Fed Talks: An Update on Commercial Item Determinations

Fed Talks is a series of audio episodes featuring current issues in government contracting, offering thoughtful, bite-sized insights with rotating guests from inside and outside Baker Tilly.

On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss recent happenings in the commercial item space with Baker Tilly subject matter experts Jeffrey Clayton and Steven Brewer.

Questions addressed include:

  • What are commercial item determinations and why are they important for government contractors?
  • What are some key takeaways from the Defense Contract Management Agency Commercial Item Group’s recent Request for Information?
  • What are some best practices for contractors working to put documentation together for commercial item determinations?

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About the Host

Derek Boyd, CPA, Director

Derek consults with numerous government contractors to design and build compliant cost accounting and business systems in accordance with FAR, CAS, and DFARS requirements and industry best practices. Derek has supported contractors in both a consultative and internal capacity for over a dozen years, working directly with contractors and their government stakeholders.


About the Guests 

Jeffrey Clayton, Principal

Jeff has over 20 years of industry and consulting experience in both government contracting and commercial environments, providing a broad range of pricing, contract compliance and dispute/litigation related services to government contractors and their legal counsel.

Steven Brewer, Senior Manager

Steven has over 10 years of experience helping government contractors across a variety of industries.  He provides specialized pricing, compliance, negotiation, audit and litigation support services, with a focus on commercial item contractors selling to the government through various contract vehicles.

 About the Producer

Andrew Graziano, Senior Consultant

Andrew has been with Baker Tilly for over 2 years and has spent that time working with government contractors on a wide variety of compliance matters.  In particular, Andrew has experience with incurred cost proposals, indirect rate modeling, price proposal preparation, cost impact analysis, and commercial sales practice disclosures. In his spare time, he produces and edits this Fed Talks podcast.

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Music Credit
Artist: Chael
Song: Sparks

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