Keynote: Vice Admiral Lou Crenshaw
Vice Admiral Lou Crenshaw, CDFM United States Navy (Retired)
VADM Crenshaw was also the driving force behind two significant industry surveys, the annual survey of Defense Department financial officials and the annual National Government Contractors survey. Both surveys are recognized within their respective industries as one of the most insightful and comprehensive studies available during the year. He also continues to serve the American Society of Military Comptrollers at the program chair of the highly successful Washington Regional Professional Development Institute, the premier training event for the Washington area defense financial management workforce.
Prior to Grant Thornton, VADM Crenshaw served 32 years in the U.S. Navy in a variety of leadership roles, commanding at the squadron, carrier air wing and carrier battle group level, as well as shore command of all Navy bases in Europe. His last assignment in the U.S. Navy was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Requirements, Resources and Assessments, where he was responsible for planning, developing and executing the Navy’s annual budget of over $130 Billion. He was also the senior requirements official for the Navy and oversaw its Operations Analysis activities. VADM Crenshaw is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and served as a test flight engineer before returning to the school as an instructor.
In recognition for his outstanding public service, he was elected a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011, one of only a few members of the Armed Services to be inducted. VADM Crenshaw attended the U.S. Naval Academy and has a B.S. in Ocean Engineering. He is also a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM). VADM Crenshaw continues his public service as the Chairman of the Board of the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving wounded and injured Sailors and Coastguardsmen. He also serves on the Board of the Association of the U.S. Navy and is the Chairman of TECHAMERICA’s Defense Committee
Co-Keynote: Judith Zawatsky: Chief of Staff, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S General Services Administration
Judith Zawatsky: Chief of Staff, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S General Services Administration
Chief Of Staff
Federal Acquisition Service, GSA
June 2017 – Present
MAS Transformation Program Manager
GSA, Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
I joined the FAS Commissioner’s office in the newly created role of MAS Transformation Program Manager. I will lead the MAS Governance Council, a decision-making body comprised of FAS executives and acquisition professionals tasked with developing a strategic, comprehensive approach to the MAS program. I serve as the FAS lead to implement GSA's strategic MAS initiatives to Make It Easier to do business with GSA and to ensure MAS continues to offer the efficiency and value it was created to provide.
Director, Outreach & Stakeholder Management
GSA, Integrated Award Environment
The Integrated Award Environment manages the government-wide award IT systems including the System for Award Management (SAM), Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS), Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) and Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting (CPARS)
-- Provides analysis on federal policy, regulation, grants guidance, executive orders, and FAR cases
-- Serves as industry liaison
-- Provides guidance and oversight for stakeholder training
-- Manages the Federal Service Desk responsibilities for the IAE systems, including user interface concerns, help desk user issues, and overall program outreach.
-- Represents GSA leadership and the IAE at public forums to address the needs of federal agency customers, users, and stakeholders for both the acquisition and assistance communities.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Acting
GSA, Integrated Award Environment
D.C. Metro Area
Federal manager for the government-wide eGov environment, operating and modernizing the ten federal award systems through cloud based, agile development in a secure and user based method. Managed the operations of the existing legacy applications.
Branch Chief, MAS PO Division
GSA, Leads the FAS Acquisition Systems Group
Continuous Process Improvement for Multiple Schedule Awards Program, GSA
FPDS Lead for Federal Acquisition Service
MAS State & Local Programs policy implementation
Featured Speaker: Kevin Swatt - Senior Audit Manager E.Cohen And Company
Kevin Swatt is a Senior Audit Manager who has over twelve years of experience working with corporate clients in the middle market, primarily serving the government contracting, manufacturing, and technology industries. Kevin specializes in providing assurance services to his clients, conducting detailed reviews of audit and review engagements to assure appropriate accounting and auditing standards are addressed. He manages multiple engagements for the firm, and performs audit fieldwork in complex accounting areas. Kevin has also assisted clients with internal audit functions, including the testing of internal controls over key audit areas and the preparation of reports for management and the audit committee.
Kevin also specializes in performing audits of employee benefit plans under requirements set forth by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including both full scope and limited scope audits of defined contribution, defined benefit, and employee stock ownership plans with assets ranging from $1 million to more than $900 million.
Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia, and he holds both a Master of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Boston College. He is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA).
Introduction: William L. Blumberg
William L. Blumberg, Federal Contract Solutions, DFAS Ombudsman (Ret.) – Contract Management and Payment
Mr. Blumberg is principal of the consulting firm Federal Contract Solutions, which specializes in helping Federal government contractors resolve payment problems and related contract administration issues. After an extensive Federal career he was a vice president of LESCO, a logistics contractor, leading their Washington D.C. office. Prior to joining LESCO he had almost 31 years of Federal service. His last government position was at the Defense Finance & Accounting Service (DFAS) Headquarters Contract Pay Directorate staff. Areas of activity included Prompt Pay compliance, re-engineering of the Defense Commissary Agency payment procedures, mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) implementation and related items such as Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and 1099 MISC reporting compliance. He served as the DOD ombudsman for contractors with payment problems. Mr. Blumberg was also a member of the interagency Federal Contractor Tax Compliance Taskforce and the Contract Finance Committee, which writes the contract payment sections of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). He came to DFAS in April 1991 after serving on the Corporate Information Management (CIM) study. His CIM participation involved developing a complete inventory and assessment of DOD accounting systems and their related functionality and interfaces. Prior to the CIM he was on the Office of Secretary of Defense Comptroller staff for 13 years. There he also worked on Prompt Pay issues, as well as cash management and program oversight of the overseas contract banking program. He started government service with the Navy Accounting & Finance Center. He is a graduate of the George Washington University.
Opening Remarks: Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis, President, Financial Engineering Counselors, Ltd.
Richard Lewis formed Financial Engineering Counselors, Ltd. ("FEC") to enhance the counseling of small and medium size government contractors and commercial companies with their working capital requirements. FEC assists management by arranging for financing, as well as working with the company’s management in compiling the required financial, accounting, and overview reports that lenders require. This has become crucial in today’s economic turmoil where more lenders are more likely to say "Thank you, but NO thank you!"
For the previous six years Richard was with Wells Fargo Bank, Government Services Group, where he assisted fast track companies and government contractors; 8a, woman, service disabled veteran, Native American, and other minority owned or disadvantaged companies that required financial support. In addition to working closely with a company's management, Richard has been a featured speaker on "Financing Alternatives" at GovWorks (Department of Interior), National Black Chamber of Commerce’s and National Contract Management Association’s annual conferences, Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce, FAA’s Las Vegas Contractors Convention, Native American Reservation Economic Summit (RES), as well as other organizations and events around the Country.
From the 1990 to 2003 Richard was a CFO/CEO counselor to start up, fast growth technology and service businesses needing assistance in financing alternatives; bank relations, strategic planning, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, accounting, and marketing. As CEO/CFO, l985-l990, he initiated a "business plan only" Initial Public Offering for Virtusonics Corporation, a software development company, some 10 years ahead of the "dot.com" trend of the l990’s. He began his career in banking with A.J. Armstrong & Co. (ne: Bank of America Business Credit) in 1974. He moved to The Chase Manhattan Bank as Vice President, Leveraged Acquisition Team, to start its leverage buyout group in 1980, then to General Electric Capital Corporation, as a marketing manager, to help start an ABL financing vertical in the Retailer Finance Division.
Richard earned his B.S. Degree in General Business and a MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business, where he was a scholarship student. He lives and works in suburban Washington, D.C. where he is active in golf, bicycling, minority business support, community activities, and governmental issues.