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Government Accounting Requirements and Preparing for Contract Audits (WA)

April 22 @ 9:00 am - April 23 @ 4:00 pm


These courses are designed to cover two separate but complementary topics. They are designed to be taken together but can be taken separately.

Day 1: Federal Government Contract Accounting

Contracting with the U.S. Government can be challenging, but when you consider the unique accounting requirements, internal controls and system expectations, and government regulations, it can become overwhelming. This course is designed to help contractors navigate these requirements to successfully recover all allowable costs incurred in support of their contracts. Whether your company is new to government contracting or has years of experience, this course will help ensure you are up to speed on these changing accounting requirements.
Day 2: Preparing for a Federal Government Contract Audit

The course is designed to help government contractors develop strategies for mitigating contract cost audit risk and vulnerability by discussing the processes used by contract auditors.  This course provides an overview of the government contract audit process, auditor expectations regarding the adequacy of accounting systems, labor timekeeping and distribution, cost representations for forward pricing, billing, and incurred costs. By knowing the factors and processes that influence contract audit risk, contractors will be in a better position to develop strategies to handle issues that arise during contract audits. This course is recommended for those individuals responsible for contract audit related issues and preparing cost input or information for audit review.

Learning Objectives

Day 1:

  • Discuss basic accounting terms and procedures required for contracting with the Federal Government
  • Discuss the differences between direct and indirect costs and indirect cost allocation methods
  • Discuss labor accounting system internal controls
  • Discuss the applicable Federal Acquisition Regulations addressing the allowability, allocability and reasonableness of contract costs
  • Discuss the accounting requirements for unallowable costs
  • Discuss the different government contract types and interim financing methods
  • Discuss special reporting requirements

Day 2:

  • Discuss general audit expectations for government contractors
  • Discuss audit expectations for the adequacy of accounting systems, timekeeping and labor distribution, and cost accumulation
  • Discuss audit risk assessments and quality of audit evidence
  • Discuss Truthful Cost or Pricing Data (aka TINA) requirements and audits of forward pricing proposals
  • Discuss audits of incurred costs
  • Discuss the impact of penalties for unallowable costs
  • Discuss audit risk management and strategies


April 22 @ 9:00 am
April 23 @ 4:00 pm
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Seattle, WA – The Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Ave
Seattle, Washington 98111
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Delivery Method
In-Person Seminar