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This advanced workshop explains the regulatory requirements and provides hands on exercises and scenario analysis to identify, define and measure changes to cost accounting practices.  
The course begins by summarizing the regulatory framework for CAS and cost accounting practices included in both CAS and FAR, followed by a brief review of cost accounting practices and what constitutes a practice change. After establishing the framework, we will delve into the four different types of cost impacts and the selection of the appropriate technique for notification and settlement of the cost impact. 

Shifting to measurement of the cost impact, we tackle the challenges of establishing a comparative baseline for measurement; discusses covered and affected contracts for inclusion in the cost impact; describes agency and contract type disclosure; treatment of contract types and offsets and netting between contract types and types of changes including:
Required changes
Desirable changes
Unilateral changes 
Non compliances

Rounding out the lecture, practical issues with cost impacts will be discussed emphasizing precedent setting case law that shapes the identification and measurement process used for computing cost impacts.
The interactive workshop portion of the course continues with practical exercises and scenario analysis illustrating and reinforcing the course material including:
Identifying Changes
Measuring Cost Movement
Aggregating Impact
Presenting results

Course attendees will also be provided with a checklist supporting the cost impact process to facilitate preparation of an analysis, which meets the regulatory requirements and addresses relevant guidance and case law.
Dates and Locations
October 23-24, 2019
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
Day 1
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Day 2
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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1.1.   CAS Clauses

1.2.   Regulatory Guidance

Cost Accounting Practice

1.3.   Definition

1.4.   What is a change?

1.5.   CASB Illustrations

1.6.   Organizational vs. Practice Changes

Types of Cost Impacts

1.6.1.  General Dollar Magnitude

1.6.2.  Detailed Cost Impact

1.6.3.  Changed practice

1.6.4.  Non-compliance

Cost Impact Process

1.7.   Notification Requirements for Changes

1.8.   Identifying Changes

1.9.   Covered contracts

1.10. Contract types

1.11. Government Agencies

1.12. Cost Movement

Measuring Impact

1.13. Baseline – Original estimates vs. current cost estimates

1.14. Cost type contracts

1.15. Fixed price contracts

1.16. T&M contracts

1.17. Incentive contracts

1.18. Fee

1.19. Offsets and netting

1.20. Non-Compliance

1.20.1.    Estimating

1.20.2.    Accumulation

Cost Impact Issues

1.21. Organizational vs. Practice changes

1.22. Practice changes implemented at the same time

1.23. Cost measurement when costs move across contract types

1.24. Statute of Limitations

1.25. Interest

1.26. Selected case law


Interactive workshop working through exercises and case studies illustrating and reinforcing the course agenda including:

·       Identifying Changes
Measuring Cost Movement
Aggregating Impact
Presenting results

Chris Pockney
Chris Pockney leads the Washington office of Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services group within the Advisory Services practice. He provides federal contract advisory services to a broad range of clients including defense contractors, commercial contractors, non-profits, educational institutions and regulated utilities. He has assisted clients in numerous manufacturing and service industries including aerospace, nuclear energy, electronics, software, healthcare, construction and insurance across the globe.
Among the services he has provided are analyses and development of contract cost accounting practices including compliance with Cost Accounting Standards, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and Office of Management and Budget Circulars. Chris has assisted with the preparation and pricing of contract proposals, changes and claims, terminations and indirect cost submissions; and preparation of Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure Statements, including changes and related cost impact proposals. He has also led pricing and compliance reviews for Federal Supply Schedule contracts under the General Services Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs multiple award schedule programs.
Before joining Ernst & Young, Chris held management positions in the aerospace and defense industry. He was involved in a variety of government contracting activities including the preparation and negotiation of indirect rate submissions for the purposes of forward pricing, contract billing, final indirect rate settlements and termination claims; maintenance and update of the Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure Statement; preparation and negotiation of advance agreements for specific items of cost; and preparation of contractor independent research and development (IR&D) proposals to the government’s tri-services negotiators.
Deborah Nixon
In a career that has spanned four decades, there is little that Deborah Nixon has not seen. As a nationally recognized expert advising on strategic positioning and risk mitigation, she enables executives and their attorneys’ decision-making to achieve Government contracting objectives. As a consultant, executive, teacher and mentor, she has honed her skills and applied an exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge of the statutes, regulations and business practices governing organizations contracting with the Federal Government. Her experience, insight and passion have made her a sought-after speaker and advisor for those charged with navigating complex Government contracting challenges. With over 30,000 hours consulting with more than 500 clients – Deborah is committed to helping Government contractors thrive in this heavily regulated market space. 

Deborah’s professional services extend to Cost Accounting Standards; Contractor business systems and related internal controls; Contract pricing including commercial pricing and Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts; Indirect cost rates throughout the contract lifecycle; External and internal restructurings including merger, acquisition and integration activities; Requests for equitable adjustments and contract claims including termination settlement proposals; Regulatory reserve analysis and Litigation support including providing expert witness testimony and preparing cost analysis before Government administrative boards, court of claims and arbitration proceedings in addition to internal investigations and disclosure efforts.
Prior to founding Crosshair Advisors, a national woman-owned boutique consultancy dedicated to helping companies and attorneys navigate complex US Government contracting regulations, Deborah was a Partner with Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services practice where she retired after almost 25 years of service. Before becoming a consultant, she held management positions with both large and emerging growth Government contractors.

Presenting for industry and client forums in the U.S. and abroad for organizations including Federal Publications Seminars, American Conference Institute and Marcus Evans Group, Deborah is a thought leader shaping industry perspective in publications and sharing keen insights through her blog, website and other forums. She has appeared on television shows such as Government Contracting Weekly and the Washington Business Report discussing Government contracting issues.

Deborah is a licensed CPA in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She earned her B.S. in Finance and Economics and completed graduate accounting course work. She is a past chapter president of the Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the American Bar Association, National Contract Management Association, American Institute of CPAs and Greater Washington Society of CPAs where she has chaired the Government Contracting Council and was a member of the Board of Governors.
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Sterling, VA 20166
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There is a room block for this location. We are pleased to offer a discounted Preferred Corporate rate of $137.00 per night, based upon availability. This rate is available from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. To make a reservation, click on this link -

Dulles Airport 
22700 Holiday Park Drive | Dulles, VA 20166
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PH: 703-537-7800

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