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Who should attend:

This key course is essential for all contractors. It is designed for professionals with 1 or more years of experience with cost and price information. Attendees include accounting, finance, compliance, management, contracting personnel and anyone who must have a solid knowledge of cost and price analysis.

What you will learn:

Government Contracting Officers are required to “purchase supplies and services from responsible sources at fair and reasonable prices”:

    “(1) The contracting officer is responsible for evaluating the reasonableness of the offered prices. The analytical techniques and procedures described in this subsection may be used, singly or in combination with others, to ensure that the final price is fair and reasonable. The complexity and circumstances of each acquisition should determine the level of detail of the analysis required.

    (2) Price analysis shall be used when certified cost or pricing data are not required

    (3) Cost analysis shall be used to evaluate the reasonableness of individual cost elements when certified cost or pricing data are required. Price analysis should be used to verify that the overall price offered is fair and reasonable.”2

The CO is given the following additional guidance:

    “Normally competition establishes price reasonableness. Therefore, when contracting on a firm fixed-price or fixed-price with economic price adjustment basis, comparison of the proposed prices will usually satisfy the requirement to perform price analysis, and a cost analysis need not be performed.”3

    Government Contractors, when purchasing supplies or services under a government cost reimbursement contract, are held to a similar standard.4 Furthermore, when bidding on any contract for which “certified cost or pricing data” are required, contractors are instructed to: “Conduct price analyses of all subcontractor proposals. Conduct cost analyses for all subcontracts when certified cost or pricing data are submitted by the subcontractor. Include these analyses as part of your own certified cost or pricing data submissions for subcontracts expected to exceed the appropriate threshold in FAR 15.403-4.”5

Cost Analysis and Price Analysis – two critical and essential tools used in assessing fairness and reasonableness of proposed prices – must be understood by buyers and sellers in all government contracting situations - government contracting officers, and contractors alike,

    1 FAR 15.402 - Pricing Policy

    2 FAR 15.404-1(a) – Proposal Analysis Techniques

    3 FAR 15.305 – Proposal Evaluation

    4 FAR 44 – Subcontracting Policies and Procedures

    5 FAR Table 15-2 – Instructions for Submitting Cost/Price Proposals When Cost or Pricing Data Are Required particularly when the contractor fills both the seller’s and buyer’s shoes in performing on a government contract.

Taught in a straight forward manner from the perspective of the Buyer, Cost and Price Analysis in Government Contracting presents a thorough discussion of these concepts in practical and actionable terms. Participants will learn not only the “why’s” but the “how to’s”. The course objective, simply stated, is to have participants obtain a working level understanding of what the dual techniques of Cost Analysis and Price Analysis are, when they are to be used, and how to accomplish them. This objective is achieved through a thorough review and analysis of the regulations and illustrated through a variety of real world examples, scenarios and case studies.

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Dates and Locations
November 29-30, 2017
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, Hilton Head and Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference Locations
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All other locations

NOTE: The start and end times for the La Jolla, CA is earlier. Classes begin at 8:00 AM (breakfast/registration at 7 AM) and end at 3:00 PM.

DAY 1:  

1. The Regulatory Framework
a. Truth In Negotiations Act
b. Competition In Contracting Act
2. Cost Analysis and Price Analysis
a. Definitions
b. Comparison and contrast
3. Certified Cost or Pricing Data
a. What is it?
b. When is it required?
c. Exemptions from Certified Cost or Pricing Data requirement
i. Adequate price competition
ii. Prices set by law or regulation
iii. Waiver
iv. Commercial Items
v. Other
4. Adequate Price Competition
a. Offeror responsibility
b. Best value
c. Reasonableness
5. Data Other Than Certified Cost or Pricing Data
6. Contingencies
7. Price Analysis Techniques
a. Comparison of Proposed Prices
b. Historical Price Comparison
c. Parametric Estimating
d. Comparison to Published Price Lists
e. Independent Estimates
8. Analytical Techniques for Cost and Price Analysis
a. Statistical analysis
b. Price Indices
c. Cost-Profit-Volume Analysis
d. Improvement Curve Analysis
e. Regression Analysis
9. Cost Estimating Methods and Requirements
a. FAR 15.407-5
b. DFARS 15.407-5-70
10. Prime Contractor’s Requirement for Submission of Subcontractor’s Certified Cost or Pricing Data
DAY 2:
1. Cost Analysis Techniques
a. Evaluation of Cost or Pricing Data and verification of cost elements
b. Comparison
c. Evaluation of current practices on future costs
d. Make-Buy analysis
e. Compliance with FAR Cost Principles and CAS
f. Verification that Cost or Pricing Data are current, accurate and complete
2. Profit
a. FAR Subpart 15.404-4
b. DoD Weighted Guidelines approach – DD Form 1547
3. Cost Of Money
a. FAR 31.205-10
b. CAS 414
4. Cost Realism Analysis
5. Overview – Contract Cost Principles
6. Overview – Cost Accounting Standards
7. Defective Pricing
a. Risk Mitigation Strategies 

Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim has almost 20 years of experience in various cost accounting and compliance issues related to government contracts. Specifically, he is knowledgeable in the areas of government contract procurement regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, OMB Uniform Guidance, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.
Professional Experience: Mr. Kim’s industry experience includes architecture and engineering, aerospace and defense, construction, manufacturing, information technology, not-for-profits and higher education. He has assisted clients with complex cost accounting matters, cost representations, business system implementations, expert testimonials, proposal assistance, audit support, and other regulatory compliance matters.
Chad Braley
Chad Braley is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Capital Edge Consulting, Inc.  Since its inception, Capital Edge has grown into the country’s leading consulting firm, focused solely on serving both domestic and foreign contractors who contract with the US Government.  
Chad’s areas of expertise include the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency supplement regulations, Contractor Accounting, Purchasing, Estimating, MMAS, and EVM Business Systems, Truth in Negotiations Act, government accounting requirements, Incurred Cost Submissions (ICS), DCAA Audits support and preparation, other regulatory non-compliance support, Terminations, Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REA), ERP systems and risk mitigation. 

Professional Experience: Chad serves government contractors ranging in size from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies with full contract lifecycle support in the areas of accounting, contracts, compliance and training.  His clients work in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, biotech and life sciences, defense and homeland security, education, energy, health care, information technology, intelligence and manufacturing.  Chad has successfully supported clients in developing and implementing compliance controls, policies, processes, and procedures to successfully mitigate the risk of regulatory noncompliance and has helped more than 250 companies successfully complete government audits.  He has also assisted numerous clients in resolving allegations of non-compliance and supported his clients in claiming over $50 million of additional costs to which they were entitled.  Chad has extensive experience with the Cost Accounting Standards and has helped companies develop their CAS Disclosure Statements, change cost accounting practices, develop cost impact statements and defend against allegations of noncompliance.
Craig Stetson
Craig Stetson has over 25 years of direct experience in government contract accounting, pricing, subcontract management, regulatory and federal contract compliance, business system implementation, and internal control oversight. His industry experience includes aerospace and defense, manufacturing, construction, architecture and engineering, information and communications, higher education, and not-for-profits.
Craig  is experienced in a wide range of cost accounting and regulatory compliance matters related to government contracts and grants, including claims preparation and negotiation; cost allowability; application of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and OMB Circular requirements; accounting and business systems assessment related to government contract compliance requirements, internal control sufficiency and overall self-governance; cost estimating, accounting and auditing of federal contracts and grants; and, application and interpretation of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).

Professional Experience: Craig’s extensive government contracting experience includes assisting a global U.S. government contractor with response to and resolution of U.S. Department of Justice fraud investigation related to alleged overcharging and cost accounting compliance matters; supporting a global construction management contractor with resolution of Cost Accounting Standards noncompliance matters, including calculation of cost impacts and liaison with government; designing and documenting complex entity-wide cost accounting structure; helping a major defense contractor prepare, submit and negotiate termination for convenience settlement proposals; and working under direction of legal counsel of large pharmaceutical and medical supplies provider to analyze sales transactions and business processes for compliance under GSA Schedule contract requirements, including calculation of potential price reductions due to most favored customer and sales discount practices.
Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
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This Program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
Defense Acquisition Workforce members must acquire 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLP) every two years from the date of entry into the acquisition workforce for as long as the member remains in an acquisition position per DoD Instruction 5000.66. We will provide you with documentation of points awarded for completing the event.
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (CLP) hours of credit
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This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (50 minutes)
Executive Conference and Training Center
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Sterling, VA 20166

Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be served at this location.

Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles
22700 Holiday Park Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 537-7800

There is a room block for this location.  This hotel is located across the street from the ECTC.  For guests room reservations, call 703.537.7800 and reference “Federal Publications” to get a room rate of $129/night, plus taxes.  Note that these reservations must be made three weeks prior to the start of the event and that the rooms are subject to availability.


Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be served at this location.

Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles
22700 Holiday Park Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 537-7800

There is a room block for this location.  This hotel is located across the street from the ECTC.  For guests room reservations, call 703.537.7800 and reference “Federal Publications” to get a room rate of $129/night, plus taxes.  Note that these reservations must be made three weeks prior to the start of the event and that the rooms are subject to availability.

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