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Who should attend:

This course is designed for any contractor currently or expect to be subject to the Cost Accounting Standards Rules. The course is geared for both new or experienced professionals in the area of accounting, finance, compliance, program management and contract management.

What you will learn:

This program is a comprehensive course in contract requirements related to the CAS with key instruction by specialists in both accounting and law.

Coverage includes of developments and any prospective implications of the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

They were born out of frustration - out of the Government's smoldering irritation in dealing with contractors' differing accounting practices and high-dollar claims for price increases. Yet, like them or not, they are here to stay. Indeed, they may aptly be compared to the so-called "truth in negotiation" requirements which (whatever may be their weaknesses) will probably always be part of the procurement picture.

It all began in 1970, with the passage by Congress of the statute which created the Cost Accounting Standards Board and charged that Board with the duty of prescribing Standards for realization of "uniformity" and "consistency" in contractors' cost accounting practices. The resulting Standards have, predictably, had a major impact on the procurement process - an impact whose shock waves are still being felt.

So we all must accommodate to Cost Accounting Standards - we all, in plain words, must learn to live with them. It is for that reason that this special program has been developed.

Scope & Technique
Because the Cost Accounting Standards are complex - often hard to read, let alone understand - careful attention has been paid to the substantive content and instructional technique of this course. It starts with a finely crafted exposition of the system as a whole; follows this with consideration of the methods by which the Standards are administered and enforced; turns to an analysis of disclosure statements and of the Standards' relationship to recognized cost accounting practices-and, finally, swings into detailed study of the critical substantive Standards.

To assure understanding, maximum provision has been made for questioning by the audience. Toward that end instructors will (a) deliver information-packed lectures and (b) answer your questions-concentrating on particular aspects of their subjects which are of interest to you. Our purpose: To make certain that you learn the Standards' requirements and know what must be done to comply with them.

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the characteristics of the federal marketplace as it relates to CAS
  • Understand legal and regulatory reasons for CAS 
  • Recognize the difference between CAS and Modified CAS requirements
  • The application of CAS related to contracts
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of auditors and enforcement
  • Recognize basic CAS Standards 
  • Apply basic CAS principles
No upcoming dates/locations at this time
Day 1
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, Hilton Head and Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference Locations
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Other Locations
Day 2
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, Hilton Head and Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference Locations
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
All Other Locations
Day 3
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
La Jolla, Hilton Head and Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference Locations
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
All Other Locations

The Course Curriculum & Faculty

Day One

The CAS System: Administration and Enforcement

Zachary D. Prince | Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

The CAS System: A concentrated explanatory briefing on the scope, scheme, operating mechanisms, and general impact of the Cost Accounting Standards system. Applicability of Cost Accounting Standards and Disclosure Statement requirements to: (a) defense prime contracts and subcontracts, (b) non-defense prime contracts and subcontracts, (c) corporate divisions, (d) corporate subsidiaries. Relationship of Cost Accounting Standards to the allowability of costs. The contract clauses that implement the Standards — an analysis of their provisions, functions, and application.

Administration & Enforcement: Duties and rights of Government contractors and their subcontractors. Responsibility of the procuring agencies for administration and enforcement of the Standards. The critical cost impact of changes (required by the Standards in cost accounting prices). Adjustments in contract prices — upward and downward — resulting from the Standards. Procedures for negotiating price adjustments including coordinated negotiation. Current CAS problem areas.

Disclosure Statements; Cost Accounting Practices

Chris Pockney

Disclosure Statements: Their purpose, content, submission, review — a study of what’s required and what’s not.

Cost Accounting Practices: A survey of acceptable accounting systems, reasonable cost accounting practices, and the Accounting Standards relating to these areas.

  • Standard 401 — Consistency in Estimating, Accumulating, and Reporting Costs
  • Standard 402 — Consistency in Allocating Costs Incurred for the Same Purpose
  • Standard 405 — Accounting for Unallowable Costs
  • Standard 406 — Cost Accounting Period

Day Two

Home Office, G&A Expense, Overhead, and IR&D

Deborah Nixon, Crosshair Advisors LLC

  • Standard 403 — Allocation of Home Office Expense
    to Segments
  • Standard 410 — Allocation of G&A Expense
  • Standard 418 — Allocation of Direct and Indirect Costs
  • Standard 420 — Accounting for IR&D and B&P Costs

Analyses of Specific Standards
The critical current Cost Accounting Standards have been grouped into four substance-related categories that will be covered in the following sessions. For each category, the assigned Faculty member will: (a) explain the requirements of the Standards; (b) analyze their features — the good, the bad, the unusual; (c) point out any gaps or loopholes in their coverage; (d) indicate any inconsistencies that exist between the Standards and (i) generally accepted accounting principles, (ii) the cost principles applicable to Government contracts, and (iii) accounting for tax purposes; and (e) cover the mechanics and problems of transition from previously acceptable procedures to the Standards.

Tangible Assets and Capital
Deborah Nixon, Crosshair Advisors LLC

  • Standard 404 — Capitalization of Tangible Assets
  • Standard 407 — Use of Standard Costs for Direct Material and Direct Labor
  • Standard 409 — Depreciation of Tangible Capital Assets
  • Standard 411 — Accounting for Acquisition Costs of Material
  • Standard 414 — Cost of Money as an Element of the Cost of Facilities Capital
  • Standard 416 — Accounting for Insurance Costs
  • Standard 417 — Cost of Money as an Element of Cost of Facilities Under Construction

Day Three

Compensation of Personnel

William Romenius

  • Standard 408 — Compensated Personal Absence
  • Standard 412 — Compensation and
  • Measurement of Pension Costs
  • Standard 413 — Adjustment and Allocation of
    Pension Costs
  • Standard 415 — Accounting for the Cost of
    Deferred Compensation
  • 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...
  • Chris Pockney
    Independent Consultant
    Chris Pockney has over 35 years of experience in Government contracts, primarily in the areas of contract pricing, accounting and administration. He provides advisory and training services to clients, primarily in the areas of contract pricing, cost accounting, contract administration and compliance...
  • Zachary D. Prince
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter
    Mr. Prince is a partner in the Government Contracts practice group. His practice encompasses all areas of government contract law. Mr. Prince counsels domestic and international clients on a wide range of issues, including compliance with federal and state regulations and statutes, bid protests, con...
  • Bill Romenius
    Independent Consultant
    Bill has significant Cost Accounting Standards (“CAS”) experience gained through positions held in both the public and private sectors, including being the industry representative to the CAS Board.

    Most recently, Bill was a CAS specialist with the Defense Contract Management Age...
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Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 16.5 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Beginner
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
CLP: Continuous Learning Points
Approved for CLP by Defense Acquisition University
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