April 2017 Newsletter

We hope you enjoy this month's NCMA Denver Newsletter. Thank you for your interest in NCMA and the Denver Chapter.
In This Issue

President's Corner with Stephanie Amend
Stephanie Amend
NCMA Denver President
Thank you to everyone who attended the Cyber Security Winter Seminar in February. We appreciated our attendees and our volunteer speakers/panelists.  We know there is more to come on this topic and as a Chapter, we'll do our best to keep our members informed and educated. 

Also, thank you all who attended the networking and open board meeting on April 4th. I was disappointed the weather wouldn't allow for my attendance, but it was great to have some old and new faces join our board meeting. Our Focus on the FAR seminar will be May 2nd, so please save the date; we'll be doing a deep dive into the FAR and this will be an all day event. This is our most highly attended event of the year and we're looking forward to discussing sections of the FAR that we haven't spent much time on in years' past.  

In addition, we will be holding our Officer election for the 2017/2018 program year. This year the following people have been nominated for Officer positions: Alyson McCoy - Secretary, Jami Eckel - President Elect and Nathan Gordon - Treasurer. We have heard from our members that you would like more events close to Denver and south Denver, so we're looking forward to our education/networking event at our sponsor, EKS&H, on April 20th.  In order for us to make this successful and plan for more Denver events next program year, attendance will be important. If you're in the Denver area, we'd love to see you there!
Upcoming Webinar: DCAA Audits 101 and Accounting Compliance Trends
On April 20, 2017, brush up on DCAA Audits with the "DCAA Audits 101 and Accounting Compliance Trends for the Savvy Biz Owner."  The NCMA Denver Chapter will be hosting this recorded webinar on the south side at the Denver offices of EKS&H from 12:30pm to 2pm.
Government Contractors:  Would you be successful in a DCAA Audit - even a mock one?  If you cannot answer an emphatic "Yes" to this question, then "DCAA Audits 101 and Accounting Compliance Trends for the Savvy Biz Owner" is for you.  After all, who doesn't want to go to the next level, stop worrying about DCAA Audits and Accounting  Compliance in your Biz?  In 90 short minutes you will have a framework you can use to do just that...get ready to take YOUR system and YOUR biz to the next level of compliance - and SUCCESS.
This webinar will focus on the following areas:
  1. Hot Topics Today and Going Forward
    • Pre-Award Audits
    • DCAA vs DCMA - Who is Responsible?
    • Trap Doors and Hot Spots to Avoid
  2. DCAA Audits and Why It Matters
    • Incurred Cost Audit Trends
    • High Risk / Low Risk Determination
    • Most Common Questioned Costs
  3. Accounting Compliance SF 1408
    • Is Your System Compliant?
    • ICE and Timekeeping
    • Three Tips to Use Today
Register Now!

We hope you can join us!
Upcoming Event: Focus on the FAR Seminar
The NCMA Denver Chapter is pleased to provide its annual all-day Focus on the FAR Seminar on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Ball Aerospace in Broomfield. 

Join the NCMA Denver Chapter for in-depth presentations on FAR Parts 12, 19, 22, and 42. We will also update you on the latest FAR regulatory changes.
  • Phillip Seckman, Partner in the Government Contracts group at Dentons US LLP, will be presenting on FAR Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, as well as timely FAR Updates. Phil frequently writes and lectures regarding commercial item acquisitions, GSA schedule contracting, business systems, FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule, and cost accounting issues. 
  • Tom Reid, Chief Problem Solver at Certified Contracting Solutions, will speak on Part 19, Small Business Programs. 
  • Patricia Slate, consultant at Wage Hour Consulting, and former Regional enforcement coordinate and Assistant District Director at the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, will be traveling from Boston to present on FAR Part 22, Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions. 
  • Stay tuned for further updates on additional speakers for FAR Part 42, Contract Administration and Audit Services.
This program provides an excellent opportunity to earn CPE credits, improve your FAR knowledge, and network with your fellow contract management professionals (so bring your business cards). Brush up on your FAR knowledge for a chance to win FAR Bingo!   We start the morning with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the seminar at 8:00 a.m.  Continental breakfast, networking breaks and lunch included.  The cost is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.  Please use the member price if registering five or more attendees from the same company at the same time. 

Register Now!

We hope you can join us!
2017-2018 CMLDP Application Now Available!
The Application for the 2017-2018 NCMA Contract Management Leadership Development Program (CMLDP) Class is now available on NCMA's website The CMLDP is designed to help develop the next generation of acquisition leaders through an intensive year-long educational experience.
Applications for the 2017-2018 CMLDP Class will be accepted May 1 - June 30, 2017. Please review all application and eligibility requirements.
Please email cmldp@ncmahq.org  should you have any questions about the application process.
Getting your CFCM or CPCM Certification? Come study with NCMA!
A CPCM study group is being organized. The study group will be held at Dentons, downtown Denver (1400 Wewatta Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202).  

The study sessions will be held on Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:30 pm. The remaining dates are as follows:
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - Competency 4 (Specialized Knowledge)
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Competency 5 (General Business)
The study group qualifies for Continuous Learning Point/Hours.
Below is a list of study materials for the CPCM certification with a hyperlink to the NCMA HQ webpage for additional information on the certification (and links for ordering study materials). Class participants are responsible for purchasing their own study materials (although we will provide slides for each study session).
  • CPCM Study Guide, 3rd Edition
  • Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), 4th Edition
  • Desktop Guide to Basic Contracting Terms, 7th Edition
Please RSVP if you plan to attend. To be included on the participant list please contact the Denver Chapter's Education/Certification Chairperson Matthew Gomer at matthew.gomer@gsa.gov .

Free Webinar Hosted By The Subcontractor Management Institute
Denver Chapter Leadership
Stephanie Amend - President
Brie Staker - President-Emeritus
Angie Burke - President-Elect
Jami Eckel - Treasurer
Stacey Gustus- Secretary
Board of Advisors:
Blake Couture
Brad Duchein
Dolly Fernandez
Paul Fisher
Rodney Fowler
Matt Gomer
Tom Reid
Phil Seckman
Erin Stewart
Kristin Batalon - Employment Chair
Melanie Burgess - Scholarship
Blake Couture - Fellows Chair
Matt Gomer - Education/Certification Co-Chair
Nathan Gordon - Membership Co-Chair
Reid Hollander - Social Media Chair
Kristine Kalish - College Outreach Chair
Julie Kehrer - Corporate Sponsorship Chair
Julie Linton - Membership Co-Chair
Jerry McIntyre - Newsletter Co-Chair
Ashley Poli - Newsletter Co-Chair
Erin Stewart - Awards Chair
Quincy Stott - Leadership Chair
Tyler Thomas - Newsletter Co-Chair