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Compliance

Third-Party Risk Management & Oversight Summit: Best practices to ensure you’re prepared for a swift recovery when disaster strikes

All companies must have a comprehensive plan in place in case of a disaster, according to Lisa Beth Lentini Walker, CEO and founder, Lumen Worldwide Endeavors, and Amanda Hill, MBA, CISA, internal audit manager, Western Union. Lentini Walker and Hill will discuss best practices regarding third-party relationships, disaster planning, and recovery strategies at FRA and Compliance Week’s Third-Party Risk Management & Oversight Summit San Francisco 2019 at Marines’ Memorial Club, Dec. 9-10.

Government

Cultural struggles faced by women in public safety: WIFLE President Cathy Sanz shares life lessons she’s acquired in her 40+ year career

Cathy Sanz, president, Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE), has faced her fair share of struggles as a woman working in law enforcement. Sanz, one of the speakers at the upcoming 5th Annual Police Recruitment & Retention Summit, shares with FRA her personal experiences and advice for women interested in furthering their professional development.

Compliance

Compliance lessons from recent nine-figure FCPA settlements

Hiring practices in the financial services industry, third-party risk in the technology sector, and a continued focus by the government on individual prosecutions are just a few areas of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement activity in 2019.

Taft-Hartley

Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit roundtables to look at real estate investments, merger of plans, medical and recreational marijuana legal concerns, and more

In addition to in-depth presentations and panel discussions on political and regulatory issues that have an impact on multiemployer and public sector plans, Made in America 2020: The Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit will offer attendees an opportunity to participate in three 20-minute moderated roundtables on hot button topics. Here’s a look at three of the topics that will be addressed during the “beer and benefits roundtables” at the event, January 19-21, 2020 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Taft-Hartley

The future of infrastructure investments: Speakers weigh in prior to their featured session at the FRA Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit

Michael Underhill, Jim Maloney, and Mike Claridge will discuss the importance of infrastructure investments at FRA's Made in America 2020: The 17th annual Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit.

Compliance

Survey: Companies believe they've underinvested in TPRM

A survey published by Deloitte highlights the latest trends—both opportunities and challenges—in companies’ journey toward a more mature extended enterprise risk management program, one in which third-party risk management is integrated across the firm and led from the top.

Government

Women in Public Safety: Retired FBI agent Rhonda Glover offers lessons on leadership and tips to prepare for the next stage of your career

Rhonda Glover spent 34 years working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation before retiring last year from a career she loved. She had no choice–the age cut off for agents in federal law enforcement is 57. But she had far too much energy and ambition to leave the working world behind. FRA talked to Glover ahead of the 5th Annual Police Recruitment & Retention Summit about what she has learned about leadership and her own career reset as founder and CEO of a training, development, and career coaching firm.

Taft-Hartley

Medicare-for-All: Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit to look at the implications of a single-payer health system on health funds and union membership

Interest in a single-payer system has grown in the wake of unaffordable premiums and deductibles even for the lowest non-subsidized plans, as well as the Trump administration’s efforts to further destabilize the Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange market. Indeed, Medicare-for-All proposals continue to dominate headlines in the Democratic presidential race. While promoted as well intentioned, these proposals have wide-reaching implications for health care trust funds and their ability to provide benefits to their members.

Taft-Hartley

The multiemployer pension plan crisis: The Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit to examine potential solutions

Although the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation in July meant to stabilize multiemployer pension plans, the bill will likely face stiff opposition from Republicans if the Senate decides to act on it this year. Yet with no other alternative, more than 100 of these pension plans are headed for a financial crisis and are projected to become insolvent. In this article, FRA talks to Joseph A. LoCicero, chairman of The Segal Group, about the possible future of multiemployer plans.

Finance

New roundtable speed networking session at 2019 Sub-Advised Funds Forum

This is a session you don't want to miss!

Finance

Back by popular demand: FRA to host another Sub-Advised Funds Forum in 2019

The two-day conference will head to Boston on September 16-17 to focus on strategies to optimize returns in sub-advised and multi-managed funds in the U.S., European, and Canadian markets.

Finance

E. George Teixeira on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and why you don’t want to miss this year’s Private Investment Funds Tax & Accounting Master Class

It’s been more than a year since the Republican-led Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the most significant piece of tax legislation in several decades. But there are still holes in the law, which became clear this tax season in the absence of guidance, according to E. George Teixeira, partner in Anchin’s financial services practice. In this article, we talked to Teixeira about the impact of the TCJA and why he believes it’s vital for tax and accounting professionals to attend this year’s Private Investment Funds Tax & Accounting Master Class.

Finance

Sub-Advised Funds Forum: What you need to know about the growing demand for ESG investments

Last year was a tough one for the equity and bond market overall. Except for funds that use environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations as a meaningful part of the fund’s strategy. In this article, FRA talks to three of the scheduled speakers at the Sub-Advised Funds Forum in April about ESG strategies, the factors driving the interest in these investments, and what the future holds for them.

Government

Public Safety Technology Summit Speakers Preview 5 Can't Miss Sessions at Dual Conference Event, Feb. 27-28

Conference digs deep into challenges, opportunities associated with body-worn camera usage, unmanned aircraft systems, and counter drones

Taft-Hartley

The future of multiemployer pension plans: Earl Pomeroy, Joseph LoCicero weigh in ahead of their talk at the FRA Taft-Hartley Benefits Summit

Although the bipartisan Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans failed to vote or come up with a firm package of potential solutions by its Nov. 30 deadline, Republican and Democratic lawmakers have made progress in the quest to strengthen the finances of these underfunded pension plans.

Government

FRA hosts its first-ever Public Safety Technology Summit, a dual conference event for public safety departments

Conference will feature advanced topics related to body-worn camera usage and public safety, unmanned aircraft systems, and counter drones

Government

Recruitment and Retention Struggles: Two Ways Law Enforcement Agencies Can Hold On to Their Police Officers and Attract New Ones

It’s not easy being a police officer, especially in today’s environment that has put the behaviors of law enforcement officers under the microscope. And that makes recruiting new ones to the force and retaining existing officers an even bigger challenge.

Government

National Body-Worn Camera Forum Brings Industry Leaders Together to Share Strategies to Improve BWC Programs

The fall forum will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from other agencies that have implemented programs to find out what worked and what they'd do differently.