Presented by Jim Krause, Federal Contract Attorney

​​Verbal direction from the Government is an elusive creature. DON’T GAMBLE ON Something said 4 years ago during performance of a Federal contract – whether you are the Government or the Contractor.  Federal Contracts last for years, Contracting Officers come and go, contracting personnel come and go, and it is impossible to remember something said years ago during performance. Thus, 


We will review original unreasonable solicitation requirements, verbal discussions and negotiations in the field or by telephone, RFP’s, CO authority to direct changes (and possible exceptions), documentation, confirmatory WRITTEN communications, and true emergency issues. We will also review letter contracts for immediate contracting response issues.


Presented by Jim Krause, Federal Contract Attorney

Hurricane IRMA was an enormous disaster here in Florida, and the Government did a good job of ensuring contractors were in place. However, the Homeowners did not participate as expected and the contractors did not get enough work to pay for the giant mobilization that the Government wanted. Join us as we discuss what to expect as a Federal Contractor in Disaster Relief Contract, the issues Federal Contractor faced while performing, proper documentation of the Contract, etc. 

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Federal Compliance - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Presented by Jim Krause, Federal Contract Attorney 

The Federal government’s reach is enormous, and there are innumerable pitfalls for the unwary Contractor.  Compliance issues are not just identified in the Contract; there are myriad Agencies whose job is to step in and ensure contractors, and often their subcontractors who didn’t even sign a federal contract, are following ALL Federal Laws, rules and regulations.  Federal contracting is not easy, and the Federal government assumes all contractors with Federal contracts are sophisticated and understand the rules.  Come learn how to identify and prepare for Federal Compliance. 

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GSA Advantage!

Presented by Trey Tackling, GSA

​​​GSA Advantage!® is the online shopping and ordering system that provides access to thousands of contractors and millions of supplies (products) and services. Join us as we learn about why your business should be listed in GSA Advantage!®, as well as the methods through which Federal government employees can make purchases on GSA Advantage!®, how state and local government entities can now use GSA Advantage!® to purchase products and services under both the Cooperative Purchasing Program and the Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program, and what methods of payment may be used on this type of contract.

How to Improve Your Proposal

Presented by Mark Brock, Small Business Deputy Director, NAVFAC SE

This Program will cover key contracting terms, which questions you need to ask yourself when writing a proposal, things to know about the process, and keys to understanding Standard Form 330 (SF330).


Presented by Trey Tackling, GSA

 eBuy, a component of GSA Advantage!®, is an online Request for Quotation (RFQ) tool. esigned to facilitate the request for submission of quotations for a wide range of commercial supplies (products) and services under GSA Schedules​ and Technology contracts; i.e., GSA Schedule 70 (Information Technology), Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), and Network Services and Telecommunications contracts.

Learn about how eBuy leverages the power of the Internet to increase contractor participation in RFPs, helps to obtain quotations that result in best value purchase decisions, and allows government buyers  to request information and find sources to fulfill their requirements.

The Certificate of Competency (COC) program

Presented by Arleen Boyd-Alston, PCR COC CMR for SBA

This Program allows a small business to appeal a contracting officer's determination that it is unable to fulfill the requirements of a specific government contract on which it is the apparent low bidder. When the small business applies for a COC, SBA industrial and financial specialists conduct a detailed review of the firm's capabilities to perform on the contract. If the business demonstrates the ability to perform, the SBA issues a COC to the contracting officer requiring the award of that specific contract to the small business.


Project Time Management - Critical Path Management (CPM)

Presented by Kurt Musser, Civil Engineer, CPM Consultant 
In a world where time really does mean money, the proper planning of a project through scheduling software programs can mean the difference between profit and loss for a business as well as the contractor building the facility/product. Understanding what detailed planning programs are available, how they can be used properly as well as how they can be abused should be an important consideration before going forward with any project. I will talk about the planning process and how a schedule can benefit the owner as well as the builder.

Federal Accounting - Is Your Company's Accounting Standard Compliant with DCAA?

Presented by Kevin Grimes, MBA, PMP  

Mr. Grimes will explain the role of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and the expectations of a contractor’s accounting system. Many federal contract awards are contingent upon the DCAA finding that a contractor’s accounting system is sound. This includes having specific written accounting policies and an accounting system that can perform certain cost, timekeeping, and billing functions. Agencies conduct unique “financial health” audits prior to awarding some contracts.

 Topics discussed include:
·       Segregation of Costs
·       Unallowable Costs
·       Direct/Indirect Costs
·       Allocation Pools
·       Timekeeping Requirements

This presentation is recommended for small business owners who perform their own bookkeeping functions,  corporate accountants and payroll personnel.


Preparing a Claim in 4 East Steps! Requests For Equitable Adjustment 

Presented by Jim Krause, Federal Contract Attorney

​​​The purpose of the equitable adjustment is to fairly compensate a Contractor for any damages or costs caused by the Government’s actions or modification of a contract. The government has the right to make unilateral changes in work during contract performance. 

This a Step by Step guide to preparing an REA or Claim presented in simple English. Learn the four (4) steps that explain that you have to do to justify additional money or time the Government owes you for changes to your contract or performance.

Join us as we:

1. Review and discuss notice requirements,

2. Efficient documentation retention and

3. Company organization tools that will save you time and ensure you receive the money you deserve for performance, extra and 4. 4. Additional work the Government directed or required.