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First Quarter of 2021 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this First Quarter of 2021 issue include:

  • Crushing the Little Guy – Unnecessary Small Business Government Contracting Obstacles
  • Some Good News for Small Business
  • Other DCAA Activities
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

Fourth Quarter of 2020 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Fourth Quarter of 2020 issue include:

  • DCAA MRD on COVID-19 Costs and Legislation (e.g., CARES Act including the PPP/Paycheck Protection Program)
  • Provisional Billing Rates and DCAA Request for a Contractor Proposal
  • Business Systems’ Audits and Regulatory Changes
  • Procurement and Compliance News – Published Decisions
  • Compensation
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

Third Quarter of 2020 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Third Quarter of 2020 issue include:

  • DCAA MRD Established New Compensation Caps (FAR 31.205-6(p)(4))
  • DCAA Renews its Contractor Floorchecks
  • DCAA Incurred Cost Audit Challenges: Consultant Costs (FAR 31.205-33)
  • Procurement and Compliance News-Miscellaneous
  • Published Decisions (CDA or Contract Disputes Act)
  • Meshing a GAO with a Behavioral Study on the Effect of Family Photos in the Workplace
  • The Difference Between DCAA and DCMA is More than a Single Letter
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

Second Quarter of 2020 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Second Quarter of 2020 issue include:

  • DCAA’s Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report to Congress
  • DCAA’s Undaunting Focus on “Physical Observation” as an Audit Requirement…No Exceptions Allowed
  • Lessons Learned from Recent DCAA Audits
  • DCAA Barking About TINA Does Not Always Mean DCAA Can Bite into Profit
  • Procurement and Compliance News-Miscellaneous
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

First Quarter of 2020 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this First Quarter of 2020 issue include:

  • Coronavirus and Government Contractors
  • Incurred Cost Submissions and Incurred Cost Audits
  • DCAA’s Post-Award Audits for TINA Compliance
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

Fourth Quarter of 2019 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Fourth Quarter of 2019 issue include:

  • Contractors and Adequate Accounting Systems: The Saga Continues
  • Government Solicitations and Contractor Accounting Systems
  • Miscellaneous Compliance Topics and Government Agencies “In the News”
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

Third Quarter of 2019 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Third Quarter of 2019 issue include:

  • DCAA: Relaunching Post-Award (Defective Pricing) Audits?
  • DCAA’s Other Renewed Audit Focus: Contractor Accounting (Business Systems)
  • Has DCAA Disallowed a Cost? Don’t Give in Too Quickly
  • The Peril of Proposing Key Personnel
  • Contract Disputes Decision with Universal Messages for Government Contractors
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

Second Quarter of 2019 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Second Quarter of 2019 issue include:

  • DCAA 2018 Annual Report to Congress: Nominated for Best Creative Reporting by a Federal Government Agency
  • DCAA Audit Policy Addresses Expressly Unallowable Costs
  • DOJ Seemingly Ignores “Mandatory Disclosures” (FAR 52.203-13) in Revising DOJ Guidelines for “Contractor Voluntary Disclosures and Cooperation” in False Claims Act Matter
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

First Quarter of 2019 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this First Quarter of 2019 issue include:

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO) Record Year in “Financial Benefits” for the Tax Payer
  • DCAA Audit Policies on Subcontractor Assist Audit and on Audits Involving Incomplete or Inadequate Contractor Proposals
  • Prime Contractor Settlement with Subcontractor Does Not Equate to Government Acceptance
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

Fourth Quarter of 2018 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Fourth Quarter of 2018 issue include:

  • Government Shutdown and Government Contractors
  • DOD (Possible) Lateral Reassignment of Shay Assad from Director Defense Pricing to a DCMA (Boston Area Office)
  • DoD-IG (Inspector General) Semi-Annual Reports for 2018: DCAA’s Audit Productivity Skyrockets while DCAA’s Audit Sustention Rates Hold at 30 Percent
  • DCAA’s Annual Program Plan: No Longer “Annual” and No Longer with any Specific Details of Planned Audits
  • DOJ FY 2018 Fraud Statistics: The Government Giveth but the Government Taketh Away More
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

Third Quarter of 2018 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Third Quarter of 2018 issue include:

  • 2018 Year-End Checklist
  • IGs (Inspector Generals) Continuing Impact on Government Contract Compliance
  • Untimely Government Contract Oversight and the Six-Year Statute of Limitations
  • Accounting Systems Adequacy: Pre-award, Post-award, or Does it Really Matter?
  • Training Opportunities
  • The Redstone Edge Conference
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

Second Quarter of 2018 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this Second Quarter of 2018 issue include:

  • DCAA’s 2017 Annual Report to Congress: It Just Keeps Getting Better…Per DCAA
  • Defective Pricing: Making a Comeback in Terms of Increased Contractor Risk?
  • Chicken or Egg? A Business Systems Dilemma
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

First Quarter of 2018 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this First Quarter of 2018 issue include:

  • DCAA’s Latest Request to Contractors: “Do you want to request a multi-year incurred cost audit?”
  • DoD Waiver on TINA (Truth in Negotiations Act) Threshold and the Interrelated Impact on CAS (Cost Accounting Standards) Applicability—Increased to $2 Million
  • Cybersecurity and Government Contracts—A New World of Contractor Risks
  • Bid Protests in the News
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

January 2018 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this January issue include:

  • Contractor Alert: Do Not Complete All Fields in DCAA’s Executive Compensation Benchmarking Template (Excel file)
  • Miscellaneous Compliance Topics
    • Corporate Tax Reductions and “Benevolent” Employers
    • SEC Action Related to PCAOB Employees and a Major Accounting Firm
    • Government Inaction on a Contractor REA (Request for Equitable Adjustment)
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

December 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this December issue include:

  • Government Wins (Again) on Compensation Based on Changes in Stock Prices
  • 2018 Tax Cut and Jobs Act
  • Key Personnel – A Peril of Becoming Ineligible for Award
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

November 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this November issue include:

  • Prime Contractors Continue to Embrace DCAA’s Mythological Theory of Subcontract Management
  • DoD-IG gives DCAA’s System for Audits a “Pass with Deficiencies”
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

October 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this October issue include:

  • DCAA and Senator McCaskill – the “Friendship” Continues
  • DCAA’s Latest Adequacy Checklist-CAS Cost Impacts
  • Miscellaneous Contract Compliance in the News
  • Haves and Have-Nots: How Does a Small Business Get an Approved System?
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

September 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this September issue include:

  • DCAA’s FY2018 Staffing and Planning Guide (aka Program Plan)
  • Contractor Compensation Costs: Regulatory Changes and Audit Challenges
  • Converting Unallowable Legal Costs to Allowable Legal Costs
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

August 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this August issue include:

  • DCAA’s Post-Award Accounting System Audits—Small Businesses held to Non-Applicable DFARS Clause
  • Fair and Reasonable Prices (Prime or Subcontractor) Interpretations
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable
  • 2017 Redstone Edge Conference

July 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this July issue include:

  • Defined Contribution (401K) Pensions: The Hidden Risk
  • Contractor Allowed to Recover Deferred Compensation Attributed to Delays in Government Payments
  • Miscellaneous Contract Issues
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

June 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this June issue include:

  • Timekeeping: Government Employees vs. Contractor Employees
  • DCAA and Untimely Provisional Billing Rate Reviews
  • Miscellaneous Contract Issues
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

May 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this May issue include:

  • Congressional Bill Targets DCAA Audit Performance
  • DCAA Audit Policies
  • What do All Government Contracts Have in Common? The Risk of Contract Termination…Even Those for Commercial Services.
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

April 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this April issue include:

  • DCAA 2016 Annual Report to Congress Nothing but Good News other than DCAA Needs More Staff
  • FAR Changes
  • ASBCA Reinforces that Costs are Expressly Unallowable for Incentive Compensation Based upon Changes in Corporate Stock Price Benchmarking
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

March 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this March issue include:

  • Are Final Indirect Cost Rates Really Final?
  • Beware of 350 Pound Malaysian Bearing Gifts
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

February 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this February issue include:

  • DCMA Disposition of DCAA Incurred Cost Audit Reports – Not Quite up to Expectations per DoD-IG
  • DCAA Audit Alert on Final Voucher Services
  • Retroactive Disallowance and Miscellaneous Cost Allowability Issues in ASBCA No. 59577
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

January 2017 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this January issue include:

  • Incentive Compensation: Allowable or Unallowable?
  • Lessons from an Untimely Internal Investigation
  • Miscellaneous Compliance Issues
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

December 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this December issue include:

  • Department of Justice: 2016 FCA Recoveries
  • Lessons from an ASBCA Decision involving CAS and FAR
  • DOD-IG Semiannual Report to Congress
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

November 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this November issue include:

  • Government Property At-Odds with Direct Contract Costing
  • IR&D (Independent Research and Development) Back-to-the Future for DOD Contractors
  • DCAA Audits In the News
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

October 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this October issue include:

  • DCAA’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Planning Document
  • Labor Laws, Regulations and Risks
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

September 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this September issue include:

  • DCAA’s New “Selected Areas of Cost Guidebook” Cost Principles
  • Good News on the Regulatory Burden for FAR 52.215-2
  • Changes in Cost Accounting Practices Cost Impacts and Materiality
  • Changes (Impending) Related to Compensation
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

August 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this August issue include:

  • Internal Confidentiality Agreements
  • Contractor Settlement on 401K Management Allowable or Unallowable Costs
  • Contractor Entitlement to Costs After Contract Performance
  • Announcing The Redstone Edge Conference
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

July 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this July issue include:

  • DCAA ICP Adequacy Checklist 2016 Update
  • NASA Solicitation for Contract Audits
  • Lobbying Disclosure Act and FAR 31.205-22
  • Announcing The Redstone Edge Conference
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers
  • CFO Roundtable

June 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this June issue include:

  • 2017 NDAA (Senate Version)
  • Six Year Statute of Limitations for Claims (FAR 33.206)
  • DCAA Updates Low Risk Sampling Audit Policy
  • Training Opportunities
  • CFO Roundtable

May 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this May issue include:

  • G&A is an Expense and not a Fee
  • 2017 NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act)
  • ASBCA Decisions Impacting Contractor Cost Recoveries
  • Training Opportunities
  • CFO Roundtable

April 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this April issue include:

  • DCAA’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress
  • Untimely Government Actions and CAS (Cost Accounting Standards)
  • Is the Contracting Officer Taking Too Long to Process Requests for Equitable Adjustments?
  • Training Opportunities
  • CFO Roundtable

March 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this March issue include:

  • DCAA’s Ever-expanding Demands for Access to Contractor Records
  • Miscellaneous Decisions and Regulations
  • Training Opportunities
  • CFO Roundtable

February 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this February issue include:

  • DCAA Activities and Policies
  • SCA (Service Contract Act) Risks
  • IR&D: Losing its Independence for Defense Contractors
  • Training Opportunities
  • CFO Roundtable

January 2016 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this January issue include:

  • DOD-IG Semi-Annual Report Highlights DCAA Record Questioned Costs
  • DCAA Auditors Challenging Contractor Labor Qualifications on T&M Contracts
  • Training Opportunities
  • CFO Roundtable

December 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this December issue include:

  • TINA (Truth in Negotiations Act) in the News
  • Six Year Statute of Limitations (FAR 33.206) and Untimely DCAA Audits
  • Training Opportunities
  • Blog Articles and Whitepapers

November 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this November issue include:

  • DCAA and DCMA: Not Exactly Working Together
  • Bid Protest Highlights the Confusion with UCOT (Uncompensated Overtime)
  • Announcing CFO Roundtable

October 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this October issue include:

  • DOD Announces Intentions to Block Mergers
  • ASBCA Decision on Unallowable vs. Expressly Unallowable Costs The Obvious and Less-Than-Obvious Impact

September 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this September issue include:

  • DCAA 2016 Staffing and Program Plan
  • The Government Mantra: “Do as we say, not as we do”
  • Price Reasonableness and Commercial Items.  The Saga Continues

August 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this August issue include:

  • Court of Federal Claims to Contractors: You’re Totally at Risk in Firm Fixed Price Contract
  • Recent GAO Activity

July 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this July issue include:

  • ASBCA Decision Helps Define a CAS Cost Impact “Not Good” for Government Contractors
  • Protecting Delinquent Individual Taxpayers vs. Pursuing Delinquent Contractor Taxpayers Pricing or Worse
  • DCAA’s New Cost Allowability Challenge Bonuses and Incentive Compensation

June 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this June issue include:

  • The Senate Threatens DCAA’sBudget…and The White House Comes to the Aid of DCAA
  • Defective Pricing or Worse
  • Miscellaneous News of Interest to Government Contractors

May 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this May issue include:

  • DCAA’s Continued Quest for Access to Contractor Employees
  • Miscellaneous Activities of Interest to Government Contractors

April 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this April issue include:

  • Uncompensated Overtime – January 29, 2015 FAR Change Limits Method to “Adjusted Hourly Rate” (aka: Diluted Rate)
  • ASBCA Cases and Accrued but Unpaid Compensation
  • DOD-IG Reports: An Unexpected Source of Amusement

March 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this March issue include:

  • DCAA Policy on Overdue Indirect Cost Rate Proposal Issued then Removed (from www.DCAA.mil)
  • OFCCP and Executive Orders The New Challenge for Government Contractors
  • Government Improper Payments Going the Wrong Direction in 2014

February 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this February issue include:

  • Controversial DFARS Proposed Business Systems Rule: “Case Closed”
  • GAO Reports of Interest to Government Contractors
  • DOD-IG Semi-Annual Reports Unintentionally Highlight the Risk of Being a Government Contractor
  • DCAA Audit Policy on Billing System Oversight – Follow-up

January 2015 Government Contract Insights

Subjects discussed in this January issue include:

  • DCAA Audit Policy on Billing System Oversight
  • Allowable vs. Unallowable Travel Costs: Avoiding Recurring Issues in 2015
  • Federal Circuit Affirms Government Not Obligated to Purchase ID Contract Minimum Quantities

December 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • NASA OIG Recommends Outsourcing Contract Audits To Compensate for Risks Attributed to the Lack of DCAA Audits
  • CAS 418 Litigation: Government Loses Again
  • DOJ Statistics on Fraud Recoveries for FY2014

November 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • The Continuing Saga of DCAA’s #1 Wish: Access to Contractor Internal Audits
  • DOD IG Report Cites Procurement Deficient in Following Guidance for Awarding Cost Reimbursement Contracts
  • Industry Associations Blast White House Executive Order 31673

October 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DOD Policy for Blended Rates on FAR 31.205-6(p) Compensation Cap
  • DCAA Revises Policies for Billing Oversight and Voucher Testing
  • CBCA Denies Contractor Billed G&A on T&M Direct Travel Costs

September 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DCAA “In the News”
  • DCAA Issues FY 2015 Audit Staff Allocation Plan
  • Executive Order Possible Restricting Contract Awards to Inverted Government Contractors

August 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • GSA Announces No Change in FY2015 Travel Standard Per Diem Amounts
  • Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Admits DOD Short on Meeting Competition in Acquisition Goals
  • DOL Proposed Rule Would Require Federal Contractors to Report Summary Pay Data
  • DFARS Business Systems Rule – Discussions at the August 18 Public Meeting

July 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DFARS Business Systems Rule – Long Anticipated Proposal for Contractor Certifications and Independent Audits
  • DCAA Guidance Memos: Revised Approach and Reporting Guidelines for Audits of CAS DS, Billing Rates, and Accounting Business Systems
  • FAR Rule on Allowability of Legal Costs Whistleblower Proceedings

June 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • FAR Interim Rule June 24, 2014 Contractor Compensation Cap falls from $952,038 to $487,000
  • DCAA Memos Address T&M Labor, Budgeted Compensation Ceilings, & DTIC IR&D Reporting Requirements
  • DOD Proposes Rule to Track Services Contracts

May 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DCAA’s Fiscal Year 2013 Report to Congress Unverifiable Self-Declarations of “Getting Better Every Year”
  • 013 Senate Bill Would Put Brakes on Excessive Services Contract Spending
  • ASBCA Determines Termination Claim Can Be Heard, Wage Claim on Hold

April 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • Contractors Continue to Face Unreasonable Time Frames for Addressing DCAA ICP Findings
  • Recent Contract Disputes – Decisions on: IDIQ Ceilings, Flawed Solicitation Pricing Source, and GSA Contractor Recovery of Equitable Adjustment Claim
  • Obama Issues Four Executive Orders Impacting Wages and Compensation for Government Contractors
  • Corporate Confessions – The New Norm of Government Contracting

March 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DCAA Streamlines Responsibilities in Obtaining Overdue Incurred Cost Proposals
  • CBCA Rules Termination for Default is Termination for Convenience
  • Snow Days and Government and/or Contractor Work-at-Home Policies
  • Government Declaration: Government Rules are Cost Effective

February 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • OMB “Super Circular” Rewrites Grant Award and Oversight Policy
  • ASBCA Addresses Fixed Fee Entitlement Under CPFF Contracts
  • Two Court Decisions Highlight Contractor Misunderstandings in Filing CDA Claims
  • DOJ Fraud Recoveries for 2013

January 2014 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • Executive Compensation Statutory “Cap” Lowered to $487,000: Politically-charged Emotions Prevail Over Logic
  • DCAA Moderates Its Position on Documentation Requirements for Professional & Consulting Fees
  • DOE Guidance Renders Third-Party Civil Action Legal Costs Unallowable
  • Has DCAA Unreasonably Determined Your Final Indirect Cost Rate Proposal Inadequate?  Consider an “End Run”

December 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DFARS Final Rule on Unallowable Fringe Benefits Costs
  • Where Contractor Executive Compensation Ceilings Stands in Senate DOD Authorization Bill
  • Grassley Staff Oversight Report States DFAS Financial Statements Flawed, Enabled by DOD IG
  • Six Common Myths in Application of FAR Part 31 Cost Principles
  • DOD IG Cites Contracting Agencies for Not Complying with Rules in Awarding Cost Reimbursement Contracts

November 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • New FAR and DFARS Rules Enhance Whistle Protections & Constrain Allowability of Contractor Legal Costs
  • Government Contractors: Media and Social Media Disclosing Too Much Information to Government Regulators/Auditors?
  • Idle Time: Allowable or Unallowable and Worst Case Scenario Contract Fraud
  • DCAA Releases Updated Procedures for Sample Auditing Low Risk Incurred Cost Proposals

October 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • ASBCA Case on CAS Cost Impact Reconfirms That a New Regulatory Requirement Does Not Apply to Existing Contracts
  • Unilateral Changes in Cost Accounting Practices: When Do Contractors Owe Disclosure and Cost Impact Calculations?
  • DCAA Issues Guidance on Completing Forward Pricing Rate Audits
  • DCAA Real-time Labor Audits or Floorchecks

September 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DCAA’s FY 2014 Staff Allocation Plan: Audits Targeted as High Priority
  • DCAA Audit Policies: Scanned Records and Forward Pricing Rate Proposals (FPRP)
  • Proposal Cost and Pricing Data: Top Four Risk Issues Facing Government Contractors

August 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • Brief of July 2013 DCAA Guidance Memorandums
  • Qui Tam Relator vs. The IRS: The Qui Tam Relator Wins
  • DOT Inspector General Report Cites Agency Noncompliant in Awarding “Risky” Cost Reimbursement Contracts

July 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • Professional & Consulting Costs – High on List of Audit Questioned Costs
  • DCAA Audit Program for Contractor Accounting Systems Why Limit a DOD (DFARS) Regulation Just to DOD Contracts?
  • Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDPAs) Report: Contract Type Irrelevant to Cost Control
  • OMB Announces Extension for Accelerated Payment to Small Business Subcontractors

June 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • GAO Report on Capping DOD Contractor Salaries: Huge Increases in Unallowable Wages & DOD Cost Savings
  • DCAA Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Report to Congress
  • Legislation Introduced to Automatically Debar Contractors Guilty of Crimes and Delinquent in Income Tax Payments
  • GAO Recommends Government Employ Private Sector Acquisition Strategy

May 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DCAA Policy on Access to Contractor Internal Audits –Predictably They Are All Relevant to All DCAA’s Audits
  • DCAA Iterates “Auditor Communication” with Government Customer and Contractor
  • Incurred Cost Proposals due June 30, 2013: Last Chance to Avoid “Adequacy” Problems
  • GAO Recommends Government Employ Private Sector Acquisition Strategy

April 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DCAA Issues Guidance Clarifying Allowable Health Benefits & Travel Per Diem
  • DOD Issues Final DFARS Proposal Adequacy Checklist
  • Contractor Agrees to Reimburse Employees for Back-Wages after Cited SCA Violation
  • COFC Denies Gov’t Claim for $80 Mil due to CAS Noncompliance, Affirms Gov’t Filing within Statute of Limitations

March 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • DCAA 2012 Year in Review
  • DOD IG Issues Outdated Report on DCAA Work Quality Improvement
  • Legislators Continue Push Toward Lower Allowable Government Contractor Employee Compensation
  • Failure to Maintain Records Can Be Costly

February 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • Operating Leases for Real Property Between Organizations under Common Control: Restrictions in Allowable Costs
  • ASBCA Shreds Government TINA Defective Pricing Allegations
  • A Silver Lining to DCAA’s Backlog in Performing Incurred Cost Audits

January 2013 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • Getting Your Incurred Cost Proposal for FYE 12/31/2012 in Order – Starting NOW
  • DCAA Access to Internal Audits:  The Siege Continues
  • Sequestration:  Latest Scoop & Impact on Contractors

December 2012 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • 2013 Defense Authorization Act Government Audits of Contractor Accounting Systems: Continuing Inexplicable Findings
  • Federal Circuit Affirms CBCA Allowability Decision of Contractor Litigation Costs
  • GAO Proposed Fee for Bid Protests
  • Independent Advisory Panel to Review Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

November 2012 Contract Insights Newsletter

Articles Include:

  • Status on DCAA Executing Low Risk Incurred Cost Proposal Audit Process
  • DOD-IG: DOD Threshold for DCAA Proposal Audits Cost Taxpayer $249.1 Million Annually
  • DOD Withholds $47 Million from Lockheed Martin for EVMS Flaws
  • DOD BBP (Better Buying Power) 2.0
  • OIG Finds DHS Non-Compliant with Cost Type Contract Selection Criteria
  • So DCAA Has Disallowed A Cost: Should You Kiss The Money Good-Bye? Guest Author: Jerry Gabig, Attorney, Wilmer & Lee

October 2012 Government Contract Insights

Articles Include:

  • ASBCA Case No. 57795: Flowers, Parties and Unified Jazz Ensemble = Unallowable Entertainment
  • DCAA: Re-writing FAR 4.703within DCAA Audit Policy on Scanning Records
  • Tightening Allowable Contractor Employee Wages: The Debate Continues
  • DOD IG Finds Pentagon Not Following Own Guidance in Tracking Sole-Source Contracts