2015 NLPES Professional Development Seminar

Oct. 11-14, 2015 | Denver

The National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) hosts the only national training event designed exclusively for state legislative staff who work in program evaluation and performance auditing. NLPES will hold its 2015 Professional Development Seminar in Denver Oct. 11-14. 

This year’s seminar will offer professional development opportunities for program evaluators and performance auditors of all skill levels. Participate in informative presentations and engage in roundtable discussions with colleagues working on similar issues.  Learn new approaches, share ideas and network with your peers from other states.

Legislative audit and evaluation offices operate in a diverse environment, providing objective analysis and conclusions in many different subject areas.  in carrying out our activities, our offices also must attract and retain high-quality employees, be strategic in our use of resources, remain focues in our project scopes and ensure our message is heard. We are planning the seminar program to cover a wide range of topics.

General Session Topics

  • Dealing with Constant Change in the Workplace.  The speaker will be Mike Collins
  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.  The speaker will be Chariti Gent.
  • State Policy Trends: Today's Trends Become Tomorrow's Audits and Evaluations

Concurrent Session Topics

  • Supervising Savvy: Delivering Concrete Feedback and Providing Guidance with Confidence and Grace
  • Hiring and Onboarding the Best and the Brightest with a Focus on Long-Term Retention
  • Evaluating Programs That Serve Vulnerable Populations
  • Evaluating Roads, Bridges and Other Transportation Projects
  • Evaluating Health Exchanges and ACA Requirements
  • Evaluating Oil & Gas, Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife, and Public Lands Programs
  • It's Where the Data Are: IT Considerations When Planning Audits and Evaluations
  • Strategies and Approaches for Planning Audit and Evaluation Topics
  • Report Formats, Style Guides, Copy Editing, and Other Practices
  • Showcasing Office Technologies
  • Going Green: What is the GAO's New Green Book and How Might We Use It in Audits and Evaluations?
  • Not for Public Release: Safeguarding Confidential or Sensitive Information When Performing Audits and Evaluations and Reporting on the Results
  • Managing Audits and Evaluations in the Legislative Environment
  • Emerging Issues Roundtable
  • Impact Award Winners Poster Session

Sessions may qualify for continuing professional education (CPE) credit. Materials will be available to document participants' attendance at seminar events.  CPE credits must be awarded by seminar participants' own organizations, however. NCSL and NLPES are not registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's National Registry of CPE Sponsors.


Registration Information Registration fees are:

Legislators/Legislative Staff: $350

Legislative staff from Colorado Office of the State Auditor (special Host Office preauthorization required): $275

Daily fee: $200

Spouse/guest: $100

All others: $350

Pre-registration Deadline | The deadline to pre-register for the meeting is Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

Four ways to register

Register Online | Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email.

Register by Fax | Fax a completed printable registration form to 303-364-7811.

Register by Mail | Mail a completed printable registration form to NCSL Registration/Accounting, 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230.

Onsite Registration | If you can't make the pre-registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at the Curtis Hotel beginning Oct. 11, 2015.

Spouse/Guest Registration | The guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Register Now

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 9, 2015, will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationHotel Reservations

Please make your hotel reservations for the PDS at The Curtis: A DoubleTree by Hilton  by Monday, Sept. 21,  2015. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

A block of rooms has been reserved at:
The Curtis: A DoubleTree by Hilton
1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202 | Tel: 303-571-0300

Book Your Room


Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

If arranging hotel accommodations by phone, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL-NLPES conference.  The block of rooms at the $163 conference rate per night is sold out.  Additional rooms were negotiated; the rate for these rooms is $215 per night plus tax.

Check in time: 3 p.m.
Check out time: Noon

Hotel Parking

The Curtis has downtown indoor parking available, attached to the hotel. Overnight parking is $29 per 24-hour period for self-parking and $37 per 24-hour period for valet parking.

Travel information

 Travel InformationEach attendee is responsible for making his or her  travel arrangements.

Air Travel

Denver's main airport is Denver International Airport (DEN), which is served by all major airlines. 

If you need assistance booking air travel, contact Christopherson Travel at 800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Ground Transportation

Denver International Airport is located 24 miles northeast of downtown Denver.  The Curtis Hotel does not provide airport shuttle service. A number of ground transportation options are available, however, including commuter shuttles, taxis, limousines and public transportation. The cab fare from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $60 one way. 

See DIA's transit website for more information about ground transportation.

General Information

Special Needs

To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Brenda Erickson and Megan Martin about any special accommodations you may require or any dietary restrictions you may have.


Business casual attire is appropriate for all seminar events. Dressing in layers will allow you to make adjustments for your comfort.  October weather in Denver typically is mild, with average daytime highs in the upper 60s and cool, crisp evenings with overnight lows in the upper 30s. 

City Information

Denver is the capital of Colorado.  By an amazing stroke of good luck, the 13th step on the west side of the Colorado State Capitol is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level (one mile high), hence the city's nickname, the Mile High City.

During the evenings and after the seminar concludes, we encourage you to explore all that Denver has to offer.  Great restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues are within walking distance of the hotel or via the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.  For those who want to explore some of Colorado's other locations--such as Boulder, Colorado Springs and, of course, the mountains--consider renting a car.

Visit the Denver Visitors Bureau website for more information about this beautiful city.

Special Notice

In Denver's high altitude and dry climate, it is important to stay well hydrated.  We encourage you to drink more water than usual during your visit.