Conferences and Training at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

The LBJ School's Office of Conferences & Training provides continuing education opportunities through various seminars, institutes and conferences, many of which are planned and conducted in collaboration with governmental agencies, partner universities and professional organizations of public officials. The office also assists faculty members in the development and organization of conferences, seminars and public policy forums related to research and academic interests as well as issues of concern to members of the public.

Educational events cover areas such as governmental accounting, public finance, public purchasing, human resources issues, writing, capital projects management, ethics in government and other areas of public policy interest. Biennially, the LBJ School co-sponsors the Pre-Session Legislative Conference with the Texas Legislature.

In addition, the Office of Conferences & Training is available to assist in all phases of conference planning and implementation. This includes program planning; conference brochure design and production; registration (including collection of fees); production of name tags, participant lists and conference materials; arranging travel and accommodations for speakers; arranging for meeting space, sleeping rooms, refreshments and entertainment; and publication of conference proceedings.

We also work with international groups and partners to design and deliver custom Management and Leadership programs to meet specific development needs.

Course Offerings

Advanced Public Purchasing

Courses focus on specific purchasing issues of current interest. Past topics include contract management, bid exemptions, negotiations and e-purchasing.

Basic Public Purchasing

This introductory seminar introduces general principles of public purchasing to newly appointed public purchasers or those with limited purchasing experience. Break-out sessions will deal specifically with purchasing at the city, county and school district levels.

The County Auditors Institute

Hosted annually in May in collaboration with the Texas Association of County Auditors, the general and concurrent sessions address the whole range of training requirements for the professional county auditor. The Institute is offered for three days, including a half-day special session, the subject matter of which changes to reflect current issues.

Seminar for Newly Elected County Judges and Commissioners

Co-sponsored with the Texas Association of Counties, this seminar provides newly elected officials with an in-depth orientation on their roles and responsibilities within the overall structure of Texas county government. The three-day course covers technical topics such as county finance, budgeting and legal services as well as the statutory requirements governing their offices.

Governmental Accounting

This training is for public accounting and finance professionals from Texas local government who contribute to or prepare financial reports. Participants should have at least two years of experience in public finance and should be familiar with general accounting principles.

Introduction to Auditing for Counties

Offered once a year, this introduction includes a detailed review of the auditing process as it applies to county government.

Legislative Communication Conference

Sponsored jointly by the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Strategic Partnerships Inc., the biennial event is designed to help agency heads, board members and other senior state officials prepare for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature.

Property Tax Institute

Offered annually for Texas property tax professionals, this seminar is offered in conjunction with the State Comptroller's Property Tax Division's Annual Conference.

Public Purchasing Law

This course is designed for experienced purchasing professionals from state and local government in Texas and focuses on the Uniform Commercial Code and the bidding statutes in Texas.

Upcoming Events See All

Advanced Purchasing Law

Wednesday June 28 to Thursday June 29
8 am - 5 pm

Target Audience: This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities who desire a more in-depth understanding of purchasing law.

Advanced Public Purchasing - Contract Price & Cost Analysis and Contract Negotiation Strategies

Thursday July 6 to Friday July 7
8 am - 5 pm

Target Audience: This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities such as buyers/purchasing agents, buyers and contract administrators.  The first day will take an in-depth look at Contract Price and Cost Analysis, then the second day will focus on Contract Negotiation Strategies.

Internal Controls Workshop

Wednesday July 19 8 am - 5 pm

Target Audience: Government professionals responsible for managing and auditing government programs and operations.  Course Description: How do you make sure bad things don’t happen? Controls! In this workshop, learn how to define risks and apply controls to mitigate the risks – without creating a burdensome bureaucracy.  The 2013 version of the COSO model will guide our work.  We will work through a case study relevant to the participants.

Legal Aspects of Construction Contracts

Wednesday July 26 to Thursday July 27
8 am - 5 pm

* This class is one of the mandatory class requirements for The Construction Purchasing Certificate Program.To learn more about this certificate program click here Target Audience: This program is targeted towards directors, facility managers, construction representatives, supply managers, risk managers, contract managers, and inventory and warehouse managers.

Auditing for Fraud in the Government Environment

Wednesday August 16 8 am - 5 pm

Target Audience: This program is targeted towards auditors and other financial professionals charged with oversight and management of financial records. Course Description:  The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) Yellow Book places responsibility on auditors to design their audit to detect fraud. But what does fraud look like? What techniques can you use to find it? And how does it rear its ugly head in the government environment?

Basics of Construction Purchasing

Wednesday September 6 to Thursday September 7
8 am - 5 pm

* This class is one of the mandatory class requirements for The Construction Purchasing Certificate Program.To learn more about this certificate program click here Target Audience:

Write to the Point

Tuesday September 19 to Wednesday September 20
8 am - 5 pm

Target Audience: Public sector and non-profit employees who wish to communicate effectively with policymakers, stakeholders, board members, and executive leadership.

Conferences and Training Staff

LBJ School staff member Debbie Bunch
Debbie Bunch
Program Coordinator
LBJ School staff member Lovdy Grossman
Lovdy Grossman
Director, Office of Conferences and Training
Kelly Pratlett
Program Coordinator