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Conferences and Training at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
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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.
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.
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.
Government Quality Improvement
This dynamic and rigorous 32-hour lean government course with a focus on proven improvement principles and tools. The program utilizes proven techniques from Lean, Theory of Constraints, and Six Sigma empowering graduates to lead an improvement project to eliminate backlog, reduce cycle times, improve quality, increase customer satisfaction, and increase cost-effectiveness.
Target Audience: This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities such as buyers/purchasing agents, buyers and contract administrators. This class will take an in-depth look at the processes involved in creating and writing specifications that will ensure the agency gets the materials needed at the best value and within government procurement guidelines.
Target Audience: This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities such as buyers/purchasing agents, buyers and contract administrators. This class will take an in-depth look at the processes involved in purchasing services.
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?
Target Audience: This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities such as buyers/purchasing agents, buyers and contract administrators. This class will take an in-depth look at the processes involved in evaluating offers to ensure the best offer is the one selected.