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There is accounting...and there is Government contract accounting. Government contractors are subject to a wide range of unique accounting regulations, entering into contracts for which negotiation, performance, termination, and more require following specific accounting principles and standards. And, dealing with the Federal Government can be difficult and complex.  It is a world apart from commercial business.

Accounting in Government contracting, then, has its own unique and specialized rules, regulations, standards, problems, hurdles. And unless a proper accounting system is in place, then a contractor can be faced with enormous difficulties, not the least of which is lost profits, lost contracts.

For Government contract administrators, executives, lawyers, managers, financial officers, and internal auditors, as well as for accountants who do not necessarily concentrate in this field, the subject is generally mystifying and often carries with it the intimidating sense of the unknown. So there is a significant need for this specially developed program.

Government Contract Accounting's exhaustive scope is set forth in the Course Curriculum below. Its coverage includes not only general accounting concepts as they relate to Government contracting, but the specifics of cost principles, cost accounting standards, accounting for claims, special accounting problems, and profit.

By the conclusion of this program, attendees will have a solid, practical understanding of Government contract accounting, including:

  • Government forms and formats for pricing proposals.
  • Direct and indirect cost rate submissions.
  • Cost principles for allowability.
  • Cost allocability and reasonableness under the FAR and CAS.
  • Accounting systems requirements.
  • The impact of the type of contract on the accounting requirements.
  • Billing the Government for work accomplished.
  • Dealing with Government auditors.
  • ...and more.
Dates and Locations
January 30-31, 2017
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
$1275
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March 20-21, 2017
Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista Resort
Orlando, FL
$1325
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April 10-11, 2017
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
$1275
REGISTER
May 9-10, 2017
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
San Diego, CA
$1325
REGISTER
July 17-18, 2017
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
$1325
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August 22-23, 2017
Waterview Conference Center at CEB
Arlington, VA
$1275
REGISTER
November 7-8, 2017
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
San Diego, CA
$1275
REGISTER
DAILY SCHEDULE
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC Weeklong Conferences
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations

1. Regulatory Environment

a.    Characteristics of the Federal Marketplace

b.    The Acquisition Lifecycle

c.    The Regulatory Environment

d.    Relevant Statutes

2.    Procurement Overview

a.    Methods of Award

b.    Contract Types

c.    Accounting Implications of Various Contract Types

d.    Commercial Item Acquisition

e.    Federal Supply Schedule Contracts

3.    Cost Allowability

a.    Definition of Allowable

b.    Reasonableness

c.    Allowability vs. Allocability

d.    Advance Agreements

e.    Credits

f.     Expressly Unallowable Costs

g.    Selected FAR Part 31 Contract Cost Principles

4.    Cost Accounting Standards

a.    Applicability

b.    Types of Coverage

c.    Disclosure Statement Requirements

d.    Changes to Cost Accounting Practices

e.    Cost Accounting Standards - Basic Standards

f.     Cost Accounting Standards – Allocation Standards

5.    Cost Accounting Systems

a.    Purposes of Cost Accounting System

b.    Direct vs. Indirect Costs

c.    Job Order vs. Process Costing

d.    Actual vs. Standard Cost

e.    Accounting for Indirect Costs

f.     Refining Cost Systems

6.    Contract Pricing

a.    Truth-in-Negotiation Act

b.    Cost or Pricing Data

c.    Subcontractor Considerations

d.    Certification Requirements

e.    Cost Proposal Requirements

f.     Contract Estimating Systems

g.    Profit Analysis


 

 

7.    Contract Accounting and Administration

a.    Lifecycle of Indirect Rates

b.    Forward Pricing Rates

c.    Provisional Billing Rates

d.    Final Rate Submissions

e.    Representations and Certifications

f.     Other Items

8.    Contract Changes

a.    Change Orders: Overview and Background

b.    Types of Change Orders and Associated Claims

c.    Pricing Methodologies

d.    Change Order Accounting

e.    Profit and Interest

9.    Surviving Government Audits

a.    Government Audit Rights

b.    Government Auditors and Their Missions

c.    The Audit Process

d.    Dealing with Government Auditors

e.    Resolving Audit Disputes

Deborah E. Nixon
Consultant, Crosshair Advisors

In a career that has spanned four decades, there is little that Deborah Nixon has not seen. As a nationally recognized expert advising on strategic positioning and risk mitigation, she enables executives and their attorneys’ decision-making to achieve Government contracting objectives. As a consultant, executive, teacher and mentor, she has honed her skills and applied an exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge of the statutes, regulations and business practices governing organizations contracting with the Federal Government. Her experience, insight and passion have made her a sought-after speaker and advisor for those charged with navigating complex Government contracting challenges. With over 30,000 hours consulting with more than 500 clients – Deborah is committed to helping Government contractors thrive in this heavily regulated market space. 

Deborah’s professional services extend to Cost Accounting Standards; Contractor business systems and related internal controls; Contract pricing including commercial pricing and Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts; Indirect cost rates throughout the contract lifecycle; External and internal restructurings including merger, acquisition and integration activities; Requests for equitable adjustments and contract claims including termination settlement proposals; Regulatory reserve analysis and Litigation support including providing expert witness testimony and preparing cost analysis before Government administrative boards, court of claims and arbitration proceedings in addition to internal investigations and disclosure efforts.

Prior to founding Crosshair Advisors, a national woman-owned boutique consultancy dedicated to helping companies and attorneys navigate complex US Government contracting regulations, Deborah was a Partner with Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services practice where she retired after almost 25 years of service. Before becoming a consultant, she held management positions with both large and emerging growth Government contractors.

Presenting for industry and client forums in the U.S. and abroad for organizations including Federal Publications Seminars, American Conference Institute and Marcus Evans Group, Deborah is a thought leader shaping industry perspective in publications and sharing keen insights through her blog, website and other forums. She has appeared on television shows such as Government Contracting Weekly and the Washington Business Report discussing Government contracting issues.

Deborah is a licensed CPA in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She earned her B.S. in Finance and Economics and completed graduate accounting course work. She is a past chapter president of the Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the American Bar Association, National Contract Management Association, American Institute of CPAs and Greater Washington Society of CPAs where she has chaired the Government Contracting Council and was a member of the Board of Governors.

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NCMA: CONTRACT MANAGER CERTIFICATION
All Federal Publications Seminars courses meet the course requirements of the National Contract Management Association’s certification programs. We are a proud Education Partner of the NCMA.
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Federal Publications Seminars is part of West Professional Development, which is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.
CPE HOURS
This Program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
CLP: CONTINUOUS LEARNING POINTS
APPROVED FOR CLP BY
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIVERSITY
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.
CLP HOURS
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (CLP) hours of credit
CLE: CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
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** Please note that because some states are changing their policy on CLE reporting, you will need to fill out the request for credit from Federal Publications Seminars within 10 business days, or we may not be able to issue credits for the program.
CLE HOURS
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (50 minutes)
American Management Association
2345 Crystal Drive, Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
5714812208
TRAVEL INFORMATION

Coffee, tea and water will be served throughout the day with an afternoon cookie break.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own.

METRO RAIL LINE:
Yellow & Blue Line – METRO Stop – Crystal City
From the METRO - AMA is 2 blocks east and 4 blocks south on Crystal Drive
http://www.amaconferencecenter.org/washington-directions-maps.htm

There is not a room block for this location, however the AMA offers special hotel rates.  Please visit http://www.amaconferencecenter.org/washington-hotels.htm

Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista Resort
8100 Lake Street
Orlando, FL 32836
4072391144
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

A room block is available for this location and is $159/night plus taxes. There is also a discounted resort fee included which is $19.95 daily, plus tax, and it valued at $150.  This fee includes wi-fi, local and domestic calls, 10% off Spa Services, two bottled waters upon arrival, Walt Disney World shuttle*, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, daily Disney drive-in movie and Activity Concierge.  

To reserve a room, call 407-239-1144 and reference the ‘Federal Publications’ room block. Reservations must be made by Saturday, February 18, 2017 and are rooms are subject to availability.  

Early departure fee
The hotel reserves the right to impose a $75 early checkout fee for guests that depart the hotel on a date earlier than originally reserved.

Late departure fee
The hotel reserves the right to impose a $75 late checkout fee for guests that wish to stay up until 6:00 p.m.

PARKING
Valet parking is $18/day
Overnight parking is $12/day
Day valet parking is $7/day
Day self-parking is $5/day

TRAVEL INFORMATION

A room block is available for this location and is $159/night plus taxes. There is also a discounted resort fee included which is $19.95 daily, plus tax, and it valued at $150.  This fee includes wi-fi, local and domestic calls, 10% off Spa Services, two bottled waters upon arrival, Walt Disney World shuttle*, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, daily Disney drive-in movie and Activity Concierge.  

To reserve a room, call 407-239-1144 and reference the ‘Federal Publications’ room block. Reservations must be made by Saturday, February 18, 2017 and are rooms are subject to availability.  

Early departure fee
The hotel reserves the right to impose a $75 early checkout fee for guests that depart the hotel on a date earlier than originally reserved.

Late departure fee
The hotel reserves the right to impose a $75 late checkout fee for guests that wish to stay up until 6:00 p.m.

PARKING
Valet parking is $18/day
Overnight parking is $12/day
Day valet parking is $7/day
Day self-parking is $5/day

Executive Conference and Training Center
22685 Holiday Park Drive
Suite 60
Sterling, VA 20166
7037080808
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

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.

TRAVEL INFORMATION
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.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA 92122
8884211448
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

For guest room reservations and to receive a rate of $199/night, plus taxes, click here. These reservations MUST be made by April 7, 2017, and are subject to availability. As an additional benefit, we are offering a $5 flat rate for overnight and daily self-parking at the Hyatt.  

 

RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
Please note that we have also reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. Please call the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858.552.1234 x2204 and reference the ""Federal Publications Government Room Block"" to obtain this special rate. Guest rooms at the government per diem will be available until April 7, 2017, and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

For guest room reservations and to receive a rate of $199/night, plus taxes, click here. These reservations MUST be made by April 7, 2017, and are subject to availability. As an additional benefit, we are offering a $5 flat rate for overnight and daily self-parking at the Hyatt. 

Please note that we have also reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. Please call the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858.552.1234 x2204 and reference the ""Federal Publications Government Room Block"" to obtain this special rate. Guest rooms at the government per diem will be available until April 7, 2017, and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, CA 92019
6192214823
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

Coffee, tea and water will be served throughout the day with an afternoon cookie break.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own. 

Room Block Information
Please call the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina at 619-224-1234 and reference the “Federal Publications” room block. Reservations for November courses must be made by October 6, 2017 and are $219/night plus taxes.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Coffee, tea and water will be served throughout the day with an afternoon cookie break.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own. 

Room Block Information
Please call the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina at 619-224-1234 and reference the “Federal Publications” room block. Reservations for November courses must be made by October 6, 2017 and are $219/night plus taxes.

The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
8886278551
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

Federal Publications' room block rate is $233/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout). Reservations must be made by Monday, June 16, 2017 and are subject to availability.  For guest room reservations, click here

RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM

Please note that we have a LIMITED number of guest rooms available at the government per diem ($144/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 [not reflected until checkout]. Reservations must be made byMonday, June 16 and are subject to availability.  

These rooms are limited to ONE ATTENDEE PER QUALIFYING COMPANY, and you will be required to present a valid government ID upon check-in to confirm use of government rate.

TRAVEL INFORMATION
Federal Publications' room block rate is $233/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout). Reservations must be made by Monday, June 16, 2017 and are subject to availability.  For guest room reservations, click here

Please note that we have a LIMITED number of guest rooms available at the government per diem ($144/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 [not reflected until checkout]. Reservations must be made by Monday, June 16 and are subject to availability. 

These rooms are limited to ONE ATTENDEE PER QUALIFYING COMPANY, and you will be required to present a valid government ID upon check-in to confirm use of government rate.

Waterview Conference Center at CEB
1919 North Lynn Street
24th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
5713033032
TRAVEL INFORMATION

Coffee, tea and water will be served throughout the day with an afternoon cookie break.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own. 

METRO RAIL LINE:

Yellow & Silver Line – METRO Stop – Rossyln
From the METRO - 1 Block East and 2 Blocks North on Lynn Street (Deloitte & CEB Offices)

There is not a room block for this location.  Suggested nearby hotels are:

Hyatt Arlington (0.2 mi SW)
1325 Wilson Blvd, Rosslyn, VA
703-525-1234

Le Meridien Arlington (156 ft. SE)
1121 19th St. N., Arlingotn, VA
703-351-9170 

Holiday Inn (0.1 mi W)
1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA
703-807-2000

Marriott Key Bridge (0.2 mi NW)
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA
703-243-1093

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