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2016 Pittsburgh Year-End Forum

November 29, 2016
DoubleTree Hotel & Suites - Pittsburgh City Center
One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, PA  15219
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Lydia Humenycky
(412) 315-2342
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Registration for this event has met capacity and is now closed. 

BDO USA, LLP would like to invite you to join us for our 2016 Year-End Forum.

This event will highlight timely, comprehensive updates on key tax, accounting and financial topics relevant to both public and private companies.

There will be two afternoon breakout sessions; please indicate which breakout session you would like to attend when registering. See the Agenda tab and the CPE Information tab for additional details on the day’s program.

* Some breakouts have closed due to limits on room capacity; please select remaining available options at registration.
Time Agenda Details 
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast 
8:00 AM to 8:10 AM  Welcoming Remarks
8:10 AM to 9:00 AM U.S. Economy Maintains Moderate Gains, But Pittsburgh Will Lag in 2017
9:00 AM to 9:50 AM Leading Transformation in a Middle Market Company
9:50 AM to 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM Year-End A&A Technical Update
10:50 AM to 11:40 AM Ethics in Internal Investigations
11:40 AM to 12:10 PM Lunch (To be provided)
12:10 PM to 1:00 PM Total Rewards Panel: Designing and Implementing an Effective Package
1:10 PM to 2:00 PM  BREAKOUT SERIES 1
  Business Process Outsourcing vs. Shared Services: A Comparative Analysis
  Compensation and Benefits Update: Employee Plan News
2:10 PM to 3:00 PM BREAKOUT SERIES 2
  Information Security Vendor Risk Assessment: A Strategic and Practical Approach
  Have You Scheduled Your SALT Physical Yet?
3:10 PM to 4:00 PM Understanding Your Cyber Risk Through Private and Public Collaboration and the Use of Threat Intelligence

*Some breakouts have closed due to limits on room capacity; please select remaining available options at registration.
U.S. Economy Maintains Moderate Gains, But Pittsburgh Will Lag in 2017 (1 Credit in Economy)
The U.S. economy will continue to expand in 2017, thanks to further improvements in consumer spending and housing. The new President and Congress are likely to engage in fiscal stimulus in the form of tax cuts and greater spending.  This will prompt the Federal Reserve to continue very gradually raising interest rates. The global economy will remain a drag on growth in the near term, however. The Pittsburgh area economy will also grow in 2017, but again at a pace below the national average.

Leading Transformation in a Middle Market Company (1 Credit in Management Advisory Services)
Macro trends such as Industry 4.0, the digital revolution and the rapid pace of globalization are driving dynamic changes throughout the middle market. Awareness of where you stand in the innovation cycle and your company’s appetite to drive strategic change will be a key part of future success.

Year-End A&A Technical Update (1 Credit in Accounting)
This presentation has been prepared to provide attendees with an update on various developments with respect to accounting, auditing, financial reporting, and corporate governance considerations that have occurred during 2016.

Ethics in Internal Investigations (1 Credit in Ethics)
Companies often find themselves in situation where they need to conduct internal investigations.  Whether the investigation is of potential wrongdoing against customers, breaking a law, or investigating employee malfeasance, there are significant ethical considerations to conducting the internal investigation.   This session will cover internal investigations generally, ethical considerations when interviewing, discussions with external counsel, and the presentation of findings.

Total Rewards: Designing and Implementing an Effective Package (1 Credit in Personnel / HR)
During this discussion, our panelists will discuss designing, implementing and maximizing benefits for Total Rewards Packages.  We will address various aspects of Total Rewards, including: compensation, healthcare, retirement, and HR operations.  

Business Process Outsourcing vs. Shared Services: A Comparative Analysis (1 Credit in Management Advisory Services)
Two overused and misunderstood terms apply to key business transaction processing methods, Outsourcing and Shared Services.  In this session, we will discuss the similarities and the differences, the advantages and disadvantages of each method of getting work completed in your business today.  You will leave with a clearer understanding of what method each is, and which is best for your operation. 

Compensation and Benefits Update: Employee Plan News (1 Credit in Tax)
This session will highlight selected 2016 developments that impact your retirement and benefit plans.  We will summarize the changes that may require modifications to your practice and procedures as well as the importance of continued diligence. 

Information Security Vendor Risk Assessment: A Strategic and Practical Approach (1 Credit in Specialized Knowledge and Applications) 
We will discuss vendor risks, specifically a vendor's ability to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a customer's data.  We will also provide a real-life example of managing these risks by detailing the implementation of an information security vendor risk assessment program.  The example will include the governance, controls, and implementation approach.

Have you scheduled your SALT physical yet? (1 Credit in Tax)
This session will provide companies with the tools to perform a SALT health exam.   During this session we will discuss the importance of keeping your eyes and ears open to identify business activities (1) that may put your company’s tax health at risk; and (2) those business activities that may improve your company’s tax health. 

Understanding Your Cyber Risk through Private and Public Collaboration and the Use of Threat Intelligence (1 Credit in Computer Science)
It is commonly recognized that collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential to address cybersecurity challenges. Yet, there are significant issues involving technology, business, law, and policy that affect the strategic cybersecurity relationship between the government and the private sector. This keynote will help address these challenges.
 
Delivery: Group Live
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Prep: None
Credits: 8.0 total CPE credits
Program Level: Basic
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