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Join BDO, Federal Publications Seminars, and Wiley Rein LLP for the
3rd Annual Executive Seminar for Government Contractors

This year's conference will bring you the latest information on emerging issues in the government contracting compliance and regulations world, and will provide you first-hand perspectives from the industry and the government. 
This engaging day will feature compelling speakers and panelists, followed by a networking cocktail reception.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Rodney A. Grandon, who serves as Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution, Department of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Agenda Topics:
  • Keynote
  • Government Update
  • Tactical Advice in the M&A Market
  • Earned Value Management: The Truth About Schedule Quality
  • Spotlight on Legal Issues: Commercial Contracting
  • Financial Industry Perspective 
  • Industry Panel
For more agenda details, click here.

From BAE Systems
Anne M. Donohue

From the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA):

Ken Saccoccia, Deputy Director

From the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA):
Timothy P. Callahan, Executive Director, Contracts

From Dell:
Kristine Kassekert,
 Senior Counsel, Federal Services, Dell

From Honeywell Aerospace:

Kevin Walker, Senior Director, Government Compliance

From ManTech International Corporation:
David Roll, VP Compliance

From Pratt & Whitney:
Diane Lazinsk, Manager, Government Finance - Vice-Chair, AIA Cost Principles Committee

From Rolls-Royce Corporation:

Mark A. Smith, Director, Government Finance Defense Sector – Former Chair, AIA Cost Principles Committee

Robert Craig, Managing Director, Government Contracts Advisory Services
Marc Johnson, Senior Manager, Government Contracts Advisory Services
Matthew Franz, Director, Government Contracts Advisory Services
Derek Shaw, Director, Government Contracts and Grants Advisory Services
Eric Sobota, Partner-in-charge

From Deltek:
Dan Demangos,
Solutions Architect

From The McLean Group:
Andy Smith,

From Wells Fargo Treasury Services
Paul Evans, Sr.
, Vice President

From Wiley Rein:

Kevin Maynard, Partner, Government Contract Practice
Nicole J. Owren-Wiest, Partner

This conference is fully accredited, and attendees will be eligible to receive 6.5 CPE, 5.5 CLE, and/or 6 CLP credits.  
No upcoming dates/locations at this time
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m.
Introduction and Welcome
Eric Sobota, Partner-in-Charge, BDO USA, LLP
Robert Craig, Managing Director, BDO USA, LLP

9:10 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Rodney Grandon, Deputy General Counsel for the United States Air Force

9:30 a.m.
Government Update
Timothy Callahan (SES), Executive Director, Contracts, DCMA-AQ
Ken Saccoccia, Deputy Director, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)
Nicole J. Owren-Wiest, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Anne M. Donohue, BAE Systems
Moderator: Marc Johnson, Senior Manager, BDO USA, LLP

This panel will address current issues related to DoD and DHHS contract management and DCAA audit support and impact to contractors. Topics will include:
  • DCAA report to Congress
  • Business System Review status
  • DCMA and ASPR/BARDA organization and approach to oversight
  • DCAA 2016 Outlook

10:50 a.m.
Networking Break

11:10 a.m.
Tactical Advice in the M&A Market
Andy Smith, Principal, The McLean Group
  • What do buyers want to see?
  • What do buyers need to be tracking internally?
  • Overall M&A stats in the government contracting marketplace

11:40 a.m.
Earned Value Management: The Truth About Schedule Quality
Dan Demangos, Solutions Architect, Deltek
  • Explore the correlation between schedule quality and likelihood of project success
  • Identify schedule shortcomings with project analytics
  • Implement the key metrics to ensure schedule integrity

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Spotlight on Legal Issues: Commercial Contracting 
Kevin Maynard, Partner, Wiley Rein
Matt Franz, Director, BDO USA, LLP
Kristine Kassekert, Senior Counsel, Federal Services, Dell

What challenges do commercial entities face when doing business with the federal government? This panel explores commercial item contracting, the Schedules program, and the data analytics behind it all.

2:00 p.m.
Financial Industry Perspective - Imposter Fraud
Paul Evans, Sr., VP, Wells Fargo Treasury Services

2:20 p.m.
Networking Break

2:40 p.m.
Industry Panel
Robert Craig, Managing Director, BDO USA, LLP
Diane Lazinsk, Manager, Government Finance, Pratt & Whitney
David Roll, VP Compliance, ManTech International Corporation
Derek Shaw, Director, BDO USA, LLP
Mark A. Smith, Director, Government Finance - Defense Sector, Rolls-Royce Corporation

This panel will explore the day-to-day compliance challenges faced by major government contractors including accounting, estimating and purchasing system audits, and supply chain challenges.

4:00 p.m.
Event Recap and Closing Remarks
Robert Craig, Managing Director, BDO USA, LLP

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Cocktail Reception and Networking
  • Nicole Owren-Wiest
    Partner, Crowell & Moring
    Nicole Owren-Wiest is a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and leads the Group's cost accounting practice. Nicole is nationally ranked by Chambers USA in Government Contracts and a recognized leader in accounting, cos...
  • Derek Shaw
    Director, BDO
    Derek Shaw is a Director in the Government Contractor Advisory Services practice and brings to BDO more than 27 years of Finance experience with focus on Government Finance & Compliance in the Aerospace & Defense sectors. This includes a broad range of Government contracting & com...
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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
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.
CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 6.5 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: n/a
Program Prerequisite: n/a
Advance Preparation: n/a
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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: 6.0 (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: 5.5 (60 minutes), (50 minutes)
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