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On-Demand Webinars
Jun 4, 2020
Procurement University - Commercial Items - 2020 Series
Procurement University - 2020
Procurement University: Session 3 Commercial Items Description: FAR Part 12 regulates commercial item acquisition. Selling a commercial item to the Federal Government sounds easy right? Wrong. The Federal Government wants to make sure it is getting a fair and reasonable price and ensure it is a commercially available item. This session will cover what determines an item or service to be commercial and how to effectively conduct a price analysis. Learning Objectives: By the end of the webinar you should be able to:  Identify commercial items and commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) items;  Determine how to classify an item as commercial and document commercial items with an adequate commercial item determination (CID);  Support price reasonableness with the appropriate method of analysis (price or cost); and  Understand the DCMA Commercial Item Group's role in the federal acquisition process.
On-Demand Webinars
May 29, 2020
The FPS Federal GovCon Quarterly Brief - Number 1
Series Description This Series is a quarterly update that brings a high-level look at developments that impact the government contracting community. From new cybersecurity and supply chain requirements to protests, the industry continues to evolve and the need to understand those developments and their impacts becomes more critical. Fed Pubs and Holland & Knight will bring these timely topics to your desktop (or maybe in-person when we can all see each other in person again). Each session will look at: - Areas of increase regulation and scrutiny; - Cases and protests and how decisions will change; - The intersection of politics and government contracting; and - What to expect in the quarter to come. Join us and get up to speed on the latest. Session Description This quarterly update will focus on the latest developments in contracting and the impact of COVID-19. Topics that will be covered will include: - Excusable delays during a pandemic; - Cost and payment issues when a contract is not fully performed; - Complications due to closed work-sites and quarantine orders; - How Section 3610 of the CARES Act can allow contractors to recover costs to keep staff on paid leave during the pandemic; and - Compliance issues associated with the Defense Production Act. Aside from COVID-19, other changes in the government contracting industry we will discuss include: - CMMC and cybersecurity; - Forthcoming supply chain requirements - New small business regulations; and - The new antitrust strike force. Learning Objectives: After attending this program you will: - Have a clear understanding of the COVID-19 Impact - Know the steps towards being CMMC certfied - Apply new SBA regulations
On-Demand Webinars
May 28, 2020
Federal Bid Protest Mitigation, Avoidance and Defenses
Federal Bid Protest Mitigation, Avoidance, and Defenses - This webinar is sponsored by Smith Pachter McWhorter Program Description: The U.S. government's process for procuring goods and services involves specialized procedures, with procurements subject to numerous federal statutes and thousands of pages of regulations. Bid protests are unique to public procurements, involving challenges to award (or a proposed award) for goods or services or the terms of a solicitation. The webinar will address common issues that lead to protests of procurements conducted by the U.S. government. The webinar will examine actions offerors can take to (a) avoid or reduce the risk of elimination from competition, (b) avoid or reduce the prevalence of protests, and (c) defend their interests in the protest process. Learning Objectives: By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to recognize unique features of U.S. government procurements that result in protests; know how to identify actions to take to avoid or mitigate protests; and become familiar with protest defenses. The webinar will include discussion of lessons learned from recent bid protest decisions Presenters: Jonathan D. Shaffer and Todd M. Garland
On-Demand Webinars
May 21, 2020
Labor and People Configuration Decisions to Shape Reporting - Costpoint Lessons Learned Series
Costpoint Lessons Learned
Labor and People Configuration Decisions to Shape Reporting - This is the second webinar in our three-part Costpoint Lessons Learned webinar series. Program Description: In this session, we will walk through labor and people configuration decisions that shape reporting requirements. We will discuss labor configuration, project configuration, and labor grouping configuration. We will also walk through how internal and external reporting requirements shape these decisions. Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, attendees will understand how internal and external reporting requirements shape configuration decisions. NOTE: CPE/CLE credit for attendees is subject to participation and approval by the governing boards. Current List of Presenters: - Amanda Eubanks (AEubanks@capitaledgeconsulting.com) - Mary Turri (MaryTurri@LexellBlue.com) - Michelle Massarini (MMassarini@capitaledgeconsulting.com) - Gene Hansen (GHansen@capitaledgeconsulting.com) Series Description: Costpoint Lessons Learned This series is designed to share our learnings across a broad range of businesses to help the audience improve their experience with Costpoint. Attendees will learn the language of Costpoint, become familiar with some of the configuration settings that shape reporting, and learn about three of the most critical success factors in Accounting, Finance, and Labor. Attendees will also come away with some helpful practice tips to help them avoid common pitfalls in Costpoint.
On-Demand Webinars
May 19, 2020
The Government Contractor's COVID-19 Survival Guide
The Government Contractor's COVID-19 Survival Guide As the impact of COVID-19 continues to re-shape our daily lives, government contracting business leaders and owners need an action plan to manage the future of their businesses and contracts. In this webinar, Christine Williamson and Jason Fleetwood, Partners at CohnReznick LLP, will bring you up-to-date on the latest information and help you navigate the right course for your business in the weeks, months and year ahead. Additionally, Robert Moss, CohnReznick's National Director of Governmental Affairs, will provide updates on federal legislation impacting government contractors. Topics to be discussed include:  Financial and tax concerns  Mitigating and documenting any delays on government contracts  Payroll Protection Plan Updates  Cost Reduction Tactics  Updates on tax law, stimulus packages, and memorandums and regulations Presenters: Christine Williamson, CPA, PMP, Partner, Government Contracting Industry Practice, CohnReznick Jason Fleetwood, CPA, Partner, CohnReznick Robert C. Moss, Principal, National Director of Governmental Affairs, CohnReznick
On-Demand Webinars
May 19, 2020
Subcontract Compliance Requirements for Small and Emerging Businesses
More and more small businesses find themselves in the role being a prime contractor. Although there are a few requirements that do not apply to small businesses, from an audit standpoint, small business prime contractors are subject to oversight in the same manner as large businesses. Is your firm's subcontracting function ready for a visit from the auditors? The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the laws, government policies, and regulations that apply to subcontract management. Topics will include:  Primary Role of a Prime Contractor when Subcontracting  Government Oversight of Subcontracting:  Advanced Notification and Consent Requirements  CPSR and other Business System Reviews  Non-Disclosure Agreements  Statements of Work  Source Justification  Negotiating Terms and Conditions  Price Analysis  Subcontract Management  Documentation Requirements NOTE: CPE/CLE credit for attendees is subject to participation and approval by the governing boards.
On-Demand Webinars
May 12, 2020
Effective Ethics Programs for Suppliers - Session 5 - Enabling Employees to Speak Up and Addressing Issues Raised
Effective Ethics Programs for Suppliers
Session 5: Enabling Employees to Speak Up and Addressing Issues Raised Description: In Part 5 of our webinar series, we address the important topic of enabling employees to speak up and then how to address the issues raised. Here, we address the topics of inquiry and reporting mechanisms, investigations and disclosures and discipline and incentives. In this part, we focus on anonymous inquiry and reporting, what and how to investigate, and disclosures. Presenters: Don Featherstun (Seyfarth Shaw - DII) David Gebler (LMCO) Cecilia Showalter (Aerojet Rocketdyne) Series Description: Federal Publications is teaming with the Defense Industry Initiative ("DII") to sponsor a five-part series of webinars on "Effective Ethics Programs for Suppliers." Both Federal Publications and DII would like to thank Lockheed Martin for permitting us to base our materials on similar webinars presented by Lockheed Martin. This seminar series is also based on DII's Small Business Tool Kit, which was developed to help small businesses implement effective Ethics and Compliance program. As such, all levels of businesses can benefit from this series, including but not limited to small businesses. This five-part series will be broken down as follows: 1. Why You Need an Ethics Program and How to Get Started Today; 2. Setting Up an Effective Ethics Program; 3. Developing Policies, Procedures and a Code of Conduct to Mitigate Risk; 4. Training and Communicating on Ethics and Assessing Your Ethics Program; and 5. Enabling Employees to Speak Up and Addressing Issues Raised
On-Demand Webinars
May 7, 2020
Procurement University - Truthful Cost or Pricing Data - 2020 Series
Procurement University - 2020
Procurement University: Session 2 Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Description: A negotiated contract (or procurement) allows the government to select a contractor based on criteria other than solely a formal price competition. The FAR provides guidance for conducting these types of procurements and the contract types that can be used by both the federal government and its contractors (e.g. fixed price, incentive, or cost-reimbursement). In this session, learn how these types of contracts can be both a challenge and an opportunity for contractors and about the extra steps necessary to justify the proposed price. Learning Objectives: By the end of the webinar you should be able to:  Differentiate between cost and price analysis and understand the appropriate times to apply each method;  Define cost or pricing data, certified cost or pricing data, and data other than cost or pricing data;  Understand defective pricing and how to prevent it; and  Utilize the six-step process to develop a compliance process that fits the needs of your firm. NOTE: CPE/CLE credit for attendees is subject to participation and approval by the governing boards.
On-Demand Webinars
May 5, 2020
Effective Ethics Programs for Suppliers - Session 4 - Training and Communicating on Ethics and Assessing Your Ethics Program
Effective Ethics Programs for Suppliers
Session 4: Training and Communicating on Ethics and Assessing Your Ethics Program Description: Part 4 of our Ethics and Compliance webinar will be focused on Training and Communicating on Ethics and Compliance Programs. We will explain why training is important and what needs to be conveyed in your training program. We will provide compliance training examples. We will also talk about how to effectively train your workforce. In this vein, we will discuss DII's Small Business Toolkit's materials on training and engagement, how to deliver training and how to document training. We will then move on to the general topic of communication and provide examples of effective communication and templates. We will then move on to program assessment where we discuss documenting conclusions, making recommendations and how to plan and implement improvements. Presenters: Don Featherstun (Seyfarth Shaw - DII) David Gebler (LMCO) Series Description: Federal Publications is teaming with the Defense Industry Initiative ("DII") to sponsor a five-part series of webinars on "Effective Ethics Programs for Suppliers." Both Federal Publications and DII would like to thank Lockheed Martin for permitting us to base our materials on similar webinars presented by Lockheed Martin. This seminar series is also based on DII's Small Business Tool Kit, which was developed to help small businesses implement effective Ethics and Compliance program. As such, all levels of businesses can benefit from this series, including but not limited to small businesses. This five-part series will be broken down as follows: 1. Why You Need an Ethics Program and How to Get Started Today; 2. Setting Up an Effective Ethics Program; 3. Developing Policies, Procedures and a Code of Conduct to Mitigate Risk; 4. Training and Communicating on Ethics and Assessing Your Ethics Program; and 5. Enabling Employees to Speak Up and Addressing Issues Raised
On-Demand Webinars
Apr 30, 2020
Three Pillars of Costpoint - Costpoint Lessons Learned Series
Costpoint Lessons Learned
Three Pillars of Costpoint: This is the first webinar in our three-part Costpoint Lessons Learned webinar series. Program Description: In this session, we will introduce attendees to the three pillars of Costpoint with an introduction to each of Accounts, Organizations and Project. We will discuss the purpose of each of these pillars, as well as discuss a few examples of the structure of each of these we have encountered. Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, attendees will understand the three pillars of Costpoint; know the various options to design the pillars; and be able to design the pillars for the current and future needs of their business. NOTE: CPE/CLE credit for attendees is subject to participation and approval by the governing boards. Current List of Presenters: - Amanda Eubanks (AEubanks@capitaledgeconsulting.com) - Mary Turri (MaryTurri@LexellBlue.com) - Michelle Massarini (MMassarini@capitaledgeconsulting.com) - Gene Hansen (GHansen@capitaledgeconsulting.com) Series Description: Costpoint Lessons Learned This series is designed to share our learnings across a broad range of businesses to help the audience improve their experience with Costpoint. Attendees will learn the language of Costpoint, become familiar with some of the configuration settings that shape reporting, and learn about three of the most critical success factors in Accounting, Finance, and Labor. Attendees will also come away with some helpful practice tips to help them avoid common pitfalls in Costpoint.