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APPA offers June 10 webinar on APPA’s new pole attachment workbook, plus June 12 update on accounting standards

From the June 3, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published June 3, 2014

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
On Tuesday, June 10, APPA will hold a webinar, "2014 APPA Pole Attachment Workbook Overview,"  from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. This is the first in a series of two webinars on the new workbook. The second webinar, to be held on July 9, will teach participants how to work with the APPA Pole Attachment Rate Calculator. 

The 2014 APPA Pole Attachment Workbook includes a new model agreement, rate calculator, and engineering processes and diagrams. The workbook addresses recent changes in the federal pole attachment rules and developments in the field during the last decade, particularly involving wireless attachments. In this webinar, Jim Baller, president, and Sean Stokes, principal, both with Baller Herbst Law Group, will provide an overview of the new features of the 2014 workbook and will analyze the key legal, political, and financial issues.          
On Thursday, June 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, APPA will hold an accounting webinar, "Accounting Standards and Reporting Framework Update." 

Accounting standards are being issued at a rapid pace, requiring public power utilities to review their accounting structures for proper implementation and financial statements for transparent reporting. In this webinar, Russ Hissom, CPA and partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, and Jodi Dobson, a CPA and partner with the law firm, will discuss new upcoming standards for 2014 financial reporting. 

Topics will include updates from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB):
•    Updates on GASB 68 (Accounting and Reporting for Pensions); GASB 69 (Government Combinations and Disposals of Government Operations); GASB 70 (Accounting and Financial Reporting for Non-Exchange Financial Guarantees); and GASB 71 (Pension Transition for Contributions Made Subsequent to the Measurement Date);
•    Accounting for planned major maintenance;
•    Use of regulatory accounting under GASB 62 to address rate issues that come with new GASB standards;
•    Other "hot" accounting topics and stories from the field from 2013 audits; and
•    Gaining value from your audit – implementing management letter points.
This is the third in a seven-part accounting and finance webinar series. Upcoming webinars will cover electric rate designs, line extension policies, and performing a utility financial checkup. 

Each webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits. 
For more information and to register, visit under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley at or 202/467-2919. 


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