2018 NCSL Fiscal Analysts Seminar Agenda and Resources

10/24/2018

The NCSL Fiscal Analysts Seminar provides both the knowledge of national experts and the expertise of senior legislative staff who are policy experts in their states.This seminar is designed specifically for legislative fiscal and research staff with budget or tax responsibilities. The seminar, taking place Oct. 10-12 in Portland, Ore., is a unique opportunity to explore key topics in depth and meet informally with colleagues from around the country to discuss common concerns. 

This webpage provides online access to session resources. 

View the 2018 NCSL Fiscal Analysts Seminar webpage.

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Time Sessions

1-1:30 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Welcome 

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

 

U.S. Economic Outlook

  • Elizabeth Laderman, senior outreach economist, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Federal Budget Outlook

  • Trinity Tomsic, deputy executive director, Federal Funds Information for States

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

3:30-3:45 p.m. Break

3:45-4:45 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Can Big Data Lead to Big Savings for States?

  • Monty Faidley, vice president, product and analytics, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

  • Clayton Lobaugh, program evaluator, New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

5-6:30 p.m.

Pendleton Patio

Reception Sponsored by LexisNexis Risk Solutions and RELX, Inc.
6:30 p.m. Time to explore Portland
Thursday, Oct. 11

8-9 a.m.

Founders Ballroom

Breakfast provided at hotel

9-10 a.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Top Workplace Issues Facing Legislative Staff

  • Lore Christopher, director of human resources, Oregon State Legislature

          Handout | Mobile Work Agreements

          Handout | Social Media Use Advisory 

10-11 a.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Marijuana Revenue: Boom or Bust?

  • Dr. Steve Lerch, executive director, Washington Economic and Revenue Forecast Council

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

  • Mazen Malik, senior economist, Oregon Legislative Revenue Office

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Tips for Effective Testimony

  • Jonathan Ball, director, Utah Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

12-1:30 p.m.

Lunch on own in Portland

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

The Trick to Designing Effective Briefs and Graphics

  • Kate Watkins, chief economist, Colorado Legislative Council Staff

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Excel Techniques for Data Visualization

  • Kate Watkins, chief economist, Colorado Legislative Council Staff

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

3:30-3:45 p.m. Break

3:45-5 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Evaluating the Cost of Major IT Projects

  • Robin Carnahan, 18 F acquisitions, General Service Administration
  • Waldo Jaquith, 18 F acquisitions, General Service Administration

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

  • Sean McSpaden, principal legislative IT analyst, Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

  • Maggie Smith, budget and policy analyst, Idaho Legislative Services Office

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

5:15-6:30 p.m.

Pendleton Patio

Reception
6:30 p.m. Time to explore Portland
Friday, Oct. 12

8-9 a.m.

Founders Ballroom

Breakfast provided at hotel

9-10 a.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Research Techniques and Evaluating Information

  • Krista Lee, executive director, Tennessee Fiscal Review Committee

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

10-11 a.m. 

Rose City Ballroom

Sports Gambling and State Budgets

  • Jackson Brainerd, policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

  • Ruth Ann Jones, senior legislative analyst, Delaware Office of the Controller General

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Rose City Ballroom

Preview of November State Elections

  • Tim Storey, division director, National Conference of State Legislatures

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF

12 p.m. Closing Remarks and Fiscal Analysts Seminar Concludes