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It’s Almost That Time Again…. How to Get a Head Start on your Annual Incurred Cost Submission

By: Eric Poppe, Senior Manager and Javier Diaz, Manager It’s that time of year. Year-end financial statement audits are going on, you are working with your accountant on your tax returns hoping to complete on time, and just around the corner, you are required to submit your Incurred Cost Submission (“ICS”). Is there time to breathe? As we know, for companies with a fiscal year ending December 31, 2017, the 2017 ICS will be due by June 30, 2018, six months after the close of that fiscal year. The determining factor which requires companies to submit an ICS is the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”). Read More.

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DCAA 2018 Hot Button Highlights

By: Curt Smith , Manager Each year Cherry Bekaert addresses topics that effect the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) in our DCAA “Hot Buttons” webinar. A summary of the January 17, 2018, webinar is presented here. The webinar is replay is also available on our YouTube channel. The webinar is available for replay on our YouTube channel. Section 803 of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) Section 803 of the 2018 NDAA contains several provisions reforming defense contract auditing. Perhaps the provision with the greatest impact on DCAA directs the Department of Defense (“DoD”) to begin using private auditors to perform incurred cost audits to reduce the current backlog. The provision intends to focus DCAA resources on forward-pricing audits, which are considered. Read More.

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#MeToo and Federal Contractors

By: John Ford, Senior Consultant Most of us have probably heard of the misconduct allegations made recently against high profile individuals in the media, entertainment industry, and Congress. Many of these allegations involve violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“CRA”), while others may involve allegations of civil or criminal violations such as battery or even rape. While probably not as likely to make the headlines like the recent widely publicized cases, contractors can face many of these problems. This article will provide a high-level overview of some of the contracting issues contractors can face if their employees. Read More.

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DODIG Report on DCMA Actions Regarding DCAA Incurred Cost Audit Reports

In a recent report from the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General (“DODIG”) (DODIG-2017-055, dated February 9, 2017) the DODIG found several instances when the Defense Contract Management Agency (“DCMA”) contracting officer’s (“CO”) actions did not comply with Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”), DoD Instruction 7640.02, or DCMA instructions. The findings resulted from a review of 22 incurred cost reports judgmentally selected from a pool of 1,072 Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”) incurred cost reports issued between September 2013 and July 2015. In its review, the DODIG evaluated the appropriateness of DCMA actions on DCAA findings reported in the 22. Read More.

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Use of Cost Realism in Proposal Evaluations

By: Curt Smith, Manager, Government Contractor Services Group When negotiating a contract price, the primary concern of contracting officers (“CO’s”) should be the price that the government will pay to obtain the required supplies or services from a responsible contractor. Their objective should be to negotiate a contract type and price (or estimated fee and cost) that will result in reasonable contractor risk and provide the contractor with the greatest incentive for efficient and economical contract performance. To achieve this goal, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) requires agencies to establish a negotiating objective based upon a price or cost analysis.. Read More.

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SBA Releases its Small Business Contracting Scorecard

On May 18, 2017, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released its annual small business contracting scorecard. This scorecard is a measure of how selected agencies are doing in regard to meeting their small business contracting goals. It should be noted that the scorecard only measures the performance of 24 agencies. Thus, it does not evaluate how all agencies are doing in meeting their small business goals. As described by the SBA, the annual Scorecard is an assessment tool which measures: (1) how well federal agencies reach their small business and socio-economic prime contracting and subcontracting goals; and (2) agency-specific progress. Read More.

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