Session #24

How Automating Spend Management Helps States Increase Compliance, Reduce Risk and Enables a Remote Workforce
2:50 – 3:40 p.m.   
CPE Field of Study: Finance

PPT Presentation

As state government plans for the future, there may be a blend of back to the office and teleworking which can complicate business fluidity.  Back office teams will be faced with the challenges of processing large amounts of paper and will need to address what are the most effective tools to help them recover and return to normal operations. By implementing automated solutions, state government can enable the remote management of key financial processes that could deliver substantial cost savings, mitigate errors and fraud, and improve efficiencies and compliance.


Sherri Schuller has more than 15 years of experience in state and local government, technology and accounts payable transformation. During this time, Sherri has worked with hundreds of organizations helping them solve challenges associated to manual, outdated paper-based AP processes.
Sherri’s is APP2P certified which gives her a unique perspective on how organizations can optimize their resources who work in the back office to add more strategic value when processing one of the largest categories of spend for their organization. Most recently, she has worked with the government of the US Virgin Islands, Indiana Economic Development and Louisville Jefferson County to help them become more efficient and provide transparency into their accounts payable spend.
Karin Carbaugh has over 20 years of experience in state and local government, technology, and financial industries. During this timeframe, Karin has worked for industry leaders including SunGard, LinkedIn, OnSolve (formerly SendWordNow), EMC and currently leads SAP Concur’s Public Sector Eastern Region.

Karin’s experience and unique perspective on employee spend management, duty of care, disaster recovery systems and application development has enabled her to build numerous close relationships with offices of procurement, audit, finance and travel within large multinational organizations as well as state and local agencies including K12 organizations.  Karin has worked with multiple governmental organizations to design and implement industry leading solutions to enable them to become more efficient and provide financial transparency of their employee initiated spend.

Richard Eckstrom worked many years as a CPA with an international accounting firm after receiving an M.B.A. and a master of accountancy from the University of South Carolina.  Prior to being elected South Carolina state comptroller general in 2003 he served a term as South Carolina state treasurer, systematically revamping the state’s long-term investment practices. As comptroller general, Richard has pioneered online government spending transparency in South Carolina; continuously expands the public’s access to information through the state’s fiscal transparency website his staff developed and maintains; and assists local governments wishing to create their own fiscal transparency websites. Richard is immediate past commander of the South Carolina State Guard, retiring in 2014 at the rank of Major General (SCSG).


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.