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Live Webinars
Jan 21, 2021
11:30 AM-1:00 PM EST
Managing and Monitoring Indirect Cost Rates - Session 3 - Optimizing Indirect Rates Series
Indirect Rate Optimization Series
While it is the responsibility of contractor's to manage indirect cost rates, it is the Government's role to monitor a contractor's indirect cost rates including forward pricing, billing and final rates. This webinar will contrast the different rate types delving into the source, computation and use for the indirect rate types. In addition to exploring the Government oversight role and monitoring techniques including rate and system reviews and audits. Learning Objectives: Participants attending this session will be able to identify the three types of indirect cost rates and when each is used to support a contractor's cost and pricing. Next participants will explore the Government's role in monitoring these rates and techniques employed to understand a contractor's indirect costs and its impact on contract pricing, funding and accounting. This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jan 27, 2021
12-1 PM EST
ERP Security, the CMMC, and Navigating the Modern Landscape
The technology landscape continues to evolve and advance at a record pace. The collective transformation towards a global and flexible workforce has only been accelerated in today's climate and businesses require solutions that will help them build and maintain competitive advantages. As businesses attempt to balance the need for innovation with the risk of technology, it is important to find solutions and partners that understand not only their market, but also how to secure their solution, and ultimately your data. This means making strategic investments and decisions that look beyond superficial perceptions and are rooted in proven best practices. Join our guests Jake Nix, vCISO, and Jeff Noolas, President and CEO at JAMIS Software Corporation, for a discussion on how federal contractors can go about ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and overall security of their data. Learning Objectives Upon completing this webinar, attendees will understand:  Balancing ERP/Business System innovation and usability with security and compliance  NIST 800-171 and CMMC Compliance insights  Federal Contract Information (FCI), Confidential Unclassified Information (CUI), and Covered Defense Information (CDI)  Practices and standards for secure code in ERP Software
Live Webinars
Jan 28, 2021
11:30 AM-1:00 PM EST
Design and Optimization of the Indirect Rate Structure - Session 4 - Optimizing Indirect Rates Series
Indirect Rate Optimization Series
Indirect rate optimization is more than just a lower multiplier - It's a multiplier which enables a contractor to win contracts, recover allowable cost incurred, and embodies the company's cost account practices. Alternative business models, Increasing the use of shared services; Integration, consolidation and divestiture of lines of business; Expenditure control; and Assessing cost accounting practices are approaches contractors use to facilitate contract profitability and compliance. This webinar will discuss indirect cost trends and identify approaches contractors engage to optimize indirect rates and contract compliance. Learning Objectives: Session participants will expand their indirect rate perspective and the implications on the contract, the organization, compliance and business objectives. Participants will also be able to identify some leading practices used for indirect rate optimization and mitigate compliance implications This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Jan 29, 2021
12-1 PM EST
The FPS Federal GovCon Quarterly Brief (2021) - Number 1
Description: Join FPS and Holland & Knight and get up to speed on the latest- on the most recent challenges and the ever-changing environment impacting the contractor and the industry as a whole. This update will bring you 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. You can be certain it will be timely and relevant. During this session we will look at (learning objectives): -Areas of increased regulation and scrutiny -Cases and protests and how decisions will change -The intersection of politics and government contracting -What to expect in the quarter to come This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Feb 2, 2021
12-1 PM EST
Introduction to Cybersecurity - Session 1 - Introduction to Cybersecurity Series 2021
Introduction to Cybersecurity Series - 2021
In this session, we will define "cybersecurity" foundations and explain why it matters. We will discuss the type of information that must be protected, and the key governing bodies tasked with implementing the patchwork of laws and regulations addressing cybersecurity requirements. We will examine the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clauses governing cybersecurity, as well as certain publications of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with particular focus on NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations. Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, students will understand the importance of cybersecurity and how it impacts their organization. They will be familiar with the basic laws and regulations governing their cybersecurity compliance obligations, as well as the Federal contract clauses and standards implementing those obligations. This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Feb 9, 2021
12-1 PM EST
Cloud Security and FedRAMP - Session 2 - Introduction to Cybersecurity Series 2021
Introduction to Cybersecurity Series - 2021
In this session, we will walk through the basics of cloud computing and explain how it intersects with Federal acquisitions and cybersecurity. Building on the first session, we will examine how the applicable laws and regulations and evolving NIST standards impact Federal IT acquisitions and the provision of cloud services. We will also discuss cloud computing best practices, threat management considerations, and other practical application of this guidance in the context of cloud computing. Finally, we will examine the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program ("FedRAMP") and its impact on cloud service providers. Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, students will be familiar with the laws and regulations governing cloud computing in Federal acquisitions. Students will also be familiar with the various NIST publications applicable to cloud computing, and will understand the cybersecurity framework designed by those publications. Students will also understand the fundamentals of FedRAMP and will be able to identify the steps needed to comply with applicable guidance. This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Feb 11, 2021
1-2 PM EST
2020 CPSR Year in Review
Many of us were happy to celebrate the end to a very challenging 2020. Now that we are approach 2021 as a year filled with great promises, what were the compliance lessons learned in 2020 that we must take note of? The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the top CPSR related topics and trends that we observed as areas of focus during 2020. During this webinar, J.A. White & Associates Inc. provides a comprehensive overview of the key elements that CPSR Analysts focused on when conducting a CPSR. Topics will include:  Impact of COVID on CPSR's  Major Compliance Topics  Key CPSR Trends  Managing the CPSR  Documentation Trends  Developing Effective Corrective Action Plans  Post-CPSR Issues
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Feb 16, 2021
12-1 PM EST
Understanding DoD Requirements for CMMC - Session 3 - Introduction to Cybersecurity Series 2021
Introduction to Cybersecurity Series - 2021
In this session, we will explore the origin and development of the Department of Defense Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). We will outline the basic structure of CMMC and explore in depth the key terms, practices, and processes to be implemented by contractors. We will highlight some of the ambiguities that still exist in this program and key challenges contractors are likely to face in implementation. We will also provide insight as to the future of the CMMC program and how contractors can best prepare for the coming obligations. Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, students will be familiar with the basics of CMMC and will be able to think critically about how the CMMC program will apply to and impact their organization. They will be up to date on the developments in the CMMC program and able to identify key steps that should be taken proactively to ensure compliance and avoid liability. This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Feb 23, 2021
12-1 PM EST
Cybersecurity: Assessments and Supply Chain Management - Session 4 - Introduction to Cybersecurity Series 2021
Introduction to Cybersecurity Series - 2021
In this session, we will identify how to ensure that good cybersecurity hygiene flows through a contractor's supply chain and is reported to the Government. We will discuss the Defense Contract Management Agency's (DCMA) mandate to examine contractor compliance with cybersecurity requirements as part of its Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSR), the Supplier Performance Risk Systems (SPRS), and its implications for contractors in the near future. At the end of the session, we will take a step back and examine where contractors are on the cybersecurity continuum, and where they are headed as the programs we have discussed over the course of the series continue to develop. Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, students will be prepared for the future of cybersecurity requirements. They will understand how to ensure cybersecurity hygiene in their supply chain, and be prepared to proactively address their purchasing procedures in anticipation of DCMA reviews. Students will also understand the limitations of cybersecurity requirements as they exist today, and will gain insight as to the likely next developments in and implications of Federal cybersecurity initiatives. This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE
Live Webinars
Feb 25, 2021
12-1 PM EST
Federal Bid Protest Strategies - Lessons Learned from Recent Decisions
Program Description: The U.S. government's process for procuring goods and services can be mystifying, involving 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 and how to avoid common procurement pitfalls. 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. Focusing on recent bid protest decisions, the webinar will provide guidance for contractors to successfully navigate the U.S. government procurement 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. This webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit.
CPE, CLE