• Ed Bassett
    Chief Information Security Officer, NeoSystems
    Mr. Bassett is a senior Cyber Security and Risk Management subject matter expert with over 32 years of experience in all aspects of security and privacy program architecture, design, management, and operations. His experience spans Government, Health Care, Financial Services and other industries and includes risk management, program planning, application and software security, security assessments and audits, and security operations.

    He built and led a global security consulting practice specializing in security strategy, assessment and testing, and managed security services. He has been the principal advisor to many Fortune 500 and government clients on information systems security, responsible for securing their critical information assets for e-commerce transactions, sensitive health records, and classified military communication. Ed is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Clarkson University where he earned a degree in computer science.
  • David Black
    Partner, Holland & Knight
    David S. Black is co-chair of the National Government Contracts Practice. He practices in the area of government contracts counseling and dispute resolution. His practice includes representing contractors in protests, claims under the Contract Disputes Act, responding to government investigations and audits, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, terminations for default and convenience, prime-subcontractor disputes, compliance programs, and counseling on a variety of contract administration and procurement issues.

    After law school, he served as judicial clerk to Judge Larry G. Elder of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in Richmond.

    Honors & Awards
    Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Government: Government Contracts, 2011-2018
    Legal Elite, Washington SmartCEO magazine, 2011
    Rising Star, Virginia Super Lawyers magazine, 2007
    Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
    University of Virginia, B.A.
  • Chad Braley
    CEO and Founder, Capital Edge Consulting
    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.
    Chad graduated from the Williams School of Commerce at Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with a major in Business Administration.
  • Jack Callahan
    Partner, CohnReznick
    Jack A. Callahan, CPA, is a partner with CohnReznick and serves as the Firm's Construction Industry Leader. In this role, Jack is responsible for developing a team of accounting, tax, and consulting professionals dedicated to, and experienced in, servicing contractors. Over his more than 30 years in practice, Jack’s deep knowledge and experience in construction accounting, corporate taxation, and business consulting matters have earned him a highly regarded reputation within the construction community.
  • Anne Coviello
    CPA, Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
    Anne Coviello is a Manager at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. Anne has over six years of government contract consulting experience working on a wide range of projects; including support for multiple Incurred Cost Proposals for both major and smaller government contractors. In addition, I have experience in conducting Accounting System Reviews according to the DFARS audit criteria, reviewing policies and procedures to ensure adequate compliance with government contracting standards, cost impact analyses, and overall compliance.
    Penn State University
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting
  • Jack Coviello
    CPA, Baker Tilly
    Jack is a Manager in the Government Contracts Advisory Services practice at Baker Tilly. He was formerly with Beers + Cutler, in Tysons Corner, VA (DC Metro Area). Jack is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
    Bachelor of Arts, Finance
    Penn State University
  • Robert Craig
    Managing Director, Capital Edge Consulting
    Robert M Craig is a Managing Director for Capital Edge Consulting. Mr. Craig has almost 30 years of experience providing accounting and compliance solutions and services related to U.S. Federal government contracting. He specializes in the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulations and the Cost Accounting Standards and has supported Government Contractors with numerous matters, including: Financial Accounting, Mergers & Acquisition due diligence, Litigation and claims, Cost accounting/allocation, Strategic rate restructuring, Contract Compliance, Process Improvement and strategic planning as well as Proposal pricing and development.
    Mr. Craig earned his B.S., Accounting, and an M.B.A at La Salle University. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
  • Eric Crusius
    Partner, Holland & Knight
    Eric, a Partner at Holland & Knight specializing in Government Contracts, Internet/Technology Law, and representing businesses of all shapes and sizes, was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. This honor is only given to the top 2.5% of attorneys who meet certain criteria. Eric has appeared as a guest on Fox News, Government Matters, NPR, Federal News Radio and has been quoted in numerous publications including Newsweek, Washington Lawyer and the Washington Business Journal.

    Eric is a proven trial attorney in state and federal court.

    Aside from his recent accomplishments, Eric has extensive experience in litigating all stages of complex multi-million dollar matters in various state and federal courts from commencement through trial and verdict. In addition, Eric has successfully represented contractors before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Department of Labor and various governmental boards. Eric has also briefed and argued appeals in state and federal court.

    Eric frequently speaks to industry groups regarding government contract, business, and technology issues and related litigation and intellectual property issues.

    Focus Areas: Government contracts litigation (including bid protests, subcontractor/prime contractor disputes, DOL litigation including Service Contract Act (SCA) & FLSA investigations), technology and Internet law, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, and appellate law.
    B.A., Social Science, Hofstra University
    J.D., Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • Scott Davidson
    CEO & Managing Principal, GCO Consulting Group
    Scott M. Davidson CPT. USA, Retired has more than 14 years of professional consulting and contracts management experience supporting Federal Government Contractors. Scott is the Managing Principal at The GCO Consulting Group (GCO) a growing Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business that is focused on GSA Schedule Consulting, Federal Business Development Strategy, and Federal Contract Compliance Support to small and large businesses.

    In his role at GCO, Scott provides specialized management consulting expertise in GSA Schedule Contracting Compliance, Federal Contract Management & Compliance services and Federal Proposal and Business Development support for all sizes of business from Small Businesses to Fortune 500 clients. Scott has prepared, negotiated and had awarded over 300 GSA Schedules since starting the firm in 2009. Scott’s focus areas also include GSA Schedule audit and litigation support and has provided audit and data analysis support for GSA Schedules for clients responding to over 30 GSA Office of the Inspector General investigations in which the disposition of findings was favorable for the clients.
    Scott served honorably in the United States Army as both enlisted soldier and a commissioned Officer and has served multiple combat tours throughout Southwest Asia to include Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal. Scott was Medically Retired from the United States Army during his tour in Iraq in 2007.
  • W. Jay DeVecchio
    Partner, Washington, Morrison & Foerster
    W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. Clients from the aerospace, technology, and health care sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law, from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and debarment. He also represents clients in related issues such as criminal and civil fraud, qui tam actions, and internal investigations.
    Duke University
    (B.A., 1974, cum laude)
    The Catholic University School of Law
    (J.D., 1978)


    Chambers USA [2005 – 2015]

    Who’s Who Legal [2015]
    Public Procurement

    The Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer [2009-2015]

    The Washington Business Journal [2008]
    A Top Washington Lawyer in Government Contracts

    Washington DC Super Lawyers [2013-2015]
    Government Contracts
  • Ron Frazier
    Senior Manager, CohnReznick
    Ron Frazier, JD, PMP, is a senior manager with CohnReznick’s Government Advisory Group and leads the team’s Compliance, Risk, and Monitoring line of business. Ron has worked in both the public and private sectors on many project-based engagements regarding financial analysis, consulting, litigation preparation, and government regulatory compliance. He has performed due diligence, valuation, purchase price allocation, and expert testimony preparation over the course of many engagements.
  • Gerard (Jerry) Frech
    Director, CohnReznick Advisory Group
    Gerard (Jerry) Frech, JD, CCEP, a director with CohnReznick Advisory Group, has more than 25 years of experience in providing integrity monitoring, corruption prevention, fraud detection, and corporate investigation services. He is a pioneer in the integrity monitoring arena, having served as the project manager, in 1991, on the first integrity monitorship ever imposed on a construction company in the State of New York and on a number of high profile projects since. He has received Bar Admission in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court – New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals – Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. As director, Jerry is responsible for managing the integrity monitoring of large-scale construction projects for fraud, waste, and abuse, and providing integrity monitoring and compliance services to government agencies and construction companies.
  • Darrell Hineman
    Director, CohnReznick
    Darrell M. Hineman, CPA, CFE, is a Director with CohnReznick’s Government Contracting Industry Practice. He has spent his career in accounting and federal government contracting arena, assisting clients in navigating through government contracting regulations, especially in researching and interpreting the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) cost principles, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and various other regulatory supplements. He has worked with many branches of the U.S. Government, such as the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to name a few.
  • William Keating
    Managing Director
    William J. Keating has over 35 years of consulting experience, 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’s 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 advised organizations on government audits, business systems compliance, claims preparation, contract disputes and investigations.
    Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and an MBA in Business and Economics from Lehigh University.
  • Michael Killham
    Experienced Corporate Counsel
    Michael A. Killham
    Michael A. Killham is a California attorney specializing in U.S. Government procurement and subcontracting support. He provides legal advice, training, and assistance concerning all aspects of federal and commercial contracting and fiscal law, including but not limited to subjects relating to Contract Formation and Administration, Legal Compliance, Subcontracting, Negotiations, Bid Protests, Contract Disputes, Commercial Item Contracting, Contract Terminations, Export/Import Compliance, and Source Selection.

    Mr. Killham served as corporate counsel for major U.S. government contractors following his military career as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate. These assignments included Director, Legal Operations, for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Advanced Development Programs (a.k.a. “Skunkworks”) in Palmdale, California; General Counsel for a U.S./French joint venture - Thales-Raytheon Systems Company, LLC - and MD Helicopters, Inc., in Fullerton, California and Mesa, Arizona, respectively; Senior Business Counsel for Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California; and Division Counsel for two operating divisions of Litton Industries, Inc. While in these positions, he was responsible for identifying, advising on, and resolving a wide variety of legal and business-related issues, including those relating to government and commercial contracting and subcontracting, export/import compliance, corporate governance, labor/employment law, government cost accounting, intellectual property rights, litigation management, and more.
    United States Military Academy at West Point - Bachelor of Science degree
    Notre Dame Law School - Juris Doctor degree
    The Judge Advocate General's School - Master of Laws degree
  • Anthony Kim
    Managing Director, Capital Edge Consulting
    Anthony Kim has more than 15 years of experience in various cost accounting and compliance issues related to government contracts. Specifically, he is knowledgeable in the areas of government contract procurement regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, OMB Circulars, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and Generally Accepted Auditing Standards.
    Anthony Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from George Mason University.
  • Andy King
    President, Federal Publications Seminars
    I am the co-owner of FPS and I have served as its president since Rob Hafiz and I purchased FPS from Thomson Reuters in August 2014. I bring more than 20 years of leadership experience with a background in corporate learning, training, online education, and events. I’m particularly interested in the business impact that can be generated from all forms of talent development and training.

    I believe that corporate learning—the true development of human capital—has only just begun to be a lever for business growth. Leading organizations are starting to measure the business impact generated from learning to ensure the dollars invested are turning into growth and operational efficiency.

    At the overall FPS business level, I oversee the development and implementation of the company strategy, and FPS is excited and proud to support the evolution of the training and development field.
    University of St. Thomas, B.A. in Communications and Sociology
  • Stephen Knight
    Member, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC
    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. He has conducted compliance reviews for clients, assisting in reviewing and evaluating internal controls, conducting training and evaluating specific compliance issues such as business systems and socio-economic requirements in government contracts. Mr. Knight represents prime contractors as well as subcontractors, and is experienced in ascertaining the necessary government contract requirements for inclusion in subcontracts.
    University of Virginia School of Law (J. D., 1978)
    University of Virginia (B.A., 1975) With Honors
  • Ryan Koenitzer
    CPA, President, RKI
    Ryan Koenitzer, CPA, leads RKI, a U.S. Government Contracts practice and CPA firm dedicated to assisting U.S. Government contractors with their accounting and compliance needs. Mr. Koenitzer has over 14 years experience in government contract cost accounting, pricing, interpretation and application of federal contract regulatory compliance requirements including the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), USG business system design and implementation, and internal audit services. He advises clients on a wide range of financial and compliance risks and other regulatory requirements related to U. S. government contracts. He has served clients in the aerospace and defense, architectural and engineering, construction, manufacturing, energy, transportation and technology industries across various Government agencies (e.g., DoD, DOE, etc.).
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Bachelor, Accounting
  • Philip Koos
    Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP - Forensic Services
    Philip Koos is a Partner within Forensic Services specializing in Government contract consulting. His services include compliance, recovery, litigation and dispute support, forensic accounting, due diligence, pricing, organizational transformation, contract analysis and review and operational effectiveness. Serve clients in the A&D, Energy, Utilities, Healthcare, Technology, Life Sciences, Services and Industrial Products Industries.
    American University - Kogod School of Business
    MBA, Accounting

    York College of Pennsylvania
    BS, Accounting
  • Jonathan Kosarin
    Associate Counsel, DoD Countering Terrorism Technical Support Office
    Jonathan H. Kosarin is Associate Counsel at the Department of Defense Countering Terrorism Technical Support Office and has over 32 years experience in Acquisition and Government Contracting. Mr. Kosarin previously served as Assistant General Counsel at the National Reconnaissance Office, Deputy Counsel, US Navy Special Projects Division; Acting Chief, Contract Law Division, U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg Germany; Associate Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command; Associate General Counsel and Director of Procurement Law, Federal Home Loan Bank Board; European Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, and; Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract Law at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, VA and as Deputy General Counsel, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office. He is an Adjunct Instructor of Procurement and Contracting at the University of Virginia and also teaches at the National Criminal Justice Command College.
    Mr. Kosarin received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University; a Juris Doctor degree, from Brooklyn Law School; and a Master of Laws degree in Government Procurement Law, from the George Washington National Law Center.
  • Carl Kumpf
    CPA, NeoSystems Consultant, Co-founder of Integral Financial Group
    Carl Kumpf is Integral Financial Group’s co-founder. Mr. Kumpf is a seasoned financial executive with specific industry
    experience in high tech, telecommunications, financial services and media. With more than 20 years of professional experience
    in public accounting and industry, his areas of expertise includes internal and external audit, accounting operations and
    financial reporting, including SEC compliance, budgeting, internal controls, mergers and acquisitions and liquidations.
    As a principal of Integral Financial Group, Mr. Kumpf led a 45 member team cross-disciplinary team of consultants and
    employees in the security cost basis subledger successful restatement effort of Fannie Mae. Areas of restatement included
    FIN46, FAS115, 99-20 Impairments, Amortization and Resecuritization. Mr. Kumpf also oversaw the successful first year
    Sarbanes Oxley implementation of a large local government contractor and has served as interim CFO/Controller for several
    local private high tech companies.

    Mr. Kumpf was most recently the Chief Accounting Officer at InPhonic, Inc. He had full responsibility of corporate
    accounting, technical accounting, general ledger accounting, operational accounting, accounts payable, inventory, payroll,
    billing operations, SEC reporting and Sarbanes Oxley implementation functions of a recently public $300 million e-Commerce
    Mr. Kumpf holds a B.B.A in Accounting from the College of William and Mary. He is a CPA in the State of Virginia.
  • Stephen "Chase" Kunk
    Vice President, Contracts & Procurement, Capital Edge Consulting
    Stephen “Chase” Kunk is Capital Edge Consulting, Inc.’s Vice President, Contracts and Procurement and CPSR Consulting Practice lead 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’s support to Capital Edge Consulting clients is predominantly in the areas of contract and subcontract administration, purchasing system compliance and Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) readiness and risk mitigation. He also leads all contract and subcontract negotiation and administration for Capital Edge Consulting’s internal business operations.
    Stephen holds a B.A in Communications from Purdue University and a J.D. (cum laude) from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
  • Lindy Kyzer
    Senior Editor, ClearanceJobs.com
    Lindy Kyzer is the senior editor of ClearanceJobs.com, the largest career site for individuals with an active federal security clearance. ClearanceJobs has registered more than 1 million candidates with an active federal security clearance and has been helping government contractors find cleared talent since 2002. As senior editor Lindy covers the defense industry, intelligence community, government and contracting trends for the ClearanceJobs news site, newsletters and media partners. She also manages ClearanceJobs’ social media. Prior to working for ClearanceJobs, Lindy was a Department of Army employee at the Pentagon and the U.S. Army’s first social media manager (she credits teaching hundreds of Army senior leaders to Facebook and Tweet as one of her claims to fame).
    Lindy graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs with a Concentration in Conflict and Security and a minor in Creative Writing.
  • Noah Leiden
    Partner, CPA, Baker Tilly
    Noah Leiden has been with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP since 2010. He has worked in government contracting consulting since 1991 serving manufacturing, engineering, professional services, information and communications, healthcare, higher education, and not-for-profit organizations. Noah has extensive experience providing a range of government contract accounting, pricing, business system and internal control oversight, and regulatory and contract compliance to his clients.
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Drew Lewis
    CPA, Consulting Manager, Baker Tilly
    Drew Lewis is a Consulting Manager at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
    Bachelor of Science, Accounting
    Liberty University
  • Dismas Locaria Esq.
    Partner, Venable LLP
    Dismas (Diz) Locaria is a member of the firm'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 counsel’s clients with the peculiarities of the Homeland Security Act, including obtaining and maintaining SAFETY Act protections. Government Contract and Grant Counseling and Compliance: Mr. Locaria has a wealth of knowledge regarding applicable contract (e.g., the Federal Acquisition Regulation) and grant (e.g., OMB Circular A-110 and A-122) regulations, including the application of these regulations to both prime contractors/grant recipients and subcontractors/subgrantees.
  • Alexander Major
    Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
    Mr. Major is a partner and co-leader of the firm’s Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group. Mr. Major focuses his practice on federal procurement, cybersecurity liability and risk management, and litigation. A prolific author and thought leader in the area of cybersecurity, his professional experience involves a wide variety of litigation and counseling matters dealing with procurement laws and federal regulations and standards . His diverse experience includes complex litigation in federal court under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act and bid protest actions. He counsels all sizes of companies on issues relating to compliance with government regulations including, among other things, cybersecurity (NIST, FIPS, FedRAMP, and DFARS) requirements, multiple award schedule compliance, Section 508 issues, country of origin requirements under the Buy American and Trade Agreements Acts, cost accounting, and small business requirements. He also regularly conducts internal investigations to assist companies ensure that they are in full compliance with the law.

    Mr. Major is a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer and remains a U.S. Air Force Academy Admissions Liaison Officer for the state of Maryland.
    J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, cum laude
    B.S., Montana State University
  • Sophia Marshall
    Job Development Specialist, Government Contracting - George Mason University
    Sophia Marshall, MHR, BCC is the Employer Relations Manager, GovCon Associate, and Adjunct Faculty for George Mason University’s School of Business. She conducts outreach to employers in the Northern VA area, linking them to opportunities to interface with undergraduate and graduate students. She also delivers career guidance focused on federal and GovCon industries. Sophia’s background is in higher education, workforce training and development, and instructional design. She serves as the Co-Chair of Dulles Chamber’s Workforce and Education committee and is a member of Reston Chamber’s GovCon committee.

    Prior to her work at George Mason University, Sophia provided consulting services, helping hundreds of job seekers make successful career transitions from military service into the civilian sector. She is a published author with work found in Military Spouse Magazine, the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, Modernize Your Resume, and Modernize Your Job Search Letters.

    About George Mason University: George Mason University’s School of Business creates career-ready business graduates through rigorous, stimulating business programs based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, we prepare the next generation of business leaders through a range of innovative academic degree programs, executive education programs, and international alliances.
    University of Oklahoma, Master of Human Relations (MHR) - Field Of Study: Multicultural & Diversity Studies
    University of Wisconsin-Stout - Field Of Study: Instructional Design
    Ursinus College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Field Of Study: English & Japanese Activities and Societies - International House, Community Service
  • Joseph McCaffrey
    Director, Baker Tilly
    Joseph McCaffrey is a director with Baker Tilly’s government contractor advisory services practice. He has more than 10 years of consulting experience working with government contractors and not-for-profit organizations. Joseph has advised clients in aerospace, hospitality, healthcare, construction, security services, technology and professional services industries on a wide range of business issues and regulatory compliance matters. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Joseph was the Director of Government Ethics & Compliance supporting PricewaterhouseCoopers’ public sector business.
    Wake Forest University
    Master of Science in accountancy
    Bachelor of Science in accountancy
  • Matthew McKelvey
    President, McKelvey Group
    Matthew McKelvey has over twenty-five years’ experience in Finance/Accounting, Government Contracting, Business Valuations, Process Optimization, and Training. Matt is President and CEO of The McKelvey Group, and is widely respected as a subject matter expert in both commercial and Federal marketplaces. He brings his extensive experience working with large, medium, and small companies to help his clients achieve the growth objectives of their owners.

    As a consultant and CFO, he is well known for his expertise in working with organizations as they seek to create or improve their relationships with the Federal Government through price and proposal strategies, compliance, accounting, and training. In addition to direct client consulting in these areas, Matt demonstrates his comprehensive expertise through various speaking engagements and the Government contracting courses he instructs, including Cost/Price Proposal Workshops, DCAA Audit Preparation, Earned Value Management Systems, and Incurred Cost Submissions. Matt’s teaches his courses through several venues including training companies, conferences, and for individual clients. The McKelvey Group is a National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) recognized Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program sponsor providing CPE credits in accordance with nationally recognized standards.
    Matt holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing and a BS in Finance. He is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt, a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).
  • James Newland
    Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
    James Newland is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, a licensed architect, and his law practice focuses on major construction and public works projects and includes a mix of non-contentious and contentious matters. He is ranked by Chambers USA which describes him as “very well versed in construction law and construction related issues.” He began practice in 1998.

    In his practice, James drafts and negotiates construction contracts and procurement documents and helps clients resolve major complex claims involving construction and design issues on domestic and international projects. He represents national and international contractors and project owners in transactional work, mediation, arbitration and litigation. He has significant experience in vertical construction, power and heavy civil contracting and claims, as well as in design-build, P3, alliance contracting and traditional design-bid build delivery formats. Government construction contracting is a major focus of his work.

    Prior to practicing law, James practiced architecture and worked as a project manager on development projects. Given this experience, James is frequently called upon to counsel clients on risk management and allocation, advising on troubled projects during the construction phase, project work-outs and project closeout strategies.
    James received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
  • Michael Phipps
    Principal, GCO
    Michael Phipps has over 20 years of commercial and public sector experience with a strong background in government contracting and has directed operations for corporations with onsite management in the United States, Middle East & Asia.
    Mr. Phipps has proven experience managing business operations for international corporations, working in over 20 countries. During his career Mr. Phipps has worked on a variety of prime and subcontracts with experience in Project Management, Base Operations Support, Language Services, Logistics and Information Technology. Mr. Phipps has managed complex international programs and has led successful operations into some of the most volatile areas of the world.

    Mr. Phipps served nine years in the U.S. Army Reserves and Active Duty and is a former US Army Ranger.

    Mr. Phipps currently is the Chairman of the SBA’s Veteran Small Business Affairs Advisory Committee. Mr. Phipps also is a founding member of the American Legion’s Small Advisory Task Force, formed to educate The White House, Congress and The Legion Posts about Veteran’s business issues while developing methods and tools to assist veteran-owned small businesses.
    University of Maryland University College
    Master's Degree, Computer Systems Management

    West Virginia University
    Bachelor's Degree, Business
  • Anthony Rapa
    Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    Anthony Rapa is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he is a member of the Firm’s International Trade and National Security Practice Group. He is a leading practitioner in the field of economic sanctions and export controls, and regularly counsels clients regarding regulatory compliance in the context of cross-border operations and investments.

    Anthony’s practice focuses on U.S., UK, and EU economic sanctions and export control issues. He advises clients with respect to matters arising under economic sanctions regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), administered by the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); and companion UK and EU regimes.

    Anthony has advised clients around the world, including companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, across a broad range of industries. His experience includes representations of clients in the energy, technology, software, semiconductor, manufacturing, mining, financial, automotive, telecommunications, defense, aerospace, legal and shipping industries.
    J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2007, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; Comments Editor, Seton Hall Law Review; Peter Rodino Scholar
    B.A., Drew University, 2003, summa cum laude
  • Johana "Jody" Reed
    Counsel, McMahon, Welch and Learned, PLLC
    Ms. Reed’s practice focuses on advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of government contracting law, including prime contracts, subcontracts and other related agreements, drafting requests for equitable adjustments and claims; drafting Contractor Performance Assessment Report System responses; reviewing, drafting, evaluating and revising ethics compliance programs; evaluation and submission of Mandatory Disclosures; Cost Accounting Standards and accounting systems/cost principles; contract and solicitation review and risk assessment; protection of intellectual property rights related to government contracts; Organizational Conflicts of Interests issues and mitigation plans; Freedom of Information Act requests and defenses; export controls compliance and training programs; and cyber security issues. She is experienced and skilled in negotiating both international and domestic contracts including subcontracts, teaming agreements, intellectual property licenses, agent agreements, and proprietary information agreements for numerous million- and billion-dollar programs. She has represented clients of all sizes in bid protests before the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims.

    Ms. Reed lectures for Federal Publications Seminars on Data Rights in Government Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, CRADAs, Other Transaction Agreements, the FAR, DFARS, Cyber Security and Government Cloud Computing initiatives.

    Ms. Reed is a “second-career” lawyer who brings together over twenty years of experience as an attorney with over 15 years of experience as a Business Finance Manager at a major defense contractor and as a Contracts Manager at several defense contractors. She also worked under a contract with the FAA to provide contracts management support.
    Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1997
    Juris Doctor
  • Peter Rosenbaum
    Partner, Jenner & Block
    Peter H. Rosenbaum concentrates in corporate transactions and counseling, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and securities compliance and reporting. In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he has represented public and private companies as buyers and sellers in a wide range of industries and an array of transaction structures. His securities practice centers on securities compliance matters and capital raising transactions.
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2005; magna cum laude, CALI Awards for highest grade in Civil Procedure and Legal Writing
    University of Michigan, B.A., 1994
  • Marie Salamone
    Senior Manager, Capital Edge Consulting
    Marie is a Senior Manager with Capital Edge Consulting, Inc. Marie’s areas of expertise include: Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), incurred cost submissions, forward pricing rate proposals, contract terminations, business system compliance reviews, policies and procedures development, indirect rate structure reviews, disclosure statements, cost impact models, DCAA audit support, cost engineering, construction-related claims, and litigation support.

    Marie has more than 29 years of government contract cost accounting and compliance consulting as well as cost engineering, construction claims analysis and litigation experience in an array of industries that include pharmaceutical, defense, manufacturing, service, energy, and waste management.
    Marie earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from LaSalle University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University.
  • Leah Schmid
    VP, Human Resources and Administration, Delta Risk
    Leah oversees human resources, talent acquisition, information technology, and security management functions for Delta Risk. She has more than 15 years of progressive human resources and strategic business partnering experience from a wide array of industries. Before joining Delta Risk, she was the director of administration at Manufacturing Techniques (MTEQ), an advanced sensors design, development, and rapid prototyping company. In this role she served as a member of the executive leadership team and created business-driven programs and process improvement in a wide range of areas, including talent management, benefits administration, facilities and security management, and information technology. Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification, and well as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional certification.

    Delta Risk provides a modern approach that allows companies to innovate and adopt new technologies quickly and securely. Built with a cloud-first approach, Delta Risk’s ActiveEye solutions provide clients with native integration to Microsoft Office 365, Google GSuite, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the Google Cloud Platform. Delta Risk is an Advanced Partner within the AWS Partner Network, and has been recognized as a “Top 25 Cyber Security Companies 2017” by CIO Applications, “Top 10 Managed Security Service Provider 2018,” by Enterprise Security, and one of the “Top 100 MSSPs 2017” by MSSP Alert. Delta Risk also offers professional consulting services for commercial and government clients to help them develop cyber security approaches to better protect their organizations and enable their business needs.
    Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington and holds a Senior Professional of Human Resources certification.
  • Grant Schweikert
    Associate Counsel, Jenner & Block LLP
    Grant B. Schweikert is an associate in the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. He represents buyers and sellers in all aspects related to acquisitions and divestitures of government contractor businesses. He also counsels government contractor clients in contract negotiations, contract disputes, Federal Acquisition Regulation compliance
    The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2014
    Naval Postgraduate School, EMBA, 2011
    United States Naval Academy, B.S., 2003
  • D. Joe Smith
    Partner, Jenner & Block
    D. Joe Smith is chair of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice. He has represented large and small companies in a wide variety of government contract matters. With more than 40 years of experience, he has been lead counsel for a wide range of defense contractors in both the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the Court of Federal Claims as well as in numerous federal district courts. He has also been involved in some of the largest transactions in the defense industry.
    Yale Law School, J.D., 1974; S&H Foundation Fellow
    Yale University, M.A., Political Science, 1974; Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fellow
    Anderson College, B.A., 1970; magna cum laude; National Merit Scholar
  • Michael Steen
    Senior Director, CPA
    Mr. Steen is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. He provides Government Contract Consulting services to our government contractors primarily related to cost accounting, financial compliance, and DCAA audit expectations. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Mr. Steen served in a number of capacities with DCAA for over thirty years. Upon his retirement, Mr. Steen was one of the top seven senior executives with DCAA.
    Mr. Steen has a BS Degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University. He is also a graduate of the DCAA Director's Fellowship Program in Management, and has a Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Steen also completed a number of OPM’s management and executive development courses.
  • Craig Stetson
    Managing Director, Capital Edge Consulting
    Craig Stetson 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. Mr. Stetson 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 of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and OMB 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).
    Craig received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University – Long Beach. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California, and a Charted Global Management Accountant.
  • Gunjan Talati
    Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
    Gunjan Talati is an experienced government contracts practitioner that regularly represents contractors in a variety of sectors including aerospace and defense, health care, and technology. Gunjan’s practice is a mix of regulatory compliance, transactional, and litigation.

    Gunjan was recognized in 2018 and the four years immediately preceding as a Washington D.C. “Rising Star” in the area of Government Contracts by Super Lawyers magazine. He was recommended in 2017 by Legal 500 US for Real Estate and Construction Law. Gunjan is fluent in Gujarati, an Indian dialect.
    Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D. (2006)
    Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. (2003) with honors
  • Steven Tomanelli
    J.D., LL.M.
    Mr. Tomanelli is renowned for his ability to explain even the most complex topics in a way that is easy to understand. As the only acquisition instructor in the country who edits the FAR and the comprehensive Annotated FAR, he is uniquely qualified to present the most recent changes and relevant case law decisions.

    Mr. Steven N. Tomanelli is the owner of Steven N. Tomanelli & Associates and is an attorney specializing in federal procurement law in the Washington DC area.

    Mr. Tomanelli is a retired Air Force Judge Advocate and has held numerous high-level procurement law positions, including Chief of Acquisition and Fiscal Law for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command and Senior DoD Counsel for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). He has provided consulting services and legal advice in support of highly classified major system acquisitions and has a current TS/SCI security clearance. Mr. Tomanelli was a Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia, for three years where he provided instruction in a wide variety of procurement and fiscal law topics. In 2001, he was selected as “The Outstanding Career Judge Advocate of the Air Force.”

    Mr. Tomanelli has authored over forty course books and written numerous articles for national publications on federal procurement and fiscal law. Mr. Tomanelli has authored a comprehensive textbook titled, A Practical Guide to Federal Appropriations Law (MCI, 2003); is the Lead Editor of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Annotated FAR for Thomson-West Publishing Company; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Government Contractor (West Publishing).
    Mr. Tomanelli received his B.A. and J.D. at Hofstra University and his Master of Laws (LL.M) in Federal Procurement Law at George Washington University. While earning his Master of Laws degree in Procurement, Mr. Tomanelli worked as an Intern at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. 
  • Sarah Van Fossen
    Manager, PwC
    Sarah is a manager in PwC’s Advisory Forensic Services practice. She provides in-depth analyses and advice to government contractors and commercial clients across various industries to assist in dealing with compliance issues in regulatory, accounting and government contract environments. She has experience providing accounting services to law firms in litigation matters and legal proceedings involving government contract disputes as well as forensic investigations.
    University at Albany, SUNY
    MS, Forensic Accounting

    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden
    BS, Accounting, Finance
  • John Van Meter
    Managing Director, Capital Edge Consulting
    John Van Meter has over 30 years of experience in government contracting. John brings a unique perspective of industry and consulting experience to contract compliance, internal control and business process development engagements. John’s experience includes cost accounting, pricing, internal auditing and subcontract management. John also is an accomplished speaker and trainer within the government contracting industry. John spent much of his career with KPMG, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice delivering professional services to premier clients worldwide. He led advisory projects providing federal contract compliance, regulatory compliance including Sarbanes-Oxley 404 internal control assistance, business system implementation and internal audit outsource services.
    John graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Arizona State University.
  • Eddie Velez
    Senior Manager, CohnReznick
    Eddie Velez is a Senior Manager, with CohnReznick's Disaster Response and Recovery Advisory team. Previously, he worked with FEMA Region 6 for more than 13 years where he served in the roles of: Response Division Operational Planner, Planning Section Chief for FEMA Region 6 Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), and a Preparedness Analyst for the National Preparedness Division. In his last position, he managed the Regional Threat and Hazards Identification and Risk Assessment process and supported synchronizing preparedness efforts with local, state, tribes, and federal partners.
  • Jeffery White
    CEO and Founder, J.A. White & Associates
    Jeffery A. White is a successful executive with a blend of over twenty five years of subcontracting, contracting, project management, and financial experience in both the private and public sectors. His experiences include CPSR consulting, supplier financial management, procurement compliance training, purchasing policy/procedures for governmental agencies, manufacturing plants, service organizations, and hundreds of suppliers across the U.S. and Canada.

    Jeffery is a former adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University’s Lancaster and Harrisburg campuses. He is currently a consultant/instructor with The George Washington University (Washington, DC), teaching courses in the subcontract management, project management, and contracting programs. Jeffery has published numerous articles in professional purchasing-related publications such as Electronic Buyer’s News, NAPM Insight, Purchasing Today, and NAPM InfoEdge.

    He is a noted international speaker for The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and other purchasing organizations, having presented topics at International Conferences, satellite seminars, and affiliate dinner meetings.
    Jeffery’s work with NAPM on the development and teaching of the web-based course, “Fundamentals of Purchasing”, in 1999 earned him the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) 1999 Education Award of Excellence for Technology-Based Education Programs.
  • Jeff Witt
    Senior Manager, CohnReznick
    Jeff Witt, CPA, CIA, CFE, is a senior manager at CohnReznick and a member of the Firm’s Government Contracting Industry Practice with over 25 years of experience in the areas of federal contract compliance. He has extensive knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standard Requirements (CAS); indirect rate design; direct and indirect cost charging/billing practices; various cost and estimate analysis; and federal regulations and requirements on cost allowability, allocability, and reasonableness. Jeff has worked as a DCAA auditor, a Controller for a government contractor, and while working as a CPA, as both an auditor and consultant to government contractors.
  • Cara Wulf
    Attorney, McCarter & English
    Cara Wulf focuses her practice on government contracts and regulations. She has extensive experience counseling clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local public procurement requirements. She also assists in litigation involving bid protests, claims, and other disputes before federal agencies, courts and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
    Cara graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Contributing Editor to the Michigan Journal of International Law. As a law student, Cara interned for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.