5th Annual Employee Benefit Plans Conference

5th Annual Employee Benefit Plans Conference (EBPC2018)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / Washington, DC



Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #EBPC2018

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $300.00

Join the Greater Washington Society of CPAs for our fifth Annual Employee Benefit Plans Conference. This conference is for both plan auditors and fiduciaries covering topics relevant to your EBP audits.

This year's conference features industry experts and leaders from; U.S. Department of Labor, AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, ASAE Business Services, SunTrust Bank, Aronson, WithumSmith+Brown and many more! Click on the 'Agenda' tab to view full program details.

Who should attend: CPAs, auditors, and financial professionals who specializes in accounting and auditing for employee benefit plans; officers/administrators responsible for plan compliance or daily activities of the plan, including plan sponsors, HR managers or directors, trustees and plan professional staff (personnel).

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
General Sessions

Registration Open


Registration is open and networking breakfast is available before we kick off the program!

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Richard L. Ruvelson, J.D.
Principal / WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Bethesda, MD

Department of Labor Update

Lynne McMennamin, CPA
Superv Rept & Compliance Specialist / U.S. Department of Labor
Washington, DC

Want to know more about how the Department of Labor enforces ERISA reporting and disclosure requirements, including audit requirements? This session will provide an overview of the employee benefit plan universe and the work of EBSA’s Office of the Chief Accountant and its enforcement actions. We will also discuss the expectations of OCA and the results of our reviews of filings and audit workpapers.

Session Break

Retirement Plan Governance and Fiduciary Duties: The New Frontier

Richard J. Owens III, Fellow ISCEBS,
First VP, Relationship Manager / SunTrust Bank
Richmond, VA
Betsy Piper/Bach, JD, CFP, CIMA,
President / ASAE Business Services, Inc
Washington, DC
Theodore P. Stein
Principal / Offit Kurman Attorneys At Law
Bethesda, MD

Defined benefit plans, although not totally dead, are not the hot topic they used to be.  Today’s defined contribution plans create a new frontier of fiduciary roles for staff, most of whom are unaware of the entanglements. Did you know that there is a difference between a directed trustee and a discretionary trustee? The panel will guide you through processes, legal lessons and tools designed to protect those involved in providing plan administration and oversight from fiduciary liability.  

Session Break

Tax Reform

Ellyn E. Bess, CPA, CPC, QPA,
STS GES Partner-Comp&Benefits / BDO USA LLC
Norfolk, VA
Jill Mikolajczak, CPA
Director of Global Mobility / The Wolf Group, PC
Fairfax, VA

Session details coming soon!


Test It! Find It! Fix It!

Jennifer Downs, CPA
Audit Partner / Benefit Audit Group, LLC
Westminster, MD
Mark Flanagan
Director, EBP Services Group & Tax Gr / Aronson LLC
Rockville, MD
Amanda S. Fuller, CPA
Partner, EBP Services Group / Aronson LLC
Rockville, MD

This session will highlight the most common operational errors found by plan auditors.  The presentation will cover how certain areas are tested, what errors are found, how the errors are fixed and the financial statement impact of these corrections.

Session Highlights:

  • Learn about required testing procedures in an EBP audit.
  • Discover what common operational errors are found by plan auditors.
  • Discover how these operational errors impact the financial statements.
  • Learn how plan sponsors should correct these operational errors.

Session Break

Staying on the DOL’s (and IRS’s) Good Side

James R. Fries, CPA, MSA
Partner / Brown Edwards and Company, L.L.P.
Harrisonburg, VA
Caroline L. Kettering, CPA
Partner / WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Bethesda, MD

The DOL and IRS both publish what they consider to be red flags and areas of concern.  This session will highlight some tips and tricks to staying on their good side including identifying which of these topics are prevalent in the industry as well as what to do if the worst (i.e. audit) should occur.

Session Break

Securing Your Data

David Cole, CPA, CISA, CRI
CEO / SysAudits, LLC
Washington, DC

Fundamental overview of IT Security controls to protect PII and sensitive data access controls.  Controls at the user level and technology level that you must ensure are in place and operating.

Session Highlights
Know your data.  Know your regulatory requirements.  Design your protection controls.  Test your protection controls.

Session Break

AICPA EBP Audit Quality Update

Susan W. Hicks, CPA
Senior Manager / Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
Washington, DC


The AICPA’s Employee Benefit Audit Quality Center provides resources to help you perform quality audits. Discover what tools are available to you, where to find them, and how to use them effectively. Also, learn about other AICPA quality initiatives, and other AICPA activities that may affect your EBP audit practice.

Closing Remarks & Conference Concludes

Richard L. Ruvelson, J.D.
Principal / WithumSmith+Brown, PC
Bethesda, MD


Conference concludes. See you next year!

Conference Site

American University Wash Coll. of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Ceremonial RM
Washington, DC 20016

Standard Registration

$300 GWSCPA Members, $425 Non-Members


Contact the Society for information on group registration discounts!

Cancellation by registrant / refund policy

If you are unable to attend a seminar or conference, please notify us as soon as possible.

The GWSCPA cancellation and refund schedule for offsite events is as follows:
100% refund minus $150 processing fee within 4 weeks (20 business days) of the event
75% refund within 3 weeks (15 business days) of the event
50% refund within 2 weeks (10 business days) of the event
No refund to be issued if cancellation is 9 business days, or less, of the event date
*Substitutes will be accepted, in writing to GWSCPA, up to 2 business days prior to the event date (see below for details).
* Non-member substitutes will be charged the fee difference if they are substituting for a member-discounted registration.

Refunds in the same form of tender as the original purchase minus the processing fee. Payments made by check will be refunded via check within 30 days of cancellation.

*Cancellations and/or substitutions must be submitted in writing and sent to Kari Bedell at:

For more information on how to become a sponsor for this conference, please contact Kari Bedell, 202-601-0567 or kbedell@gwscpa.org