Confirmed Speakers

Dan Durst

Dan Durst is a Manager at Capital Edge Consulting, with extensive experience in various accounting and compliance issues related to Federal government contracts and grants. Dan’s areas of expertise include Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards to non-Federal entities (Uniform Guidance), Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). Dan is also well-versed in various levels of audit support including DCAA, Single Audit, and Inspector General audits. Dan’s industry experience includes defense, nonprofit, and public sector. Dan has assisted clients with Indirect Cost Rate Proposal Development, Indirect Rate Structure Assessment, Subrecipient Monitoring Support, Audit Support and Risk Assessment, Audit Findings Remediation, Procurement System Certification, Internal Controls Assessment, Forensic Investigations, Grants Closeout Support, and other regulatory compliance matters. Prior to joining Capital Edge, Dan was an audit supervisor and lead consultant for Clarke Leiper PLLC, a member of the AICPA’s Government Audit Quality Center. Dan has previously held security clearances with the U.S. Department of Defense, including Secret Clearance. While contracted by the U.S. Department of State Dan conducted audits and analysis at the U.S. Embassies in 19 foreign countries. Dan has supervised and performed several Single Audits under both OMB A-133 and the new Uniform Guidance. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Information Technology and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from George Mason University.

John Prairie

John’s practice includes a broad range of litigation, counseling, and transactional matters for clients that work with federal, state, and local governments. John represents contractors in bid protests; contract claims and disputes; terminations; mergers and acquisitions; False Claims Act matters; and suspension and debarment proceedings. John also counsels contractors on regulatory requirements under government contracts, ethics and compliance issues, and government investigations and audits. John represents a wide array of organizations that do business with the federal government. He represents some of the largest defense contractors in the world in high stakes bid protest and claims litigation. He also regularly assists small and emerging firms, as well as commercial companies with a limited footprint in the government market, with navigating the complex requirements of performing federal contracts. John also advises for-profit and non-profit organizations on federal grants matters.

Bradley Smith

Brad Smith is a Director in the Government Contracts Advisory Services Practice at Berkeley Research Group with over 30 years of experience in the government contracting and commercial industries. His experience includes consulting and advisory services to a range of government contractors and not for profit entities. Additionally he has provided advisory services to the US Government. He has also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for a multi-billion dollar government contractor. Mr. Smith has in-depth experience with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), and other federal government procurement regulations. His experience includes:

  • Led the proposal preparation efforts for over 50 clients across multiple product and services industries
  • Led the preparation of multiple, business, technical, management and pricing volumes that were subsequently submitted to the government as part of an RFP or RFQ process
  • Led multiple companies through DCAA/DCMA audits and system reviews to include accounting, estimating, and purchasing and government property.
  • Educated business process owners and employees on emerging US Government Contractor regulatory requirements and subsequent updates
  • Led the M&A due diligence activity for several companies either representing the seller or the buyer
  • Conducted routine testing/monitoring of all functional areas, conducting diagnosis for actionable remediation.
  • Established an initial baseline of compliance performance across all units within the organization to help target areas for further attention.
  • Led an initiative to increase cash management efficiency within a multi-billion dollar business unit including developing new processes, performance metrics and standards; leading to an overall decrease in capital lock-up.

Mr. Smith is an Associate Member of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, Committee on Cost and Pricing, Member of the Professional Services Council, The Coalition for Government Procurement, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants among other professional affiliations.

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Conference: April 16 and 17
Post-Conference Workshop: April 18
The Public Contracting Institute
1725 I (Eye) Street NW
Suite 100
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
CPE Credits:
Up to 15 NASBA CPEs & 15 GPCI CEUs
Who Should Attend:
Executive Directors CFOs Finance VPs Accountants Controllers Auditors Procurement Managers Grants Directors
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  • Two days of expert-led grants training
  • Networking opportunities during provided breakfasts and lunches
  • Optional half-day post-conference "deep dive" workshop the day after the Forum
  • BONUS! A print copy of the Uniform Guidance - a $49 value!
  • BONUS! Thompson's Grants Quick Start Toolkit to help you through the entire grants lifecycle - a $249 value!
  • BONUS! Four months of digital access to Thompson's Grants Compliance Expert Suite - a $596 value! (New subscribers only.)
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$795 Forum
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