Are you prepared for an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/ Affirmative Action Evaluation?

Are you prepared for a compliance evaluation from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)? If you’re a government contractor or subcontractor employing at least 50 people and having a contract or subcontract of $50,000 or greater, you need to be. The OFCCP is under the umbrella of the Department of Labor and their goal is to “protect workers, promote diversity and enforce the law.” OFCCP administers the following laws, all of which are specific to government contractors:

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Compliance Training, Human Resources

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Small Business Government Contractors

Key Performance Indicators are “Measures that help decision makers define and measure progress toward business goals. KPI metrics translate complex measures into a simple indicator that allows decision makers to assess the current situation and act quickly.” – KAIZEN Analytics All businesses, regardless of size, should to be able to understand and identify their Key Performance Indicators. KPIs can be used at all levels of an organization, ranging from the CEO to the project manager. The CEO focuses on the overall performance or health of the company, while the program or project manager may focus on single programs, tasks within a program, or a group of programs.

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Cost-Type Contracts

Subcontract Disputes on Cost Type Government Contracts

Although many of us think of contract disputes as those involving a prime contractor and a U.S. Government agency, subcontracts can also trigger differences of subcontract interpretation between the prime and subcontractor. In Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-215, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia decided a diversity breach of contract case between government contractors (the contractor and subcontractor names are a matter of public record, thus disclosure). Fluor (the subcontractor) contended that they did not agree to a 2.3% cap to their G&A on a proposal effort with the United States Air Force. Their proposal, as a subcontract to their prime contractor, PAE, was ultimately selected for the award, at which time, a subcontract agreement was executed and the two parties began their respective performance on the contract. The specific language of that subcontract agreement is the heart of this case (differentiated from a dispute over the regulatory language contained in a subcontract flow-down).

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Cost-Type Contracts

House Bill to Address DCAA Auditor Hiring, Qualifications, and Private Sector Experience

Congressman Mac Thornberry recently introduced the “Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act” to improve the acquisition system and workforce, and improve transparency in the acquisition system. Click here to download the 80-page bill.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors, DCAA Audit Support

If you Outsource your Tax Return, Why Not Outsource your Incurred Cost Proposal?

As a business owner or executive, it is highly likely that you are not preparing and submitting your business tax return. After all, tax rules are complicated and submission requirements can be a little unnerving. So, for those reasons and for peace of mind knowing that your tax return is prepared correctly, a savvy business owner or executive will outsource their tax preparation to a trusted firm that specializes in taxes.

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Topics: Cost and Pricing and Budgeting, Incurred Cost Proposals

How to Optimize your Government Contract Closeout Experience

It has been years since the contract period of performance has ended, DCAA has finally concluded their audit or review of your incurred cost proposal, and you have received the final indirect rate letter from DCAA. Now what? By design, the contract closeout process begins in earnest.   Typically, the Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) is responsible for initiating administrative closeout of the contract after receiving evidence of its physical completion.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, DFARS Business Systems

Time to Tune Up Your Purchasing System

Is your purchasing system ready for a DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Review?  Time to dust off those policies and procedures, and make sure your employees are trained on FAR and DFARS requirements.

DCMA has been hard at work reviewing contractor purchasing systems, making several updates in 2016 to the CPSR Guidebook, the most recent being January 18, 2016.  In addition, in October 2016, the Director of DCMA issued a Class Deviation from FAR 44.302(a), increasing the CPSR threshold from $25 million to $50 million.  Questions remain on how this will impact contractors whose contracts include FAR 44.3 and who are on DCMA’s review schedule.  The threshold can be lowered if the ACO determines a contractor’s risk level warrants a review.  We have already seen the lower threshold enforced in the early part of 2017 for a couple of our clients.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure

Program/Project Control – Does my Company Need this Function?

What is a Program Control analyst and do I need one? These questions are often asked by small business who might not understand the role of a Program Controller. Program (or Project) Controllers are most frequently financial managers who oversee project revenues and expenditures to ensure programs are on schedule and within budget. Program Control Analysts bridge the gap between the program manager and the accounting department and support the needs of both organizations. Program Managers typically manage the technical aspects of a program, while the accounting department manages payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Program Control Analysts provide a link between the technical elements of program management and the compliance elements of cost accounting. Program control personnel generally have a business background in accounting, finance, business administration or economics which allows them to assist the program manager with decisions which are compliant with business policy and are in accordance with contract terms.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

5 Tips for Government Contractors Using Quickbooks

For most small businesses - and especially for those in the early stages of their life cycle - Quickbooks is an excellent option and an almost fundamental starting point when considering an accounting software from which to grow your company. It is cost effective, easy to use, and given its popularity and presence in the market, training resources are readily available. But is it a viable option for Government Contractors?

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Quickbooks

Application of CAS 420 – Independent Research & Development and Bid & Proposal Costs

Accounting for independent research and development costs and bid and proposal costs are found in Far 31.205-18 and Cost Accounting Standards 420. Because FAR 31.205-18 incorporates CAS 420, it does not matter if your company has revenue of $50 million or under $5 million; if you have IR&D and B&P costs, this Cost Accounting Standard (CAS) provides the criteria for accumulation and allocation of those costs.

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Topics: Cost and Pricing and Budgeting