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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.  
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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

Rodney A. Grandon
Rodney A. Grandon, a member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Deputy General Counsel for Contractor Responsibility and Conflict Resolution, Department of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. In that capacity, he is the Air Force’s Suspending and Debarring Official, and is responsible for providing legal advice concerning contractor responsibility matters to senior Air Force and DoD leadership, as well as leading the Air Force’s Procurement Fraud Remedies Program. Mr. Grandon also has responsibility for the Air Force’s Alternative Dispute Resolution/Conflict Resolution Program.

Prior to assuming his present duties, Mr. Grandon served as the Chief of Procurement Law and Chief Trial Attorney for the U.S. Coast Guard.

1982 Bachelor of Arts, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa,
1985 Juris Doctor, Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
1992 Master of Laws, The Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Va.

Anne Donohue
Anne Donohue is with BAE Systems.
David Roll
David Roll is Vice President-Industry Compliance at ManTech International Corporation.
Derek Shaw
Derek Shaw is Director, Government Contracts Advisory Services at BDO USA, LLP. 
Diane Lazinsk
Diane Lazinsk is Manager, Government Finance, at Pratt & Whitney. She currently is Vice-Chair, AIA Cost Principles Committee.
Ken Saccoccia
Ken Saccoccia is the Deputy Director at Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and has served in this position since April 2015.  
Kevin Maynard
Kevin Maynard is Partner, Government Contract Practice at Wiley Rein.
Kevin Walker
Kevin Walker is Senior Director, Government Compliance at Honeywell Aerospace.
Kristine Kassekert
Kristine Kassekert is Senior Counsel, Federal Services at Dell. 
Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson is Senior Manager, Government Contracts Advisory Services at BDO USA, LLP. 
Mark A. Smith
Mark A. Smith is Director, Government Finance - Defense Sector at Rolls-Royce Corporation. He is the former Chair, AIA Cost Principles Committee.
Matthew Franz
Matthew Franz is Director, Government Contracts Advisory Services at BDO USA, LLP. 
Nicole J. Owren-Wiest
Nicole J. Owren-Wiest is a Partner at Wiley Rein LLP. Nicole represents aerospace, defense, professional services, and emerging technology companies in all aspects of federal government contracts law. 
Paul Evans, Sr.
Paul Evans is Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Treasury Services.
Robert Craig
Robert Craig is Managing Director, Government Contracts Advisory Services at BDO USA, LLP.
Timothy P. Callahan
Timothy Callahan (SES) is Executive Director, Contracts, at DCMA-AQ.
Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
All Federal Publications Seminars courses meet the course requirements of the National Contract Management Association’s certification programs. We are a proud Education Partner of the NCMA.
Federal Publications Seminars is part of West Professional Development, which 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 the 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:
This Program is eligible for: 6.5 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: n/a
Program Prerequisite: n/a
Advance Preparation: n/a
Method: n/a
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: 6.0 (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: 5.5 (60 minutes),
Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
Specific topics or issues within a topic area are covered. Students should be familiar with terms of art and general concepts concerning the course topic.
Workshops and class discussions cover specific subject matter in-depth, and participation is strongly encouraged. Attendees should have at least 2-3 years' experience in the area of study.
Courses build upon students' knowledge and experience, and cover complex issues within the subject matter. Should have 4-5 years' mastery of subject for in-depth analysis.
Masters-level programs designed for professionals with 5+ years' experience. Courses cover in-depth and technical analysis on specific subjects and updates on current issues.
Conference Co-hosts

For more than 100 years, BDO USA has been recognized as a premier accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Providing services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, BDO offers a sophisticated array of services and global capabilities, combined with the personal attention of experienced and committed professionals. 

FEDERAL PUBLICATIONS SEMINARS (FPS) has been the leading provider of quality training for government contracting professionals for 58 years. We offer over 400 public seminars, 200 online courses and webinars, plus customized on-site training.  FPS covers everything from contracting fundamentals examining core principals to highly technical analysis of specific government contracting subjects.


Founded in 1983, Wiley Rein is a dominant presence in the nation’s capital. With more than 250 lawyers, the firm has earned international prominence by representing clients in complex, high-stakes regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. 
Conference Sponsors

For over 30 years, Deltek has uniquely delivered leading enterprise software and information solutions for project-based businesses. Our unparalleled solutions and industry expertise deliver actionable insights, enabling our clients to profit more.  Learn more.


The McLean Group is a leading independent investment bank that provides mergers and acquisitions (M&A), business valuation and strategic consulting services to middle market businesses. Learn more.


Wells Fargo is a provider of banking, mortgage, investing, credit card, insurance, and consumer and commercial financial services. Learn more.
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