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Give Me 5 Federal Contracting Training Webinars

Give Me 5’s ongoing webinars and regional events bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information on the federal procurement marketplace. Registration for all courses is open to the general public at no charge.

Registering for any Give Me 5 Session gets you:
  • Access to the live webinar
  • Links to download the podcast, presentation, and all supplemental documents

Give Me 5: Government Reporting: It Can ‘Make or Break’ Your Customer Experience

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 * 2:00pm eastern

All government contracts require an initial submittal and then follow on monthly reports for the duration of the contract. Too many times companies either are not prepared or do not understand the importance of these project management submittals. Additionally, too many companies use these reports as simply a required submittal rather than a tool to help them proactively manage their project. This perceived lack of responsiveness can quickly lead to customer dissatisfaction regardless of the technical performance. In this webinar you will learn the following: • What reports may be required for an initial submittal (this will be different with each contract). • What a typical monthly report looks like. • How you can use these reports/metrics to better manage your projects.

Instructor: Misty Mayes, President/Founder, Management Solutions, LLC

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Give Me 5: There’s no “I” in Team: Understanding How to Effectively Team on a Federal Project

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 * 2:00pm eastern

Teaming is a concept much discussed in the world of federal contracting, yet it is often misunderstood. Before you enter into your next teaming agreement, make it a point to understand the rules and what must be contained in your teaming agreement to make it an effective, enforceable document. We will explore the importance of well-crafted scopes of work, exclusivity, indemnity and other key parts of a teaming agreement, as well as how the murky world of teaming agreements is viewed by courts of various jurisdictions. Also, while there is, in fact, no “I” in team, that does not mean that a teaming agreement should not be negotiated. As part of our discussion, we will consider the practical implications of negotiating terms of a teaming agreement from the both the prime and subcontractor perspectives.

Instructor: Maria Panichelli, Attorney at Law, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman

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Give Me 5: Attributes of an Acceptable Accounting System

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 * 2:00pm eastern

Contractor business systems and internal controls are the government’s first line of defense against waste, fraud and abuse. As a contractor, you will be under considerable requirements to maintain your accounting systems according to the FAR and the contract, or face costly consequences. This webinar addresses the acceptable accounting systems required by the FAR; the concerns, costs, and steps surrounding ‘significant deficiencies’; and how you can self-assess to insure you are in compliance.

Instructor: Hope Lane, CPA, Aronson LLC

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Give Me 5: Maintaining Compliant Controls for a DCAA Audit

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 * 2:00pm eastern

Winning a Government contract is a combination of many things. One of the most important parts of the bidding process is the audit performed by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). In this webinar, you will learn how to develop and maintain compliant internal controls including the accounting system. This is the first thing that DCAA reviews in their audits. You will also learn what DCAA looks for in an audit and how to prepare for the audit. Much of the audit is comprised of verifying that you have compliant and adequate internal controls and accounting system to accumulate, allocate, and report Government costs. It also is comprised of you verifying your basis for your pricing. In addition, you will learn how to maintain compliance for other DCAA audits after winning a contract.

Instructor: JeFreda Brown, CEO, Brown Accounting Solutions, LLC

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Give Me 5: Working with Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 * 2:00pm eastern

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) cover most of the United States and its territories with local procurement centers. These PTACs exist to help businesses understand federal, state, and local contracting requirements and build their capacity to compete on solicitations and provide effective service to government agencies. This webinar will provide a basic overview of the first steps to becoming a government contractor, how to locate free resources available to you, and explains the little to no-cost services available to you when you become a PTAC client.

Instructor: Mike Schremmer, Program Manager, Norcal PTAC

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2014 WIPP Annual Leadership Meeting

July 23-24, 2014

Policies matter. They have a direct effect on your business growth. Meet, network and join WIPP Leaders, and build your business. An action packed day that will inspire you to become an effective advocate for your business: expect to expand your understanding of government policies that affect your bottom line, expect to share your views with elected officials, and expect to network with other successful business leaders.

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