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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
February 22-23, 2016
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
$1250
March 16-17, 2016
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Orlando, FL
$1250
May 16-17, 2016
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
$1300
July 19-20, 2016
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
$1300
August 23-24, 2016
Waterview Conference Center at CEB
Arlington, VA
$1250
November 15-16, 2016
Platinum Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
$1250
DAILY SCHEDULE
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
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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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
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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
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
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92122
8585521234
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
For guest room reservations, contact the hotel at 800.233.1234 and reference “Federal Publications” to receive a rate of $199/night, plus taxes.  These reservations MUST be made by April 1, 2016, 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
We have a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate.  These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company.  Please call Michelle Penney of the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858.552.1234 and reference the “Federal Publications Government Room Block” to obtain this special rate.  Guest rooms at the government per diem rate will be available until April 3, 2016, 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, contact the hotel at 800.233.1234 and reference “Federal Publications” to receive a rate of $199/night, plus taxes.  These reservations MUST be made by April 1, 2016, 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.  

Government Per Diem
We have a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate.  These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company.  Please call Michelle Penney of the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858.552.1234 and reference the “Federal Publications Government Room Block” to obtain this special rate.  Guest rooms at the government per diem rate will be available until April 3, 2016, 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 Orlando International Airport
9300 Jeff Fuqua Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32827
4078251234
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
Single / Double Occupancy:  $189.00.  Rooms are available up to three (3) days pre- and post-event, based on hotel availability. Please use this link to make your reservations online:
FPS Orlando Conference.


Please note that there is an EARLY DEPARTURE FEE: Hyatt Hotels and Resorts have an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax. Departure dates are reconfirmed at check- in and are subject to a fee if changed after the check-in process is completed.  

Discounted Parking
$4 – Self-parking for event only
$12 – Self-parking overnight
$7 – Valet parking for event only
$16 – Valet parking overnight

Complimentary In-Guest-Room Basic High-Speed Internet
RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
There are a limited number of rooms available at the Government Rate of $149.00.  Rooms are available up to three days before the date of the course start date and are based on hotel availability.
TRAVEL INFORMATION
Single / Double Occupancy:  $189.00.  Rooms are available up to three (3) days pre- and post-event, based on hotel availability. Please use this link to make your reservations online:
FPS Orlando Conference.

Government Per Diem Rate
There are a limited number of rooms available at the Government Rate of $149.00.  Rooms are available up to three days before the date of the course start date and are based on hotel availability.

Please note that there is an EARLY DEPARTURE FEE: Hyatt Hotels and Resorts have an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax. Departure dates are reconfirmed at check- in and are subject to a fee if changed after the check-in process is completed.  

Discounted Parking
$4 – Self-parking for event only
$12 – Self-parking overnight
$7 – Valet parking for event only
$16 – Valet parking overnight

Complimentary In-Guest-Room Basic High-Speed Internet 
Platinum Hotel
211 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169
7026362431
TRAVEL INFORMATION

There is not a room block for this location.  Call the Platinum Hotel at 877.211.9211 to get rates.

The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
8886278551
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
For guest room reservations, visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/FPG17A.  Or you can also call 800-937-8461 and reference “Federal Publications”.  This rate is $228/night, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout), plus taxes.  Rooms are subject to availability.
RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
The government room block rate will not be available until sometime in October, 2015, after the government’s update of the per diem rate rolls out.
TRAVEL INFORMATION

For guest room reservations, visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/FPG17A.  Or you can also call 800-937-8461 and reference “Federal Publications”.  This rate is $228/night, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout), plus taxes.  Rooms are subject to availability.


The government room block rate will not be available until sometime in October, 2015, after the government’s update of the per diem rate rolls out.

 

Waterview Conference Center at CEB
1919 North Lynn Street
24th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
5713033032
TRAVEL INFORMATION
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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Date Location
February 22-23, 2016 Arlington, VA
March 16-17, 2016 Orlando, FL
May 16-17, 2016 La Jolla, CA
July 19-20, 2016 Hilton Head Island, SC
August 23-24, 2016 Arlington, VA
November 15-16, 2016 Las Vegas, NV
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