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Join highly experienced faculty for this practical and informative two-day program focusing on cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness under the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Some featured topics of discussion:

  • Penalties for unallowable costs are on the rise. Learn when penalties are appropriate and when they must be waived.  
  • Learn about “Gray area” costs that have proven to be a frequent source of dispute between contractors and government auditors.  
  • How does the statute of limitations affect the government’s ability to disallow costs?  
  • To what extent must contractors retain records beyond the FAR records retention requirements in order to support an untimely government audit?

Click here for a more detailed agenda.

Dates and Locations
April 23-24, 2018
Smith Pachter McWhorter
Tysons Corner, VA
$1275
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July 25-26, 2018
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
$1375
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September 20-21, 2018
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV
$1375
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DAILY SCHEDULE
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Locations
AGENDA
Daily Schedule
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Day 1
(with two, 15-minute breaks and Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm)
Cost Principles Overview and General Cost Principles for Contracts with Commercial Organizations, Penalties for Unallowable Costs, Record-Keeping Requirements and the Statute of Limitations
FAR 31.205-1, Public Relations and Advertising Costs
FAR 31.205-3, Bad Debts
FAR 31.205-4, Bonding Costs
FAR 31.205-6, Compensation Costs 
FAR 31.205-7, Contingencies
FAR 31.205-12, Economic Planning Costs
FAR 31.205-13, Employee Morale, Health, Welfare, Food Service, and Dormitory Costs and Credits
FAR 31.205-14, Entertainment Costs
FAR 31.205-15, Fines, Penalties, and Mischarging Costs
FAR 31.205-17, Idle Facilities and Idle Capacity Costs
FAR 31.205-18, Independent Research and Development and Bid and Proposal Costs
FAR 31.205-48, Deferred Research and Development Costs
FAR 31.205-25, Manufacturing and Production Engineering Costs
FAR 31.205-20, Interest and Other Financial Costs
 
Day 2
(with two, 15-minute breaks and Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm)
FAR 31.205-21, Labor Relations Costs
FAR 31.205-22, Lobbying and Political Activity Costs
FAR 31.205-23, Losses on Other Contracts
FAR 31.205-24, Maintenance and Repair Costs
FAR 31.205-26, Material Costs
FAR 31.205-27, Organization Costs
FAR 31.205-28, Other Business Expenses
FAR 31.205-29, Plant Protection Costs
FAR 31.205-30, Patent Costs
FAR 31.205-32, Precontract Costs
FAR 31.205-34, Recruitment Costs
FAR 31.205-35, Relocation Costs
FAR 31.205-33, Professional and Consultant Service Costs
FAR 31.205-47, Costs Related to Legal and Other Proceedings
FAR 31.205-36, Rental Costs
FAR 31.205-37, Royalties and Other Costs for Use of Patents
FAR 31.205-38, Selling Costs
FAR 31.205-39, Service and Warranty Costs
FAR 31.205-30, Special Tooling and Special Test Equipment
FAR 31.205-31, Taxes
FAR 31.205-42, Termination Costs
FAR 31.205-43, Trade, Business, Technical, and Professional Activity Costs
FAR 31.205-33, Training and Education Costs
FAR 31.205-46, Travel Costs
FAR 31.205-49, Goodwill
FAR 31.205-51, Costs of Alcoholic Beverages

ERICA J. GEIBEL, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
Ms. Geibel is a senior associate at the law firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.  She represents clients in both the government contracts and construction practice areas. Ms. Geibel’s government contracts experience includes work on costing and pricing issues involving cost allocability and allowability, contractor responsibility and integrity issues, internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance counseling, False Claims Act issues, small business issues, contract claims and disputes, bid protests, Service Contract Act disputes, contract negotiations, contract review and contract drafting.  Ms. Geibel has significant experience in the area of compliance and regularly reviews ethics and compliance programs, assists in training, and evaluates and tests internal controls.  

Ms. Geibel graduated cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law.  She is an active member of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and is Co-Chair of the Fairfax Bar Association Government Contracts Section. 
KATHRYN T. MULDOON, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
Ms. Muldoon represents clients in the government contracts and construction practice areas.  Her experience includes contract claims and disputes, bid protests, resolution of prime-subcontractor disputes, audits and investigations, procurement fraud, government contract cost accounting, cost allowability, Cost Accounting Standards, Buy America issues, development of contractor ethics and compliance programs, and representation of contractors who have been suspended or proposed for debarment.  She is experienced in the conduct of internal investigations and employee interviews pertaining to compliance issues and in support of independent monitor engagements.  

Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., May 2006) 
University of Virginia – McIntire School of Commerce (B.S. Commerce – Accounting Concentration, May 2002)
KRISTIN TORCASI, PricewaterhouseCoopers
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.
STEPHEN D. KNIGHT, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
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.  He has conducted compliance reviews for clients, assisting in reviewing and evaluating internal controls, conducting training and evaluating specific compliance issues such as business systems and socio-economic requirements in government contracts.  Mr. Knight represents prime contractors as well as subcontractors, and is experienced in ascertaining the necessary government contract requirements for inclusion in subcontracts.

University of Virginia School of Law (J. D., 1978)
University of Virginia (B.A., 1975) With Honors
SUZANNE ROSKE, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Suzanne Roske is a Partner in the Government Contracts Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Washington, D.C. Ms. Roske specializes in assisting clients in the areas of business consulting / strategic initiatives, transaction services and regulatory compliance actions.

Suzanne has a B.S. in Accounting from Syracuse University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia.
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CPE HOURS
This Program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: BAsics
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
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CLP HOURS
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (CLP) hours of credit
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CLE HOURS
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (50 minutes)
Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
8662775944
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

There is a room block for Las Vegas Government Contracts Week. For reservations, click https://aws.passkey.com/go/SCFPS8. Rate is $172/night plus taxes.  

For guests that prefer to phone in their reservations: you may call the Reservation Center at 1-866-227-5944 to secure a reservation on your group block. However, be aware that a processing fee of $15.00 + tax per reservation will be incurred if you choose not to use the above link. Reference group code SCFPS8 when you call to make the reservation. 

Reservations must be made by Friday, August 17, 2018.  After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only. 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

There is a room block for Las Vegas Government Contracts Week. For reservations, click https://aws.passkey.com/go/SCFPS8. Rate is $172/night plus taxes.  

For guests that prefer to phone in their reservations: you may call the Reservation Center at 1-866-227-5944 to secure a reservation on your group block. However, be aware that a processing fee of $15.00 + tax per reservation will be incurred if you choose not to use the above link. Reference group code SCFPS8 when you call to make the reservation. 

Reservations must be made by Friday, August 17, 2018.  After that time, the group rate will be offered based on hotel availability only. 

Smith Pachter McWhorter
8000 Towers Crescent Dr.
Suite 900
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
703-847-6300
TRAVEL INFORMATION

Smith Pachter McWhorter is located in Tysons Corner on the Washington, D.C. Capital Beltway. The location is convenient to Washington Dulles and Reagan National Airports.

There is no room block for this location.

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

Room Block Information
There is a room block for this location. The rate is $250/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout). Click here to make reservations. This rate is subject to availability. Reservations MUST be made by June 22, 2018.

Food and Beverage
Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages will be served.

RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
Government Per Diem rates will be posted shortly, when rates become available.

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

Room Block Information
There is a room block for this location. The rate is $250/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout). Click here to make reservations. This rate is subject to availability. Reservations MUST be made by June 22, 2018.

Guest Rooms at the Government Per Diem:
Government Per Diem rates will be posted shortly, when rates become available.

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. 

Food and Beverage
Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages will be served.

100
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
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April 23-24, 2018 Tysons Corner, VA
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July 25-26, 2018 Hilton Head Island, SC
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September 20-21, 2018 Las Vegas, NV
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