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The Masters Institute in Government Contract Costs is a specially tailored, advanced program devoted exclusively to the unique rules, problems, practices, and demands of Government Contract Costs matters and designed for experienced procurement professionals to help you stay on top of the latest developments in Government contract costs.

Each day of the Institute will consist of lectures, case studies, illustrative examples, group discussions, individual questioning, and consideration of questions on any contract costs subject.

Learning Objectives: 
After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Apply advanced application of CAS requirements
  • Receive an update on CAS Board and other governing bodies decisions
  • Ability to apply new operating procedures as it relates to contracts
  • Apply new updates to allocabiliity and allowbility issues
  • Discuss with peers any new rules related to FAR 31.201 through 205
  • Apply IR &, B&P and CAS 420 
  • Discuss new DCAA initiatives and recent cases impacting costs 
You will be taught by instructors who are nationally recognized specialists in the government contracting industry. They are not only experts in their subject areas, but are proven educators – able to communicate the material in terms you can effectively relate to your individual operations. Click on the faculty tab, above, to read more about the faculty.
We believe you will greatly benefit from your association with the other attendees—all of whom are expected to be on your professional level.
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Day 1
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hilton Head, SC and Las Vegas, NV
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Day 2
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hilton Head, SC and Las Vegas, NV
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations
Day 3
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Hilton Head, SC and Las Vegas, NV
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations

NOTE: The start and end times for the La Jolla, CA, and Hilton Head, SC locations are earlier. Classes begin at 8:00 AM (breakfast/registration at 7 AM) and end at 3:00 PM 

Day One:

Areas of discussion: The opening session includes an overview of the Institute including new developments in Government Contract Costs and Cost Accounting Standards. The CAS Board make-up; operating procedures and rules; actions; promulgations to date; agenda for the coming year.

Day Two:

Areas of discussion: The cost principles and Cost Accounting Standards relevant to the various organizational forms. CAS 403, 410 and 418. Allocability and allowability rules applicable to parents, subsidiaries, segments, divisions, cost centers, joint ventures and teaming arrangements. Cost consequences of changes from takeovers, purchases, sales, combinations, split ups, start ups and shut downs. The rules governing transactions between organizations in areas such as supplies, services and leases.

Areas of discussion: Understanding and living with the conflicting rules on allowability and allocability. Discussion of the FAR approach to allocability, including a discussion of FAR 31.201, 202, 203, and parts of 205. Comparison of the FAR with the CAS approach to allocability as set out in the standards and the Board's concepts statement. Analysis of how the courts have decided allocability issues and conflicts between FAR and CAS. Insights into how the new CAS Board may be handling the problem and other thorny issues it now faces.

 Day Three:

 Areas of discussion: FAR cost principles - Precontract costs: IR & D: B&P and CAS 420; environmental cleanup costs; public relations vs. marketing vs. direct selling costs; professional and consultant service costs; employee compensation, including uncompensated overtime and accounting for, and "termination" of fully funded pension plans - CAS 412 and 413 implications; cost and CAS issues as defective pricing problems.

Areas of discussion: Accounting for the costs of assets. Issues generated by mergers and acquisitions. Evaluation of assets, appropriate use of stepped-up basis, DCAA gain recapture theories, and novation agreements precluding costs being allocated to pre-existing contracts. Allocating special tooling and test equipment costs. Direct vs. indirect costs: Appropriate procedures and accounting practices. Cost accounting practices vs. estimating practices. The impact of organizational changes. Planning for changes in cost accounting practices.

Areas of discussion: Identify current trends and initiatives in government contract auditing that could impact your business.  Explore the changing role of DCAA in an ever expanding environment of government oversight wherein DCAA is also distancing itself from contractors as well as contracting officers.  Address ongoing audit issues ranging from audit interpretations of allowable costs, internal controls, access to records and CAS (Cost Accounting Standards).

  • Stephen Knight
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
    Stephen D. Knight has practiced government contract law in excess of 40 years, counseling and litigating on behalf of clients in all aspects of that specialized practice. He has significant experience in claims and disputes, with special emphasis on costing and pricing issues involving cost allocabi...
  • John C. Shire
    Director, Redstone Government Consulting, Inc.
    John is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. providing government contract consulting services to our clients primarily related to the DFARS business systems, CAS Disclosure Statements, and DCAA/DCMA compliance preparation, advisory, and defense. Prior to joining Redstone Government...
  • James W. Thomas
    Partner, Global Sector Lead, HKA
    James W Thomas (Jim) is a forensic accountant with 35 years of experience providing consulting and dispute resolution services to government contractors. He has been retained as an expert on more than 50 occasions.

    Jim has testified as an expert in proceedings before the Armed Servic...
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Program Level: Advanced
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