DAU hosts the virtual Contract Closeout Limited Series once a month. These live virtual sessions are intended to give anyone in the acquisition community with contract closeout responsibility a place to listen to topical presentations, ask questions and share ideas. This platform connects people within this community to ideas, resources, tools and other valuable information. It is a place where contracting and OCS professionals can connect with each other, ask questions, and leverage collective knowledge. Guest speakers will present different topics each month for six months starting July of 2023. You can find the link on the DAU Events page listed above.
Date: 9 August 12pm ET - 1pm ET
Host: Fred Schlich
Speakers: Jim Cunningham, Contract Closeout Process Owner, DCMA and Robin Thornton
Mr. James Cunningham is the contract closeout process owner from DCMA-AQC Contracts/Pricing, Policy and Processes Division located at DCMA HQ, Fort Gregg-Adams, VA. Prior to working for DCMA, Mr. Cunningham worked for the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation in Richmond, VA as a cost/price analyst. Mr. Cunningham also retired from the Air Force filling several roles in contracting during his 20-year military career. He has supported innovative policy pertaining to contract closeout and supported the Defense Acquisition University in developing course content. Mr. Cunningham holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from American Military University.
Mrs. Robin Thornton is currently working in the Contract Lifecycle Management Center (CLMC) as a Supervisory, Contract Specialist at DCMA HQ, Fort Gregg Adams, VA. She is also is a warranted Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) that is responsible for managing a team that performs contract closeout for flexible priced contracts (FPC). The CLMC is a part of the specialized Centers of excellence that has enhanced contract closeout procedures to provide more efficient and timesaving improvements to the process. Her team supports the Warfighter by demonstrating enhanced business acumen and astute fiduciary responsibility to the Stakeholders by ensuring that contractors are appropriately compensated and all services have been rendered to the Services prior to closing FPCs and returning any excess monies to the Warfighter/Treasury. Mrs. Thornton has 13 years of contracting experience which includes working at DCMA Twin Cities and Military Installation Contracting Command (MICC) at Fort Carson where she receive her pre-award experience. Ms. Thornton holds a Master's Degree in Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University.