Event Calendar

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Demystifying DCAA: How to Prepare for and Manage Cost-Plus Contracting

Start Date: 2/17/2022 1:00 PM EST
End Date: 2/17/2022 2:30 PM EST

Venue Name: Zoom


Organization Name: SECAF

Contact:
Julia Nelson
Email: info@secaf.org
Phone: 703-574-1117

Monthly Briefing: Demystifying DCAA - How to Prepare for and Manage Cost-Plus Contracting 

Preparing for cost-plus contracting can be a daunting prospect for many small businesses in the federal market. Join SECAF for an event aimed at demystifying the processes associated with implementing and managing a DCAA-compliant account system and associated cost-plus contracts, featuring panelists from government and industry that will break down the basics and share their best insights and lessons-learned. There will be an opportunity to submit and ask questions of the panel. 

Moderated by: Brigitta Scott - Partner at Cordia Partners 

Speakers:  

  • Devang Patel - President of Business Development, Allegient Defense
  • Greg Gorgone - Chief Financial Officer, Citizant
  • Jennifer Bonney, CPA, CMA - Vice President-Finance, SimVentions Inc.
  • Pat Fitzgerald - Director, Baker Tilly’s 

Registration is required.

  • SECAF Members - Complimentary
  • Non-Members - $35

Register by Wednesday, February 16 by 12:00pm.


Bios

Brigitta Scott is a Partner at Cordia Partners and leads the Government Contracting outsourced accounting and advisory services practice. She brings more than 25 years of professional experience in all facets of accounting operations, compliance, internal audit, with extensive expertise in GAAP, FAR, and CAS.    
 
Ms. Scotts’ vast experience in accounting department management, revenue recognition, cost allowability, forward pricing, internal controls, and risk management provide her clients with the industry leading expertise and compliance best practices they need to achieve successful growth. Brigitta is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.  

Devang Patel is an experienced business executive holding an active TS clearance with 23 years of progressive specialized experience in business development, sales management and consulting; including recruiting, training, managing and motivating staff in federal and commercial business consulting and application development industries. He has lead small to large capture efforts from identifying opportunities to submission of proposal through the development of  strategic win themes, marketing campaigns and call plans, customer analysis, competitive pricing analysis, and the recruiting and selection of teaming partners. Specific responsibilities included capture of commercial and federal IDIQ contracts through solution selling and operations delivery of both technical and business personal contracts to include full life cycle investment management. Research market and pricing data to develop analytics to support negotiation strategies and justify award decisions. Build Sourcing project pipeline by reviewing expiring contracts, tracking and analyzing supplier spend, and presenting recommendations to Sourcing leadership.

Greg Gorgone oversees all accounting, finance, HR, recruiting and contracting functions in support of the company’s growth and strategic plans. He also provides strategic counsel, integration planning and execution, and due diligence leadership in support business acquisition research. He joined the company in 2002 and reports to the CEO, Alba Alemán.

During his tenure with Citizant, Greg has overseen major recapitalization and refinancing efforts. He was instrumental in developing the company’s financial management systems, including implementation of Deltek’s CostPoint® ERP solution and electronic timekeeping system. He is the primary liaison with all outside auditors, bankers, lawyers, and corporate risk managers.  In addition to managing the company’s finance and accounting function, Greg also oversees the Recruiting, Human Resources, Contracts and IT functions.

He is a seasoned business and financial manager with more than 40 years of experience in accounting, finance, corporate tax, government accounting, and systems design and implementation.

Prior to joining Citizant, Greg had a 20-year career with American Management Systems, Inc. (now CGI), most recently as deputy controller and vice president. There, he oversaw financial management of a $1.2 billion enterprise. Greg was instrumental in the design and implementation of an in-house finance and accounting system, was the primary liaison with outside auditors, and led the due diligence and integration planning for several acquisitions. He also led the planning and implementation of AMS’s first multinational, multicurrency credit agreement, which was needed to service all the company’s subsidiaries around the world.

Greg earned a bachelor’s degree from Strayer College and a certificate in federal government contracting from George Mason University.

Jennifer Bonney, CPA, CMA is the Vice President of Finance and Controller for SimVentions Inc., a mid-size employee-owned government contractor providing engineering services for the Department of Defense.  Headquartered in Fredericksburg Virginia, SimVentions specializes in software engineering, cyber security, and model based systems engineering. 

Jennifer is a graduate of Loyola University-Chicago and started her career in public accounting but soon realized that corporate accounting was her passion.  

During her 29 year career, Jennifer has worked over 25 years in government contracting with small to mid-size contractors. Through her extensive experience working with DCAA, she brings hands on knowledge of ICE submissions and audits of all types (annual, pre/post contract award and timesheet floor checks).  Jennifer has also successfully implemented a path that lead to multiple full Accounting System Approvals. 

In her free time, she enjoys Running, Hiking and Paddle Boarding. 

Pat Fitzgerald is a Director of Baker Tilly’s government contractor advisory services group. He joined the firm in 2015, bringing with him over 35 years of experience in government auditing and acquisition, including expertise in enhancing the cost effectiveness of business operations, resolving compliance challenges, improving business system effectiveness, conducting internal investigations, preparing for negotiations, and improving relationships between contractors, auditors and contracting officers.

Pat is the former director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) for the Department of Defense (DoD). There, he oversaw the agency’s $600 million budget and the 5,000 professionals providing contract audit and advisory services. His background also includes advising soldiers on effective and efficient mission completion practices, making recommendations to army leaders for resolving varied issues and directing the internal audit function as the U.S. Army’s Auditor General reporting directly to the Secretary of the Army.

Pat possesses extensive knowledge of government contracting processes, including cost accounting standards. His experience includes serving on the five-person OMB Cost Accounting Standards Board representing the DoD.

An exceptional communicator, having testified before members of congress on several occasions, Pat often advises clients on how to employ effective communication strategies to help resolve issues.


 

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