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An archive of the Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory's monthly Government Contract Advisory Services webinar. This series focuses on timely, relevant topics and provides valuable insights and perspectives.

For our upcoming webinar, please visit our Government Contracting Advisory Services webcast homepage.

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Let's not forget about the Section 809 Panel. What's going on there?

In case you forgot, the Section 809 Panel—created in section 809 of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and amended by section 863(d) of the NDAA for FY 2017—is tasked with finding ways to streamline and improve the defense acquisition process. The panel has two years to develop recommendations for changes in the regulation and associated statute to achieve those ends. It is critical that companies be aware of these activities and participate in the discussion. Please join Deloitte and Mr. John Panetta of Raytheon for a webinar to discuss the activities of the panel and how they may impact contractors and the acquisition process. Topics we will discuss include:

  • Makeup of the panel
  • Ongoing activities of the panel
  • Considerations going forward

Webinar facilitators

Featured speakers: John G. Panetta, Sr., senior director of Government Accounting, Raytheon Company

Host: Gary A. McDonald, Government Contracts specialist leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Gary has over 25 years of experience in providing government contract advisory services and working within the aerospace and defense industries. Gary has extensive experience in government contractor acquisition due diligence analysis of the financial, business, and other risks associated with the acquisition and integration of government contracting entities and in providing strategic advice on merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions.

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Government contracts on the hill: Lots of activity, where does it stand

In case you haven’t heard, the government contracting industry is experiencing quite a bit of congressional activity in contract cost accounting for Government Contractors and oversight by Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and others. It is critical that companies be aware of these activities and participate in the discussion. Please join Deloitte and the Professional Services Council for a webinar to discuss the legislation and regulations and how they may impact contractors and the cost accounting practices. Topics we will discuss include:

  • Language in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act related to:
    • Reforms to the Cost Accounting Standards Board
    • Creating a new Defense Cost Accounting Standards Board
    • Third-Party audits
  • Activities regarding the DCAA

Webinar facilitators

Featured speakers: Alan Chvotkin, Esq., Executive VP and counsel, Professional Services Council

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mark has over 20 years of experience in providing auditing and consulting services to government contractors and has helped companies understand and develop practical solutions when dealing with matters associated with DCAA audits, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).

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Government contract M&A: What you don’t know may hurt you

Whether you are looking to acquire a company or sell all or a portion of your company, please join Deloitte and Venable for an upcoming webinar on merger and acquisition issues faced by companies in the government contracts space. Our panel will discuss the myriad of issues that buyers and sellers must consider as part of the M&A process. Topics that the panel will discuss include:

  • The structural issues of a deal and related timing
  • Due diligence; potential subcontract arrangements needed with the seller
  • Legal compliance considerations; reps and certs; intellectual property and, other issues.

Webinar facilitators

Featured speakers: Paul Debolt, partner, Venable LLP; Jessica Braun, associate, Venable LLP; and Gary A. McDonald, Government Contracts specialist leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mark has over 20 years of experience in providing auditing and consulting services to government contractors and has helped companies understand and develop practical solutions when dealing with matters associated with DCAA audits, the FAR, and the CAS.

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False Claims Act: Where we are now and what’s ahead

Our March webinar will feature an update on trends in False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement and insights into how the new administration may impact FCA matters going forward. Guest speaker Peter Hutt, partner at Covington & Burling, LLP, will join our host Mark Burroughs.

Please join Mark and Peter as they discuss the following topics:

  • Recent FCA enforcement statistics
  • Update on impact of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7 (US) since the Supreme Court decision
  • Possible effects of the new administration on FCA enforcement

Webinar facilitators

Featured speakers: Peter Hutt III, partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mark has over 20 years of experience in providing auditing and consulting services to government contractors and has helped companies understand and develop practical solutions when dealing with matters associated with DCAA audits, the FAR, and the CAS.

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Human trafficking and the FAR, can I certify?

The changing global legislative and regulatory landscape is compelling companies to approach the risk of human rights and human trafficking in a more intentional manner than ever before. Leading companies are implementing compliance programs to more effectively manage human rights concerns in complex supply chains and hedge against brand and operational risks.

During this webinar, we will review expanding regulatory developments in the United States and abroad, including the US FAR: Ending Trafficking in Persons and explore the elements of an effective anti-human trafficking compliance program.

Join Mark, Kristen, and Michael as they discuss emerging anti-human trafficking compliance requirements and the impact on companies, including government contractors going forward. Topics will include:

  • Anti-human trafficking legislative and regulatory landscape
  • Implementation of anti-human trafficking program
  • Leveraging other responsible souring programs
  • Considerations going forward

Webinar facilitators

Featured speakers: Kristen Sullivan, partner, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP and Michael Littenberg, partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mark has over 20 years of experience in providing auditing and consulting services to government contractors and has helped companies understand and develop practical solutions when dealing with matters associated with DCAA audits, the FAR, and the CAS.

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Materiality, It is material! A review of Raytheon Co., Space & Airborne Sys., ASBCA No. 58068

Please join us as we kick off the New Year to discuss "What is material?" This is an ongoing frustration to government contractors dealing with audit issues. In a case of first impression, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA) recently held that a contracting officer failed to consider the materiality criteria in the CAS regulations at 48 C.F.R. § 9903.305, rendering the government claim invalid. Raytheon Co., Space & Airborne Sys., ASBCA No. 58068, 16-1 BCA (Aug. 9, 2016). This will likely impact ongoing audits and findings related to CAS and potentially other issues that rely on materiality.

Join Mark and Paul as they discuss the decision and the impact on CAS determinations going forward.

Topics include:

  • Definition of materiality
  • Potential opening of offsets
  • Impact on existing issues
  • Considerations going forward

Webinar facilitators

Featured speaker: Paul E. Pompeo, partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mark has over 20 years of experience in providing auditing and consulting services to government contractors and has helped companies understand and develop practical solutions when dealing with matters associated with DCAA audits, the FAR, and the CAS.

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Changes in IR&D regulations, the trend continues

The recovery of Independent Research & Development (IR&D) costs continue to come under increased scrutiny. Rules related to reporting IR&D and more recent requirements for “technical interchanges” with appropriate Department of Defense (DoD) personnel before incurring costs related to IR&D projects as well as additional proposed rules raise concern regarding the treatment of IR&D going forward.

Join Mark and Tom as they discuss the recent final and proposed rules and the impact to companies going forward.

Topics include:

  • Background on treatment of IR&D
  • Recent rule changes
  • Proposed rule changes
  • Trends going forward

Webinar facilitators

Featured speaker: Tom Lemmer, partner, Dentons US, LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Vote for your favorite business system, DCAA is back on them again!

The DCAA has caught up on incurred cost audits. This allows the DCAA to refocus on business system audits. In recent years, the federal government has been highly focused on government contractors and their compliance with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) business systems. Under pressure to improve audit quality, it seems that the DCAA and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) have taken a more aggressive and comprehensive approach to its auditing of defense contractors. How should contractors address strategic organizational compliance risks associated with DCAA and DCMA internal controls audits?

Topics include:

  • A refresher on defense department rules for business systems and potential implications for your organization
  • Challenges that government contractors face and effective ways to work with the DCAA and DCMA if one of your systems has a significant deficiency
  • How contractors are responding, including implementing audit readiness assessments and compliance improvement initiatives

Webinar facilitators

Featured speakers: Dawn Jones, managing director, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and Asela Wijesiri, manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Happy new (fiscal) year! A look ahead to the likely Cost Accounting Compliance issues for the new year

As we enter the new fiscal year, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at the cost accounting compliance issues that we likely face in the coming year. Join Mark as he discusses trends in DCAA audit guidance and other changes in regulations.

Topics include:

  • DCAA back to performing non-DoD work
  • Goals in the DCAA report to Congress
  • Mergers/restructuring
  • Subcontractor oversight
  • New Department of Labor requirements

Webinar facilitators

Featured speaker: Jason Popovic, manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Surviving in a litigious government contracting environment

As the government contracting environment becomes more litigious, it is critical that companies prepare themselves for potential litigation. Join Mark Burroughs and Paul Debolt as they discuss strategies for managing and mitigating litigation risk.

Webinar facilitators

Featured speaker: Paul Debolt, partner, Venable LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Safeguarding covered defense information: An update on the "7th" system

"Safeguarding covered defense information: An update on the ‘7th’ system” will focus on identifying, categorizing, and safeguarding covered defense information (DFARS 253.204-7012). We will discuss what a company should consider in meeting the December 30, 2017, deadline.

Topics include:
  • Driving compliant cyber behavior into your organization
  • Integrating the requirement into your existing governance and risk framework
  • How organization and process drive technology investment

Webinar facilitators

Featured speaker: Louverture Jones, senior manager, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Conditions of payment: Supreme court ruling on “implied certification” to determine False Claims Act scope

Our inaugural webinar where we will discusses the much-anticipated US supreme court case Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7 (US). The outcome will likely determine the scope of the federal False Claims Act's "implied certification" theory of liability. The court's ruling is poised to vastly expand the scope of False Claims Act liability, further increasing the risk of government contracting and the need to focus on international controls and risk mitigation strategies.

Topic: Implied certification related to the False Claims Act

Webinar facilitators

Guest speaker: Anne Robinson, counsel, Latham & Watkins

Anne focuses on government contracts counseling and litigation and white collar and government investigations. She has represented corporations and individual clients in all phases of False Claims Act. She has authored numerous articles on False Claims Act issues, most recently on the future of the implied certification theory in light of United Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar (US 2016).

Host: Mark Burroughs, managing director, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Mark Burroughs

Managing Director | Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mark is a managing director in Deloitte & Touche LLP's advisory practice. He has over 20 years of experience in providing audit and consulting services to government contractors and has helped compani... More

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