Government Contracting Under the FAR & AASHTO Guides: Everything You Need to Know, and More!

This event qualifies for 14 CPEs

Every year, firms are held liable for overhead rate errors. 


And it’s no wonder, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) overhead rates are notoriously complex and loaded with tricky nuances. Correctly interpreting and applying the FAR requirements is critically important. 


Learn how to avoid costly errors when contracting with the government from the leading GovCon authorities. 


Join SN's FAR experts Tony Machi and Wayne Owens for this 2-day educational event where you'll learn everything you need to know about Government Contracting. Plus, earn 14 CPE credits in Accounting (Government).


Topics Covered Include:

  • Overview of FAR theory and related rules
  • What the AASHOT Guide means for your firm
  • Navigating federal vs. state requirements
  • Roles and responsibilities for your firm vs. the state DOT vs. sub-contractors
  • Accounting system requirements you must have in place
  • The importance of timesheets
  • How to use "Cognizant Letter" to simplify your contracting
  • Determining if Cost Accounting Standards apply to your firm
  • The future of technology use
  • Field rate development
  • What your PM's & Principals need to know when proposing on a government contract
  • Complying with FAR financial management system requirements
  • FAR requirements for internal controls
  • Allowable related party transactions under FAR
  • Ideal labor costing method alternatives
  • Proper compensation planning
  • Executive compensation under FAR
  • Can an agency limit your direct rates?
  • Does the BBA rate apply to your contracts?
  • Why allowable overhead is the most significant profit factor for government contract negotiations
  • Minimizing unallowable overhead
  • Allowable business development costs
  • Allowable vs. unallowable: warrantee, insurance, interest, and lobbying costs.
  • Which overhead costs are never allowed?


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Speaker and Presenter Information

Tony Machi Headshot

Tony Machi, CPA, MBA, CDA

As a Manager in SN’s Government Contract Services practice area, Tony knows AE deeply, having long served at senior levels within the governmental and financial compliance function of one of the largest engineering firms in the U.S. He has become nationally recognized as a foremost expert on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) strategy and compliance and firm profitability by peers in the ACEC/AASHTO audit community. 


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Wayne Owens, CPA, CGMA, CDA

Over his 35+ year career, T. Wayne has established himself as a respected thought leader in the architecture and engineering industry. As the founder of T. Wayne Owens & Associates, PC, Wayne honed his skills providing consulting, auditing, and financial management services for firms nationally as well as serving as CFO of an architectural firm. You can frequently find him presenting to national audiences on his favorite industry topics including AE auditing and financial management, the AASHTO Uniform Audit & Accounting Guide, FAR overhead rates, government contracting, and project accounting.


Wayne believes in doing more than just providing a service. He spends time building collaborative relationships with his clients so he can provide meaningful guidance and input. Helping firms make the best, most informed business decisions is the best part of Wayne’s job. His deep industry connections with ACEC, AIA, PSMJ, AASHTO, and state departments of transportation means that Wayne is always on the inside track with trends, regulations, and innovations that may impact your firm.

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Relevant Government Agencies

GSA, Federal Government

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Wed-Thu, Nov 9-10, 2022, 9:00am - 5:30pm

Houston Marriott Westchase
2900 Briarpark Drive
Houston, TX 77042
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