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Cost Accounting Standards

May 9 - 11, 2006 • Washington, DC

They were born out of frustration - out of the Government's smoldering irritation in dealing with contractors' differing accounting practices and high-dollar claims for price increases. Yet, like them or not, they are here to stay. Indeed, they may aptly be compared to the so-called “truth in negotiation” requirements which (whatever may be their weaknesses) will probably always be part of the procurement picture.

It all began in 1970, with the passage by Congress of the statute which created the Cost Accounting Standards Board and charged that Board with the duty of prescribing Standards for realization of “uniformity” and “consistency” in contractors' cost accounting practices. The resulting Standards have, predictably, had a major impact on the procurement process - an impact whose shock waves are still being felt.

So we all must accommodate to Cost Accounting Standards - we all, in plain words, must learn to live with them. It is for that reason that this special program has been developed.

Scope & Technique

Because the Cost Accounting Standards are complex - often hard to read, let alone understand - careful attention has been paid to the substantive content and instructional technique of this course. It starts with a finely crafted exposition of the system as a whole; follows this with consideration of the methods by which the Standards are administered and enforced; turns to an analysis of disclosure statements and of the Standards' relationship to recognized cost accounting practices-and, finally, swings into detailed study of the critical substantive Standards.

To assure understanding, maximum provision has been made for questioning by the audience. Toward that end instructors will (a) deliver information-packed lectures and (b) answer your questions-concentrating on particular aspects of their subjects which are of interest to you. Our purpose: To make certain that you learn the Standards' requirements and know what must be done to comply with them.

Terry Albertson will cover the topic, Compensation Of Personnel, on the second day of this three-day event.

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