Date Time Event
Date Time Event
September 2016
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Open Discussion with the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service continue to move forward implementing initiatives and policies that impact tribal governments. This forum will provide an opportunity for audience members to speak directly to key policymakers on the important issues of access to capital and tax policy. Consideration may be given to the Tribal Treasury Advisory Committee status, tax-exempt debt, pension guidance, the new tax treatment of per capita distributions on direct pay leases, and what to expect for Native issues in the new Administration.


Beverly Ortega Babers
, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Management and Budget and the Treasury Point

of Contact for Tribal Consultation, U.S. Treasury Department

Christie J. Jacobs, Director of Indian Tribal Governments, Internal Revenue Service

Track 2: The Role of Internal Controls in Preventing Bank Account Fraud

Protecting hard-earned funds should be a high priority for all tribes. Having unseen weaknesses in internal controls often provides the opportunity for ethically-challenged workers, vendors, and contractors to perpetrate crimes. Prevention is the key to avoiding losses. Understanding the fundamentals of internal controls can be a powerful tool in preventing and detecting fraud and money laundering. Presenters will discuss best practices in internal controls, including conducting periodic audits, providing physical security of checks, signatures, and software, and requiring reconciliation of wire transfers, ACH releases, and understanding of Bank Secrecy Act polices.


Peter Stam
, President, AccuFund


Bob Blake
, MIP Expert, Software Simplified

Gina St. George, Senior Manager, Moss Adams LLP

Alisabeth Lindley, Financial Institution Examiner, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Jon Panamaroff, CEO, Colville Tribal Solutions Corporation and General Manager, 1872 Fincom, LLC

Track 3: Active Due Diligence Part One: Five Questions Tribal Leadership Should Ask Before Starting a Project

In this first session of a two-part series on active due diligence of investment opportunities, presenters discuss what should be considered before starting a project. Tribal governments are approached frequently with business, development and community projects that show promise, but end up failing and costing the tribe a lot of time, money and resources. Projects can fail for many reasons, but are you asking the right questions up front to minimize the risk of failure? Panelists will discuss three questions that tribal leadership should ask before opening, acquiring, or partnering in a project:

  • Infrastructure – Does the tribe have the legal, physical, and human infrastructure required for the project?

  • Markets – What is the problem this economic development project will solve? What is the target market and how much will they spend

  • Goals – Is the primary goal of the project to generate revenue for the tribe or satisfy a social goal?


Francisco J. Colon, CPA, CFE, Partner, Audit and Advisory Services, Macias Gini & O’Connell LLP


Matt Borkowski
, Senior Consultant & Tribal ERP Lead, Arctic Information Technology

David Howard, CEO, TFA Capital Partners

Christine Swanick, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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