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Federal Supply Schedule Contracting: Navigating the Government Marketplace for Commercial Goods and Services

Speaker(s): Kristin Szkrybalo, Richard J. Meene
Recorded on: Oct. 20, 2017
PLI Program #: 229006


Director, Advisory Forensic Services, Government Contracts Practice

Summary of Experience

  • Richard Meene started in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory practice in 2001. He has helped government contractor and commercial clients across industries deal with compliance issues in the regulatory and accounting environment as well as helping clients manage disputes with contracted parties, including the US Government.
  • Rich assists clients managing long term contracts which includes recommending and evaluating organizational structures for maximizing cost recovery and minimizing the risk, managing cash flow, designing cost estimating and accounting systems that comply with government requirements, developing pricing strategies and demonstrating contractor financial capability. Rich's experience in this field involves counseling clients with the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Truth in Negotiations Act, Cost Accounting Standards, General Services Administration schedule compliance and compliance with Recovery Act requirements.
  • Rich has helped clients to design, develop and implement systems and processes for government contract compliance with both traditional government contracts as well as with government commercial sales practices, including GSA and Federal Supply Schedule vehicles.Rich has also designed and performed reviews of company business systems, including those systems identified as DFAR Business Systems. Here Rich has helped companies implement processes to ensure compliance and effectiveness and assists with the implementation of corrective action plans where deficiencies are noted.
  • Additionally, Rich provides expert accounting services to Offices of General Counsel and outside law firms representing clients involved in government contract disputes including claims, terminations, bid protests and other disputes, including disputes and investigations related to the False Claims Act.
  • Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He is an active member of the National Contract Management Association, National Defense Industrial Association and the American Bar Association Accounting Section of Public Contract Law where he acts as a Vice Chair of the Accounting Cost and Pricing and Bid Protest Committee.


  • Compliance with New FAR Ethics and Conduct Rules in Existing Business Frameworks and Infrastructures - Providing Value as well as Mitigating Risk; January 2008, West Year-in-Review Publication
    Co-Author with Joseph A. Barsalona
  • Contractor Business Ethics Compliance Program and Disclosure Requirements; April 2009.
    Co-Author with Joseph A. Barsalona Phil Koos and the Law firm of Gibson Dunn.
  • Restructuring Opportunities and Risk Considerations for Government Contractors; April 2012
    Co-Author with Philip Koos
  • SBA proposed rule for small business plans: An overview for prime contractors; June 2012
    Co-Author with John Walker
  • Counterfeit Parts: Considerations for Contractors in the Context of Emerging Regulations; August 2012
    University of Minnesota: National Conference on Government Contracts Co-Author with Anthony Grimaldi and Katelyn Hall
  • Potential Impacts to the Industry from the GAO Study Regarding DCAA Access to Internal Audit Reports; October 2012
  • Managing Compliance Tightening the Budget Belt: Managing Contracts and Profitability in Light of Government Spending Reductions; December 2012
    Co-Author with William Scalley
  • Restructuring Opportunities and Risk Considerations for Government Contractors; February 2013
  • Back to the drawing board: Changes in the Government’s approach to incurred cost proposal adequacy is causing significant challenges for contractors; October 2013
    Co-Author with Kristin Torcasi and James Nelson

Speaking and Lecturing

  • Private client custom developed courses which address public procurement regulation and accounting compliance for government contractors.
  • Audit Considerations for Government and Long-Term Contracts: This class prepares internal and external auditors for the unique regulatory challenges presented in the audit of US Federal Government Contracts, Federal Publications Seminars Inc. 2003 to Present
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations and Cost Accounting Standards, Federal Publications Seminars Inc. 2006 to Present
  • Claims and Labor Charging on US Government Contracts: This class provides PwC clients with an understanding of accuracy and integrity in accumulating and reporting costs on US Government contracts within the context of Federal regulations, Federal Publications Seminars Inc. 2006 to 2010
  • Long-Term Contracts and Investigations: This class teaches the basics in US Government contracting and accounting for long-term government and construction contracts in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Federal Publications Seminars Inc. 2008 to 2012.
  • Implications of the Department of Education Interim Business Systems Rule- PwC Point of View: American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, June 2014
  • Compliance with Uniform Grants Guidance: This class informs companies working on grants and cooperative agreements on the specifics of the Uniform Grants Guidance and how organization systems and processes can be aligned to facilitate compliance, Federal Publications Seminars Inc. 2015 to Present