Audits Virtual Conference 2014
NCMA'S AUDITS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE 2014
Strategies for Today's High Stakes Contracting Environment
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: Noon–4:00 p.m. (EST)
Over the past 18 months, the competition for government contracts has increased while opportunities have decreased. An often overlooked area (until it’s too late), yet absolutely vital to contractor success, concerns working through the government contract compliance process. Managing audits, reviews, and other oversight will result in positive risk and business management for your organization. Each review can build upon the next to create a customer reputation and corporate management culture that is enhanced over time. Whether it be pre-award and cost-incurred audits, technical reviews, purchase system reviews, or other program or oversight mechanisms, this virtual learning event will provide you with the tools you need to turn compliance requirements into business success.
Join a roster of experts assembled by NCMA during this four-hour event as they help you not just “get you through” your audit, but help you implement a business strategy to build upon those reviews for program, as well as company, success. You will hear everything you need to create a culture and strategy that aligns company goals with government or customer requirements.
Understanding the Basics of Audits:
- How the audit process works.
- An overview of the do’s and don’ts of the audit purpose and process.
- Policies and objectives surrounding audit compliance.
- Avoiding most concerns arising within audits.
- Procedural processes and techniques for proper analysis and response to audit findings.
Effective Business and Cost Competitive Strategies:
- How to move company cost elements such as direct and indirect rates lower to win awards and meet customer and contractor objectives.
- Aligning company audit objectives with business development goals.
- Incorporating effective business strategies into daily corporate activities.
- Managing direct and indirect cost pools (overheads, labor, material, general and administrative) so that rates compete well and execute successfully.
Audit Management Tips that keep Programs on Schedule:
- Effective engagement with auditors.
- Proper planning and communication.
- Methods to move your review quickly through any audit backlogs.
- How to prepare and be ready beforehand for your audit to minimize delays.
- How to ensure the audit is completed with minimal recommendations and follow-up.
- Building trust and a relationship with all your customers, including the auditor.
Audits and Subcontract Management:
- Understanding the assist audit process and protecting proprietary information.
- The “ABCs” of contractor purchasing system reviews.
- Develop a subcontract/vendor management program to ensure integration of high-quality government deliverables at competitive cost.
- Developing relationships and basic supply chain techniques into an effective prime/subcontractor/DCMA/DCAA team.
Don't miss this chance to earn FOUR Continuing Professional
Education (CPE) hours/Continuous Learning Points (CLPs)
for participating in this online event.
Virtual Conference Agenda
(Times are in EST)
|12:05 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
||Understanding the Basics of Audits
David Black, Partner, Holland & Knight
|1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
||Effective Business and Cost Competitive Strategies
Robert E. Jones, Contracts Manager, Pole Zero Corporation
|2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
||Audit Management Tips that Keep Programs on Schedule
Steve Masiello, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Phillip Seckman, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
|3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
||Audits and Subcontract Management
Jeffery White, President/CEO, J.A. White & Associates, Inc.
||David S. Black
Partner, Holland & Knight
David S. Black practices in the area of government contracts counseling and dispute resolution. His practice includes representing contractors in protests, claims under the Contract Disputes Act, responding to government investigations and audits, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, terminations for default and convenience, prime-subcontractor disputes, compliance programs, and counseling on a variety of contract administration and procurement issues.
Robert E. Jones
Contracts Manager, Pole Zero Corporation
Robert Jones, Contracts Manager at Pole/Zero Corporation (A Dover Company), has over nine years of DoD contracts & accounting experience with both service and manufacturing environments, with over five years in aerospace. Robert has a BA and MS in accounting, his CFCM & CCCM through NCMA and his PHR through SHRM. He is an exports Empowered Official and responsible for all export compliance and government contract compliance, customer negotiations, and DCAA/DCMA audits. Robert serves as the Project Manager for an ERP implementation focused on FAR Part 31 cost accounting compliance, has led two other implementations, and participated in numerous process automation and workflow improvement initiatives. He is a past chapter officer, and is experienced in a variety of contract types, NDAs, cradle-to-grave contracting, proposal pricing and development, cost and price analysis, incurred cost proposals, budgets, and a broad spectrum of compliance including Sarbanes-Oxley, FCPA, exports, counterfeit parts, and conflict minerals.
||Steven M. Masiello
Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Steven M. Masiello's practice focuses on client counseling and litigation concerning federal, state and commercial contracts, technology agreements and related regulatory matters. He represents both large and small companies across diverse industries including aerospace and defense, construction and engineering services, information technology, health care, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy.
Mr. Masiello possesses substantial experience assisting clients with government contract cost accounting, cost allowability and contract estimating and pricing matters. Specifically, he advises clients on resolving audit findings and disputes arising out of the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Cost Principles in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and OMB Circulars and the Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA). Additionally, he handles client bid protest concerns, equitable adjustment or breach of contract claims, reverse-Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, intellectual property (patents, software and data rights) matters and other contract and regulatory disputes.
||Phillip R. Seckman
Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Phillip Seckman represents clients concerning government and commercial contract matters. Mr. Seckman’s practice spans a broad range of subjects related to federal procurement law, state and local procurement law, and complex federal regulatory issues. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, compliance and internal investigations, and bid protests (both federal and state). A significant component of his practice has involved government contract cost allowability, proper cost accounting, and cost and pricing issues.
Mr. Seckman has significant experience in the assessment, presentation, and litigation of complex contract claims. Mr. Seckman also has significant experience assisting clients in establishing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with government contract requirements. When potential non-compliances have been identified, Mr. Seckman has assisted in the internal review and assessment of these issues and has aided clients in the preparation of appropriate disclosures when required. In the recent past, a significant component of his practice has been in support of counseling and litigation on behalf of large stability operations and construction contractors performing in the Middle East war zones. Mr. Seckman frequently writes and lectures regarding commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, business system, FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule, and cost accounting issues.
||Jeffery A. White
President/CEO, J.A. White & Associates
Mr. White has over 25 years of supply management experience in both the private and public sectors. His experiences have focused on the areas of supplier financial management, procurement risk management, procurement compliance training, and the development of supply management policies and procedures for governmental agencies, manufacturing plants, service organizations, and hundreds of suppliers across the United States and Middle East.
Jeffery is a former adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University. He has served as a consultant and instructor with The George Washington University (Washington, DC), teaching courses in both the project management and contracting areas. Jeffery has published a number of articles in professional purchasing-related publications such as Electronic Buyer's News, NAPM Insight, Purchasing Today, and NAPM InfoEdge.
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