In this ever-changing environment, the path towards growth and success is not always clear. Attend DHG’s 24th
Annual Government Contracting Conference to help position your business for success. We will provide the most
up-to-date information, materials, industry insights and experience to help you stay ahead of the competition.
This conference will cover various topics including cybersecurity, DCAA update, protests, DoD business
systems, M&A market updates, suspensions and debarments. Additionally, our one-day event consists of more than
15 panels and breakout sessions led by industry leaders who face and address contracting issues and challenges
on a daily basis. To help you navigate changes and challenges, this year’s three breakout tracks are compliance, on the horizon and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
Up to 8 hours CPE (pending approval)
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7950 Jones Branch Road
McLean, VA 22102
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Look for the parking signs at the venue entrances to enter the garage. When you enter the parking lot, you will receive a ticket which will be validated by DHG at check-in. Detailed directions and parking information can be found here.
Our hotel block for Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner is SOLD OUT. Please contact another area hotel for availability including Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner and Tysons Corner Marriott.
This program is intended for government contractors only.
For groups of four or more, please contact us for a group discount.
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
Learning Objectives: Topics Pending.
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 25th, 2019. If you have any questions regarding administrative policies such as registration or cancellation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.970.0478.
Please direct any CPE related questions to DHGU@dhg.com.
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John Allen is co-founder and Managing Partner of Bluestone Investment Partners, a private equity group focused on investing in small defense and government services companies. John has spent more than two decades in private equity and investment banking focused on the middle market aerospace, defense, and government sector. John has been involved in more than 150 merger and acquisition transactions with a wide range of companies including some of the biggest names in the market such as CACI International, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, ManTech, Raytheon, SAIC, The Carlyle Group, and Veritas Capital. Read more.
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 of lawsuits and claims, from wrongful termination to contract disputes.
Ms. Atallah has worked extensively with clients in complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act, Service Contract Act, the Davis Bacon-Act and associated labor regulations, many unique to government contractors. She assists clients through Department of Labor compliance audits and investigations and works proactively with clients to establish and maintain effective human resource policies that discourage employment disputes and lawsuits. Additionally, Ms. Atallah vigorously advocates on behalf of her clients that have a unionized workforce, assisting them during collective bargaining, labor-management disputes, and disputes pending before the National Labor Relations Board. Her goal in representing employers is to help retain management rights and avoid costly disputes.
James Boland is an experienced government contracts attorney who helps clients navigate complex legal issues related to their contractual relationships with both the federal government and commercial teaming partners. His practice focuses primarily on traditional government contract claims and disputes, bid protests and prime/subcontractor commercial litigation. James also advises clients in connection with small business size/compliance, teaming and subcontracting, internal and external investigations, cost audits and Service Contract Act (SCA) issues.
James prepares, negotiates and litigates all types of government contract claims, including those relating to default or convenience terminations, changes, delay, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, SCA and wage determinations, disallowance of costs, past performance assessments and prompt payment. James also represents clients in connection with commercial disputes between prime and subcontractors associated with government contracts, including common issues of teaming, non-solicitation, non-compete and termination of subcontracts.
James represents both U.S.-based and international contractors, ranging from large defense and intelligence contractors, and mid-sized IT contractors and consultants, to small service providers and subcontractors. He serves nearly every major industry, including defense, security, manufacturing, construction, maritime, transportation and logistics, custodial, healthcare, IT and professional services.
James regularly practices before all traditional government contracts venues, such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition (ODRA), Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA), Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in addition to representing clients before various state courts or in arbitration.
Scott currently heads the Government Contracting Services practice for Metro DC, in addition to being the lead for Assurance Services and the Private Equity Services 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.
Dr. Allan V. Burman is President of Jefferson Solutions (Solutions), the government consulting practice of the Jefferson Consulting Group. Under his leadership, Solutions provides analysis, evaluation, program management and acquisition assistance and assessment services to many government departments and agencies. Dr. Burman advises firms, Congressional committees, federal and state agencies and international bodies on acquisition matters. He has testified before Congress over forty times on a variety of management issues during his career. Read more.
Alan L. Chvotkin is the executive vice president and counsel of the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry, where he is responsible for the association’s legislative and regulatory policy activity. He has been at PSC since 2001.
Prior to joining PSC, he was a vice president of AT&T Government Services where he was responsible for managing key AT&T programs and opportunities. From 1986 to 1995, he was corporate director of government relations and senior counsel at Sundstrand Corporation. Chvotkin also has 13 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. For his service to the contracting community, he has received the prestigious Fed 100 Award three times.
He has a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, a master’s in public administration, and a bachelor’s in political science, both from American University.
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.
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. He also regularly counsels companies regarding compliance with various cybersecurity regulatory requirements in the government contracts industry.
In addition, Mr. Crusius is well-versed in developing strategies for and managing all stages of complex multimillion-dollar litigations from commencement through trial.
Dave has more than 35 years of experience working in the government contracting community. His experience includes working in the Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) of the United States Senate as well as the private sector. He currently serves as a Director of DHG’s GovCon Advisory and is the editor for their newsletters: the GovCon Report and GovCon Digest. Read more.
Mr. Drewitz serves as the primary government contracts attorney for nine corporate business units at Textron Systems. He provides company managers and executives legal, business and strategic advice on all aspects of government contracts including: bid protests; claims; appeals; cost and allowabillity issues; quality and compliance; government property; business systems; technical data rights; terminations, business strategy and potential litigation.
John A. Ellis is currently the Director for DCMA’s Software Division, responsible for the Policy, Training, and Tools used by the Agency’s software professionals in the conduct of their software surveillance activities, including the application of cyber security contract requirements and policies.
Mr. Ellis, a retired Army Colonel, served on active duty for more than 30 years. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery in May 1985 and becoming a member of the Army Acquisition Corps in 1995, he served in a variety of assignments until his retirement 1 June 2015.
John held assignments both stateside and abroad. Mr. Ellis’ DCMA experience began as the Commander of the Future Combat Systems (FCS)/Army Modernization Programs (AMP) contract management office in St. Louis, MO and he culminated his active duty career as DCMA’s Central Region Commander.
John is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management and earned a Master of Science (MS) in Information Systems Management from AFIT and a MS in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. He is a graduate of the Advanced Program Management Course (APMC). Mr. Ellis is a Member of the Defense Acquisition Corps and is Level III certified in 3 disciplines: Information Technology; Program Management; and Engineering. John is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
A native of Long Island, New York, Scott joined the US Army Judge Advocate Corps in 1998 after earning a Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America (CUA), Columbus School of Law, in Washington, DC. Scott also earned his undergraduate degree in politics at CUA. As an Army Judge Advocate, Scott served in a variety of active duty assignments including as a Trial Attorney with the Contract Appeals Division (CAD) of the US Army Legal Services Agency (USALSA). In 2005, Scott left active duty and accepted a civilian Trial Attorney position in the Contract and Fiscal Law Division(KFLD) (formerly CAD). As a Trial Attorney, Scott litigated disputes before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and the US Court of Federal Claims (COFC), as well as bid protests before the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the COFC. Scott also managed a procurement fraud portfolio including the administration of five administrative compliance agreements between the Army’s Suspension Debarment Official and various corporations.In May 2011, Scott was selected as Chief, Bid Protests in KFLD and is responsible for the litigation of protests filed against a multitude of Army and DoD commands and agencies at the GAO and the COFC. In doing so, Scott technically supervises, trains and mentors over twenty military and civilian attorneys in defending protests. Additionally, Scott serves as the Acting Chief Trial Attorney (CTA) when the C TA is absent. Since 2011, Scott has supervised the litigation of over 1850 GAO cases and over 165 COFC protests on behalf of various Army and DoD clients. From 2015 until 2018, Scott served as a Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA), Public Contract Law Section (PCLS), Bid Protest Committee and now serves as a Vice Chair. In August 2018, Scott was selected to serve as a Council Member of the ABA PCLS. In October 2018, Scott was selected to serve as a Board of Governors member on the Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association. He is a graduate of OPM’s Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership in a Democratic Society Course. Scott is also in his 14th year as an Adjunct Faculty member at CUA Law where he teaches Government Contracts. Scott also enjoys volunteering locally and serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 987 in Vienna, VA. Scott and his bride Amy, have two boys and live in Vienna, Virginia.
Matthew Herdman is ASRC Federal’s Director of Corporate Compliance. Herdman is responsible for ensuing enterprise wide compliance across a 3-billion-dollar portfolio of business sectors including financial services, government contracting and construction.
Herdman has over 16 years of government contract accounting experience working with various federal agencies. His experience includes routinely managing a wide range of audit requests, successfully implementing business systems, securing 8(a) and HubZone certifications, and managing a wide variety of contractual compliance.
Marc Holliday is a Product Marketing Director at Deltek. With nearly 20 years of experience working with project-based businesses in the areas of Business Intelligence, Human Capital Management, Project Management, Collaboration, Customer Relationship Management and Enterprise Resource Planning, he brings a pragmatic approach to help solve business problems by leveraging data, process improvement and technology. Marc has experience in the Professional Services, Government Contracting, Distribution, Manufacturing, and Non-Profit industries. Prior to joining Deltek, Marc held senior Product Marketing and Product Management positions with Solomon Software, Microsoft and other software publishing companies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.
Dave Keffer joined Blue Delta as a General Partner in 2018. He most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of CSRA, Inc. (NYSE ticker “CSRA”), which was sold to General Dynamics (NYSE ticker “GD”) for $9.7 billion in April 2018. CSRA was an S&P 500 Index member with over 18,000 employees, and annually generated over $5 billion of revenue and $800 million of EBITDA. As CFO, Dave was highly involved in operational matters, including the integration and increased efficiency of SRA International and CSC Government Services, which were merged to create CSRA, the new company which Dave helped take public in late 2015. Read more.
Perry currently serves as a partner in the in the Metro DC Assurance practice, specifically focusing on Government Contracting services. Perry has practiced as a certified public accountant since 2007. During that time he focused on serving emerging, mid-sized,and large government contracting and technology companies. Read more.
Paul counsels and represents government contractors in solicitation review, multiple award schedule contracting, state and local procurements, subcontracting, teaming agreements, corporate transactions, bid protests, terminations, contract disputes litigation, compliance reviews, mandatory disclosures, inspector general investigations, and False Claims Act actions. Paul is regularly rated as one of the country’s “Leading Lawyers” in his field by Chambers USA, which commends him as “a fantastic bid protest attorney”. Paul was also chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee from 1998 to 2014. Read more.
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.
Ms. Lazinsk has been with United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney for over 30 years; with the majority of her career spent on the Military side of the business. She is currently Director of Government Finance for Pratt & Whitney (Pratt). In her role she works as company liaison with external USG customers; the Defense Contract Management Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency as well as the various USG Procurement Organizations. Her team is responsible for all cost rates, direct and indirect, to support sales and cost of sales accounting, pricing and billing on USG contracts. She is also responsible for insuring Pratt’s compliance of its company financial policies and procedures for its businesses with all USG rules and regulations, including Cost Accounting Standards, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and DoD FAR requirements. She represents United Technologies Corporation as a member of the Aerospace Industry Associations Cost Principles Committee steering committee. She has been a contributing member of the committee for almost ten (10) years, serving as Chair of the committee during 2016. Prior to her current role, Ms. Lazinsk was Manager, Independent Research and Development Administration, Controller and Human Resource Manager for Pratt & Whitney Waterjet Systems, a startup business located in Huntsville, AL, Aftermarket Business analyst, Financial Planning and Consolidations analyst and Facilities accountant. Ms. Lazinsk holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley College, and a Masters in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 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.
Steven M. Masiello is the chair of the US Government Contracts practice and a leader of the firm's Global Government Contracts and Procurement group. Masiello serves as lead counsel in complex government contract matters across numerous industry segments concerning state, federal, and foreign military funded transactions in the US courts, agency boards and under domestic and international alternative dispute resolution procedures. He has successfully resolved domestic and cross border protests, claims, corporate transactions and contract default, fraud or corruption matters arising out of high-value contracts. Masiello represents a variety of companies across diverse industries including aerospace and defense, construction and engineering services, information technology, health care, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and energy.
Steve has extensive experience assisting clients with government contract cost accounting, cost allowability and contract estimating and pricing matters. Specifically, he advises clients on resolving audit findings and disputes arising out of the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), cost principles in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), agency regulation, circulars issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Truthful Cost or Pricing Data (f/k/a Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA)) requirements. Additionally, he handles client bid protest concerns, equitable adjustment or breach of contract claims, reverse-Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases, intellectual property (patents, software and data rights) matters and other contract and regulatory disputes.
Steve aids clients with the implementation of compliance policies and procedures, including Department of Defense (DOD) business and cybersecurity systems development, internal assessments and defense against adequacy challenges to such client systems. He further conducts internal domestic and cross border investigations and resolves allegations of contractor fraud under the False Claims Act (FCA), violations of laws or regulations, overpayments or other alleged contractor wrongdoing.
Steve is a certified management accountant (CMA) designated by the Institute of Management Accountants. Prior to joining Dentons, he served on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force where he supported the award and administration of US Air Force aerospace systems contracts.
Gary McDonald has more than 30 years of experience working in the government contracting, aerospace and defense (A&D) and professional services industries. Prior to joining DHG, he provided advisory services to clients at two of the Big Four accounting firms for more than 20 years. Gary’s experience includes managing the government contract compliance operations for a large services firm, including proposal development and pricing, contract management, finance and contract compliance and risk management. Read more.
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.
Dennis McLister is a Partner in the Transaction Advisory Services practice at DHG. Dennis has more than 20 years of experience working with private equity groups, investment banks and strategic corporate clients providing transaction advisory, accounting and auditing services, as well as providing finance and operational leadership. Dennis focuses primarily on quality of earnings, working capital and revenue analyses and has performed buy-side and sell-side due diligence in a variety of industries with deal sizes ranging from $4 million to more than $300 million. Read more.
Mr. Metzger is a member of the firm's Government Contracts and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups, and is the head of RJO’s Washington, D.C. office. He advises leading U.S. and international companies on key public contract compliance challenges and in strategic business pursuits. His litigation practice includes representation of companies in civil matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. His transactional practice includes international projects, joint ventures, direct and FMS sales to foreign governments. Bob has been recognized as among the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and supply chain risk management. He also has extensive experience in federal and state bid protests and in controversies arising from information technology (IT) implementation projects. Read more.
Ms. Vicki Michetti is the Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, International Engagement, and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Cybersecurity Program, under the DoD Chief Information Officer. She joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense in January 2011. Ms. Michetti has experience working in industry, and over 28 years of federal service, 22 years as a commissioned Air Force officer. Prior to her current position, Ms. Michetti worked in industry as an Information Systems Engineer and as a Program Analyst. Ms. Michetti also had a distinguished military career, having served on the Joint Staff, the Air Staff, and as Commander of the 25th Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Ms. Michetti retired from the United States Air Force in 2007. She is the recipient of numerous military decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal. Ms. Michetti earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master's degree in Atmospheric Science from Creighton University.
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.
Diane Nguyen brings more than 25 years of financial and accounting expertise in the government contracting space as a strategic business partner and member of executive teams, responsible for collaboration on business issues and maximizing shareholder value. She has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, business intelligence, internal controls, government contracting and compliance, and leading and motivating highly effective finance teams. Read more.
Mr. O'Meara has more than 28 years experience providing a vast range of professional information security and risk management services and successful management/leadership to government and commercial clients, while maintaining an uncompromising track record of personal ethics and integrity.
Nicole Owren-Wiest is a partner with Crowell & Moring’s Government Contracts Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, and leads the Group's cost accounting practice. With almost 20 years’ experience, Nicole advises contractors of all sizes across numerous industry segments, including many of the top defense government contractors and small businesses preparing to perform their first federal contract, and is a recognized leader in government contract cost accounting and intellectual property rights in government contracts.
Nicole has extensive experience helping companies navigate the government's complex cost and pricing rules—including the FAR Part 31 cost principles, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), commercial item and pricing rules, and Truthful Cost or Pricing Data (f/k/a TINA) requirements—and assisting clients to mitigate compliance risk by working with them to develop strategies, policies, procedures, systems, and internal controls to comply with these special rules and the standards for adequate business systems. Nicole also focuses much of her practice on counseling, dispute resolution, and litigation involving government data rights, and helping clients to develop strategies to maximize available protections in their intellectual property. Clients routinely turn to Nicole to resolve DCAA and DCMA audit findings and cost accounting/pricing and data rights disputes (pre- and post-contracting officer’s final decision), and when faced with high-stakes, bet-the-company compliance matters and litigation in these and other areas.
Nicole regularly represents contractors in alternative dispute resolution and litigation of appeals before the courts and boards of contract appeals, and in connection with requests for equitable adjustment, claims preparation and negotiation, and terminations for convenience and default. She also conducts internal investigations and represents clients in connection with allegations of contractor fraud under the False Claims Act (FCA), violations of law and regulations, overpayments, and other alleged wrongdoing.
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. 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.
Jill Pettibone has more than four decades of public and private experience in the government contracting experience. Her professional experiences include executive positions with the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Contract Management Agency, executive-level positions with one of the largest service providers to the Department of Defense and one of the largest security providers to the Federal Government and consulting work with small and mid-size companies.
Her extensive background includes creating policies and procedures in the government contracts arena, resolving and negotiating issues between the government and contractors (ranging from cost to procurement to quality), developing and institutionalizing improvements to existing practices for compliance and business objective purposes and in designing metrics and management oversight practices. In addition, she has broad experience in proposal development, from proposal writing and pricing/estimating through color team reviews and executive approval boards.
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.
Paul served as vice president and general counsel, Government Division of Johnson Controls, Inc., and as Ethics Officer. Accordingly, he has an acute sense of clients' needs and how outside counsel can best serve its customer.
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.
Ms. Melinda Reed provides leadership for program protection policy, guidance, and implementation activities across the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), integrating system security engineering into the overarching systems engineering processes. Before joining (OUSD(R&E), Ms. Reed served as the Director for Systems Engineering with the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) Chief Systems Engineer. She has a breadth of engineering and acquisition experience across submarine combat system programs, including Chief Engineer and Technical Warrant Holder for Submarine Warfare Federated Tactical Systems in Program Executive Officer Submarines. Prior to that, Ms. Reed worked in industry supporting the Navigation Branch in Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. Ms. Reed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.
Kevin is a General Partner at Blue Delta Capital Partners, a growth capital firm which is focused on the U.S. Federal Government Services marketplace, particularly on technology-enabled solutions and services companies.
Mr. Robbins has been actively involved in all of Blue Delta’s investments, some of which include 42Six (acq. by CSC), Acentia (acq. by MAXIMUS), PAE (acq. by Platinum Equity), KTSi (acq. by Scitor), and Tauri (acq. By LMI).
Kevin also the co-founder Wolf Den Associates, a leading strategy and management consulting firm in the Government Services sector. At Wolf Den, he has led strategic planning and buy-side M&A engagements across the entire federal landscape for both strategic acquirers and financial sponsors.
Mr. Robbins previously worked in Corporate Development at SRA International, where he was a senior member of the team responsible for strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate spinoffs, and key industry relationships. During his tenure at SRA, he played a lead role in four different strategic planning cycles, the acquisition of six companies and the divestiture of two units.
Before joining SRA, Mr. Robbins was a key member of the team at ABS Capital Partners that invested in successful growth companies such as Liquidity Services, Inc. (Nasdaq “LQDT”) and American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq “APEI”). Mr. Robbins was also a senior member of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) and Energy Technology investment teams at General Electric’s GE Equity division, where he also became certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Mr. Robbins began his career at Alex. Brown, working in the Consumer & Business Services group.
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.
Alex Sevilla is a Director in Baird’s Global Technology & Services team and a member of the Baird Government Services Investment Banking practice. He joined Baird in 2018 from Houlihan Lokey where he was a Senior Vice President in their Government Services investment banking group. Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Alex was an Assistant Vice President in BB&T Capital Markets’ Aerospace, Defense and Government investment banking team, and spent several years at a boutique investment bank where he provided M&A advice to companies in the government services sector. Alex is an active member of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Technology Council. He holds a B.S. in Management and Finance from the University of Miami.
Maria Swaby is the Suspension and Debarment Official (SDO) for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As SDO, Maria takes appropriate suspension, debarment or other administrative actions with government-wide effect to protect the Federal Government’s interests. In addition, Maria supports GSA’s Senior Procurement Executive on a variety of acquisition policy and government contracts issues. Maria is also GSA’s Agency Protester Official (APO) and she hears and decides protests filed at the agency level. Prior to the SDO and APO positions, Maria was the Director, Suspension & Debarment and Contract Remedies Division for GSA. In that role, Maria was responsible for the management and oversight of GSA’s suspension and debarment program, and the agency protest, and eligibility determination functions.
Ms. Mary Thomas currently serves as a program analyst for the Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC), in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Sustainment). In this position, Ms. Thomas is responsible for representing DPC and the DoD contracting community in matters related to cybersecurity. Prior to her assignment with DPC, Ms. Thomas served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology) and as a Project Engineer at the U.S. Army Belvoir Research, Development and Engineering Center. Ms. Thomas has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.
Tom has 15+ years of experience in the Information Technology industry, and has extensive experience performing SOC 1 and 2 examinations and reporting, cybersecurity risk assessments, PCI compliance assessments, and system security assessments. Tom is one of DHG’s PCI Qualified Security Assessors and has completed multiple Reports on Compliance for PCI Level 1 merchants and service providers.
Tom advises on development of holistic security governance and risk management programs integrated into IT and business operations across a wide variety of industries including financial services, retail, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, government contractors, and state and local government agencies.
Steve Trautwein has more than 40 years of experience in acquisition and previously served in a variety of leadership positions within DCMA; including as the Director of the DCMA Special Programs West Contract Management Office and Deputy Commander of DCMA Southern Europe immediately prior to that.
Most recently, Steve has served as Director, Acquisition Policy for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) National Security Policy division. Prior to these assignments at AIA and DCMA he was in a variety of key acquisition positions at several of the largest DoD contractors.
During his tenure at DCMA, Trautwein served in a variety of leadership roles as the agency continued efforts to rebuild pricing capability generally and specifically fulfill the National Defense Authorization requirements for the Department to build a cadre of analysts with commercial pricing expertise. Most recently, he had assisted with several leadership transitions in the DCMA Cost and Pricing Center, responsible for the management of all Corporate and Divisional Administrative Contracting Officers and conduct of several high-profile cost reviews.
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. Brad’s work at DHG includes assisting clients with
Larry held a variety of contracting leadership positions over his Air Force career including contracting officer, Air Force Plant Representative Office (AFPRO) commander, and Air Force Policy Representative to the Defense Acquisition Regulations (DAR) Council. While on the DAR Council, Larry served as the Interagency team leader implementing Title VIII of the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA), Acquisition of Commercial Items (FAR Part 12).
After retiring as a Colonel from the Air Force, Larry join the General Electric Company and served as the General Manager, GE Military Engine Operations, Contracts and Pricing Department; and later as the General Manager for the GE-wide Government Business Practices and Processes.
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.
Evan Wesser is a Senior Attorney in the Procurement Law Section in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In that role, he hears and resolves bid protests. Mr. Wesser is also a member of GAO’s Contract Appeals Board, which hears and decides post-award contract disputes between government contractors and legislative branch agencies.
Prior to joining GAO, Mr. Wesser was in-house counsel at Computer Sciences Corporation where he represented the company's North American Public Sector in government contract matters. Before going in-house, Mr. Wesser was an associate in the Government Contracts & Disputes practice at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. In that role, Mr. Wesser represented government contractors in a wide range of litigation, counseling, and transactional matters.
As vice president of corporate development, Dave West evaluates merger and acquisition and partnering opportunities, offers strategic planning expertise, helps guide communication with market partners and investors, and assists with integration and joint efforts with ECS’ parent company, ASGN. Mr. West also supports internal process improvement and business development efforts. Read more.
Mr. White has over 25 years of federal contracting experience in both the private and public sectors. His experiences have focused in the areas of supplier financial management, procurement risk management, procurement compliance training, and the development of supply management policies and procedures for governmental agencies, manufacturing plants, service organizations, and hundreds of suppliers across the United States, Europe and Middle East.
Jeffery is a noted international speaker for organizations such as Public Contracting Institute (PCI), the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), Federal Publications (FedPubs), the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), and other supply management and acquisition organizations.
A former adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University and instructor with George Washington University (Washington, DC), Mr. White is one of the leading subject matter experts in Procurement and Federal Contracting.
Eric is a member of the Transaction Advisory Services group at Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP, focused on providing buy-side and sell-side due diligence to private equity clients. Eric conducts quality of earnings, working capital and net asset analyses, among other things. Prior to joining DHG, Eric spent several years in the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Office of Fraud Detection & Market Intelligence investigating publicly traded issuers for violations of federal securities laws and FINRA rules. Eric authored numerous referral reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission highlighting instances of accounting fraud, manipulative trading of equities instruments, insider trading, money laundering and fraud. At Salisbury University, Eric was honored as the Scholar Athlete of the Year and as an ESPN Academic All-American for outstanding academic and athletic achievements.
Jason Workmaster focuses his practice on government contracts-related litigation, including contract claims and disputes, bid protests, and civil False Claims Act (FCA) cases. He has represented a host of clients in these types of cases before the boards of contract appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and U.S. District Court. He also routinely assists clients in responding to government audits and investigations.
A former partner in the highly-regarded McKenna Long & Aldridge government contracts practice, Mr. Workmaster is recognized as an expert on a wide range of government contracting issues – including contracting on the battlefield, cost allowability, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), contract funding, requests for equitable adjustment, the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules program, and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA). He also is a recognized leader on FCA issues and 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.
Tim is the Managing Partner of DHG’s Industry practices. He is focused on the growth and oversight of all industry practices, including DHG’s national industries – Healthcare, Insurance, Financial Services and Dealerships. This role also includes the Firm’s services to Manufacturing and Distribution, Services, Construction, Real Estate, Technology, Government Contracting, Governmental, and Non-Profit related clients. Read more.
Stuart leads the legal function for AECOM Management Services, providing advice on the full range of Government contracting issues. He supervises Company litigation and also provides support in the areas of labor and employment law, compliance, export control and international law.
Prior to working at AECOM, Stuart worked at DynCorp where he drafted teaming agreements, non-disclosure agreements, joint venture agreements and contract and subcontract documents. At DynCorp Stuart litigated bid protests and contract disputes at GAO and GSBCA, and was admitted under protective orders. He also concentrated on international issues, including the negotiation of contracts with foreign governments, and foreign tax and registration issues.
Stuart worked at the General Services Administration from 1984 – 1992, handling GAO and GSBCA bid protests and appeals concerning the procurement of personal property and services. Stuart handled contract formation, contract administration, cost and pricing issues, and issues relating to GSA Multiple Award Schedules.
Ron Youngs serves as the Director of Acquisition Policy within the National Security Policy Division of the Aerospace Industries Association. His responsibilities include managing and advising Association Member Company Acquisition and Procurement Committees, working with government and industry acquisition policy leaders and providing analysis and comments on planned/pending regulatory, policy, advisory and legislative matters affecting the Aerospace and Defense community.
Rachel has more than 20 years of experience supporting government contractors. As a senior manager in the Government Contracting Advisory practice, Rachel is responsible for managing outsourced accounting services for government contracting clients and other accounting system related services. She leads DHG’s team that provides hands-on back office accounting to include: timekeeping, payroll, cash flow management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, customer invoicing, general ledger, month end close, financial and project budgeting and reporting.
Rachel uses her accounting and financial management skills, including knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) guidance to assist clients in performing and maintaining compliant accounting practices and records for this very regulated industry. She has the ability to analyze and streamline accounting/business processes, is well versed in multiple systems knowledge and has been involved in numerous system conversions. Rachel’s hands-on focus helps her to provide management with a strategic outlook, problem solve with collaborative leadership style and excellent interpersonal skills. Her focus is on providing effective, back office support so that clients can focus on their unique competencies that generate revenue.
Rachel advises company executives and helps to solve financial management issues by drawing upon her extensive business and government contracting experience. This includes cost reduction strategies, streamlining accounting and finance processes and cash management improvements. She can also draw upon her thorough understanding of how to budget, manage and structure indirect rates to maximize cost efficiencies for business organizations. This includes DCAA submission requirements from provisional billing rates to incurred cost submissions.
Rachel’s experience includes working with multiple accounting systems and participating on system conversions and implementations. As such, she is well-versed in providing implementation guidance and assistance. Additionally, Rachel and her team are involved with installing accounting systems for small businesses and providing on-going training and support. Rachel believes that the accounting system, fully implemented and utilized, leads to efficiencies that can provide management with the necessary tools to make timely business decisions.