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23rd Annual Government Contracting Conference
Commanding Success: Taking Charge of Change

May 3rd, 2018

As a government contractor, you cannot afford to be reactive. Attend DHG's 23rd annual Government Contracting Conference and stay ahead of the competition. We will provide the most up-to-date information, materials, industry insights and experience to help you position yourself for success in this ever-changing environment.

Our Government Contracting Conference focuses on ways to improve profits, enhance indirect cost strategies, ensure compliance with rules and regulations, increase cost recovery and minimize tax consequences. This one-day event consists of specialized panels and breakout sessions led by industry leaders who face and address contracting issues and challenges on a daily basis.

This year we are updating the breakout sessions into focused tracks for issues tied to Growth (strategic targeting, shaping procurements, proposing to win), Compliance (DCAA initiatives and hot buttons, CAS Readiness, cyber) and Accounting (revenue recognition, tax reform, lease accounting) topics.

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23rd Annual Government Contracting Conference
Commanding Success: Taking Charge of Change

May 3rd, 2018

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Speakers will feature DHG’s professionals, industry leaders, attorneys, and government representatives who face and address contracting issues and challenges on a daily basis. A full list of speakers will be available through our Event Mobi site.

Speakers Photo Atallah, Nichole
Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC

Nichole Atallah counsels clients in a broad range of employment matters, including compliance with Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA/wage & hour, FMLA, wrongful termination and reduction in force. Ms. Atallah advises clients in general business matters including interpreting and drafting employee compensation and benefit arrangements, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and separation agreements. When necessary, she zealously defends clients faced with a wide range lawsuits and claims, from wrongful termination to contract disputes Read more.

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Senior Consultant, DHG

Jacob is an experienced accounting professional, servicing companies in the government contracting arena ranging from start-ups to billion dollar corporations. As a consultant, he assisted clients in navigating the rigorous compliance rules, regulations, and standards prescribed to government contractors.

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Visiting Fellow, Lexington Institute

Mr. William C. Bodie, also known as Bill, has served as an Executive Vice President of Middle East Africa (MEA) Region at Parsons Corporation. Mr. Bodie served as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Government Group at Fluor Corporation (FGC) since October 15, 2013 and led sales, marketing and communications for the group. He served as an Interim President of Government and Infrastructure Business Unit of KBR, Inc. since March 24, 2009 and served as its President of North American & Defense Business since October 2009. He has considerable public sector experience and has expertise in the government business development arena. He served as an Executive Vice President and Global Business Development Manager of Parsons Government Services. He served as Senior Vice President and Manager of Parsons' National Security & Defense Division. He served as Lead Executive of KBR's North American Government & Defense business unit. He served as Senior Vice President of North American Government and Defence of KBR, Inc. from August 2009 to October 2009. He served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Strategic Planning at G&I since his arrival at KBR in March 2005. He served as Vice President of Defense Programs at DFI International, a major analytical services firm for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the US Military. He held a number of executive positions in the Department of Defense and defense industry, including Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force and Director of Communications at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He also served in the U.S. government as a Senior Fellow at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies, where he directed research on national security institutions in Russia and other Soviet republics. He served as a Director of Professional Services Council. He is a Recognized Leader in all aspects of business development, strategic communications, and public affairs. Mr. Bodie has a Master’s Degree in Politics from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Columbia University. Read more.

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Director of Government Contracts, Bloomberg Government

Kevin Brancato is the Director of Government Contracts Research at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was a management scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he analyzed weapon system costs and defense manpower policies. He received a B.A. in math from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Read more.

Scott currently heads the Government Contracting Services practice for Metro DC as well as the Assurance Services lead and the Private Equity Services lead for the market. Scott has practiced as a certified public accountant since 1991. He has obtained a Master’s Certificate in Government Contracting from the George Washington University. Read more.

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Executive Vice President & Counsel, Professional Services Council

Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry, where he is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. He has 16 years’ experience as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill, serving first as a staff member on the Senate Budget Committee and, later, the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He became counsel and staff director to the Senate Small Business Committee and then counsel to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Chvotkin is a member of the American, Supreme Court and District of Columbia Bar Associations and a fellow of the National Contract Management Association, where he serves on its national board of advisors. He is also a founding member and continuing leader of the federal contracting industry’s Acquisition Reform Working Group, which was established in 1993. He also co-chairs the operating committee of the Council of Defense and Space Industries Association. Read more.

Allison began her professional career with Arthur Andersen in 2001 as an intern in their Global Corporate Tax Group and joined DHG in 2002. She is a member of the Government Contracting industry group within the firm, focusing in assurance services. Allison’s experience allows her to:

• Develop effective audit procedures that are tailored to each business’ individual operations
• Understand and assist with the revenue recognition issues facing government contractors with various types of contracts (fixed price, time and material, cost reimbursable, etc)
• Identify potential issues with indirect rate structures with consideration of unallowable costs
• Work with an audit team and client personnel to allow financial statement deadlines to be met and identify internal control concerns
• Work collectively with DHG’s tax team to identify potential tax issues and find effective solutions.

Allison has prepared and presented multiple in-house training programs for DHG employees on auditing government contractors as well as government contracting technical topics including: revenue recognition, indirect rates and unallowable costs, internal controls, sampling methodology and risk assessment. She has prepared and presented training programs for external audiences and has been a featured panelist on technical accounting and auditing issues.

She has authored articles for publication on accounting and auditing standards for the DHG Government Contracting Industry Publication. Allison is a leader within DHG where she serves on the firm-wide Revenue Recognition Technical Taskforce. She also serves as the Metro DC Champion for DHG’s Women Forward firm-wide initiative. She has also led several committees focusing on workplace culture, recruiting and was instrumental in the development of the DHG Metro DC Internship Program.

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Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

Eric Crusius 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. In addition, Mr. Crusius is well-versed in developing strategies for and managing all stages of complex multimillion-dollar litigations from commencement through trial. Read more.

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Principal, Avascent

Vanda de la Mata is a Principal with Avascent, and a leader within the company’s mergers and acquisitions practice, serving both private equity and corporate clients. Ms. de la Mata’s focus on services and technology firms stems from over ten years working with services-based businesses in improving competitive positioning, capturing key contracts, and expanding through inorganic growth. As a lead in the services transaction practice, Ms. de la Mata works with financial and strategic clients in determining the underlying value proposition, competitive differentiators, contract and qualification synergies associated with inorganic targets. Her experience in capture support (“price to win”) and strategic planning for services firms allows Ms. de la Mata to provide contract-level and portfolio-level insights and recommendations on a business’ value proposition and operational dynamics. Since joining Avascent in 2009, Ms. de la Mata has supported leading private equity firms and Fortune 500 firms on multiple engagements, from strategic market reviews to buy- and sell-side positioning. Her work has the spanned defense hardware and systems, logistics, IT services, commercial and military aviation and transportation sectors. Supporting over two dozen M&A engagements each year, her work has included such market-shaping deals such as PAE, Peraton/Harris IT, DXC/Vencore/KeyPoint, Wyle, CSC/SRA. Prior to joining Avascent, Vanda worked with Maersk Line, Limited, a global transportation and logistics company. With Maersk, she supported opportunity vetting and go-to-market strategic planning, as well as RFI/RFP support. Ms. de la Mata holds an M.A. in European Studies (International Business and Government Relations) from the Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. (cum laude) in Romance Languages from Harvard University. Read more.

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Partner, Venable LLP

Paul Debolt assists companies and individuals on all issues that arise from doing business with the federal government, including civil fraud. He is experienced in the competitive source selection process, defending or prosecuting bid protests, issuing advice concerning compliance with government regulations and laws during the performance of a contract, and helping to resolve disputes and claims during contract performance or as a result of contract termination. Mr. Debolt also has significant experience with due diligence in connection with the merger and acquisition of government contractors, as well as post-transaction matters such as novations. He counsels clients on the Service Contract Act, the Civil False Claims Act, joint ventures and teaming agreements, prime-subcontractor disputes, internal investigations, mandatory disclosures and data rights issues. Read more.

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Chairman, Section 809 Panel

Dave Drabkin has over 36 years of experience working in the government acquisition community. His experience includes work in the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) of the United States Senate as well as the private sector.He has presented at professional conferences and meetings on government acquisition at Federal, State and Local levels as well as Internationally.Dave is the past President of the DC Chapter of the National Contract Management Association, a former member of the Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Advisors, a Fellow and the recipient of NCMA’s Charles A Dana Award. He currently servces as a Director of the Procurement Round Table and the Public Contracting Institute. Read more.

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News Director, Labor, Employment, Benefits & HR, Bloomberg Law

Karen Ertel directs the news for Bloomberg Law's employment, labor, employee benefits, & HR team in Washington D.C. Coverage areas: breaking news about the labor department, NLRB, EEOC and agencies, court cases (employment discrimination, ERISA, labor issues, noncompetes, and much more). Team specializes in deep dives but doesn't neglect the weeds when it's called for. Author of Grievance Guide (BNA Books, 14th ed. 2017, 13th ed., 2012) and The Shopper's Guide to Washington D.C. (Capitol Books, 2006). Read more.

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Manager, DHG

Lauren has been with Dixon Hughes Goodman since 2007. She has extensive experience performing audits, reviews, and compilations for government contractors and has participated in all areas of planning, risk assessment, testing, and reporting in accordance with U.S GAAP. Additionally, Lauren has experience performing due diligence transaction advisory services and benefit plan audits for government contractors. Lauren brings to her work an extensive knowledge of internal controls, documenting, and testing internal controls.

Elizabeth Gantnier serves as a Professional Practice Partner in the Mid-Atlantic region, providing accounting and auditing services to both privately held and publicly traded companies. In this role she provides support to engagement teams on technical accounting and auditing issues, completes second-level reviews, communicates new developments and monitors the quality of assurance services provided. As a partner in DHG’s Financial Services Group, Elizabeth brings more than 30 years of experience to the table. Read more.

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Vice President, Ethics and Compliance, Orbital ATK Inc.

Neil Gardner is a Corporate Executive offering extensive experience building and leading world-class government compliance organizations. Takes a proactive approach, gets ahead of regulatory changes, has superior interpersonal skills, high performer, and proven leader. Track record of successfully passing DCAA audits, ensuring DFAR compliant business systems are in place, and ensuring the overall government compliance program is strong and reflects an infrastructure built to ensure compliance with FAR, CAS and DFARS requirements. Strong leadership skills in building ethics and government compliance teams through fostering of career growth and managing employees to embrace strong ethical behavior and adherence to company core values. Strong emphasis on establishing innovative government compliance solutions, thereby reducing risk of compliance failures and financial liability. Overall strong focus on leveraging government compliance as a key competitive advantage. Read more.

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Senior Managing Director

Cameron Hamilton, a Senior Managing Director at The McLean Group, joined the firm in 2001 and has been involved in more than 30 successful sell- and buy-side M&A and capital formation engagements. Currently, he focuses on serving federal contracting clients. Before joining The McLean Group, Mr. Hamilton led the consulting division responsible for strategic business process analysis and return-on-investment opportunity valuation at ClearCross, Inc., a leading international trade compliance software vendor. He also was the primary financial analyst supporting ClearCross’ multiple acquisitions and capital raises. Mr. Hamilton holds an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was a member of nationally ranked varsity swimming and water polo teams. He regularly competes in triathlons and completed his first Ironman race in Western Australia in 2012. Read more.

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Senior Manager, DHG

Eric is a Senior Manager in DHG’s Metro DC tax practice. He has more than thirteen years of experience as a trusted tax advisor across various sectors, including: government contracting, manufacturing, technology, education, and professional services. Eric has worked closely with businesses ranging in size from family-owned, local companies to global Fortune 500 companies.

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Director, Government Compliance, KBR

Charlie Kerr is a Director of Government Compliance at KBR based in Houston TX. Mr. Kerr has twenty years of experience in the government contracting industry providing leadership in Cost Accounting Standards (CAS); Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); indirect rates; government audits; contract administration; compliance; and DFAR Business Systems. He has oversight responsibility for preparation and submission of Disclosure Statements and Incurred Cost proposals, which involves collaboration with senior leadership and across functional departments, working closely with process owners to ensure cost accounting practices are well defined and compliant with CAS for both operating segments and home offices. He has supported and defended numerous CAS compliance positions and has developed many cost impact analyses. Mr Kerr was heavily engaged in the negotiation of direct and indirect cost associated with 10 years of unsettled contract efforts valued at $46 billion. Leading efforts and cost accounting expertise to strategically align and ensure consistent compliant practices for the newly acquired businesses that make up KBRwyle. Read more.

Speakers Photo Kincer, Kirk
Manager, DHG

Janice currently serves as a Tax Director in the DHG Private Equity practice. In this role, she leads cross functional teams that execute tax due diligence and tax strategies for private equity groups and their portfolio companies. Janice also provides tax structuring services for merger and acquisition clients, successor liability transaction analysis and tax classification analysis of target companies. Read more.

Thomas A. Lemmer, Esq. is a Partner at Dentons US LLP, McKenna Government Contracts, where he routinely counsels clients on federal contract formation, contract administration and dispute resolution. His practice also involves state and local government and commercial contracting. In the area of federal government procurement, Mr. Lemmer has significant experience in numerous areas, including contract cost allow ability under the Cost Principals in the FAR, DEAR and OMB Circulars, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA). In the areas of CAS, Mr. Lemmer has been involved in issues involving compensation, particularly pensions, postretirement benefits and employee stock ownership plans; restructuring issues; asset valuations in the context of mergers and acquisitions; independent research and development (IR&D) and bid and proposal (B&P) issues; legal costs; and environmental cost recovery issues. Read more.

Christopher Liebner has more than six years of experience in public accounting, all of which have been with DHG. As a manager within the firm’s Government Contracting Industry group, he works with a wide variety of small businesses as well as individual clients. Chris spends most of his time reviewing S-corporation and partnership tax returns, including a large number of multi-state tax returns. Chris works closely with related business owners and shareholders on their individual taxes, providing focused and efficient service. He also helps his clients with quarterly and year-end tax projections as well as tax planning strategies for a wide variety of situations. Read more.

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Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

Tirzah's principal area of practice involves white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and litigation and client counseling arising from such matters. Her practice involves trial work, grand jury work, and defending clients in government investigations and other proceedings related to the False Claims Act, government contracts and procurement fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and similar global anti-corruption legislation, tax fraud, and antitrust offenses, as well as in other types of civil, criminal, and administrative disputes and inquiries. She regularly represents clients before relevant enforcement authorities, including the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Read more.

As a Senior Manager in the Government Contracting Advisory Group, Mr. Mardesich uses his management consulting and federal government contract consulting experience including knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) guidance, to assist small businesses, government sponsored enterprises (GSE), Fortune 100 companies, and top 100 government contractors. He is a speaker and author on current government contracting issues. He is the host of DHG’s Fundamentals of Government Contracting webinar series. Read more.

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Vice President, Wolf Den Associates

Kevin Marshall is a Vice President and Principal Solution Architect at Wolf Den Associates, focused primarily on Capture and Proposal support. Kevin designs and develops the compelling storylines that tie a company’s capabilities and vision to a Government customer’s problem set. Kevin and his team’s efforts have resulted in wins for Wolf Den customers across NGA, FDA, DCMA, USAF, DOS, USDA, VA, GSA, EPA, and others, including multiple Agencies and Directorates in the Intelligence Community.

Before joining Wolf Den, Kevin spent 10 years at SRA where he grew into the role of Senior Acquisition Executive, which is essentially an over-titled solution architect. Prior to his time at SRA, Kevin ran the gamut of commercial system integrators such as Oracle, Siebel, and Price Waterhouse (back before Coopers and Lybrand jumped on their coattails).

Kevin’s background in software, data architecture, business analytics, team leadership, and client management all inform his approach to developing solutions for Wolf Den customers. From understanding and developing each customer’s “Why us?” to telling the story itself, Kevin always seeks the balance between the art and science of a compelling solution. Kevin is a certified Project Management Professional, ITIL practitioner, Scrum Master, and GSEC certified cyber-practitioner.

Kevin graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He spent his formative years working in construction and demolition which led to his deep desire to no longer wear steel-toed boots for a living. His recreation includes yoga, motorcycles, sporting clays, golf, and the occasional home project that requires power tools and blind faith in his rudimentary carpentry skills. He lives in Tyson’s Corner with his wife and two dogs. His son and most of his disposable income attend the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.

Heth began his professional career with DHG in 2010. As a Manager within the firm’s Government Contracting Industry group, he works with a wide variety of businesses as well as individual clients. Heth spends most of his time working on C-corporation, S-corporation and partnership tax returns, including a large number of multi-state tax returns. Heth works closely with related business owners and shareholders on their individual taxes, providing focused and efficient service. He also helps his clients with quarterly and year-end tax projections as well as tax planning strategies for a wide variety of situations. Additionally, Heth trains new staff and interns on tax concepts and firm policies. Read more.

Speakers Photo Martin, Mitchell
Senior Managing Director, The McLean Group

Mitchell Martin joined the McLean Group in 2010 and is co-head of both the firm’s M&A Practice as well as its Aerospace, Defense and Government (“ADG”) practice. Selected transactions include the sale of Clearsoft to BRMI, the leveraged ESOP of Linxx Global Solutions through Mosaic Capital, the divestiture of RedBlack Communications from Ultralife, the leveraged recap of VETS, Inc, SMSi’s sale to Boeing, Signature Government Solutions’ sale to Sotera, and many others. Mr. Martin is regularly quoted as an industry expert in the Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Defense News, Washington Technology and other industry publications. Prior to joining the McLean Group, Mr. Martin held financial advisory positions with leading investment banks focused on M&A for defense and government service companies. Previously, he was an Army Captain and commanded an Infantry Company in the Middle East. Mr. Martin is Airborne and Ranger qualified, and currently holds a Top Secret Security Clearance. Mr. Martin is an Honors Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Read more.

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Corporate Controller, Senture

Mr. Martinez is responsible for the finance functions of the company. He joined Senture in July of 2009 as a Financial Analyst and became the company’s Controller in April of 2010. Prior to joining Senture, Mr. Martinez was a financial analyst at Lexmark International. He also had a finance leadership position with Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries where he started his finance career. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Read more.

Luke began his professional career with DHG in 2001. He is a member of both the government contracting and employee benefits industry groups within the firm, primarily focusing in assurance services. This allows Luke to serve as a single point of contact for our clients while understanding multiple aspects of their business. Read more.

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Assistant Director of Policy and Plans, DCAA

Ms. Martha E. McKune is a member of the Senior Executive Service, and currently the Assistant Director, Policy and Plans, with responsibility for the development and issuance of contract audit policy, including procedures, guidelines and standards for the conduct of contract audits Agency-wide.

Ms. McKune previously held the position of Corporate Audit Director, Boeing and Honeywell, Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), St. Louis, Missouri. In this capacity, Ms. McKune was responsible for the Agency-wide audit coverage relating to the Government contracts at Boeing and Honeywell.

Ms. McKune has 28 years of accounting and auditing experience. She began her career as an Auditor in 1989 with DCAA, where she participated as a member on multiple audit teams at the McDonnell Douglas Missile Systems Resident Office and the Boeing St. Louis Resident Office. She progressed through the ranks, having served in various auditor and management positions, advancing to Supervisory Auditor, Branch Manager and Regional Audit Manager.

In 2012, Ms. McKune was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as Deputy Regional Director, Central Region where she was responsible for the management of audits of Defense and other Federal Contractors in 24 field offices, and served as a catalyst for organizational improvements and change. In 2014, Ms. McKune was appointed as the Deputy Regional Director, Northeastern Region where she was responsible for managing audits of Defense and other Federal contractors in 22 Field Audit Offices located overseas and in the United States and was charged with managing and controlling expenditures of approximately $77 million in annual operating funds.

Ms. McKune graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Missouri. Ms. McKune has received numerous awards and recognitions for performance excellence throughout her distinguished career including the DCAA Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Read more.

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Managing Partner, DHG Assurance & Metro DC

Brad is the Firm’s Assurance Services Managing Partner, the Managing Partner of the Metro DC Market and previously served as the lead partner for compliance services in the firm’s Private Equity Service Line, leading in providing related services to private equity funds and portfolio companies. He previously served as the Managing Partner of the Triad, North Carolina Market and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.Brad’s professional career includes ten years with a Big Four firm, with experience in North Carolina and New York City Metro Area offices. Read more.

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Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Jeff's practice focuses extensively on all aspects of government contracts, federal and state procurement, and administrative law and litigation. Over the course of his career, he has represented government contractors and commercial vendors before the Department of Defense and virtually all other civilian agencies.

He regularly counsels clients on agency acquisitions, prime-subcontractor arrangements, intellectual property, compliance and related best practices, procurement fraud, merger and acquisition due diligence, GSA Schedule contracting, contract/grant performance and disputes, biodefense and cleantech procurements, industrial security, R&D opportunities, commercial item contracting, and risk assessments for various federal/state procurements and commercial transactions. In 2011, Jeff was appointed to the first Law360 Government Contracts Editorial Advisory Board. Read more.

Rob has more than 15 years of experience in the field of public accounting (all with DHG), concentrating his efforts in the construction, government contracting, and manufacturing and distribution industries. During that time, he has managed the assurance and tax preparation services for a number of clients in the Hampton Roads area, including several large internationally owned manufacturing and distribution companies, and construction and government contractors.This wide range of audit and tax experience across many industries and accounting services has allowed Rob to develop the skills required to provide his clients with industry knowledge, timely tax advice, and the high level of knowledge and experience they should expect from their CPA. Read more.

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Partner, Government Contracts Group, Crowell & Moring LLP

Nicole Owren-Wiest is a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Nicole has over 15 years’ experience representing aerospace, defense, professional services, IT, and emerging technology companies in all aspects of federal government procurement. She has successfully represented some of the largest government contractors in the world, as well as many small and large businesses performing their first government contracts. Nicole has significant experience in the areas of government contract cost accounting, cost allowability, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Truthful Cost or Pricing Data, and business systems audits. Nicole also focuses much of her practice on counseling and litigation matters involving government data rights and intellectual property issues. Nicole regularly represents contractors in connection with claims preparation and negotiation, terminations for convenience and default, and litigation of contract disputes before the courts and boards of contract appeals, and in bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC). As a business-oriented thought leader in practice management, Nicole is a certified Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) Yellow Belt, and uses the LLSI process and project management tools to continually improve the value proposition the firm delivers to its clients. Prior to joining the firm, Nicole was corporate counsel at The Boeing Company. According to Chambers USA, clients have commended her for being "a true government contracts expert, with a client-oriented style, focus on practical results and sensitivity to business priorities." Read more.

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Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Paul Pompeo counsels a wide range of companies in contract formation, performance, and compliance. Much of his practice focuses on accounting, cost and pricing: Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), the Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Act (formerly TINA), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) cost principles, and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) audits. He also represents clients in dispute resolution: claims, appeals (before the ASBCA, CBCA, and Court of Federal Claims), and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), as well as bid protests and Competition in Contracting Act (CICA) overrides. He has successfully represented contractors in precedent-setting CAS cases, many involving benefits issues, litigated a seminal Limitation of Cost clause case, and litigated a series of cases establishing law fundamental to the statute of limitations. He also has experience with Foreign Military Sales (FMS), counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, financing, appropriations, and contract negotiations, and advises research universities, educational institutions and FFRDCs on compliance with issues stemming from grants and agreements. In addition, Paul handles various fraud matters and internal investigations. He is included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Government Contracts. Read more.

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Sr. Vice President, Government Compliance Director, Leidos

Matthew Popham currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Government Compliance Director, for Leidos, which is a global science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. Matt has had over 26 years of experience in government contract compliance with issues surrounding audit, incurred cost submissions, forward pricing, business systems, CAS coverage, pricing, and overall financial analysis. He previously served in a Vice President role at Mission Essential, which is a major language services provider. Prior to this, he was a Compliance Director for BAE Systems’ Support Solutions Sector home office with responsibility for compliance relative to all reporting businesses with total sales in excess of $3 billion. Matt started his career with the Defense Contract Audit Agency and accumulated approximately 10 years of experience auditing both small and large businesses prior to leaving to join the private sector. Read more.

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COO, Applied Federal Contract Associates, LLC

Ron is the owner of Applied Federal Contract Associates, LLC; a professional consulting firm assisting businesses with practical solutions to complex government contracting matters. He is also the current Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Small Business Division. Read more.

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Chief Policy Incurred Cost, DCAA

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Associate, Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC

Ms. Semple represents clients in the government contracts and construction practice areas.  She has extensive experience counseling government contractors on cost and pricing issues and resolving claims relating to disallowed costs, CAS noncompliances, and accounting change cost impacts.  Ms. Semple counsels government contractors on compliance with mandatory disclosure obligations, incurred cost submissions, and other government reporting requirements. Ms. Semple’s government contracts experience includes claims litigation before the Boards of Contract Appeals and Court of Federal Claims involving issues such as delay damages, defective specifications, equitable adjustments, and constructive changes.  She also assists government contracts clients in pursuing set aside opportunities under the small business, 8(a), SDV and WOSB programs. Ms. Semple graduated from the George Washington University Law School, where she completed several government contracts law courses including government contract cost and pricing and government contracts advocacy.  She teaches the Cost & Pricing course as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. Ms. Semple is an active member of the ABA Section of Public Contract Law and currently serves as Vice-Chair for the ABA Accounting, Cost, and Pricing Committee.  She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association. Read more.

Mike has more than eighteen years of experience in the accounting field and has been with Dixon Hughes Goodman since 2002. He provides tax services to clients in several industries including government contracting, real estate, and professional services. Within these industries, he has experience with consolidated corporations, closely held S corporations, multi-state taxation, mergers & acquisitions, and high net worth individuals. Read more.

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Vice President, Red Team Consulting

Meghan Slipka is Vice President at Red Team Consulting. She began her professional career working for a non-profit organization where she was responsible for managing research grants examining law enforcement best practices. Capitalizing on her knowledge and experience with the grant proposal process, she joined Red Team Consulting in 2011 where she honed her skills and has tailored them towards developing federal proposals. She has worked with over 30 clients providing proposal management, writing, pricing coordination, and guidance in response to solicitations ranging from the General Services Administration (GSA) to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She holds an M.A. in Psychology from Catholic University and a B.A. in Psychology from College of Wooster. Ms. Slipka has lived in DC for more than 10 years and enjoys checking out new restaurants and bars. That said, her Friday nights are usually spent at home catching up the latest television shows and making something interesting in the kitchen. Read more.

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Vice President, Wolf Den Associates

Noah joined Wolf Den as the third employee and has helped the two founders build a firm that influences deals ranging from multi-billion-dollar M&A transactions to billion-dollar capture decisions. He leads engagements that deliver strategic plans, capture strategy, proposal development, and classic management consulting to diagnose and optimize growth organizations. Noah has helped win classified and unclassified contracts ranging from small teams to hundreds of FTEs providing classic IT services (infrastructure support; Agile, DevOps, and continuous integration; cloud assessment and migration) as well as scientific, analytic, digital, and cyber expertise. Beyond IT, I’ve helped win OCONUS contracts ranging from embassy operations support services to mobile and static armed guards with SpecOps experience. Deal size ranges from <$1 million to >$3 billion, frequently with hundreds of millions of revenue at stake. His clients include big-three consulting firms; specialized small businesses in the Federal Civilian, Defense, and Intelligence Communities; and some of the largest defense contractors in the world. Read more.

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Senior Manager, IT Advisory

Tom Tollerton, CISSP, CISA, QSA is a manager in the DHG IT Advisory practice. With more than 10 years of experience in the cybersecurity field, Tom helps manage the firm’s cybersecurity services, and serves as a subject matter leader in cybersecurity risk assessments, payment card industry (PCI) compliance assessments, ACH Data Security Audits, cyber forensics and data breach incident response.

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Director, Acquisition Policy, AIA

Stephen E. Trautwein is the Director of Proposal Pricing in the Defense Contract Management Agency Cost and Pricing Center. Mr. Trautwein graduated from California State University‚ Sacramento in 1978 with a B.A. in Economics and from the Naval War College in 2004 with a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies. He has served in a variety of positions during his 35 year career‚ with recent assignments including Director of the Special Programs West Contract Management Office and Deputy Commander of DCMA Southern Europe. Previously he was assigned as the Air Force Corporate Administrative Contracting Officer and Defense Corporate Executive responsible for Government financial administration at The Boeing Company in Seattle‚ WA from 1988-2002.

Brad has more than seven years of experience performing auditing, accounting and consulting services for clients ranging from small businesses to top ten government contractors. He has an extensive background in the application and interpretation of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and other rules, regulations and standards applicable to government contractors. Read more.

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Director, KippsDeSanto

Ms. Troendle is a Director at KippsDeSanto & Co., with extensive experience providing financial and transaction-related advice to companies operating within the aerospace, defense, government, and technology markets.

Prior to KippsDeSanto, Ms. Troendle was a Vice President at Bluestone Capital Partners where she focused primarily on transaction execution for companies operating within the aerospace, defense, and government services industries. Ms. Troendle began her investment banking career within Stifel’s Aerospace, Defense & Government Services Group, where she supported a variety of M&A and capital markets transactions. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Read more.

Caleb is a Partner in the Metro DC region. He provides various assurance services to clients in the technology, construction, manufacturing and distribution industries. He also has significant experience with complex entities and accounting issues from his role in the firm’s National Professional Standards Group. Read more.

Bill Walter, Director in DHG’s Government Contract Advisory practice, has over three decades of experience in the government contracting industry. Prior to joining the firm, Bill was an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency and held executive-level positions with one of the largest service providers to the Department of Defense.Bill’s extensive background in the application and interpretation of rules, regulations, and standards applicable to government contractors includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), individual agency supplements, and the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS). Read more.

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Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases, contract disputes, and bid protests. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). A nationally recognized leader on FCA issues, Mr. Workmaster has appeared on NBC’s The TODAY Show and Canadian TV’s National News to discuss the highly publicized FCA case against the cyclist Lance Armstrong. Mr. Workmaster is also recognized as an expert on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program. He regularly lectures on the schedules and appears on Federal News Radio to discuss issues related to the Schedules Read more.

Speakers Photo Yenovkian, Donald
Senior Counsel, Fluor Corporation

Donald Yenovkian II is Senior Counsel for Fluor Corporation. Mr. Yenovkian is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Yenovkian manages all Fluor Government Group (FGG) litigation matters, including Contract Disputes Act, False Claims Act, commercial litigation, and insured matters. Mr. Yenovkian also advises FGG business unit executives on a wide variety of internal investigations and "pre-litigation" issues arising from business-as-usual activities for this $3 billion per year segment. Mr. Yenovkian has fostered an ongoing culture of early issue identification and resolution, thus maximizing the likelihood of cost effective resolution of each issue in controversy.

Prior to coming to Fluor, Mr. Yenovkian worked for 15 years in various Defense Department legal positions. His is married to Melanie McCulley Yenovkian I, attorney, entrepreneur, Yenovkian Academy Headmistress, and all-around amazing woman. They have six daughters. Don finally got a boy when the family recently adopted a cat.

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Speakers Photo Zimmerman, Susan
CEO, Strategic Capture Group

Suzan Zimmerman, former senior vice president of CACI, has created a new company, Strategic Capture Group, which will focus on helping companies market, capture and win business in the federal sector. Zimmerman said her new business will focus on helping government contractors elevate their ability to identify and qualify new opportunities, while building their strategic marketing strategies. Additionally, SCG will offer technical support services focused on technical solutions, systems architecture, and complex communications requirements. As CEO, Zimmerman will be joined by Stephen Oronte, technology subject matter expert, and Dave Scali, senior contract and compliance subject matter expert, all of whom have hands-on leadership and support roles from qualifications through proposal submission for major captures. On an exclusive basis, SCG will be actively involved in developing win strategies, assessing the competition, shaping and positioning companies for strategic captures. Read more.

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Event Venue
Valo Park
Jones Branch Dr
McLean, VA 22102
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Hotel Block Information
Hyatt Regency
Tysons Corner Center
7901 Tysons One Place
Tysons Corner, VA 22102

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Recommended CPE Credit and Field of Study: Earn up to 8 hours of CPE credit (pending approval).

Delivery Format: Group Live

Who Should Attend: Executive team members, managers and directors impacted by government contracting issues in the compliance, accounting, procurement, contract administration and program management roles

Prerequisites/Advanced Preparation: Basic knowledge of accounting and tax concepts.

Course Level: Beginning and Intermediate


Registration can be transferred to someone else in your company if your schedule changes and find you cannot attend. Refunds will not be issued for the event after April 26th, 2018. If you have any questions regarding administrative policies such as registration or cancellation, please contact Brooke Lord at brooke.lord@dhg.com, 304.414.2675.


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