24th Annual Government Contracting Conference

navigating change: a path to success
 Valo Park, Mclean, Virginia

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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Event Venue

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Valo Park

Jones Branch Dr
McLean, VA 22102
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Hotel Block Info

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.


CPE Information

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 govconconference@dhg.com or 703.970.0478.


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

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through the web site: www.nasbaregistry.org/.


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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 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.

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Speakers Photo Boland, James
Partner, Venable LLP

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.

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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.

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President, Jefferson Solutions at Jefferson Consulting Group

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.

Speakers Photo Chvotkin, Alan
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 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.

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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. 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.

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Speakers Photo Drabkin, Dave
Director of GovCon Consulting

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.

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Associate General Counsel, Textron Systems

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. 

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Director-Software Division, DCMA

Speakers Photo Flesch, Scott
Chief, Bid Protests, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp, Contract and Fiscal Law Division

Speakers Photo Herdman, Matt
Corporate Compliance Director, ASRC Federal

Speakers Photo Holliday, Marc 
Product Marketing Director, Deltek

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. 

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.

Speakers Photo Khoury, Paul
Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

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.

Speakers Photo Lazinsk, Diane 
Director, Government Finance, Pratt & Whitney

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.

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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.

Speakers Photo McKune, Martha
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.

Speakers Photo McLister, Dennis
Partner, DHG Transaction Advisory

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.

Speakers Photo Metzger, Robert
Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell, PC

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.

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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Senior Debarring Official , U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Speakers Photo O'Meara, Jack
Director, Incident Response, Guidehouse

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.

Speakers Photo Owren-Wiest, Nicole 
Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

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.

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Speakers Photo Pettibone, Jill
Consultant, DHG, GovCon Advisory

Speakers Photo Pompeo, Paul
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.

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.

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Speakers Photo Popham, Matthew
Senior 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.

Speakers Photo Robbins, Kevin
Co-Founder & General Partner, Wolf Den Associates & Blue Delta Capital

Speakers Photo Semple, Laura
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.

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Speakers Photo Sevilla, Alex
Director, Baird - Global Technology & Services

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. Read more.

Speakers Photo Swaby, Maria
Suspension and Debarment Official, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Speakers Photo Thompson III, N. Ross
Commissioner, DCMA

Speakers Photo Tollerton, Tom
Senior Manager, DHG

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.

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Senior Manager, DHG

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

  • Review of internal control processes and process improvement
  • Accounting policy manual creation and updates
  • Indirect cost rate strategy and preparation
  • Forward Pricing Rates and financial projections
  • Cost and price analysis
  • Preparation of CAS Disclosure Statements
  • Incurred Cost Submission preparation, review and audit
  • Contractor support during DCAA audit
  • Accounting system surveys and examinations
  • Litigation support
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Commissioner, Section 809 Panel

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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Vice President, Corporate Development, ECS

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.

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President/CEO, J.A. White & Associates, Inc. 

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.

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Member, Miller & Chevalier

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.

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Managing Partner, Industries

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.

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SVP & General Counsel, AECOM Management Services

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Director, Acquisition Policy, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)

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. Read more.

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Senior Manager

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.