25th Annual Government Contracting Conference

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25th Annual Government Contracting Virtual Conference
October 27, 2020 & November 5, 2020

As the landscape is ever changing, the Government Contracting industry can always expect evolution, and the clear path forward is never obvious. Attending DHG’s 25th Annual Government Contracting Conference will keep you and your business up to date so you can navigate and prepare for the inevitable changes to come, and help you position your business for success. We will provide the most up-to-date information, materials, industry insights and experience to help executives stay ahead of the competition and drive value for your organization. 

  • October 27 - Day 1
  • November 5 - Day 2
  • CPE Information
8:00 – 9:00 AM // 25 Years of GovCon and Clarity Report // Registration Link

Join DHG’s Government Contracting team and special guests Amy Champigny and Dan Firrincili from Deltek as we look back on the past 25 years of government contracting and analyze how these changes set the stage for the future of our industry. We will utilize the Deltek Clarity report surveys, which identifies market trends and key challenges impacting nine business areas to showcase the trends in business development, contract management, compliance, contract management, finance, human capital management, IT, procurement, project management and manufacturing.



9:15 – 10:15 AM // Cost and Pricing Trends - What's New with Oversight at DCAA and DCMA // Registration Link

A lot has changed this year. Join us for a panel discussion on new guidance by the DCAA and DCMA regarding cost and pricing issues.  New guidance is issued by the government and interpreted by oversight officials including DCAA and DCMA.  Much of this guidance impacts cost and pricing strategies, commercial items, goods and services, implications of the Truth in Negotiations Act and coverage under the Cost Accounting Standards Board engagement.  This panel with experienced industry members that will discuss the new and proposed guidance directly impacting cost and pricing issues and the impact of business systems on the award of certain multiple award task order contracts.


10:30 am – 11:30 am // Breakout Sessions
(Attendees may select one session to attend per track)

 Option 1: "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" - Current Contractor Audit and Review Experience // Registration Link

In this panel discussion, hear from leading industry compliance professionals as they share their insights into current government contractor audit and review initiatives, practices and positions. Our panelists will also address what areas of risk you may want to address before the entrance conference, how to manage audit or review risks and respond to findings.


 Option 2: “Taxman" - COVID-19 Related Tax Impacts and Available Credits // Registration Link

In this panel discussion, join DHG professionals as we cover the impact that COVID-19 has had on federal payroll and state income tax nexus. We will also discuss the Research and Development Credits and the DC Qualified High Technology Credit, which are available to government contractors.


Option 3: Peeps for Keeps - Finding and Retaining Talent // Registration Link


Join DHG’s Brad Ledford and Nicole Andrews from McMillian Pazdan Smith as they discusses the current hiring and retaining talent trends during these challenging times. DHG Search helps our clients find and place top executives for open roles. Our panelists will provide insights on what companies and organizations are doing right now to attract, and retain, top talent.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm // Breakout Sessions
(Attendees may select one session to attend per track)

Option 1: Supply Chain "Under Pressure" - Impact of 889(B), CPSR and other Factors Impacting Your Supply Chain // Registration Link

This panel will discuss the latest and continual impacts on prime contractors to bring the hundreds, and possibly thousands, of subcontractors and lower tiers suppliers into compliance with the requirements that Congress and Federal Agencies have passed. This includes the Section 889 prohibitions on Chinese telecommunications services and goods, which dictates through purchasing system reviews to enforce more pricing and technical requirements and other constraints.


Option 2: PPP and GovCon's - Is It Really Forgivable? // Registration Link

Please join DHG’s Bill Walter, Curt Griffin, and special guests Cy Alba of PilieroMazza and Edward Spenceley of Bank of America, as they try to untangle the current guidance on forgiveness with a focus on how it will impact government contractors – large and small. At a minimum, our hosts will discuss the following topics – focusing on forgiveness:

  • DoD’s draft guidance on Section 3610;
  • New legislation;
  • Loan Forgiveness Application forms;
  • Recent guidance from the SBA


Option 3: M&A - Interesting Deal Dynamics in a COVID Environment // Registration Link

Inorganic growth through mergers and acquisitions is still alive. Join Sam Maness of Raymond James & Associates Inc. as he walks audience members through things to consider when executing acquisition strategies while managing the risks and uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis.


8:00 – 9:00 AM // Keynote Address with DCAA Leadership // Registration Link

DCAA leadership returns to DHG's Annual Government Contracting Conference to give insight into DCAA's strategy and conduct a town hall style discussion to address attendee’s most pressing questions.


9:15 am – 10:15 am // Breakout Sessions
(Attendees may select one session to attend per track)

Option 1: External Restructuring // Registration Link

Description: Learn what a Department of Defense external restructuring proposal is, what benefits these proposals can provide, and how to plan and prepare for an external restructuring proposal for negotiation with the government.  You will also hear from government and industry representatives on leading practices and critical success factors.


Option 2: Leases: Updates for Government Contractors 2020 and Beyond // Registration Link

Listen in as professionals in accounting, internal control, and tax sectors share updates of the new leasing standard; challenges clients face with adoption and post adoption leasing activities, and the impact on operations for government contractors.


Option 3: DoD's CMMC Pivot - Understanding the DFARS Interim Rule // Registration Link

This session will cover the new DFAR rule released Sept. 29, 2020. Discussion will include how the rule will affect current contractors and what contractors need to know going forward.


10:45 am – 11:45 am // Breakout Sessions
(Attendees may select one session to attend per track)

Option 1: Bid Protest Strategy - Winning is Knowing Where to Focus // Registration Link

Description: This panel will discuss bid protest strategies for both protesters and intervenors, as well as takeaways from the latest significant bid protest decisions. Join us to learn what protest grounds are most successful, the biggest contractor mistakes and the latest developments in bid protests.


Option 2: COVID Pricing Impacts - Requests for Equitable Adjustment on Government Contracts // Registration Link

Description: Join our panelists as they discuss the relevant provisions that may apply to impacts (including COVID-19 impacts), the actions the government may take on federal contracts due, the rights contractors have under the applicable FAR provisions, and the “best practices” that contractors should implement to provide the best opportunity to obtain time extensions and attempt to recover extra costs caused by Coronavirus and other impacts.


Option 3: CMMC: NIST 800-171 is Dead! . . . Long Live NIST 800-171 // Registration Link

Description: Join DHG’s Tom Tollerton as he provides a guided tour of the Basis Assessment and scoring mechanisms under the new DFARS rule.


12:00 – 1:00 PM // Legal Update - Implications for Government Contractors // Registration Link

Description: DHG’s Bill Walter will engage legal professional, Paul Pompeo of Arnold & Porter in a discussion of legal decisions from the past year that impact how contractors do business and how they strategize for the future.


CPE Credit: Up to 8 hours (pending approval)

Delivery Format: Group Internet Based (each attendee must be logged in and answer the poll questions in order to receive CPE credit).

Prerequisites/Advanced Preparation: None

Course Level: Basic

Participants: Individuals in the government contracting sector

Program Content: High level discussion on external restricting proposal for government contractors and guidance on negotiating with the government.


This event is complimentary. Due to this program being offered free of charge, there will be no refunds issued. If you have any questions regarding administrative policies such as registration or cancellation, please contact webinars@dhg.com.


Please direct any CPE related questions to DHGU@dhg.com.

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