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2017 Government Contract Financial Management Review & Outlook
A professional seminar on government contractor finance management, contracting accounting and audit issue year in review and outlook.

Register now and bring a colleague at no charge. Reference promo code 2FOR1OCT2017.

This 1.5-day conference will address the emerging issues related to government contract finance, accounting, compliance, and regulations.  You will have the opportunity to hear from leading financial executives, Defense Contract Audit Agency representatives, Defense Contract Management Agency representatives, practicing attorneys and consultants. Topics will include:
  • Cost, accounting, pricing, estimate audit and regulatory issues
  • Update on Section 809 Panel related to CAS
  • Cybersecurity regulations - current state and how companies address the compliance strategies
  • M&A and due diligence
  • Government contract ERP issues
  • Legal issues and case law updates (CAS, cost allowability, statute of limitation, and more)
  • DCMA review update
  • Third party audits
  • Federal Supply Schedule (GSA Schedule) update
  • DCAA Matters (presented by representatives from DCAA HQ)
  • and much more. Click here for a detailed agenda.
Who Should Attend?
This seminar is intended for professionals from large, medium and small government contractors, financial and consulting organizations, federal agencies and non-profits:
  • CFOs/CEOs/Presidents
  • VPs of Finance, Accounting, Compliance
  • Directors of Finance, Compliance, Business
  • Development, Procurement & Acquisitions
  • Financial Analysts & Accounting Professionals
  • Legal Professionals

The 2017 Government Contract Financial Management Review and Outlook is presented by Capital Edge Consulting.

Capital Edge consultants combine their unique backgrounds and experience in consulting, public accounting, industry, and DCAA to provide you with unmatched government contracting expertise. Learn more at
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Day 1
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

8:30-8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45-10:00 a.m.

Legal Issues and Case Law Updates
Stephen D. Knight, Smith Pachter McWhorter
Luke Pingel, ACDI/VOCA

Break 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15-11:00 a.m.
809 Panel Related to Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)

Louis I. Rosen, Section 809 Panel CAS Team Leader, Potomac Partners R&M, LLC

Objective and Status of the CAS Team

  • Background on Section 809 Panel CAS Team
  • Preliminary observation on most important issues
  • What is the implementation plan for CAS team's recommendation
  • Key challenges for consideration

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cybersecurity – DFARS Compliance Baseline

Eric Crusius, Holland & Knight
Perry Keating, Protiviti

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch Keynote – M&A Update for Government Contractors

Alex Sevilla, Houlihan Lokey

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Government Contract ERP Issues

Lynn Butler, AAR Corporation
Michelle Massarini, Capital Edge Consulting

2:00-3:00 p.m.
M&A Due Diligence
Adam Strach, Pipaya Partners
Chad Braley, Capital Edge Consulting

Break 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15-4:00 p.m. 
DCAA Closing Keynote Speaker
Jennifer Quinones, Deputy Assistant Director, Policy and Plans, DCAA

Jennifer will speak on:

Current DCAA Audit activities in the following areas:
ICS backlog status
Sytems related audits
New audit programs
Pilot audits

Insight into DCAA focus on future audits and changes to audit programs
Incurred Cost Proposal audit plans
Updates to Accouting System Audit program
System related audit activities

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
Join FPS and Capital Edge Consulting for a Networking Reception!
Day 2
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

8:30-8:40 a.m.
Recap of Day 1 Sessions

8:40-9:50 a.m.
Cost Accounting, Pricing, Estimating, Audit and Regulatory Issues

Mark Smith, Booz Allen Hamilton
Bill Keating, Capital Edge Consulting
Chase Kunk, Capital Edge Consulting

9:50-10:30 p.m.
Third Party Audits

Kelvin R. Coppock, retired Senior VP Contracts, Vectrus, Inc.
Paul Bailey, Capital Edge Consulting

Break 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:30 a.m.
Federal Supply Schedule Update

Dismas Locaria, Venable LLP

11:30-12:30 p.m.
DCMA Update

Ryan Connell, Director, Northeast Pricing Team
DCMA Commercial Item Group

Ryan will speak about:
Update on Commercial Item Pricing Guide
Most troublesome commercial item determination
Challenges of documenting price reasonableness decisions
Supporting Contracting Officers
Assisting DCMA's CPSR Teams
Adam Strach
Adam Strach is a Partner at Pipaya. 

Prior Experience
Transaction Advisory (support/buy-side due diligence), Audit and IT Audit at Ernst & Young in the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Group.
BBA in Accountancy from James Madison University with a concentration in Accounting Information Systems; Certified Public Accountant
Alex Sevilla
Alex Sevilla is a member of Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace•Defense•Government Group. His responsibilities include working on sellside and buyside M&A advisory engagements, assessing strategic alternatives, and providing other financial advisory services.
Since joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Sevilla has advised on multiple transactions, including the sale of Blue Canopy to Jacobs Engineering, the divestiture of Harris’ Government IT Services business to Veritas Capital, the sale of Aquilent to Booz Allen Hamilton, the sale of The White Oak Group portfolio company EOIR Technologies to Arlington Capital Partners, the sale of Lindsay Goldberg portfolio company PAE to Platinum Equity, the sale of QinetiQ subsidiary Cyveillance to LookingGlass, the sale of the Knowledge Consulting Group to ManTech, the sale of CI Capital Partners portfolio company A-T Solutions to PAE, the sale of Snow Phipps Group portfolio company Acentia to Maximus, and the sale of SystemsMadeSimple to Lockheed Martin, among several other transactions.     
Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Sevilla worked as an Assistant Vice President at BB&T Capital Markets | Windsor Group, where he provided M&A, capital markets, private placement, and corporate divestiture advisory services to public and private companies in the aerospace, defense, and government services industry. He began his career at a boutique investment bank, where he provided M&A advice to companies in the government services sector.
Mr. Sevilla graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in Business Management and Finance.
Chad Braley
Chad Braley is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Capital Edge Consulting, Inc.  Since its inception, Capital Edge has grown into the country’s leading firm, focusing solely on serving both foreign and domestic contractors who do business with the US Government.
Chad’s areas of expertise include the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), agency supplement regulations, Contractor Accounting, Purchasing, Estimating, MMAS, and EVM Business Systems, Truth in Negotiations Act, government accounting requirements Incurred Cost Submissions (ICS), DCAA Audits support and preparation, other regulatory non-compliance support, Terminations, Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REA), ERP systems and risk mitigation.
Craig Stetson
Craig Stetson is Managing Director at Capital Edge Consulting. Craig has over 25 years of direct experience in government contract accounting, pricing, subcontract management, regulatory and federal contract compliance, business system implementation, and internal control oversight. His industry experience includes aerospace and defense, manufacturing, construction, architecture and engineering, information and communications, higher education, and not-for-profits.

Craig is experienced in a wide range of cost accounting and regulatory compliance matters related to government contracts and grants, including claims preparation and negotiation; cost allowability; application ofFederal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and 0MB Circular requirements; accounting and business systems assessment related to government contract compliance requirements, internal control sufficiency and overall self-governance; cost estimating, accounting and auditing of federal contracts and grants; and, application and interpretation of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).

Prior to joining Capital Edge, Craig was a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Navigant Consulting, and KPMG. He began his career as an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). 
Dismas (Diz) Locaria
Dismas (Diz) Locaria is a member of the Venable LLP's Government Contracts Group.  Mr. Locaria's practice focuses on assisting government contractors in all aspects of working with the Federal government.  Mr. Locaria has extensive experience assisting clients with regulatory and contract/grant term counseling, compliance (including ethics and integrity compliance), responsibility matters, such as suspension, debarment and other contracting/grant exclusions, small business matters and GSA Federal Supply Schedule contracting.  Mr. Locaria also represents and counsels clients with the peculiarities of the Homeland Security Act, including obtaining and maintaining SAFETY Act protections. Mr. Locaria is also well-versed in assisting clients with GSA Federal Supply Schedule matters, in particular advising clients on how best to structure proposals to avoid price reduction clause (PRC) issues, and addressing PRC, Trade Agreements Act and other compliance matters post-award.
Eric Crusius
Eric Crusius, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight. Eric is a Tysons attorney who focuses his practice on a wide range of government contract matters, including bid protests, claims and disputes, compliance issues and sub-prime issues.
Mr. Crusius has extensive experience in government contract litigation, including successfully prosecuting and intervening in numerous bid protests before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Government Accountability Office (GAO), boards of contract appeals and other federal agencies. He counsels clients regarding the Service Contract Act (SCA) and other labor issues, trade agreements, export controls, subcontracting and teaming agreements, and compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Mr. Crusius also represents contractors in investigations, suspension and debarment proceedings, and in federal and state courts.
Jennifer Quinones
Jennifer Quinones is Deputy Assistant Director, Policy and Plans [Fort Belvoir], Defense Contract Audit Agency [DCAA - Fort Belvoir], United States Department of Defense [DOD].
Kelvin Coppock
Kelvin Coppock is the former Senior Vice President of Contracts from Vectrus, Inc before retiring.  His career in the government contracts industry expands 3 decades with executive leadership in a number of high profile organizations.  He is a graduate from the United States Airforce Academy and earned is Masters in Business Administration from the University of Montana. 
Louis Rosen
Dr. Louis I. Rosen is the President of Potomac Partners R & M, LLC and the founder and former National Director of Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services.  He is a leading advisor to companies doing business with the Government.  His services include:

  • interpretation, evaluation, and application of Government regulations to specific contract situations;
  • preparation and review of contract-related systems; assistance and support in contract negotiation;
  • training;
  • claims preparation;
  • resolution of disputes;
  • compliance reviews; and
  • litigation support and expert witness services.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Dr. Rosen served as Associate Director of the Cost Accounting Standards Board.  In this role, he contributed significantly to Cost Accounting Standard 410, “Allocation of Business Unit General and Administrative Expenses to Final Cost Objectives,” Cost Accounting Standard 418, “Allocation of Direct and Indirect Costs”, and the definitions of “Cost Accounting Practice” and “Change to a Cost Accounting Practice.”
Luke Pingel
Luke Pingel is the Chief Legal Officer of ACDI/VOCA, based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Pingel has provided legal guidance to organizations in developing international markets for 20 years. Prior to joining ACDI/VOCA he served as associate general counsel for Pacific Architects and Engineers (PAE), handling anti-corruption, internal compliance, and commercial litigation matters. Before that, he was corporate counsel and director of contracts for SOS International (SOSi). At the government contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he oversaw all aspects of contract management. Luke has a law degree from Santa Clara University and undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon.
Lynn Butler
Lynn Butler is Vice President Finance of Government Programs at AAR Corporation, a leading provider of aviation related services to both commercial and governmental customers.  Ms. Butler was previously the Controller at L-3 Communications in Alpharetta, Georgia for over 5 years with responsibilities for financial accounting, compliance and oversight of financial controls.  She has been involved with multiple system implementations including Costpoint, SAP and Microsoft Dynamics.  She has held financial leadership positions at other organizations including Rockwell Collins, DataPath and National Vision.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of the University of Georgia.
Mark Smith
Mark Smith leads Booz Allen’s government accounting compliance arm, supporting the Defense Contract Management Agency and the Defense Contract Audit Agency. He has 30 years of experience in U.S. defense contracting.
Michelle Massarini
Michelle Massarini is a Senior Manager for Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Her focus is on providing full contract lifecycle professional support to government contractors and government agencies in the areas of compliance, accounting, contracts, and training. Michelle’s areas of expertise include Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), DCAA compliance and audit support, government cost accounting requirements, and Deltek Costpoint.
Paul Bailey
Paul Bailey is a Managing Director for Capital Edge Consulting.  Mr. Bailey has broad experience with federal procurement rules and regulation through combined industry and “Big 4” public accounting experience.  Over the course of his 30-year career, Paul has provided expert advice and testimony for government contractors and their counsel, government agencies including Inspector General and the Department of Justice on the administration of contracts and resolution of complex government accounting and compliance disputes.  Prior to joining Capital Edge Consulting Mr. Bailey was Vice President of Government Accounting and Compliance at the Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida. In this role he was responsible for the oversight and approvals of the Business Systems to satisfy DCAA/DCMA surveillance and adequacy determinations.  Paul orchestrated and directed an External Restructuring of CAS segments to align cost allocations and synergies following a major acquisition.  Mr. Bailey has been an industry leader in settlement of indirect rates based on past company experience foregoing the DCAA Incurred Cost Audit process.  In addition to extensive accounting and compliance experience, Paul has held Vice President roles leading Contracts, Subcontract Administration and Procurement functions. Mr. Bailey earned his B.B.A. – Finance degree from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.  He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Ohio and Virginia.  He is the past Chair of the Contract and Acquisition Management Committee and current Procurement Executive Committee Board Member of the National Defense Industry Association.
Perry Keating
Perry Keating is Managing Director at Protiviti.
Ryan Connell
Ryan Connell is Director, Northeast Pricing Team, for DCMA Commercial Item Group. He is one of three pricing leaders to champion the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) stand up of the "cadre of experts" who were given the DoD responsibility for commercial item recommendations, price analysis and market research. 

Bachelor of Science, Business, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
MBA, Webster University
Stephen `Chase' Kunk, J.D
Stephen “Chase” Kunk is the Vice President, Contracts and Procurement and a Director. Chase specializes in U.S. Government contract and subcontract negotiations, administration, management and purchasing system compliance. His expertise stems from his legal education, former certification as a National Football League contract advisor to professional athletes, and in-depth experience as a contracts and procurement administration manager for an international contractor serving Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC) and civilian agency customers. Chase is a frequent lecturer at Federal Publication Seminars and the Public Contracting Institute on a variety of U.S. Government contracts matters.  Chase holds a B.A in Communications from Purdue University and a J.D. (cum laude) from Western Michigan
University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Stephen D. Knight
Stephen Knight, Member, Smith, Pachter, McWhorter. Mr. Knight has practiced government contract law in excess of 35 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 allocability and allowability, Cost Accounting Standards, defective pricing under the Truth in Negotiations Act, and government audits.  Mr. Knight has substantial experience in compliance issues pertaining to government contractors and frequently assists clients in evaluating the requirement and manner of making disclosures to the government.
William Keating
William J. Keating is a Managing Director of Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. and is a government contracts expert with a strong background in accounting, business systems and compliance advisory for aerospace and defense clients, and other government contractors. Bill began his career in the Federal government in the Defense Contract Audit Agency and the Inspector General’s Office of the General Services Administration. His areas of expertise include Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Federal Agency FAR Supplements, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Super Circular, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Federal Supply Schedules. He has experience with international clientele and led several, large-scale compliance and operational process improvement projects focused on the special requirements of government contracting, such as: contract cost accounting and reporting, billing, procurement, pricing and estimating. Bill has also advised organizations on government audits, business systems compliance, claims preparation, contract disputes and investigations. He regularly presents seminars on government contracting topics and is a frequent speaker at professional and industry associations. Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. 
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