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Live Webinars
Jun 15, 2021
12-1 PM EDT
Taking the Mystery Out of Rights in Technical Data - Session 1 - Intellectual Property Series 2021
Intellectual Property Series - 2021
This is session 1 of 3 in the FPS Intellectual Property Series. The "data rights" clauses in the FAR and DFARS are some of the longest and least understood contract provisions. But if one steps back from the length of the data rights clauses and instead views them with some very simple, common-sense concepts in mind, the clauses become surprisingly easy to understand and to apply. Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar, you should be able to:  understand the basic principles of rights in technical data and the common misunderstandings about who owns the rights in the data;  determine whether the data rights clauses require delivery;  when development occurs- better understand-what is private expense; who gets rights in government-funded modifications, how to alert the government to your rights and to correctly mark your data;  understand how to keep your engineers from inadvertently giving up your data rights. NOTE: CPE/CLE credit for attendees is subject to participation and approval by the governing boards.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jun 17, 2021
12-1 PM EDT
DCAA Forward Pricing Rate Audits - Session 1 - DCAA Audits Series 2021
DCAA Audits Webinar Series - 2021
A Forward Pricing Rate Proposal (FPRP) is one of the main outputs of a contractor's annual budgeting and planning cycle, and thus receives a lot of audit attention. Even though this attention occurs regularly during the year in connection with contract pricing proposals, DCAA re-scrutinizes FPRPs as part of an overall estimating system audit. Join our experts for this one-hour webinar - part of a larger webinar series focused on government audits - to discuss common forward pricing rate audit challenges and findings, strategic risk mitigation options, and tactical tips and tricks to ensure a successful audit. Learning Objectives:  The purpose and intent of forward pricing rates, and the focus of government audits  Who performs these audits, with a primary focus on the Defense Contract Audit Agency  Recent areas of attention and common challenges contractors face during FPRP and proposal audits  How estimating business system audits intersect with and are impacted from FPRP audits  Strategies for managing and addressing audit requests  Key estimating process risk areas and how to mitigate them
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jun 18, 2021
11 AM-12 PM EDT
Fortifying Cyber Defense: How to Act Now to Protect Global Supply Chains
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), under the Department of Homeland Security, launches a campaign to reduce the risk of ransomware. Following an executive order signed by President Biden on May 12, 2021, which aims to increase cybersecurity defenses and resiliency against nation-state data exfiltration and hold global criminals accountable for ransomware attacks. As we've seen with the Solar Winds and Colonial Pipeline hacks, cybercrime isn't limited to government organizations. In fact, both public and private sectors are vulnerable to an all-too-common type of cyber attack which exposed the gaps in U.S. cyber defenses. New standards such as Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) are becoming required compliance and cyber hygiene minimum for all organizations involved in the federal supply chain. This webinar is designed for federal contractors and companies that provide critical infrastructure or any type of software to the government. Our guests and leading data security and compliance experts will explain how both public and private sector organizations need to act now to protect global software supply chains that affect government and private sector computer systems. Knowing exactly where your cybersecurity and compliance gaps are and the solutions needed to implement and fix them is central to your success. Early adopters demonstrating high security & compliance postures are positioned to win more business over laggards. Learning Objectives: 1. Learn what are the new strict cybersecurity standards in place required by the federal government. 2. Understand where your current cybersecurity gaps are. 3. Find out the right-sized and cost-optimized security solutions in software, infrastructure, and processes. 4. Explore the ongoing cyber resiliency maintenance options. 5. Identify your own path on how to stay compliant, and win more business as a low-risk supplier.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jun 22, 2021
12-1 PM EDT
Rights in Computer Software Made Easy - Session 2 - Intellectual Property Series 2021
Intellectual Property Series - 2021
This is session 2 of 3 in the FPS Intellectual Property Series. If you thought there were misconceptions about rights in technical data, be assured there is even greater confusion about rights in noncommercial and commercial computer software. In this Webinar, W Jay DeVecchio of Morrison & Foerster LLP will address the fundamental aspects of the software clauses and point out the commonalities and the differences between those clauses and the technical data provisions. Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar, you should understand:  the definitions of when development occurs, how one has to mark software (including software within a silicon chip), the notable absence at DOD of any clause for commercial computer software and the corresponding use under the FAR of a peculiar commercial clause.  the proper contents of software license agreements  how one prices commercial software, and how uniquely-governmental software can be or become commercial. NOTE: CPE/CLE credit for attendees is subject to participation and approval by the governing boards.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jun 23, 2021
11 AM-12 PM EDT
U.S. Government Data Protection and Privacy Regulations - Big Changes Coming
Big changes are coming as a result of rollout of CMMC and President Biden's New Executive Order On May 12, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order (EO) to improve the U.S.'s cybersecurity and protect federal networks. The EO is the most recent action in the Biden Administration's plan to overhaul U.S. cybersecurity strategy and leadership but is far from the first U.S. government mandate on cybersecurity - other executive orders and standards abound. The March 12 EO does introduce additional oversight and response capabilities by focusing on several key areas of much needed security of our national assets. This EO in combination with the Department of Defense's (DOD) rollout of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) will be a dramatic change and improve the security of the defense supply chain (DSC) and the defense industrial base (DIB). This course will focus on the key initiatives of the EO as well as how the CMMC will affect those who do business with the U.S. Government. Objectives Understand the key initiatives described in the new Cybersecurity Executive Order and how they will impact you Understand the key implications of CMMC and how they will affect you Understand the steps your company can take today in order to best positioned to be compliant with the new EO and CMMC Insights on how this will affect the DSC and DIB.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jun 24, 2021
12-1 PM EDT
DCAA Incurred Cost Proposal Audits - Session 2 - DCAA Audits Series 2021
DCAA Audits Webinar Series - 2021
This session provides guidance on what to expect before, during, and after a DCAA Incurred Cost Proposal (ICP) audit. Along with covering the typical ICP audit process, we explore the normal areas of focus for DCAA, expected DCAA data requests and their purpose, typical DCAA findings and potential responses to those findings, as well as some best practices to avoid common pitfalls during the audit process. Learning Objectives:  Brief overview of the ICP and its purpose  DCAA selection criteria for ICP audits  Understanding the difference between an adequacy review vs. a full audit  Common DCAA data requests to expect and the rationale behind them  Common DCAA findings  Tips on how to defend against findings, particularly questioned costs  Most common challenges contractors face during an ICP audit and tips on how to overcome them
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jun 25, 2021
12-1 PM EDT
Introduction to Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) - Session 1 - CAS Series 2021
Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) - 2021
The application of the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) adds a new level of compliance requirements for contractors and subcontractors. Developed to achieve uniformity and consistency for the measurement, assignment and allocation of costs, organizations frequently deliberate whether a contract is subject to CAS and if so, the level of CAS coverage the contract is subject to. This introductory webinar is the first in a series related to the CAS. The presenters will provide an overview of the CAS and discuss the administrative requirements that come along with CAS coverage.  Upon completion of the hour-long webinar, participants will understand:  The intent of CAS and its relationship with the Federal Acquisition Regulation  Contracts and subcontracts to which CAS applies and the dollar thresholds that "trigger" the CAS coverage  Categories of contracts and subcontracts exempt from CAS requirements  Differences between "Full" and "Modified" CAS coverage  The 19 standards that make up CAS  Disclosure Statement preparation and maintenance requirements  Cost accounting practice noncompliances, changes and associated administrative requirements This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jun 29, 2021
12-1 PM EDT
Patents, Invention Reporting, and IP Considerations for Grants and Other Types of Agreements - Session 3 - IP Series 2021
Intellectual Property Series - 2021
This webinar, led by Tina Reynolds and Locke Bell of Morrison & Foerster LLP, will explore the consequences of developing inventions using federal government funding and developing IP under non-procurement vehicles such as grants, cooperative agreements, and other transactions, answering the questions who owns the IP and what rights does the government obtain. Learning Objectives: By the end of this webinar, you should be able to:  understand the process for reporting inventions to the government and patenting those inventions, and the consequences of not following the rules for doing so.  appreciate the unique IP considerations related to special types of government agreements - grants, cooperative agreements, and other transaction agreements. NOTE: CPE/CLE credit for attendees is subject to participation and approval by the governing boards.
CPE, CLE
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