Overview

Dennis Lewis is a Managing Director with The Claro Group and the leader of the firm’s Government Contracts Consulting service line. Dennis has over 30 years of experience as a senior consulting, financial and operations executive with a dynamic background of management leadership in government contract consulting, finance, accounting, treasury and strategic development.

As a Certified Public Accountant and government contracts consultant, Mr. Lewis specializes in assisting Federal government contractors with a variety of complex business issues as well as financial accounting, cost analysis and various other compliance requirements, as mandated by the Federal government. In addition, Dennis has experience assisting government contractors with mergers and acquisition analysis and integration, design and development of federally complicate Corporate cost allocation methodologies, assistance with the preparation and submission of provisional indirect cost rate and annual incurred cost submissions, proposal planning and preparation, forensic analysis related to government audits, investigations and disputes, as well as assisting clients and their legal counsel in the analysis, negotiation and resolution of various Federal government matters.

Mr. Lewis’ clients range from Fortune 200 companies to small businesses, and supports government contractors across a wide breadth of industries. Dennis has successfully partnered with attorneys, valuation experts, insurers, bankers and accounting and tax professionals in order to deliver exceptional service and advice to owners, executive management and boards of directors.

Experience +

Assisted a Fortune 200 company with the initial integration of a major-multi-national environmental, engineering and construction firm. The acquired firm possessed a significant Federal Government Contracting segment. The engagement involved the initial development of a compliant Federal government contracting structure, including the establishment of appropriate Federal government contract segments. The engagement also involved the initial development and implementation of the acquiring firm’s Corporate Office allocation structure and related drafting of their initial CAS Disclosure Statement.

Assisted a major Medicare/Medicaid contractor in all aspects of the planning and preparation of a $2 billion cost proposal. The engagement involved extensive assistance with RFP analysis, process mapping, detailed cost estimating, budgeting, financial and strategic analysis including various scenario implications and presentation of the cost proposal.

Assisted a major-multi-national engineering and construction firm in the development and implementation of a new cost accounting structure. The engagement involved the complete restructuring of the client’s federal government contracting infrastructure and cost accounting system, including the development of a new segment structure and the resulting Indirect Rates which will be utilized in bids, negotiations and subsequent billings on Federal Government contracts.

Provided litigation support and forensic accounting services to a major healthcare equipment manufacturer in order to prepare both affirmative and rebuttal reports regarding damage calculations based on a whistle-blower suit alleging that the client had overbilled the Government in contradiction of various contract terms in multiple contracts. Also assisted in the preparation of various documents to be utilized by the client’s expert witness in deposition and potential trial appearances.

Assisted a major international construction and engineering firm in the development and preparation of client responses to various DCAA System Audit Reports. Specific responsibilities included analyses of the specific evaluation criteria associated with each audit, performance of an extensive evaluation of the specific subject areas in question, documentation of any potential issues identified, presentation of findings and resolutions to management and formulation of the actual audit response.

Assisted a major healthcare provider in reviewing and monitoring specific policies and procedures implemented as a result of a SEC Investigation. Prepared and orally presented an extensive report to the SEC documenting our findings.

Performed an independent assessment of the internal control structure utilized by a major multi-national retail/manufacturing concern in order to ensure compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") in connection with the Company's sale of products to non-U.S. governmental entities. Prepared and presented a detailed report summarizing areas/controls requiring improvement as well as providing specific recommendations to address these noted improvement areas.

Education +

Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, with Honors, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

Certifications +

Certified Public Accountant, Illinois

Memberships +

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

American Bar Association, Associate Member

Secretary, Highland Lincoln Center Building Commission

Founding Executive Board Member, Highland Trojans Football Alumni Association

Publications & Speaking Engagements+

Implementing A Global Anti-Bribery Compliance Program” (with Ed Flynn and John Sasaki), Law 360, Portfolio Media Inc.

Practices +