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Conference on Government Business



Agenda topics, timing and speakers subject to change.


Tuesday, February 4

8:15 am – 8:45 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Committee Chair:

  • Barbara Michael l Vice President, Government Compliance l Perspecta Inc.

9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Legality of Cost and Audit
Cost and audit resolutions often develop into a pros and cons discussion around litigation, mediation, or arbitration. This session will address the when and how to best resolve these issues, including setting contractor expectations around terms of procedures, time required for litigation and what you need to make a case convincing. Delve deeper into cost law with a conversation around the statute of limitations, specific requirements for claim accrual and the differences between Expressly Unallowable Cost and a Directly Associated Cost. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the role of US GAAP in Cost Allowability and "adequate supporting documentation" and consider the role of the Defense Contract Audit Agency.




10:30 am – 10:45 am

Networking Break


10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Cyber Security and the Supply Chain
Learn how to draft policies and procedures to comply with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and review the new cyber security requirements and impacts on government contractors.


  • Matt Canavan l Director, Government Compliance & Pricing l General Dynamics Corporation


  • John Ellis l Director, Software Division l Defense Contract Management Agency
  • Michael Misumi l CIO, Johns Hopkins University / Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Katie Arrington l Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition - Cyber l Department of Defense
  • Brian Berger l President l Cytellix

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Networking Luncheon


1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Cost Sharing and Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs)
Gain clarity on Other Transaction Agreements and how they currently work, including the all-important requirement that at least one-third of the cost of the OTA come from non-Federal sources. Participate in a discussion on how they are being utilized in unconventional ways, and what you can expect in the future.


  • Neil Gardner l Director, Government Compliance l Northrop Grumman Corporation


  • Tom Lemmer l Partner l Dentons US LLP
  • Ben McMartin l Chief, Acquisition Management Office l US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Networking Break


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Internal/External Restructuring Costs Roundtable
This interactive session will provide an overview of how the defense contracting industry, already going through rapid M&A and consolidation, is dealing with the regulatory requirements around restructuring costs within defense contracts. Learn from senior-level executives the best practices around this rapidly evolving issue.


  • Jay PetersonDirector of Government Finance & Compliance l Lockheed Martin Corporation



4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Committee Chair:

  • Barbara Michael l Vice President, Government Compliance l Perspecta Inc.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking Reception

Sponsored by  
Baker Tilly

Cap off your conference experience at a closing reception. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, network with your peers and continue the conversations from the conference.


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