January 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 Presiden
Happy New Year! It is always amazing how quickly the official start of a new year happens upon us. Although I've been accidentally thinking it is 2017 since October 1st (as I know many of us do working in the federal year), 2017 somehow showed up sooner than I realized!  We celebrated 2016 and our chapter volunteers at Fogo de Chao  a few weeks ago and had a great time. It was one of the more interesting Dirty Santa games with a coveted 2 foot Yoda, the resurrection of the Twinkie maker and of course Angie Burke's prize of the night that we are sure will come around next year!  Looking forward to the remaining half of our chapter year, we have a lot to offer.  We're working on hopefully broadcasting a recorded webinar at Denton's at the end of January, we have our Winter Seminar at Ball at the end of February on the topic of cybersecurity. This has been a dynamic and relevant topic and we'll be having a few viewpoints on this topic to include Denton's legal perspective and industry perspective from the Western Cyber Exchange.  Looking ahead to the Spring Seminar, we're hoping to bring back the Focus on the FAR event and hold it in a different part of Denver so those of you who usually can't make it up north can benefit from our most popular seminar we host. If you have topics (FAR subparts) that you are interested in, or are even interested in presenting as a subject matter expert, please let Angie or I know. It will be an interesting few months leading up to the event with the new administration set to take office soon. Rumblings of Executive Orders we've all been gearing towards may be a thing no longer to worry about and the tone of where spending will be heading may be more apparent. There have been changes upon changes and some parts that never change sometimes just need a good refresher. Keep an eye out for smaller events in the months in-between seminars!
Webinar and Networking Event: Solving Post-Award Problems Through Change Orders, REAs, and Claims
Kick off your 2017 with CPEs and Networking on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Dentons US LLP.  The NCMA Denver Chapter will be presenting the Govology recorded webinar, Solving Post-Award Problems Through Change Orders, REAs, and Claims, eligible for 1.5 NCMA CPEs.  Registration is only $10 for members/$20 for nonmembers for both the webinar (3:30 to 5:00 p.m.) and happy hour (5:00 to 6:00 p.m.).  Seating is limited.
 
You have secured your federal contract award, but what comes next?  As any federal contractor will tell you, the contract award is only the beginning; performance presents a whole new series of challenges.  The FAR and its supplementary regulations impose a host of obligations on contractors, and can impact the ways in which a contractor performs a contract.  These rules and regulations also dictate the ways in which those contractors can seek compensation for unanticipated costs incurred on the job. 
 
In this recorded webinar, experienced federal contracting attorney, Maria Panichelli, will teach you about Requests for Equitable Adjustment, Claims, and the differences between the two.  Maria will walk you through the CDA Claim litigation/appeal process, explaining how to maximize your likelihood of success, as well as the amount of your recovery, when making claims against the Federal government.

Participants will be able to:  (1) differentiate between REAs and Claims and determine when to use which; (2) understand how to appeal a claim denial to the Boards of Contract Appeals or the Court of Federal Claims; and (3) understand Sub vs. Prime and Miller Act Claims.

Register Now!

We hope you can join us!
Upcoming Event: Cybersecurity Winter Seminar
The Winter Seminar is Coming!  

When: 
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Where: 
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp
10 Longs Peak Drive
Broomfield, CO 80021

What:
Please join us for our seminar on Cybersecurity.   The seminar will include presentations from Mike McGuinn, Counsel with Dentons US LLP, and Mike Semmens, President of Imprimis, Inc., who will also be joined by a cybersecurity expert from EKS&H for a panel discussion.  CPE credits available. 
 
Michael McGuinn, Counsel with Dentons US LLP, will discuss what contractors need to know about the rapidly evolving cyber security landscape and new FAR Safeguarding Rule.  Mike represents clients in a broad range of government contracts matters including contract claims, internal investigations and regulatory compliance issues.  Mike concentrates his practice in the areas of contractor business systems, cybersecurity requirements, contract changes and commercial item acquisitions.  Mike frequently writes and lectures regarding cybersecurity requirements, business systems, cost accounting issues and other topics.
 
Our second presenter is Michael G. Semmens, the President of Imprimis, Inc.  In this session, the nature of the cybersecurity threat will be discussed in detail, including the actors, techniques and tactics employed, and the impact of threats, including a discussion of long-term economic damages caused by bad actors in the cyber domain.  The cybersecurity requirements presented will include Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Defense Covered Information (DCI), and other requirements being defined by the federal government in the DFARS and other programs.  Imprimis, Inc. is an organization dedicated to supporting government and private businesses with cybersecurity compliance tools, cybersecurity technology, and space based technology, advanced engineering, structured training, and advanced training techniques and tools.
 
The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion with Mike McGuinn, Mike Semmens, and a cybersecurity expert from EKS&H (to be announced).  EKS&H offers technology consulting services, including assessments of organizational data and systems security, assisting clients to comply with increasingly complex state and federal government regulations concerning data security. The panel discussion will be moderated by NCMA Denver Chapter President Stephanie Amend, Founder/Executive Consultant at Arrowhead Solutions, LLC. 


We hope you can join us! 
Holiday Party Highlights
The Denver Chapter holiday/volunteer recognition party was a success!  
Scholarship Opportunities
Feeling poor after the holidays? The Denver Chapter scholarship program can help!
 
Part of NCMA's mission is to educate our members and promote growth in contract management. The Denver chapter understands that sometimes there are obstacles to continuing education, such as time and money. While we can't help you add time to your day, we can help with your expenses. If you find yourself unable to receive funding from your organization for your NCMA membership, to attend NCMA events, or take other continuing education classes, check out our scholarship options at  http://www.ncmadenver.org/scholarship.html.
  
For additional information please feel free to contact our Scholarship Chair Melanie Burgess at  melanie@burgessconsulting-llc.com .
 
We look forward to helping you reach your educational goals!
Website Addition: Job Posting Page
We have recently added a Job Posting page to our NCMA Denver website for contracting professionals who are looking for these opportunities! 
 
If you would like to post a job to the NCMA Denver website, please send an email to our Employment Chair, Kristin Batalon at Kristin.Batalon@dcma.mil.
Denver Chapter Leadership
 
Officers:
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
Chairpersons:
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
Taylor Menlove - Education/Certification Co-Chair
Ashley Poli - Newsletter Co-Chair
Erin Stewart - Awards Chair
Quincy Stott - Leadership Chair
Tyler Thomas - Newsletter Co-Chair