Fed Talks: Special Edition - COVID-19’s Impact on Contractors

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 unique episode of Fed Talks, we discuss the rapidly-evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and what government contractors are doing to deal with it successfully. Questions addressed include:

  • What are some parallels that exist between pandemic response and business activities during this challenging time?
  • What does it mean to be reasonable or prudent in the midst of a rapidly evolving situation?
  • What might be some lasting impacts of COVID-19 to the government contracting community?

 Please find our helpful triage plan we reference as a resource here: https://www.bakertilly.com/insights/covid-19-pandemic-operational--financial-triage-plan

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

Brent Calhoon, CPA, Partner

Brent specializes in the complexities and nuances of the Cost Accounting Standards, FAR Part 31 and 2 CFR 200 Cost Principles, the Truth in Negotiations Act, contract terminations, Requests for Equitable Adjustments, Claims, and contractor business systems.  Brent works with his clients to avoid or address DCAA audit findings and negotiate reasonable resolutions or settlements.  He also works with outside counsel to investigate and resolve allegations of wrongdoing arising under the False Claims Act.

Jen Flickinger, Principal

Jen supports clients of all sizes with their government contract cost accounting, pricing, business systems, and Service Contract Act Compliance. Jen’s deep experience also includes forensic accounting, litigation support and expert testimony. She supports clients across many industries including aerospace & defense, IT services, healthcare, insurance, professional services, manufacturing and not-for-profits.


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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