A Letter From Our President

I hope everyone is having a productive summer and that you have or will take an opportunity to get away from work and recharge before the summer is over. I want to thank all of you for participating in the virtual Annual Summer Conference this past June. Attendance was nearly 300 and we were gratified that so many participated actively in the conference and stayed with us throughout the day.

Because of the continued persistence of the pandemic, the Board of Directors has decided to make the Fall Conference virtual as well. We also expect that we will need to have the Winter and Spring Conferences virtual as well, but we are holding out hope that we can meet in-person again next June in Ocean City for the Annual Summer Conference. I want to thank CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP for hosting and providing the on-line forum for our virtual conferences this year as they did for the Annual Summer Conference.

The Program Committee has done a tremendous job of assembling an excellent agenda for the Fall Conference including presentations by Michael Mucha, the Deputy Executive Director of the GFOA and Wanda Gibson the Prince George’s County Government Chief Information Officer on Upgrading your ERP Software.

Our Affinity Group’s are also planning their Fall meetings and you have probably already been contacted about the upcoming Tax Affinity Group’s virtual meeting and will shortly hear from the other Affinity Group on their planned offerings for later this year.

As we have for the past few years we are continuing to offer very affordable online training in Cash Management and Banking, Debt Management, Accounting and other courses to support your continued professional development.

Keep safe and we hope to see you virtually at the October 30th Fall Conference.

All the Best,

Joe Beach, President
Maryland Government Finance Officer’s Association

Upcoming Quarterly Conferences


October 30, 2020- Virtual

January 29, 2021

April 30, 2021

October 29, 2021


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2020-2021 Membership Renewal / Acquisition

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2020-2021 Mentorship Program

Interested in becoming a Mentor or being Mentored? The MDGFOA announces its New MENTOR Program that pairs our more experienced members with those who are somewhat new either to the field or to their respective positions, such as someone who has recently been promoted to management.

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Lauren Bierly, Accountant/Auditor for Montgomery County, receives the 2020 MDGFOA Lloyd Jones Scholarship Award

Lauren did not take the normal route to become an accountant. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Juniata College and a Masters of Science in Geology from Purdue University. After working in the geology field, Lauren then obtained a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.…

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Intermediate Governmental Accounting Seminar slated for Spring 2021

MDGFOA will be hard at work over the Autumn and Winter updating our content for the Intermediate Governmental Accounting Seminar. The GFOA released a new Blue Book over the summer of 2020. As well, new uniform guidelines are rolling out. We will send out notification once a date is scheduled in the Spring for IGAS.

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New Record: Montgomery Earns 50th Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Montgomery County earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The County has received this award 50 times since 1951 and for 48 consecutive years since 1972 – more than any other County in the nation. The Certificate…

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Governor Hogan Announces Beginning of Stage Three of Maryland’s COVID-19 Recovery, Additional Safe and Gradual Re openings

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Janet Irvin, Past President of MDGFOA retires after 30+ years in Public Service

Howard DPW Director, Finance Director to Retire After 75 Years of Collective Public Service As reported by Kevin Kinnally, MaCo Jim and Janet Irvin to retire after 75 years of collective public service. Howard County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Jim Irvin and his wife, Finance Director Janet Irvin, this week announced their retirement…

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CONGRATULATIONS! Rafiu O. Ighile, CPA, Director of Finance for the City of Gaithersburg, MD

CONGRATULATIONS!  Rafiu O. Ighile, CPA, Director of Finance for the City of Gaithersburg, MD has been elected as a member at-large to the GFOA Executive Board.  He will serve a three-year term, beginning immediately. The five new members-at-large of the Executive Board will each serve a three-year term beginning immediately. New board members are:Laurie M.…

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Congratulations to Maryland’s new CPFO’s!

Congratulations to Maryland’s new CPFO’s! Daniel J. Lewis, Treasury Manager, Frederick County Government, MD Denise Roberts, Cash Analyst, Cecil County, MD

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Congratulations to Maryland’s newest CPFOs!

Congratulations to Maryland’s newest CPFOs! Pamela S. Diaz, Assistant Director of Commissioners, Allegany County Commissioners, MD Mary S. Martin, Senior Management and Budget Analyst, City of Rockville, MD

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Congratulations to the Baltimore City Elected Officials’ Retirement System and the Baltimore City Employees’ Retirement System for receiving the PAFR Award for the first time!

GFOA would like to congratulate the following jurisdictions for receiving the GFOA’s Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) Award for the first time: Yorba Linda Water District, California; City of San Mateo, California; Baltimore City Elected Officials’ Retirement System, Maryland; Baltimore City Employees’ Retirement System, Maryland; Oakland Community College, Michigan; North Central Regional Transit District, New…

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PAFR Awarded to MD State Retirement and Pension System

Congratulations to MD State Retirement and Pension System for being awarded the PAFR for the first time.

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