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A NEW MASTERS PROGRAM ON COST ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
Who should attend:
This course is designed for government contractors that currently have contracts subject to the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and commonly encounter some of the more complex requirements and nuances related to compliance with the CAS. It is highly recommended customers take the Cost Accounting Standards course before enrolling in this advanced program. This course is designed for experienced professionals in the area of accounting, finance, compliance, contract management, program management and in-house legal counsel.

What you will learn:
This course will focus on a range of advanced CAS matters, with the goal of educating participants to assess the issues and risks, understand what is required and explore the gray areas to make the best decision in each circumstance.  Participants will enhance knowledge on select advanced CAS matters, including the legal interpretations of these matters so they can be applied to specific situations. This course will focus on a range of advanced compliance challenges presented by the CAS, including advance legal and administrative issues, cost allocation concepts, allowability vs. allocability matters, accounting for pensions and fixed asset accounting.  

Presented by a team of compliance and legal professionals, this course is designed to be highly interactive between the instructors and participants to explore the complex compliance challenges that arise from being subject to the CAS.  Each area presented in this course will be explored from both an accounting and a legal perspective, using relevant case law to highlight common areas of dispute and the resulting legal interpretation.

Some of the advanced CAS matters addressed in this course include: 

CAS applicability issues 
  • How to determine applicability threshold
  • Complexities involving contract types, including hybrid contracts
  • Special considerations for subcontractors
Interpretation and promulgation process

Organizational Structure
  • Business unit definition
  • Organizational changes
  • Restructuring
Complex requirements, common areas of noncompliance and resolution of disputes related to:
  • Consistency Standards (401, 402, 405, 406)
  • Allocation Standards (403, 410, 418, 420)
  • Compensation Standards (408, 412, 413, 415)
  • Fixed Asset Standards (404, 409, 414, 417)
  • Other Standards (407, 411, 416)
Cost accounting practice changes
  • Cost impact process
  • Types of changes
  • Grouping of changes
  • Offsets
  • Affected contracts
  • Common areas of difficulties and disputes
Disclosure Statement filing requirements and other required CAS disclosures
  • Disclosure requirements
  • Quality and substance of disclosures
  • Statute of limitations
Participants will gain an in depth understanding of these areas so they are able to comply with the complex requirements of the CAS and avoid common pitfalls by anticipating and resolving potential problems. 
Dates and Locations
July 19-20, 2017
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
$1325
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November 15-16, 2017
American Management Association
Arlington, VA, Virginia
$1275
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DAILY SCHEDULE
Day 1
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
 
Day 2
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
Detailed agenda forthcoming. 

OVERVIEW

CAS applicability issues 
  • How to determine applicability threshold
  • Complexities involving contract types, including hybrid contracts
  • Special considerations for subcontractors
Interpretation and promulgation process

Organizational Structure
  • Business unit definition
  • Organizational changes
  • Restructuring
Complex requirements, common areas of noncompliance and resolution of disputes related to:
  • Consistency Standards (401, 402, 405, 406)
  • Allocation Standards (403, 410, 418, 420)
  • Compensation Standards (408, 412, 413, 415)
  • Fixed Asset Standards (404, 409, 414, 417)
  • Other Standards (407, 411, 416)
Cost accounting practice changes
  • Cost impact process
  • Types of changes
  • Grouping of changes
  • Offsets
  • Affected contracts
  • Common areas of difficulties and disputes
Disclosure Statement filing requirements and other required CAS disclosures
  • Disclosure requirements
  • Quality and substance of disclosures
  • Statute of limitations
Gregory A. Smith
Gregory Smith, Member, Smith, Pachter, McWhorter.  Mr. Smith is a past Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Public Contract Law and Chair of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Advisory Council. His practice focuses on federal procurement counseling, dispute resolution and litigation, claim analysis and preparation. Mr. Smith has represented domestic and international clients in negotiations with government agencies, and he has counseled clients extensively on matters involving defective pricing, cost accounting and contract performance disputes - including audits, investigations and terminations.
James W. Thomas
Mr. Thomas, a Partner in the McLean, Virginia office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, leads the firm's Global Compliance and Forensics practice for Aerospace & Defense and Government Contractor clients.  With 25 years of industry experience, he has responsibility for delivering advisory services in areas such as compliance, finance effectiveness, operations, technology, human capital, investigations and disputes.  He is a frequent speaker at industry events, a subject matter expert in government contracting and an author of many industry publications. 
Kristin Torcasi
Kristin Torcasi is as Director in the Government Contracts Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Washington, D.C. She has experience in a wide range of government contract accounting areas, including business system compliance reviews from design to remediation plans; preparation of incurred cost proposals and forward pricing rates; application of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS); CASB Disclosure Statement preparation; cost impact analyses; cost allowability matters; policy and procedure preparation related to contractor internal controls; and litigation support analyses related to cost accounting structure compliance.
Kristin has a B.S. in Accounting from Elon University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Virginia.
Mark S. Dostal
Mark is a Director with PwC’s Government Contracts Practice in Chicago. He has over 35 years of extensive and diversified public and private sector experience in government contract accounting and auditing, including over 17 years in government contract consulting and 16 years with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). He specializes in the requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Agency FAR Supplements, and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). As a member of defense and space industry associations, he actively promotes open dialogue of perspectives and issues affecting industry with senior government acquisition and audit officials. 
Stephen D. Knight
Stephen Knight, Member, Smith, Pachter, McWhorter. Mr. Knight has practiced government contract law in excess of 35 years, counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in all aspects of that specialized practice.  He has significant experience in claims and disputes, with special emphasis on costing and pricing issues involving cost allocability and allowability, Cost Accounting Standards, defective pricing under the Truth in Negotiations Act, and government audits.  Mr. Knight has substantial experience in compliance issues pertaining to government contractors and frequently assists clients in evaluating the requirement and manner of making disclosures to the government.   
Suzanne Roske
Ms. Roske is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and has over 18 years experience providing expert advice to commercial companies and non-profit organizations that do business with the United States Federal Government. Ms. Roske specializes in assisting clients in the areas of business consulting / strategic initiatives, transaction services and regulatory compliance actions. 
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CPE HOURS
This Program is eligible for: tbd (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: tbd
Program Prerequisite: tbd
Advance Preparation: tbd
Method: tbd
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American Management Association
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5714812208
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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 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.

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.

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Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
200
Specific topics or issues within a topic area are covered. Students should be familiar with terms of art and general concepts concerning the course topic.
300
Workshops and class discussions cover specific subject matter in-depth, and participation is strongly encouraged. Attendees should have at least 2-3 years' experience in the area of study.
400
Courses build upon students' knowledge and experience, and cover complex issues within the subject matter. Should have 4-5 years' mastery of subject for in-depth analysis.
500
Masters-level programs designed for professionals with 5+ years' experience. Courses cover in-depth and technical analysis on specific subjects and updates on current issues.
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