Day 1 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

8:30
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:15
Comprehensive Summary of US Defence Contracting Priorities and Compliance Landscape
10:15
How to Reap the Benefits of the Joint Strike Fighter Program: Local Opportunities for Participating Countries
11:00
Networking Break
11:30
Focus on Cybersecurity: Important Developments for Government Contractors: Risk Versus Compliance-based Approaches to Implementing Cybersecurity
12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Real-world Success Stories How to Build and Implement an Effective Compliance Program That Meets EU, UK and US Requirements
2:00
Spotlight on Business Systems Audits: Latest Trends and the New Priority for the US Government
2:45
Networking Break
3:15
Staying Compliant with the European Works Council and Local European Labor Laws
4:00
Future Landscape for Compliance – Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business with US
4:45
Chair’s Closing Remarks
5:00
End of Day 1

Day 2 - Thursday, November 21, 2019

8:30
Refreshments and Networking
9:00
Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks
9:15
DCAA/DCMA Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Changes, Innovations, and Best Practices
10:30
Networking Break
11:30
Navigating the Complex Challenges of Contract Closeouts: Tips for Fixed Price Contracts
11:45
How to Work Successfully with DCAA in Europe: Unique Challenges and Considerations for EU Companies
12:30
Networking Luncheon
1:30
Preventative Measures and Best Practices for DCMA Corrective Action Request (CAR) and ACO Determinations (Pre and Post Audit): Property, CPSR, DPAS and Other Areas of Non-Compliance Reporting
2:15
Interpreting the New DCAA Guidance on Expressly Unallowable Costs: How are Auditors Using Their Judgement to Evaluate Costs and How to Avoid Costly Penalties
3:15
Chair’s Closing Remarks
3:30
Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

8:30
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Joseph J. Kurr
Deputy Director, Contracts OPMAS-E
Vectrus (Germany)

9:15
Comprehensive Summary of US Defence Contracting Priorities and Compliance Landscape

Mark Smith
Vice President Government Accounting Compliance
Booz Allen Hamilton (US)

Dave Drabkin
Senior Manager
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (US)

  • Section 809 recommendations: Pricing impacts of the Section 809 review
  • Progress on increased government-industry interactions
  • Department of Defense proposal to update DFARS with 15-day “prompt payment” rules for COTS contracts

10:15
How to Reap the Benefits of the Joint Strike Fighter Program: Local Opportunities for Participating Countries

Philippe Duculot
Export Sales Manager
JD’C Innovation SAFS (Belgium)

  • Overview of program to date
  • How soon to participate in tenders when you are not a US contractor
  • The DFARS compliance checklist — How to safeguard covered defense information, report cyber incidents, submit malicious software and facilitate damage assessment
  • Implications of Turkey’s withdrawal for European companies

11:00
Networking Break
11:30
Focus on Cybersecurity: Important Developments for Government Contractors: Risk Versus Compliance-based Approaches to Implementing Cybersecurity

Robert S. Metzger
Consultant to The MITRE Corporation
Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O'Donnell (USA)

  • Understanding DFARS NIST SP 800-171 cybersecurity framework: Risks and compliance requirements
  • New cybersecurity standards, independent certification requirements: Why and how to respond
  • What to expect, what’s changed in recent NIST guidance on authentication standards, including multi-factor authentication and password management practices
  • Security requirements risk — What is considered “adequate security” as outlined in NIST SP 800-171
  • What does a successful plan entail?
  • How to use a step-by-step approach to implementing, assessing and monitoring the controls
  • How to respond to new laws which restrict sources of supply and new regulations that place new demands on contracts

12:15
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Real-world Success Stories How to Build and Implement an Effective Compliance Program That Meets EU, UK and US Requirements

Christine Wade
CEO
CaaSus LLC (US)

  • How to build a tailored compliance program that fits your company
  • Common structural features of high-performing compliance programs
  • Role of risk assessments in designing and updating compliance programs
  • Compliance assessments: What, who, how?
  • What are the minimum requirements for an EU subcontractor?
  • How do I get my management on board?

2:00
Spotlight on Business Systems Audits: Latest Trends and the New Priority for the US Government

Matthew Popham
VP Government Compliance Director
Leidos (US)

Kristin Torcasi
VP, Government Compliance
CACI

  • Understanding the applicable audit scope, objectives and procedures that the DCAA will use to conduct their audit.
  • What due diligence is necessary ahead of a DCAA business system audit?
  • How to perform a well conducted business system demonstration.
  • Documentation and access to records – What is sufficient and adequate documentation?
  • Maintaining effective communication – avoiding inaccurate unfavorable audit conclusions

2:45
Networking Break
3:15
Staying Compliant with the European Works Council and Local European Labor Laws

Joseph J. Kurr
Deputy Director, Contracts OPMAS-E
Vectrus (Germany)

  • Understanding the obligations of international groups of companies to consult with their European Works Council (EWC) if planning a reorganization in the EU
  • When is consultation with the EWC needed?
  • When does EWC have authority? When is a situation transnational and when is it national? What is the intersection with local labor laws?
  • Impact of the Dutch court ruling for Alcoa Spain

4:00
Future Landscape for Compliance – Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business with US

Rosa Rosanelli
General Counsel, Chief Export Compliance Officer
Patria Belgium Engine Center (Belgium)

  • Evolution of Transatlantic Relations
  • EDF and PESCO
  • Future trends and challenges

4:45
Chair’s Closing Remarks
5:00
End of Day 1

Day 2 - Thursday, November 21, 2019

8:30
Refreshments and Networking
9:00
Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks

Ove C. Norseth
Manager, US Government Liaison Office
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (Norway)

9:15
DCAA/DCMA Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Changes, Innovations, and Best Practices

Todd Hinkie
Contracts Director
DCMA Europe

Dan Kick
Branch Manager
DCAA Europe

Mark Smith
Vice President Government Accounting Compliance
Booz Allen Hamilton (US)

Rusty Chiles
FAO Assistant for Quality
DCAA European Branch Office (Germany)

  • An update on current DCAA/DCMA activities and focus areas
  • What to expect from DCAA’s new accounting system audits
  • Best practices for preparing for the new audit program, including preparing for walkthroughs and system demonstrations
  • Defective pricing: DCAA increased efforts – What to expect
  • Hidden IT system expectations
  • Increased Focus on Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) – What does it mean to non-U.S. contractors?

10:30
Networking Break
11:30
Navigating the Complex Challenges of Contract Closeouts: Tips for Fixed Price Contracts

Gary McDonald
Director
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (US)

  • Best Practices and lessons learned
  • Understanding contract closeout from a government perspective
  • What are the prime contractor contract closeout responsibilities and what are the subcontract closeout responsibilities?
  • Overview of subcontract audits
  • What to do if you have lost US property?

11:45
How to Work Successfully with DCAA in Europe: Unique Challenges and Considerations for EU Companies

Ove C. Norseth
Manager, US Government Liaison Office
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (Norway)

  • When can you expect DCAA to conduct an audit?
  • Lessons learned from past audits
  • US compliance considerations for EU Companies — What to do and what not to do
  • What information is required to be disclosed vs. what can be shielded
  • Contract-type requirements (Cost-type vs. time & material vs. fixed price)
  • Balancing GDPR requirements with DCAA audit requests

12:30
Networking Luncheon
1:30
Preventative Measures and Best Practices for DCMA Corrective Action Request (CAR) and ACO Determinations (Pre and Post Audit): Property, CPSR, DPAS and Other Areas of Non-Compliance Reporting

Christine Wade
CEO
CaaSus LLC (US)

  • Corrective action requests
    • What are they and what do the four levels mean?
    • Do all DCMA regions handle them the same?
    • What is the CAR process and when does ACO get involved?
  • Quality deficiency reporting system
  • Post audit process – Significant deficiencies
    • How to address alleged significant deficiencies both during and outside of audit
  • Remediation

2:15
Interpreting the New DCAA Guidance on Expressly Unallowable Costs: How are Auditors Using Their Judgement to Evaluate Costs and How to Avoid Costly Penalties

Matthew Popham
VP Government Compliance Director
Leidos (US)

Kristin Torcasi
VP, Government Compliance
CACI

  • What has changed and what stays the same in DCAA’s May 2019 MRD (Memorandum for Regional Directors)?
  • How does the guidance inform DCAA audit teams in determining whether a questioned cost is expressly unallowable? What judgements are auditors using in the evaluation of costs?
  • What is the appropriate contractor response when an audit team questions a cost as expressly unallowable?
  • Discussion on relevant case law decisions, lessons learned from Raytheon.

3:15
Chair’s Closing Remarks
3:30
Conference Concludes