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Conference on Government Business



Agenda topics, timing and speakers subject to change.


Tuesday, February 12

9:15 am – 9:45 Am



9:45 am - 10:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • John Panetta | Senior Director, Government Accounting | Raytheon Company
    Immediate Past Chair | Financial Executives International
    Member | Committee on Government Business
  • Barbara Michael | Vice President, Government Compliance | Perspecta
    Chair | Committee on Government Business

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Streamlined and Smarter: Government Contracting After Section 809
The “Section 809 Panel” established by Congress in 2016 was tasked with finding ways to streamline and improve the defense acquisition process. The panel established several teams to examine the varied aspects of the acquisition process and find opportunities for improvement. The discussion will focus on the issues and recommendations with respect to cost accounting and audit issues in the acquisition process.

  • Brent Calhoon | Partner | Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
  • David Drabkin | Chair, Section 809 Panel | Principal, Drabkin and Associates, LLC
  • Barbara Michael | Vice President, Government Compliance | Perspecta

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Current Technical Cost Accounting Standards Issues
After a period of relative quiet, the Cost Accounting Standards Board is addressing a variety of open issues. Matters before the board include issues raised in the prior National Defense Authorization Acts, such as the convergence of cost accounting standards with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as well as completing the “harmonization” of CAS 412/413 with the Pension Protection Act. Interactive discussions will also include topics regarding evolving issues affecting contractor cost accounting.

  • John Panetta | Senior Director, Government Accounting | Raytheon Company
  • Laurie Schmidgall | Industry Representative | The Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB) | Senior Director, Cost Accounting and Estimating | The Boeing Company
  • James Thomas | Partner, Washington Metro Practice Leader, Government Contracts Specialist | PwC

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon


1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Business System Regulations
The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directed the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the business systems rules enacted under the 2011 NDAA. The review was charged with examining the rules impact on contractor performance or the management and oversight of contract performance at U.S. Department of Defense. This panel will discuss the GAO report and business system issues influencing contracting.

  • Timothy DiNapoli | Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions | U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Sajeev Malaveetil | Partner, Forensic & Integrity Services, Government Contract Services | Ernst and Young LLP
  • Mark Quirk | Senior Director, Corporate Government Accounting & Compliance | Honeywell International, Inc.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Networking Break


3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Legal Panel
This panel of noted legal practitioners will address emerging trends in contracting and recent court decisions that affect contractors. Interactive discussion topics could include the evolution in the Contracts Disputes Act Statute of Limitations, recent disputes/decisions and other legal/process items for Contractors.

  • Laura Semple | Government Contracts Attorney | Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Networking Reception


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