Fed Talks podcast series

Fed Talks: Government property: the forgotten business system

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 government property, one of the six core DFARS business systems with two specialists: Tom Ruckdaschel of DCMA and DPAP acclaim and Alex Mikhelson, a manager with Baker Tilly’s Government Contractor Advisory Services practice. Questions addressed include:

  • What is government property and why is it important? 
  • Why has government property seen increased attention lately, and how is this impacting government contractors?
  • What can contractors do to proactively prepare for increased scrutiny of their government property systems and identify and address deficiencies?

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Meet this episode’s guest speakers:

Tom Ruckdaschel, CPPM, Independent Contractor

Tom Ruckdaschel is an independent consultant and one of the preeminent experts on government property, specializing in federal government contract property requirements and related business systems.  Prior to his time as a consultant, Tom spent many years working for the DoD.  He is a former Deputy Director at the Defense Contract Management Agency, as well as former senior procurement officer with the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy. 

Alex Mikhelson, CPA, Manager

Alex supports our clients with their numerous challenges from DFARS business systems reviews to audit support to one-off unique issues, he customizes solutions for each of our clients based on their needs. Alex brings over 10 years of experience to the practice including financial improvement and audit readiness, government property management, business process reengineering, managers’ internal control program (OMB A-123), DoD acquisition and logistics, and forensic auditing.

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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