Session #12

Managing the Next Recession: What are States Doing Now?
11:35 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.   
CPE Field of Study: Economics

PPT Presentation

As a result of the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 global health pandemic, state governments are bracing for a dramatic shortfall in projected tax revenue - the affects may not be fully realized for months. This session will address ways government leaders are utilizing technology now to address the collapse in revenue and planning for ways to offset the decline while maintaining vital government services and minimizing impact. We’ll address the implementation of enhanced grants management, budgetary impact analysis and projections to agencies key performance indicators, reciprocal programs, offsets, and more rapid adoption of key business processes that either increase revenues or decrease costs.


Howard Dryver has 23 years of experience within the state and local government solutions market. He has held management positions with CGI and American Management Systems. Howard has a diversified leadership background encompassing many aspects of information technology, including product management, product engineering, sales, marketing and delivery. Howard is currently vice president for CGI’s state and local government solutions practice, where he is responsible for strategic operations across the sector. Howard is accountable for developing and executing strategic business programs that open new channels and drive growth while bridging the gap between business and technology. Howard graduated with an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and with a bachelor of business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He resides in the northern suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two children.

John Hicks is the state budget director for the commonwealth of Kentucky. He was appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear in December 2019.
Previously, he was the executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers in Washington, D.C. Prior to leading NASBO, he served in Kentucky state government for 32 years, including 25 years in Kentucky’s Office of State Budget Director, with his last ten years there as the deputy state budget director.
Hicks graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and received his master of public administration degree from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. 
Hicks was NASBO's president from 2011 to 2012 and is the recipient of NASBO’s 1987 George A. Bell Service and 2013 Gloria Timmer awards, which each recognize outstanding contributions and service to public budgeting and management in state government.

Bob Jaros was appointed to the position of state controller in May 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as the deputy state controller since 2006 and was a member of the Field Accounting Services Team. Before working for the Office of the State Controller, Bob worked as an auditor at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Prior to working in state government, Bob worked in private industry as an auditor, controller, general counsel and chief financial officer for a number of corporations, including Northwest Airlines. He is both a certified public accountant and a licensed attorney in Colorado.

Bob graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in economics, received a master's of business administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and received his juris doctorate from the University of Detroit.

Bob is active in a number of professional associations, including the serving on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Controllers, State Employees Leading Colorado, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Denver County Bar Association Government Counsel Section, and Voluntary Income Tax Association.

Ann Urling is a native of Shinnston, West Virginia, in Harrison County and has resided in Kanawha County since 1991. After working as a community banker for 31+ years, Ann received an invitation to change professions when she received a call to interview with the governor for her current position as deputy chief of staff. Although this was going to be an enormous career change, she saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She earned her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1986 and is a graduate of the Lloyd P. Calvert Graduate School of Banking.

Ann is Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow and serves on the Childhood Language Center Board (which helps children who have speech and hearing issues get assistance at no cost to the family). She recently finished her term as a Board member of the Rae of Hope (which helps women with drug and alcohol issues find sustained recovery). She and her family are members of the First Presbyterian Church.



The NASACT Community

NASACT serves as the premier organization working to bring together state auditors, state comptrollers and state treasurers to cooperatively address government financial management issues. NASACT also manages two secretariats - the National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC). Both NSAA and NASC are included under the umbrella of NASACT’s budget and utilize staff hired by NASACT.