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Kapitol Dome Newsletter  

November 2015   


Website    |    Calendar of Events   |   Gov Contr Breakfast    |    


Welcome to Our Newest Members!


     Zachary Kaplan               April De Atley        

     Rowela Silvestre     Matthew Consevage     

     Yanran Cao                  Roberto Lopez        

     Jason Bowen             Dolores Paniagua  

     Cheikh Konte                 Jasper Chung        

     Osama Zuhaire                 Weiyu Chen    

     Dianne Buchanan            David Murphy

     Brittany Thorp


IMA Member Milestones - Congratulations!


10 Years - Robert Greenblatt

20 Years - Chris Chaconas

30 Years - William Keating





Dear Members,

We had nearly 20 members join us on Wednesday October 21 for our Decision Making Models, Budgets, and Biases.  Richard “Gus” Gustafson, Professor of Practice, CFO Academy, and National Defense University, explained how decisions and supporting decision makers is not just “about the numbers.”    Our meeting began at 5 p.m. with Financial Statement Analysis, with a full table of 8 (traffic is so much better earlier!), 6 p.m. networking, our bountiful Prime Rib Dinner, and the 7 pm presentation!  A great send off from our Holiday Inn Rosslyn location! 


Please consider attending our next Government Contractor Breakfast, Tuesday, November 10 when our speaker will address the topic "Act Like You Have CAS-Covered Contracts – Disclosing Your Practices May Set Your Business Apart" (see details at our website and calendar).  The breakfast is held at the Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 1700, Tysons, VA 22182.  Please check the 17th Floor receptionist to find our room, and get your parking validated (


Our next dinner event will be Wednesday December 9 at the UMUC Largo Academic Center, 1616 McCormick Drive, Upper Marlboro MD (exit 17A off the Beltway).  Bus service for your arrival is available from the Largo Town Center or New Carrollton as you may prefer.  Perhaps we can carpool back to metro as needed, or catch the last bus.  We plan a late afternoon start, at 4 p.m. for Table Topics, and then a 5 p.m. networking with our Ledo Pizza ‘buffet’.  The official program, Income Tax Planning – Views and Perspectives, begins at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 6:30 p.m.  We can conclude the evening with networking, or enjoy the early adjournment! 


Many will recall we met at the UMUC Largo Academic Center last December!  As we look past the wintery weather of January we plan our first 2016 event in February, again at the UMUC Largo.  We value your input so please, if you have an idea for a location or topic, please contact us!


Our chapter is one of the largest and we benefit from the diversity of our members!  Add to this the resources of our geographic location and we have many possibilities! 


Click on our IMA National Links and reach out to the world with Webinars and Resources! includes a calendar of events in the left column and “About IMA” in the upper right horizontal menu. 


This month’s Strategic Finance topics includes a feature on Ethics and Earnings Management at Toshiba, from 2008 through 2015.  The Tone at the Top, a key concept for Internal Control and Ethics, is evident throughout the process, as pressure to deliver profits and meet targets led to the start of a series of deceptive recording and reporting.  See something, say something and the concept of whistleblowing might have resulted in earlier discovery and resolution.  The hope to ‘recover’ in the next year was a continuing plan, from one company president administration to the next.


Like Back to the Future our paths are changing.  The IOT Internet of Things is here!  IMA’s Strategic Finance Magazine features examples this month  While we may delay upgrading our connections when we do the future is here!  We are connected!  These are examples of the authoritative leading edge reporting in the monthly Strategic Finance Magazine and its web site!


Visit our web page to make your connections and access the world!


Please encourage membership in our IMA and promote the CMA certification program, beginning with the CMA exam.  Our area chapters sponsor the Washington School for exam preparation.  See  as one option.  With planning and preparation the CMA is very attainable!


Please visit our web site and connect with your IMA Chapter!




Kathleen Sobieralski, President


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Career Opportunity


IMA has a free online job listing to help you find your next career opportunity.  Go to and filter the results by State (you can select multiple states by holding down the CTRL button on your keyboard as you select the State name).


Here is one of the most recent listings for our area:


Job ID: 25483369
Position Title: Federal - Senior Accountant
Company Name: Accenture
Location(s): Arlington, Virginia, 22201, United States  
Posted: October 30, 2015
Job Function: Accounting/Finance
Entry Level: No


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Newest IMA Member Benefit: CareerDriver



IMA continues to lead efforts in addressing the skills gap by launching its new state-of-the art career management tool, Career Driver. This tool helps you assess your skills against 28 competencies and 40 job titles ranging from entry level to CFO. It helps identify competency gaps, build actionable career development plans, and leverage IMA educational programs. Career Driver aims to address the need for continuing professional education, while IMA’s Competency Crisis initiative addresses the need to align undergraduate education with on-the-job demands. IMA also continues to add value to the profession through relevant research and an upcoming thought leadership book on innovation.

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CMA Record Growth in Fiscal Year 2015


For the fifth straight year, IMA announced significant growth of its flagship certification, the Certified Management Accountant (CMA).  The announcement was made at IMA's October 24 Global Board of Director's meeting, held in Colorado Springs, Colo.  In Fiscal Year 2015, more than 3,500 new professionals earned the CMA credential, the highest number in any fiscal year, representing a 17% increase over last year.  These figures validate the CMA as the most significant management accountant credential in the U.S. and demonstrate continued support of individuals working in progressive management accounting roles, as well as consulting and advisory service professionals.


If you do not have your CMA yet, you have a perfect opportunity to earn it.  The CMA School of Washington's CMA1 online classes begin this month on November 5.  See links in the Upcoming Events List and at the bottom of this newsletter to get more information about how to register for that course.  Invest in your future career potential--become a CMA!



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Check out our full monthly calendar on the website.  It lists all the upcoming events - our NCC (Nation's Capital Chapter) events as well as many free CPE opportunities presented by IMA Global.


  • Nov 5   IMA Inside Talk Webinar - Risk Challenge Culture, 1-2 pm ET Reserve

  CMA School of Washington's CMA1 online classes begin   more info...

  • Nov 10   Government Contractor Breakfast Reserve    More Info
  • Nov 11    IMA Volunteer Leader Teleconference (for chapter/council officers) Register
  • Nov 12-14   IMA's Student Leadership ConferenceImagine in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL
  • Nov 13   IMA Mid-Atlantic Council Professional Development Session, Wyndom Garden Inn, Exton, PA Reserve and more info
  • Nov 14     Potomac & Chesapeake Council Meeting (for chapter officers)
  • Nov 17    IMA Leadership Academy Webinar - Listening Skills, 1-2:30 pm ET Reserve
  • Nov 18     IMA Inside Talk Webinar - Improved Planning, Analysis, and Forecasting with Advanced Analytics, 1-2 pm ET Reserve
  • Nov 20    IMA Delmarva Chapter's 11th Annual Shore Fraud Conference in Salisbury, MD


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Online registration is now open for IMA's Student Leadership Conference taking place November 12-14 in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL       




The Nation's Capital Chapter has partnered with the CPA School of Washington to provide live CMA internet classes. more.....

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