GSA & VA Schedule Audit Issues

Preparation is key. Transparency and rigorous oversight means that contractors must be vigilant and conscientious of their contracts. Because of recent contracting abuses under GSA contracts, GSA has made it clear that it will do more pre- and post-contract audits and compliance reviews of GSA contractors. GSA contractors must anticipate that they will be subject to one or more audits or compliance reviews under their GSA contracts. Through this course you will learn how and why GSA and other federal agencies exercise their audit rights and how you can effectively prepare for and respond to those audits and compliance reviews.


Dates and Locations

October 14-15, 2014 | Tysons Corner, VA


February 3-4, 2015 | Tysons Corner, VA


April 29-30, 2015 | Tysons Corner, VA


June 30-July 1, 2015 | Tysons Corner, VA


October 7-8, 2015 | Tysons Corner, VA



8:30 AM–3:30 PM
Breakfast and registration open at 8:00 AM.

Why Are We The Best?


Jim Phillips is a nationally known expert in both GSA and VA Federal Supply Schedules. Jim has over thirty years of federal government contracting experience and is a practicing federal contracts attorney.

Career Highlights:

  • Leader on scores of GSA and VA Schedule acquisition and compliance projects including numerous successful contract renewals of large dollar schedule contracts that were subject to audit by the GSA and VA Office of Inspector General.
  • Regularly assists clients in acquiring, maintaining, managing and renewing their GSA or VA Federal Supply Schedules.
  • Assists clients with the development and improvement of federal contract compliance systems and responding to audits and investigations under Schedule contracts and traditional government contracts.
  • Co-Chair in 2010 for an industry task force working under the auspices of the Professional Services Counsel to assist the Department of Defense articulate new policies for achieving effective and rational competition under its services acquisitions.
  • Presenter to the GSA MAS Acquisition Panel regarding recommendations for improving the treatment of pricing issues under FSS contracts in May 2008.
  • Chair of the GSA Working Group of the Contract Service Association’s 2005 Government – Industry Task Force on Service Contracting, resulting in detailed recommendations for reforms to the Section 1423 Acquisition Advisory Panel.
  • Presenter of more than twenty separate presentations at the past seven NCMA World Congress Conferences on such diverse topics as: New Developments under T&M and IDIQ Contracts, New Developments in GSA Schedule Contracting, GSA Audits, Managing Contract Scope under FSS Contracts, The Seven Steps for Anticipating and Negating Bid Protests, and Fundamental of Effective Strategic Pricing under Federal Contracts.
  • The new GSA contractor report card
  • Government audit rights under GSA contracts
  • Effective pricing disclosures under GSA contracts
  • The Price Reductions Clause and its ramifications
  • Identifying risk areas in contract compliance
  • Developing effective compliance systems
  • Preparing for and responding to audits and compliance reviews

Learn How To

  • Make accurate contract and modification disclosures to avoid audit problems
  • Respond to government audit requests
  • Identify the information the government will seek and focus on during its audits
  • Comply with the contract clauses that generate government audit rights
  • Prepare for and respond effectively to government audits of GSA contracts

[My other colleagues] definitely need to go to this class next time it’s offered. I’m hoping to hire you as consultants ASAP!
—Deirdre Johnson, Lockheed Martin

This is the first GSA course I’ve taken that’s been worth every penny. Thank you!
—Rhonda McElroy, Circle Solutions

I learned more in the first two hours that more than paid for the course. It was fantastic!

Instructors did a great job highlighting high risk areas, and more importantly, providing concrete plans and strategies to mitigate compliance risks!
—Jeff Cuskey, CPCM, CFCM, CPP, Monterey Bay PTAC

This course is recommended for 11 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs). It also offers 11 Contract Management Education (CME) units, and is approved by NCMA for Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit in support of certification and recertification. A Federal Contracting Institute® certificate of completion will be provided to all attendees upon conclusion of the class.

The $1095 registration fee includes breakfast, light refreshments, and course materials. View our registration policies.

Questions? Please contact Leanne Shroeder at 703-288-7010 x229 or