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Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop A — Business Systems: A Complete Guide to Accounting and Estimating Reviews

Jun 13, 2023 9:00am – 12:30 PM

Speakers

Joseph Meier
Business Systems Technical Specialist & Instructor
DCAA

Mark Quirk

Mark Quirk
Vice President, Industry Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
ManTech International

Kelly Peters
Corporate Director, Corporate Contracts and Government Compliance
HII

Workshop B — A Deep Dive into Pricing Best Practices and Bid Proposals: Managing the Impact of Inflation on Your Future Bids and Strategies to Mitigate Newfound Risks

Jun 13, 2023 1:30pm – 05:00 PM

Speakers

Mike Mardesich
Senior Manager
Forvis

Jose Soto
Director
MorganFranklin Consulting

Day 1 - Wednesday, June 14, 2023

9:00
Co-Chairs Opening Remarks
9:15
DCAA Keynote Address and Audience Q & A
10:00

Managing Hybrid and Virtual Workforce and Audits

Best Practices for Employee Engagement and More
10:45
Networking Break
11:15
The Lesser-Known Takeaways on the Business Systems Audit Process: What to Expect and What to Do When There is a Finding
12:15
Networking Lunch Sponsored by
Sponsor
1:30
The Finer Points of Managing CAS Audits: What is Necessary for Audit Readiness
2:30

LEGAL UPDATE

Legal Updates Affecting Your Compliance Strategy: Lessons Learned from the Latest, Most Significant Regulatory and Litigation Developments
3:30
Networking Break
3:45

Handling Supply Chain Pressures

How This Affects Your Cost and Pricing Approach Amid Increased Regulatory Scrutiny
4:30

ALUMNI PANEL

Former DCAA and DCMA Officials Offer Unique Perspectives on the Changing Landscape
5:15
Networking Reception Sponsored by
6:15
End of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday, June 15, 2023

8:55
Co-Chairs Opening Remarks
9:00
DCMA Keynote Address and Audience Q&A
9:45

Resolving Pricing Dilemmas

Unraveling the Grey Areas and Complexities in Your Proposals
10:45
Networking Break
11:00
Overhead Should Cost Reviews: Clarifying the Expected Duration, Scope, and Procedures
12:00
Networking Lunch Sponsored by
Sponsor
1:15
Technology Developments: How CMMC 2.0, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and AI are Changing the Industry
2:15
Bid Protests and Delays: Navigating Tight Timelines and Ensuring Procurement Integrity
3:15

FUTURE TRENDS

What to Keep on Your Radar for the Next 6 Months
4:00
End of Conference

Day 1 - Wednesday, June 14, 2023

9:00
Co-Chairs Opening Remarks

Mathew Herdman
Vice President, Corporate Compliance
ASRC Federal

Kelly Peters
Corporate Director, Corporate Contracts and Government Compliance
HII

9:15
DCAA Keynote Address and Audience Q & A

Terri Dilly
Director
Defense Contract Audit Agency

10:00

Managing Hybrid and Virtual Workforce and Audits

Best Practices for Employee Engagement and More

Jennifer Desautel
Assistant Director, Policy and Quality
DCAA

Mathew Herdman
Vice President, Corporate Compliance
ASRC Federal

John Hindman
Director
RSM US LLP

Mark Quirk

Mark Quirk
Vice President, Industry Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
ManTech International

  • Best practices for managing remote audit challenges
  • Tips for how Government can interact with a virtual workforce
  • Employee issues – time zones, workload, and management styles
  • Availability of high-quality staff to recruit

10:45
Networking Break
11:15
The Lesser-Known Takeaways on the Business Systems Audit Process: What to Expect and What to Do When There is a Finding

Marc DesLauriers
Business Unit Manager – Business Systems & SOX Controls
Ball Aerospace

Robert Eason
Division Chief
DCAA

Kimberly Lanfersieck
Manager, Business Systems Compliance
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.

Noah Leiden
Partner
Baker Tilly US, LLP

This session will discuss the most pressing issues at the forefront, including:

  • Understanding the length and timing of the review process
  • What happens when you get a Corrective Action Request (CAR)
  • Documentation best practices
  • What happens after the exit conference and there is a finding?
  • What happens when the audit has concluded?

12:15
Networking Lunch Sponsored by
Sponsor
1:30
The Finer Points of Managing CAS Audits: What is Necessary for Audit Readiness

Robert Eason
Division Chief
DCAA

Kristin Torcasi

Kristin Torcasi
Vice President
Government Compliance

CACI International Inc

Nathan Geesaman
Director, Government Regulatory Compliance
Accenture Federal Services

Derek Boyd
Partner
Baker Tilly US, LLP

  • Purpose and Scope of CAS Audits
  • When is a CAS audit triggered
  • CAS standards
  • Compliance best practices
  • CAS disclosure requirements
  • Tips to have a successful audit

2:30

LEGAL UPDATE

Legal Updates Affecting Your Compliance Strategy: Lessons Learned from the Latest, Most Significant Regulatory and Litigation Developments

Laura Semple
Assistant General Counsel
Amentum

Crystal Teed
Senior Legal Counsel
BAE Systems

Stephanie Harden
Partner
Blank Rome LLP

  • Lessons learned from the recent Raytheon, Boeing, and Sikorsky decisions
  • Inflation guidance
  • False Claims Act developments
  • Protecting attorney-client privilege

3:30
Networking Break
3:45

Handling Supply Chain Pressures

How This Affects Your Cost and Pricing Approach Amid Increased Regulatory Scrutiny

Gary McDonald
Managing Director
Great Falls Management Advisors, LLC

Brian Taylor
Managing Director
KPMG

  • Navigating production capacity challenging
  • How to manage delays
  • Adhering to restrictions on certain products made from Chinese companies
  • Continued push for Made in America

4:30

ALUMNI PANEL

Former DCAA and DCMA Officials Offer Unique Perspectives on the Changing Landscape

Joe Bentz
Former Deputy Director
Defense Contract Audit Agency

Don McKenzie
Chief Executive Officer
McKenzie Government Consulting, LLC
Former Regional Director, Eastern, DCAA

Participate in an informal conversation with senior former government officials, who will share their views on the evolution of government contracts and audits, and will also take questions from the audience.

5:15
Networking Reception Sponsored by
6:15
End of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday, June 15, 2023

8:55
Co-Chairs Opening Remarks
9:00
DCMA Keynote Address and Audience Q&A

Lt. General Dave Bassett
Director
Defense Contract Management Agency

9:45

Resolving Pricing Dilemmas

Unraveling the Grey Areas and Complexities in Your Proposals

Patrick Calvet
Senior Government Compliance Manager
Leidos

Jennifer Flickinger

Jennifer Flickinger
Partner
HKA

John Norden
Vice President – Strategic Pricing
General Dynamics Information Technology

  • Forward pricing best practices
  • Latest developments on defective pricing
  • Proper treatment of commercial items
  • How to account for inflation

10:45
Networking Break
11:00
Overhead Should Cost Reviews: Clarifying the Expected Duration, Scope, and Procedures
Neil Gardner

Neil Gardner
Director, Government Compliance
Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Steve Lovewell
Director, Pricing Group 3 DCMAP-AC
DCMA Cost and Pricing Regional Command

  • What is a Should Cost Review, Product vs. Overhead
  • How/why was your organization selected?
  • Distinguishing between an audit vs. a review
  • Understanding the review duration / steps
  • How does the contractor manage / control expenses?
  • Reviewing organization efficiencies
  • Planning for the review
  • Planning/performing walk-throughs
  • Responding to RFIs
  • Reviewing an responding to Preliminary Findings
  • Coordination w/Should cost team & CACO/DACO
  • Lessons learned from Should Cost reviews

12:00
Networking Lunch Sponsored by
Sponsor
1:15
Technology Developments: How CMMC 2.0, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and AI are Changing the Industry

Steve Gilmer
Director
CohnReznick

Amy Mushahwar
Partner
Alston & Bird

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William R. Spence
Group Chief Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC)
DCMA DIBCAC

  • What is the current status of CMMC 2.0?
  • Mitigating cybersecurity risks and how to respond to a data breach
  • How is Artificial intelligence being used in many products purchased by the government and how is it managed
  • Increased interest in using Data analytics for contracts

2:15
Bid Protests and Delays: Navigating Tight Timelines and Ensuring Procurement Integrity

Alexander Ginsberg
Partner
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Anuj Vohra
Partner
Crowell & Moring LLP

  • How to document your bid protest
  • Best practices to defend your contract award
  • Trends in bid protests
  • The life cycle of a bid protest

3:15

FUTURE TRENDS

What to Keep on Your Radar for the Next 6 Months

Dawn Katucki
Director, Government Accounting & Controls
Collins Aerospace

Kelly Peters
Corporate Director, Corporate Contracts and Government Compliance
HII

Lee Weber
Shipbuilding Contracting, Deputy
Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

  • Proposed ESG disclosures for contractors
  • Impact of new IRAD regulations
  • Managing indirect pricing rates closely throughout the life of the contract
  • Future of contracting for commercial products and services
  • Need for increased security for classified information

4:00
End of Conference

Workshop A — Business Systems: A Complete Guide to Accounting and Estimating Reviews

Jun 13, 2023 9:00am – 12:30 PM

Joseph Meier
Business Systems Technical Specialist & Instructor
DCAA

Mark Quirk

Mark Quirk
Vice President, Industry Compliance & Regulatory Affairs
ManTech International

Kelly Peters
Corporate Director, Corporate Contracts and Government Compliance
HII

What is it about?

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 8:30 AM

This session will focus on key accounting system requirements, audit expectations, and best practices around internal controls, policy & procedures, and audit preparation. It will also focus on estimating systems and applicable audits covering foundational requirements, audit best practices and common pitfalls to avoid.

Key Accounting System Processes, Internal Controls, & Audit Considerations

  • Overall Control Environment (Including HR & Information Technology Expectations)
  • Labor Accounting (Timekeeping & Labor Distribution)
  • Billing System
  • Indirect Cost and Rates
  • Direct Contract Costs (Subcontracts, Material, Other Direct Costs)
  • Accounting for Unallowable Costs

Accounting System Oversight & Monitoring

  • System Reviews & Internal Audit Plans and Risk Assessment
  • Developing and Maintaining System Documentation (policies, procedures, & internal controls
  • Internal Control Monitoring
  • Training

Estimating System Audits

  • Preparing for Your Audit and What Types of Questions Will Be Asked
  • Audit process and data requests
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Key audit focus areas
  • Historical audit results and audit trends

Estimating System Best Practices and Pitfalls

  • Best practices for the audit and system adequacy challenges
  • Pitfalls to avoid during an Estimating System Audit
  • Unique estimating challenges, including forward pricing rates and defective pricing audits

Workshop B — A Deep Dive into Pricing Best Practices and Bid Proposals: Managing the Impact of Inflation on Your Future Bids and Strategies to Mitigate Newfound Risks

Jun 13, 2023 1:30pm – 05:00 PM

Mike Mardesich
Senior Manager
Forvis

Jose Soto
Director
MorganFranklin Consulting

What is it about?

This interactive session will discuss your current pricing challenges for new bid proposals. This timely workshop will provide various strategies to navigate this area. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Potential mitigation through using an inflation index but how do you justify it?
  • Expected inflation rates: Normally 2%, but now 4%+
  • How do you build this into your bid?
  • Should you bid current prices and ask for economic price adjustment later?
  • GSA and DOD views on managing inflation
  • Managing direct and indirect costs to ensure reimbursement