is a coauthor of PPC’s Guide to SSARS Preparation Engagements, PPC’s Guide to PCAOB Audits, PPC’s Guide to Religious Organizations, PPC’s Practice Aids for Audits of Oil and Gas Entities, and PPC’s Guide to Fraud Risk Assessments; and a contributing author to PPC’s Guide to Compilation and Review Engagements, PPC’s Guide to Managing an Accounting Practice, PPC’s Guide to Write-up Services, PPC’s Guide to GAAS, PPC’s Guide to Audits of Financial Institutions, PPC’s Guide to Dealerships, and The PPC Accounting and Auditing Update newsletter. She has been an observer at the AICPA Accounting and Review Services Committee meetings for
over 17more than 20 years. Before joining Thomson Reuters, she was a senior audit manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she managed attest, business assurance, and consulting engagements for both small business and public company clients. Ms. Billingsley is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
J. Michael Inzina, CPA, CGFM, CGMA is president and CEO of Audit Litigation Training and Efficiency Consulting, Inc. (ALTEC), a consulting company serving the accounting and auditing community in audit efficiency, training, ethics and litigation support. He has over forty years in public practice and is also a partner with the firm of Stagni & Company, LLC, concentrated in governments and nonprofit organizations. Mike holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Louisiana (Monroe), where he graduated summa cum laude in May 1976. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Society of Louisiana CPAs, the Association of Government Accountants and the GFOA, and earned the CEA in governmental in 1990. He was awarded the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designation in 1996, and the Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation in 2012. Mike is a past chapter president and member of the Society of Louisiana CPAs Board of Directors and served two terms as chairman of the Governmental Positive Enforcement Program of the Louisiana State Board of CPAs. He has served on numerous committees of the Society of Louisiana CPAs, and presently is a member of its Ethics committee.
Mike has twice served as a member of the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee (1986-1989, and 2000-2003), and served as a member of the AICPA Auditing Standards Board from 1997 to 2000. From 1986 to 1993, he served as a member of AICPA Independence and Behavioral Standards Subcommittee, and was Subgroup Chairman of the Governmental Technical Standards Committee. During this time he conducted numerous investigations of complaints filed by federal, state and local agencies alleging substandard performance of audits of governmental and nonprofit entities, and represented the Professional Ethics Division at hearings of the Joint Regional Trial Board.
He contributed to the GASB Statement 34 Implementation Guide, AICPA Statement of Position 98-3, the industry audit and accounting guide Audits of State and Local Governmental Units, the AICPA Practice Aid to SAS 99 (fraud) and assisted in revisions to the Louisiana Governmental Audit Guide and in drafting state legislation affecting governmental accounting and auditing requirements. He has served as technical consultant and instructor for the Louisiana Division of Administration (Office of Community Development), and as consultant to the Louisiana Department of Education. Mike frequently appears as moderator and panelist on the Accountants CPE Network.
He has been named twelve times as an Outstanding Discussion Leader by the American Institute of CPAs and the Louisiana, South Carolina and West Virginia state societies. He received a Special Recognition Award from the Society of Louisiana CPAs Board of Directors for his contributions to continuing education in 1994, and was awarded the 2001 National Education and Training Award from the Association of Government Accountants. In 2009, Mike was named national Beta Alpha Psi Business Information Professional of the Year. In 2016, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Louisiana CPAs.
Jeffrey D. Mechanick, CPA, M.B.A., is an assistant director at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), where he provides strategic and technical oversight of all activities involving nonpublic entities (private companies and not-for-profit organizations (NPOs)), chairs the FASB’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, and participates in some of the FASB’s broader outreach activities. He has also been the lead staff person for the AICPA/FAF/NASBA Blue-Ribbon Panel on Standard Setting for Private Companies and the FASB/IASB Financial Crisis Advisory Group. Since joining the FASB in 2006, Mr. Mechanick has worked extensively on behalf of the not-for-profit sector and, more recently, the private company sector. Among his work, he has managed the FASB Staff Position (FSP) project on Not-for-Profit Endowments and UPMIFA (FSP FAS 117-1); been a core team member on the project on Mergers & Acquisitions by NPOs (Statement 164); and consulted on many other projects, including Fair Value Measurements (FAS 157) and Postretirement Benefit Obligations (FAS 158). He has also spoken at numerous conferences sponsored by the AICPA, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, many state CPA societies, and various other organizations. Prior to joining the FASB, Mr. Mechanick spent a combined 20 years working in and with the not-for-profit sector, as the chief financial officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., and before that, as a senior audit manager with KPMG, LLP. Mr. Mechanick earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in biological sciences from The University of Chicago and an MBA in professional accounting from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey. He is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs, and has served on the AICPA’s NPO Expert Panel.
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