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 Public Purchasing - Specification Development

Wednesday October 25 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.  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.

Advanced Public Purchasing - Developing RFPs for Services

Thursday October 26 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.  This class will take an in-depth look at the processes involved in purchasing services.

Advanced Public Purchasing - Evaluation of Offers

Friday October 27 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.  This class will take an in-depth look at the processes involved in evaluating offers to ensure the best offer is the one selected.

Construction Purchasing: Managing the Change Order Process

Monday November 6 to Tuesday November 7
8 am - 5 pm

* This class is one of the optional class requirements for The Construction Purchasing Certificate Program.To learn more about this certificate program click here Target Audience: This program is targeted towards buyers, contract administrators, project managers, or anyone who is charged with oversight of a construction project.

Property Tax Institute - Commons Learning Center Building 137 10,000 Burnet Road Austin, TX 78758

Tuesday December 5 to Wednesday December 6
8 am - 4 pm for the first day and 8 am - Noon on the second day

Uniform Guidance for Federal Grants Management

Tuesday December 12 8 am - 5 pm

Target Audience: This program is targeted towards professionals seeking to comply with the new uniform guidance. Course Description: The latest guidance from the federal government regarding administrative rules, cost principles, and audit requirements consolidates and replaces numerous pieces of federal guidance including OMB Circular A-133 and A-110.  In this session, find out what is new as well as evaluate the grant rules in a comprehensive way.

Write to the Point

Tuesday January 30 to Wednesday January 31
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