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This advanced level course expands upon what you know about Government Contract Accounting.  It is recommended for those with at  least 3-5 years of experience with government contract accounting or have attended the 2 day Government Contract Accounting program in the past.  
The course is highly interactive with in-depth discussion and instruction on advance issues in Accounting.  Participants will get a better understanding of the new and emerging rules impacting accounting and how to manage/incorporating new requirements into operations, reporting and compliance areas.  
The course will explore the key differences between Government contract cost accounting and financial reporting using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  While GAAP serves as our foundation for contract accounting and is a requirement for an adequate accounting system, FAR Part 31, contract cost principles and procedures and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) layer additional requirements onto our contract accounting. Enhance your perspective on where we find these differences; some reasoning behind the divergence in accounting practices; and opportunities for convergence as accounting practices are modernized. The impact of these accounting concepts will be applied to the indirect rate structure and culminate with a discussion of strategies for optimization to enhance strategic positioning through the indirect rate refinement,
Course topics will evolve as new Government contract and financial accounting requirements emerge.
Topics may include:

  • Key contrast between financial reporting and Government contract cost accounting
  • Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) modernization
  • New GAAP/IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) and its impact on Government contract cost accounting
  • Indirect Rate and Accounting System Implications of the Key Contrasts and new GAAP/IFRS discussed throughout the seminar
  • Indirect rate optimization

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

  • Apply advanced application of accounting procedures
  • Recognize the relationship between CAS and financial accounting
  • Mitigate risks such as false statements, false claims
  • Create and manage mandatory disclosure documents
  • Apply keys concepts of cost allowability, materiality and cost treatments
  • Differentiate between allowable and unallowable costs
  • Create realistic cost estimates and documentation
  • Utilize prescriptive 3FF allocation formula
  • Calculate costs from TCI, VAB and other pools
  • Determine pension cost allocations based on ERISA and PPA as well as CAS 412 and 413
May 6-7, 2021
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations


I. Relationship Between GAAP and Government Contract Cost AccountingRegulatory hierarchy
  1. Entity
  2. Absorption
  3. Users
  4. Materiality
  5. Cost allowability
  6. Politics (Pension example)
II. Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Modernization
  1. Opportunities for CAS to GAAP conformance
  2. Section 809 Panel recommendations
  3. CASB activities
III. Key Contracts in Accounting Practices (Part 1 of 2)
  1. Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) vs. General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses
    • GAAP accounting
    • CAS 403 and 410
    • Selling costs (FAR 31, Contract cost principles
  2. Revenue Recognition
  • New standard (ASC 606 summary)
  • Contractor challenges
  • Government contract accounting implications


IV. Key Contracts in Accounting Practices (Part 2 of 2)

      3. Research and Development
  • Direct vs. indirect cost
  • Independent research and development (IR&D) cost
  • Bid and proposal cost
  • Selling cost
  • Manufacturing and production engineering (M&PE) cost
  • Other R&D effort (i.e., Capital assets and other indirect costs)
      4. Asset Accounting
  • Tangible capital assets
  • Intangible capital assets (e.g., Software development, Leases, Goodwill)
      5. Lease Accounting
  • New standard (ASU 2016-02 summary)
  • Government contract accounting implications
       6. Imputed Costs (Cost of money)
  • CAS 414 and CAS 417
       7. Paid Time Off (i.e., Compensated personal absences)
  • CAS 408 conformance
      8. Insurance Costs
  • Purchased insurance
  • Self-insurance
  • Accounting for contingencies
       9. Standard Costs
  • CAS 407
V. Indirect Rate Optimization
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Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
CPE: Continuing Professional Education
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 13 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Advanced
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live Classroom
CLP: Continuous Learning Points
Approved for CLP by Defense Acquisition University
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.
CLP Hours
This program is eligible for: 11 (CLP) hours of credit
CLE: Continuing Legal Education
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.
CLE Hours
This program is eligible for: 11 (60 minutes), (50 minutes)
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92122
Hotel & Room Block Info

We have a room block secured for the La Jolla weeklong event. For guest room reservations, call 800.937.8461 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Group rate is $239 + taxes/night. Click here to make your reservation. You must make your reservation by April 1, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.

Government Per Diem

A limited number of Government per diem rate rooms have been set aside. Click here DIEM to make your reservation. You must make your reservation by April 1, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.

General Information

Food & Beverage

During La Jolla Government Contracts Week, we will be serving continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.

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