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COVID-19 and Updates on FPS Courses and Events
Some previously scheduled classroom courses and weeklong events from mid-March through May 31 are being offered as Virtual Courses beginning in April. Check our schedule often; we’re constantly adding more.

FPS is planning to move forward with all FPS classroom courses and weeklong events scheduled for June, 2020 and beyond - see website. We want to emphasize that our future plans are incumbent upon the safety and well-being of our customers, staff, and vendors.

Who should attend:

Finance, Accounting, Contracts Personnel, Acquisition Specialist with 5 or more years of experience in Cost and Price Analysis. Those who have taken the Cost & Price Analysis class at least 6 months prior.

With the ever increasing pressure on federal government budgets, the emphasis on ensuring that prices paid for goods and services are “fair and reasonable” are at an all-time high. “Buyers” (both Government Contracting Officers as well as Prime Contractors) are under intense scrutiny to demonstrate that analytical techniques (Cost Analysis and Price Analysis) prescribed in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) for determining “fairness and reasonableness” are being performed appropriately and adequately.

FAR describes “cost analysis” as: ” . . . the review and evaluation of any separate cost elements and profit or fee in an offeror’s or contractor’s proposal, as needed to determine a fair and reasonable price or to determine cost realism, and the application of judgment to determine how well the proposed costs represent what the cost of the contract should be, assuming reasonable economy and efficiency.”

Cost Analysis techniques and procedures include the following:

• The classification of workers

• Verification of cost data or pricing data and evaluation of cost elements

• Evaluating the effect of the offeror’s current practices on future costs

• Comparison of costs proposed for individual cost elements with various sources

• Verification that the offeror’s cost submissions are in accordance with the contract cost principles and procedures in Part 31 and, when applicable, the requirements and procedures in 48 CFR Chapter 99 (Appendix to the FAR looseleaf edition), Cost Accounting Standards.

• Review to determine whether any cost data or pricing data, necessary to make the offeror’s proposal suitable for negotiation, have not been either submitted or identified in writing by the offeror.

• Analysis of the results of any make-or-buy program reviews, in evaluating subcontract costs.

Advanced Cost Analysis focuses on these specific techniques and describes and demonstrates in detail the procedures required to accomplish these. Participants will learn not only the “why’s” but the “how to’s”. The course objective, simply stated, is to have participants obtain a working level understanding of Cost Analysis through a thorough review and analysis of the regulations and illustrated through a variety of real world examples, scenarios and case studies.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the contracting officer’s responsibilities in acquisition of products and services at fair and reasonable prices
  • Demonstrate the ability to use tools to determine cost reasonableness 
  • Ability to define cost analysis 
  • Utilize the FAR 15-2 table for Adequate Proposals
  • Ability to read and determine correct labor hour estimates
  • Correctly define certified cost data
  • Correctly use techniques to determine an indirect cost allocation
  • Create best practices reporting on cost analysis

Materials include:

• Course Manual
• Handouts & Slides

Dates and Locations
September 16-17, 2020
Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
October 22-23, 2020
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
Baltimore, MD
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
November 3-4, 2020
Executive Conference and Training Center (ECTC)
Sterling, VA
Standard: $1,275.00
Premium: $1,670.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC Weeklong Conferences
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations

Cost Analysis – When is it required?
Certified Cost or Pricing Data Requirements
Requirements for Adequate Proposals – FAR Table 15-2
  • Cost Analysis Techniques –General
  • Reasonableness and Necessity of Costs Proposed
  • Cost Estimating Relationships
  • Projections and Comparisons
  • Make-Buy Programs
  • Currency, Accuracy, and Completeness of Data
Cost Analysis Techniques – Direct Cost Element Review
  • Direct Material – Analysis of the CBOM – Quantities and Pricing
  • Subcontracts – Review of Price or Cost Analysis performed
  • Direct Labor – Analysis of Labor Hour Estimates and Pricing
  • Other Direct Costs – Review of Travel Cost Estimates and Other Costs
  • Cost of Money
Cost Analysis Techniques – Indirect Costs Review
  • Indirect Cost Allocation Systems
  • Trend Analysis
  • Reasonableness
  • Allowability
Cost Analysis Techniques – Profit
  • Structured Approaches to Profit
  • Contingencies
Cost Analysis – Reporting Best Practices


Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim, Partner
Capital Edge Consulting

Anthony Kim has more than 20 years of experience in various cost accounting and compliance issues related to government contracts. Specifically, he is knowledgeable in the areas of government contract procurement regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, OMB Uniform Guidance, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.

Anthony’s industry experience includes architecture and engineering, aerospace and defense, construction, manufacturing, information technology, not-for-profits, and higher education. He has assisted clients with complex cost accounting matters, cost representations, business system implementations, expert testimonials, proposal assistance, audit support, and other regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to joining Capital Edge, Mr. Kim was a director at BDO USA, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, and Navigant Consulting. He has also worked for KPMG as a manager for over seven years. Recently, he assisted in developing an annual DCAA conference seminar, conducted numerous training for Federal Publication Seminars, held webinars with clients and prospects on various government contract compliance matters, and served as a member of the National Defense Industry Association Contract Finance Committee in charge of regulatory and legislative updates.

He has assisted contractors and their outside counsel to resolve disputes arising under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Cost Accounting Standards, Truth in Negotiations Act, and other accounting-related rules and regulations, and conducted independent forensic accounting investigations to evaluate allegations of fraud, accounting errors and irregularities, cost mischarging and defective pricing.

In addition, Anthony is a nationally recognized speaker who teaches classes through Federal Publication Seminars, National Contract Management Association, Virginia Society of CPAs. He has lectured on a number of topics, including Government Contract Accounting, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, Cost & Price Analysis, Incurred Cost Submissions, Introduction to Government Contracting, and Government Contractor Business Systems Compliance. He is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).


Anthony Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from George Mason University 
Armani Vadiee
Armani Vadiee is a member at the law firm of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC. Mr. Vadiee's practice focus is government and commercial contracts. Mr. Vadiee provides counsel to domestic and international clients on a wide range of contracting issues including contract negotiation, contract terms and conditions, bid protests, contract changes and claim preparation, internal investigations, contract termination settlements, regulatory compliance and contract litigation. Mr. Vadiee has developed large-scale compliance programs for government contractors focused on contract compliance including accounting, export controls, data rights, subcontracting, and mandatory reporting requirements.
Mr. Vadiee has experience litigating contract disputes in federal and state courts and  administrative bodies including before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the United States Government Accountability Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 
Prior to law school, Mr. Vadiee was a contracting officer for a U.S. Department of Energy research laboratory and during law school clerked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. 
Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
All Federal Publications Seminars courses meet the course requirements of the National Contract Management Association’s certification programs. We are a proud Education Partner of the NCMA.
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
Federal Publications Seminars is affiliated with West Professional Development and is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:
For more information regarding administrative policies such as refunds, cancellations and complaints, please contact Federal Publications Seminars at 888.494.3696.
This Program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
Defense Acquisition Workforce members must acquire 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLP) every two years from the date of entry into the acquisition workforce for as long as the member remains in an acquisition position per DoD Instruction 5000.66. We will provide you with documentation of points awarded for completing the event.
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (CLP) hours of credit
States have widely varying regulations regarding MCLE credit. LegalEdcenter is an approved provider in AL, AK, AR, CA, GA, IL, ME, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WV. Credit may be applied for in other jurisdictions on request and in accordance with state MCLE rules.
** Please note that because some states are changing their policy on CLE reporting, you will need to fill out the request for credit from Federal Publications Seminars within 10 business days, or we may not be able to issue credits for the program.
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (60 minutes), 11 (50 minutes)
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 S Eutaw St
Baltimore, MD 21201

There is a room block for this location at the The Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. The rate is $152 plus taxes per night. To make your reservation, click here. Rooms are subject to availability.

Continental breakfast and an afternoon snack will be served. Lunch is on your own.

Executive Conference and Training Center (ECTC)
22685 Holiday Park Drive
Suite 60
Sterling, VA 20166
There is a room block for this location at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Dulles Airport. We are pleased to offer a discounted Preferred Corporate rate of $137/night plus taxes, based upon availability. This rate is available up until 3 weeks before the start of your course. For reservations click here.


Hampton Inn & Suites, Dulles Airport

22700 Holiday Park Drive

Dulles, VA 20166

PH: 703.537.7800

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

There is a room block for this location for 2019 Las Vegas Government Contracts Week attendees. The rate is $94.00 + daily resort fee of $35.00 per room, per night. To make reservations, call 888-373-9855 or click here. Reservations must be made by Friday, August 14, 2020 and are subject to availability.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advanced Cost Analysis in Government Contracts
Date Location Fee
September 16-17, 2020 Las Vegas, NV
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
October 22-23, 2020 Baltimore, MD
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
November 3-4, 2020 Sterling, VA
Standard: $1,275.00
Premium: $1,670.00
Register By Phone
(888) 494-3696