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On-Demand Webinars
Feb 11, 2021
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
On-Demand Webinars
Oct 15, 2020
2020 GAUGE Report - Leveraging Technology to Optimize your Business
To help government contractors maintain success and thrive through the current COVID-19 pandemic, CohnReznick and Unanet have again collaborated to create the 4th annual benchmarking survey report. Known as the GAUGE Report, this essential resource covers five key categories: Government Contract Compliance, Accounting, Utilization, Growth, and Efficiencies. Join us as we share highlights from the 2020 Report to help you improve your operations as we focus this year on leveraging technology to optimize business operations. Learning Objectives (After completing this webinar, you will have learned):  DCAA audit trends for future compliance requirements  Financial management best practices to stay competitive  Market trends to assist with creating and modifying business strategies  Best practices for optimizing technology
On-Demand Webinars
Aug 20, 2020
CARES Act Section 3610 Status and Outlook for Government Contractors
This webinar will overview the objective and current status of Section 3610 of the CARES Act. Section 3610 provides opportunities for federal government contractors to seek reimbursement for certain costs incurred related to the COVID-19 national emergency and pandemic. We will address the government's overarching perspective as well as agency-specific guidelines on implementation. We will discuss eligibility criteria, types of costs subject to reimbursement, proposal adequacy requirements and more. Finally, we will highlight compliance risk areas and ways to mitigate potential problems.
On-Demand Webinars
Mar 25, 2020
COVID-19 and Your Construction Project - Delay, Suspension, and Changes Claims
COVID-19 and Your Construction Project: Delay, Suspension, and Changes Claims Course Description: A thorough review of the potential impacts of COVID-19 on construction contracts with the federal government and private owners. Coverage includes the clauses covering delay, impact, acceleration, suspension of the work, stop work orders, changes and termination (whether express or constructive); as well as the mechanics of the clauses and the cases construing them. The program focuses on the practical aspects of how best to manage the current situation, notice requirements, documenting claims, and consideration of risk management practices. Learning Objectives:  Review the text of the FAR contract clauses, and the private construction contract clauses in play with COVID-19-related delay, suspension, changes, and price adjustments.  Review the cases construing the clauses in light of past epidemics, quarantine restrictions, and government action affecting performance.  Review excusable delay and constructive acceleration arising from project suspension as well as subcontractor and supply chain delays due to illness or government restrictions arising from COVID-19.  Review the requirements for mitigating delay and proving delay and acceleration claims arising from or related to COVID-19.  Review the potential impacts on unchanged work due to product substitution to solve supply-chain problems as well as losses of productivity.  Recognize notice requirements and the steps to preserve the right to an REA or Claim.  Review lower-tier liability, no-damages for delay clauses and the effect on prime contractor liability. This live webinar is eligible for CLE/CPE credit. NASBA language
Insights & Intel
Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 Federal Contractor's Guide - Some Quick Points for Surviving and Thriving in This Unprecedented Environment
The spread of the COVID-19 virus and the unprecedented steps taken by federal, state and local authorities to contain it by shutting down or significantly altering normal business operations pose great challenges to government contractors in meeting the needs of their universal customer, the U.S. Government. Work spaces are closed. Supply chains are disrupted. Key employees may no longer be available to oversee critical operations - both on and off U.S. Government installations.
Job Aides
Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 Q&A: A Handbook for Government Contractors During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges for companies performing federal government contracts. The operating landscape is constantly shifting and the communication and directives from federal agencies and state and local governments are often vague and contradictory. In response to a flood of information, advisories, memoranda, and alerts, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC has issued a handbook for government contractors covering topics in a question-and-answer format to provide simple answers addressing some of the pressing issues and questions we are seeing from the industry.
Insights & Intel
Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 Response - Locked In Paradise - Hawai`i Issues Robust Stay-at-Home and Mandatory Quarantine Orders for Visitors and Residents
This week, the State of Hawai`i instituted some of the most sweeping emergency orders in the country in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For tourists, tourism, federal employees, federal contractors, and the millions of island residents, this means a very different kind of stay while in paradise.
Insights & Intel
Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Department of Defense Issues Class Deviation, Increasing Certain Progress Payment Ceilings
As most government contractors are aware, progress payments are a form of contract financing in which the Government pays the contractor based on cost throughout performance of the contract, up to a cap dictated by the terms of the contract. On March 20, 2020 - "in response to the Coronavirus Disease" - the Department of Defense issued a Class Deviation to contract clauses DFARS 252.232-7004 and FAR 52.232-16, the effect of which is to increase the progress payment rates to 90% for large business concerns and 95% for small business concerns - an increase of 10% and 5%, respectively - from the customary progress payment rates established by DFARS 232.501-1. The Class Deviation provides that the change is to remain in effect until rescinded.
Skill Briefs
Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19: OMB Guidance Urges Flexibility in Management of Government Contracts During Pandemic- Practical Tips for Contractors
The COVID-19 epidemic is creating uncertainties for contractors performing government contracts due to, among other things, changes in facility access, new health rules, and an evolving situation. In apparent response to industry concerns, the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") issued Memorandum M-20-18, "Managing Federal Contract Performance Issues Associated with the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)" dated March 20, 2020. OMB states that the purpose of the memorandum is to identify steps to help ensure contractor health and safety while maintaining continued contract performance in support of agency missions consistent with precautions issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Skill Briefs
Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19: Overview of the Defense Production Act and Implications for Government Contractors
By Executive Order dated March 18, 2020, the President invoked wartime powers authority provided in the Defense Production Act ("DPA") to direct private industry in the interests of the national defense. See, 50 U.S.C. Ch. 55; The Defense Production Act of 1950: History, Authorities, and Considerations for Congress (CRS REPORT NO. R43767). The definition of "national defense" is expansive and extends to domestic preparedness, response and recovery from natural hazards, terrorist attacks, and other national emergencies. 50 U.S.C.  4552(14). The President's authority includes the ability to prioritize government contracts over competing customers for goods and services and allocate or control materials, services, and facilities necessary to promote the national defense. The Executive Order specifically identifies ventilators and personal protective equipment as priorities and delegates authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to identify further necessary health resources relating to the COVID-19 emergency. Although the Executive Order was initially limited to medical items, we are already seeing expansions to other sectors of the economy outside of the medical field.