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There is accounting...and there is Government contract accounting. Government contractors are subject to a wide range of unique accounting regulations, entering into contracts for which negotiation, performance, termination, and more require following specific accounting principles and standards. And, dealing with the Federal Government can be difficult and complex.  It is a world apart from commercial business.

Accounting in Government contracting, then, has its own unique and specialized rules, regulations, standards, problems, hurdles. And unless a proper accounting system is in place, then a contractor can be faced with enormous difficulties, not the least of which is lost profits, lost contracts.

For Government contract administrators, executives, lawyers, managers, financial officers, and internal auditors, as well as for accountants who do not necessarily concentrate in this field, the subject is generally mystifying and often carries with it the intimidating sense of the unknown. So there is a significant need for this specially developed program.

Government Contract Accounting's exhaustive scope is set forth in the Course Curriculum below. Its coverage includes not only general accounting concepts as they relate to Government contracting, but the specifics of cost principles, cost accounting standards, accounting for claims, special accounting problems, and profit.

Learning Objectives
By the conclusion of this program, attendees will have a solid, practical understanding of government contract accounting, including:

  • Government forms and formats for pricing proposals.
  • Direct and indirect cost rate submissions.
  • Cost principles for allowability.
  • Cost allocability and reasonableness under the FAR and CAS.
  • Accounting systems requirements.
  • The impact of the type of contract on the accounting requirements.
  • Billing the Government for work accomplished.
  • Dealing with Government auditors.
  • ...and more.
You will be able to:
  • Understand the characteristics of the federal marketplace, the acquisition lifecycle and relevant statutes
  • Understand key terms and definitions 
  • Recognize contract types
  • Accounting differences in acquisition contracts
  • Identify basic commercial item differences
  • Define Allowable, cost reasonableness and credits
  • Apply basic CAS principles
  • Understand TINA, Cost & Price Data
  • Determine basic indirect rates
  • Recognize change orders and pricing methodologies
  • Understand the audit process
December 6-7, 2021
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,275.00
Enhanced: $1,670.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC Weeklong Conferences
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1. Regulatory Environment

  • Characteristics of the Federal Marketplace
  • The Acquisition Lifecycle
  • The Regulatory Environment
  • Relevant Statutes

2.  Procurement Overview

  • Methods Of Award
  • Contract Types
  • Accounting  Implications For Various Types
  • Competitive  vs. Non-competitive Procurement
  • Commercial Item Acquisition Rules
  • GSA Schedule Contracting

3. Cost Allowability

  • Definition of Allowable
  • Reasonableness
  • Allowability vs. Allocability
  • Advanced Agreements
  • Credits
  • Expressly Unallowable Costs
  • Material Costs
  • Product Engineering Costs
  • Compensation for Personal Services
  • Uncompensated Costs
  • Other Selected Far Part 31 Cost Principles

4.  Cost Accounting Standards

  • Applicability
  • Types of Coverage
  • Disclosure Statement Requirements
  • Changes to Cost Accounting Practice
  • Basic Concepts in CAS
  • Allocation Standards

5.    Cost Accounting Systems

  • Purposes of a Cost Accounting System
  • Direct vs. Indirect Costs
  • Job Order vs. Process Costing
  • Actual vs. Standard Cost
  • Accounting for Indirect Costs
  • Calculating Indirect Rates

6.    Cost Estimation and Contract Pricing

  • Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA)
  • Cost or Pricing Data
  • Subcontractor Pricing Considerations
  • Certification Requirements
  • Cost Proposal Requirements
  • Contractor Estimating Systems
  • Profit Analysis
7.    Contract Accounting and Administration
  • Lifecycle of Indirect Rates
  • Forward Pricing Rate Agreements
  • Provisional Billing Rate Agreements
  • Incurred Cost Claims
  • Representations and Certifications
  • Contract Cost/Schedule Reporting (EVMS)
  • Limitations of Funds/Limitation of Cost Clauses
  • Mandatory Disclosure
  • DOD Business Systems

8.    Contract Changes

  • Change Orders: Overview and Background
  • Types of Change Orders and Associated Claims
  • Pricing Methodologies
  • Change Order Accounting
  • Profit and Interest on Claims

9.    Surviving Government Audits

  • Government Audit Rights
  • Government Auditors and Their Missions
  • The Audit Process
  • Dealing with Government Auditors
  • Resolving Audit

  • Deborah Nixon
    Founder & Managing Officer, Crosshair Advisors
    Deborah Nixon, is a nationally recognized trainer, licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and career dedicated Government contracts practitioner with over 30 years of experience. Deborah is the founder of Crosshair Advisors, and a retired Partner with Ernst & Young’s Government Contrac...
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Program Level: Basic
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Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
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