NCMA Denver Live Webinar – Understanding Unallowable Costs: The Accounting and Legal Perspectives, November 14 2019

Thursday, 14 November 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM MST

8181, East Tufts Avenue, #600, Denver, CO, 80237, United States

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM MST

Plante Moran, 8181, Denver, CO, 80237, United States.

NCMA Denver Live Webinar – Understanding Unallowable Costs: The Accounting and Legal Perspectives, November 14 2019

Please join the NCMA Denver Chapter on November 14th from 10:00 am MDT to 11:30 am MDT for the NCMA HQ Live Webinar hosted at Plante Moran (8181 E Tufts Ave #600, Denver, CO 80237) on:

Understanding Unallowable Costs: The Accounting and Legal Perspectives.

The NCMA Denver Chapter will host this NCMA HQ Live Webinar in one central location at a discounted rate for members and non-members. Attendees will earn 1.5 CPE/CLP credits for each individual webinar.

Please note: This webinar is remotely presented and only viewable at the location of the event (Plante Moran, 8181 E Tufts Ave #600, Denver, CO 80237). Only those who attend in person will be able to obtain CPE/CLP credits and view the live webinar.


Unallowable costs present accounting and legal challenges for government contractors. Unallowable costs are low-hanging fruit in any rate or proposal audit, and some types stand out more than others. Some contractors develop rates and proposals that unknowingly contain unallowable costs, while others take calculated risks on including some unallowable costs. Either way, contractors run the risk of reduced profit margins, overbillings, fines, penalties, delays in final rates, and legal proceedings. Join us to learn about the legal concepts of unallowable costs and the accounting practices to keep you out of trouble.

Learning Objectives:

•Locate regulations and audit guidance for unallowable costs

•Differentiate between unallowable and expressly unallowable costs

•List best practices for accounting for unallowable costs

•Assess and consider legal issues relating to unallowable costs, as discussed in recent decisions

CMBOK Competency: 5.1.2 Cost Analysis


Robert E. Jones, CPA, CPCM, Fellow

Left Brain Professionals, Inc.


Award-winning speaker Robert E. Jones shows audiences how to navigate the constantly changing legal and regulatory landscape of government contracts. In his engaging and highly rated presentations, he shares insider secrets drawn from 15 years of DOD contract and accounting experience. His proactive, decisive approach to finding opportunities and solving problems is based on experience in managing more than $30 million in federal contracts. He has experience with a wide variety of speaking engagements including emcee/moderator, seminars, training, chapter meetings, and conference presentations. He engages audiences with innovative approaches to contract profitability, accounting, compliance, and related topics. The West Virginia native earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in accountancy from The Graduate School of the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Ohio.

Matthew Schoonover, JD

Koprince Law LLC

Matthew is the managing partner of Koprince Law LLC, a boutique law firm that counsels small business clients about the unique legal issues they experience working with the federal government. In addition to advising clients about regulatory and socio-economic compliance issues, Matt prepares effective and compliant teaming agreements, subcontracts, mentor/protégé agreements, joint venture agreements, and other key documents. A significant portion of Matt’s practice, moreover, involves representing contractors in bid protests, size and socio-economic category protests and appeals, and in contract performance disputes with the government. 

Matt has presented on government contracting legal issues to a variety of audiences, including at several small business and veterans’ contracting seminars. He has also been quoted in articles appearing in,, Westlaw Journal, and Contract Management magazine. You can also read Matt’s government contracting posts on, including his 5 Things You Should Know series. 



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