Fed Talks: A Baker Tilly Podcast

Fed Talks: A Baker Tilly Podcast

The Fed Talks Podcast 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.... Show More

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September 14, 2020 12 min

On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss the top five things contractors need to know when putting together a proposal for a Service Contract Act (SCA) contract with Baker Tilly subject matter experts Jennifer Flickinger & Rachelle Jackson. Questions addressed include:


1. What is the Service Contract Act?
2. How does the contract type affect both a contractor’s focus during a proposal and ability to secure future funding?
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On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss industry critiques of CMMC’s binary certification process with Baker Tilly subject matter expert Matt Gilbert.

Questions addressed include:

Why are some industry experts saying that CMMC lacks agility? 

In what ways can the CMMC assessment process be more flexible without undermining its purpose?

How can contractors prepare themselves to succeed within CMMC’s current design?

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On the fourth installment of our Fed Talks miniseries edition: Beers with Brent, we discuss Independent Public Accountants (IPAs) with Baker Tilly partner Brent Calhoon and special guest Nicole Owren-Wiest, a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP. Questions addressed include:  What are IPAs and how are they utilized in the government contractor space? How have government contractors reacted to the use of IPAs? How do we expect IPAs t...

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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 p...

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On the third installment of our Fed Talks miniseries edition: Beers with Brent, we discuss the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) with Baker Tilly partner Brent Calhoon and special guest Nicole Owren-Wiest, a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP. Questions addressed include: What was the background and theory behind CAS? Does CAS successfully establish the original mission of the CAS Board? What can contractors do to ensure success whe...

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On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss accounting system audits and how accounting systems can be a strategic differentiator for government contractors, with Baker Tilly subject matter experts Jennifer Flickinger & Jack Coviello. Questions addressed include: 1. What actually is an accounting system audit and what are the different variations? 2. What recent developments in the industry have led to a renewed importance for sy...

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On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss how contractors or recipients of assistance awards (grantees) can assess their organizational risks and improve internal controls when faced with the imposition of an Administrative Agreement. Baker Tilly subject matter experts Patrick Fitzgerald and Delaney Gordon dig into this topic, and further discuss how organizations can get out in front of the government’s concerns to address issues ...

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On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Single Schedule Initiative, and specifically the role of Order-Level Materials (OLM). Listen in for advice from GSA subject-matter expert Steve Sizemore and Baker Tilly team member Leo Alvarez. Questions addressed include: 1. What is OLM and how does it compliment the Single Schedule Initiative’s goal of simplification?
2. How do contractors sell i...

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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 lasti...

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On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss the Department of Defense’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) with subject matter specialist David Ross, a principal leading Baker Tilly’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice.  Questions addressed include: What is CMMC and what is the government’s overall goal in introducing this new standard? What are the different levels of CMMC and which level should contractors look to...

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On the second installment of our Fed Talks miniseries edition: Beers with Brent, we discuss government risk aversion with Baker Tilly partner Brent Calhoon. Questions addressed include: Do we sense an atmosphere of risk aversion, and does that affect the relationship between the government and their contractors? What is the distinction between conservatism and risk aversion? What are some of the positive steps being taken by the g...

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On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss government property, one of the six core DFARS business systems with two experts: 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 gov...

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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 ta...

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January 27, 2020 16 min

On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss the impact of the Federal Government’s category management approach to procurement with Baker Tilly team members Leo Alvarez and Michael Ryan. Questions addressed include: How has category management impacted Federal acquisitions, including impacts of GSA Schedule consolidation? What are “Best in Class” Contract Vehicles?  What key opportunities should contractors pay attention to in 2020 a...

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December 18, 2019 11 min

On this episode of Fed Talks, we discuss the need and approach to documenting policies and procedures for government contractors with Baker Tilly team members Joseph McCaffrey and John Hindman. Questions addressed include: How many policies does a government contractor need; How do business systems influence the organization of policy; How does a contractor choose areas to cover in their policies and procedures?

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November 8, 2019 16 min

On our inaugural episode of Fed Talks, we discuss the process of updating contractors’ GSA Commercial Sales Practices (CSP) disclosures with Baker Tilly team members Jeff Clayton and Samantha Fry. Topics discussed include: What is a CSP and when should contractors update them; Situations when a Contracting Officer will not allow a CSP update; Migration of stand-alone professional service contracts to the Consolidated Schedule; Asso...

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Listen in on our trailer introducing our new podcast: Fed Talks. The Fed Talks Podcast is a series of audio episodes featuring current topics and issues in government contracting, offering thoughtful, bite-sized insights with rotating guests from inside and outside Baker Tilly.      [Host: Derek Boyd]      [Producer/Sound Engineer: Andrew Graziano]      [Marketing: Kendra Bergin]

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