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This interactive course will teach participants how to assess and remediate their company’s business systems and demonstrate compliance to Government auditors.  It will address the history of contractor business systems, how to assess a business system for compliance with Government requirements, how to develop new compliant policies and procedures, and how to monitor and maintain business system internal controls.  Participants will practice documenting business system processes, revising policies and procedures, and identifying key process internal controls.  The course will instruct participants on how to walk Government auditors through business processes, documentation, and internal controls in order to demonstrate compliance with Government requirements after their business systems have been revised.

Who should Attend

This course is designed for those basic knowledge of business systems, audits and compliance programs but needs to incorporate the practical with the knowledge base.   Those in the following positions are encouraged to attend including but not limited to:
• Compliance Officers
• Accounting/Finance Administrators, Managers, Directors, VPs
• Contract Administrators, Directors, Managers, VPs

What you will Learn

Upon completion of this course, the participant should know how to:

• Assess their business systems’ compliance with the new DFARS business systems’ criteria and other Government audit objectives
• Remediate system non-compliances
• Document business system processes and internal controls
• Demonstrate, to DCAA and DCMA, how their business systems’ processes and internal controls ensure compliance with the DFARS business systems’ criteria
• Monitor and maintain business systems’ compliance

Dates and Locations
October 21-22, 2019
DC Metro Area - TBA
DC Metro Area, VA
Day 1
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Day 2
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Day 2: 9 am - Noon


I.             Introduction & Background

II.             Business System Requirement Overview

a.        Requirement Background

b.       Common System Requirements

c.        Requirements Comparison

d.       Significant Deficiency Findings

III.              Assessing the Adequacy of Business Systems

a.        System Evaluation Overview

b.       Determining System Requirements

IV.  GroupExercise


I.             Assessing the Adequacy of Business Systems (cont.)

a.        Identify Internal Control Gaps

b.       Policy & Procedure Reviews

II.             Remediation Process

a.        Develop Internal Controls

b.       Update Policies & Procedures

c.        Develop Compliance Tools

III.              Group Exercise

DAY 2:

I.             Building Compliance Documentation

a.     Internal Control Requirements Matrix

b.    Policies & Procedures
c.   System Process Flows
II.             Group Exercise

III.              Monitoring & Maintenance

a.     Internal Control Testing

b.    Training

c.     Policy & Procedure Monitoring

d.    Compliance Reporting

IV.              Demonstrating System Compliance

V.             Government Walk-Through

VI.              Wrap Up


Patrick J. Fitzgerald, CPA

Patrick J. Fitzgerald, Director, Baker Tilly, has over 35 years of experience auditing all aspects of Department of Defense operations and advising leaders at the highest levels of the Department. His vast experience and expertise include enhancing the cost effectiveness of business operations, resolving compliance challenges, improving business system effectiveness, conducting internal investigations, preparing for negotiations, and improving relationships between contractors, auditors, and contracting officers.

As the former director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, Pat spent five years overseeing the agency’s $600 million budget as well as the 5,000 professionals who provide contract audit and advisory services to the Department of Defense. Pat also served as The Auditor General for the U.S. Army. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the Army’s audit mission to help Army leaders make informed decisions, resolve issues, and use resources effectively and efficiently. As The Auditor General, Pat led the U.S. Army Audit Agency and reported directly to the Secretary of the Army.

John Hindman, Senior Manager

John Hindman is a Senior Manager in Baker Tilly’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice. John has extensive experience assisting a wide range of government contractors across numerous industries with complex regulatory compliance issues.  John has a broad range of experience including government contract cost accounting, contractor business systems compliance, and government contract audit assistance.  John helps contractors navigate a myriad of complex cost accounting matters to ensure compliance against the Government’s Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 31 cost principles, indirect cost rate submission requirements, and preparation of final indirect cost rate proposal (or incurred cost submissions).  John also works with extensively with contractors on the design and implementation of their system of internal controls relative to contractor business system requirements.  Specifically, he focusses heavily on compliance with accounting, purchasing, and estimating system requirements relative to the Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) business system criteria.  John also works closely with contractors on drafting responses to Government audit reports and findings.  He has prepared and implemented numerous corrective action plans that have successfully resolved Government findings.

Thomas Tagle, CPA

Tom Tagle, a partner in Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice, has worked in government contracting industry for more than twenty years. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Director at a global consulting firm, and spent the first nine years of his career with a global accounting firm. Tom’s clients have included government and commercial contractors in a wide range of industries, including construction, shipbuilding, contingency operations, information technology (IT) services, healthcare, and professional services. Tom’s experience encompasses a broad range of financial statement auditing, consulting, forensic investigation and litigation support assignments for clients in a variety of industries. 

Tom specializes in assisting government contractors with matters related to all phases of the federal Government procurement cycle, including, overhead rate design and implementation, contract cost impacts, preparation of incurred cost submissions, assists in the review of contractor Business Systems and internal control and settlement of contract claims, just to name a few. Tom consults with government contractors on cost allocability and allowability matters, assists in responding to questions and allegations raised by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), and helps contractors evaluate and document their compliance with the Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulation. He also assists clients in connection with litigation before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. 

Drew Lewis, Manager

Drew Lewis, CPA, is a Manager in Baker Tilly’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice in Tysons Corner, VA.  Drew began his career as an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency working primarily on incurred cost audits and providing assistance with various other assignments, including Cost Accounting Standards disclosure statements and compliance reviews, contractor business system reviews, and some proposal support.  Since joining Baker Tilly, Drew has assisted contractors in adapting to the new DFARS business system criteria through detailed, preliminary reviews of policies and procedures, performance of internal control gap analyses and remediation efforts, implementations of information systems to assist with management visibility and contractor compliance, and developing monitoring plans for continued success.  He has also provided support to organizations through their indirect rate development process, including periodic reviews of accounting and budgetary data for updates to forward pricing and billing rates.  Drew also has broad knowledge of rules and regulations surrounding the FAR, DFARS, CAS, and TINA.

Drew graduated with honors from Liberty University with a B.S. degree in Accounting and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Virginia, a licensed Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and Certified Federal Contracts Manager through the National Contracts Management Association.

Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
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This Program is eligible for: 9.5 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
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.
This Program is eligible for: 8.0 (CLP) hours of credit
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.
This Program is eligible for: 8.25 (60 minutes),
DC Metro Area - TBA
DC Metro Area, VA 
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