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 the inaugural installment of our Fed Talks miniseries edition: Beers with Brent, we discuss the government’s perception of contractors with Baker Tilly partner Brent Calhoon. Questions addressed include:
· How do contractors respond to an often-negative public perception?
· What is the perception vs. reality when it comes to contractor profits?
· How do the goals of contractors trying to run a business conflict with a government tasked with being stewards of the taxpayer?
This Week’s Beer: Chameleon IPA
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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 Guest
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.
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.