The Results Are In! No Stomach for Cancer Fundraiser Announcement

December 3rd marked the end of our No Stomach for Cancer Fundraiser and we'd like to extend thanks to all our clients and our team here at Redstone GCI for their generous support.  You know us bean counters had to foot and double-foot the totals, but we're pleased to announce that the audited results are in and we've raised $5,392.46.

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Topics: Redstone GCI

Worst Disclosure Statement Surprises

There are many presents one may enjoy receiving this holiday season. However, one present you do not want during the holiday season is a CAS Disclosure Statement (DS) surprise.  There are several surprises related to DS’s you can receive:

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

DoD-IG Report: Contractor Employees Failed to Meet Labor Qualifications on Task Order Contracts

In its report dated November 27, 2018 (DODIG-2019-029), the IG reviewed 12 of 540 task orders (issued between September 2014 to October 2017) to determine if contractor employees met the contract schedule labor qualifications.  The contract vehicle is the OASIS (One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services), administered by the GSA, but used by multiple DoD (and other Government) agencies. The good news is that the IG reported 1,175 of 1,287 contractor employees met the labor category qualifications; the bad news is the remaining 112 employees did not meet the labor qualifications, and/or the DoD agency could not document that contractor employees met the labor qualifications. Thus, DoD agencies authorized $28 million of potentially improper payments (based on the IG’s statistical projection), authorized $574K of potential improper payments for employees who did not have qualification documentation, and did not consider the potential impact on contract performance and price before authorizing $6.8 million for employees without relevant education and work experience.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Proposals, DCAA Audit Support, Contracts Administration

So, you want to do work with the U.S. Government? Part 1

For over a decade I’ve had the opportunity to work with many contractors pursuing their first government contract.  In my role as the VP of Special Projects at Redstone GCI many companies that I routinely assist are in the process of acquiring their first contract or in the very early stages of contract performance.  While I do work with small businesses going through the process of initial contract pursuit and mature government contractors, most companies that I work with are larger commercial or international companies.  I like to think of the role that our team provides as a voice of reason providing a measured approach to compliance to ensure the costs for barriers to entry (e.g. DFARS Business Systems) into the U.S. federal market are recoverable by the company. 

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Topics: Defense Contractors, Contracts Administration, Small Business Compliance

Gratitude & Thanksgiving

This year's theme is gratitude. Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation for and to return the kindness.

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Government Property Disposition: What is Abandonment?

The term abandonment seems to be a hot topic within government property (GP) circles for both contractors and government procurement professionals. Many more contractors are requesting abandonment as a method of disposition. But exactly what is abandonment? When can it be used? And is it a last resort for the government?

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

2018 Halloween Costumes for Government Agencies

As we again approach Halloween and the night of tricks or treats, we’ve been able to identify and report a number of the more popular Halloween costumes (or masks) among government agencies and/or (n one case) an ex-government “CEO”.  Some of these trending costumes include:

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Topics: Redstone GCI

Trick or Treat: Are Your Checklists Complete?

We’re almost through October and 2019 will be here before we know it. This is a great time to review your company’s year-end and new year checklists for compliance. Want to be sure those frightful DOL ghosts and OFCCP goblins don’t come after you?   Keep these checklist items in mind:

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Topics: Human Resources, DCAA Audit Support, Small Business Compliance

Costpoint - Managing Your Unbilled Receivables Doesn’t Require Magic

If your unbilled receivables account has you searching for a solution as simple as waving a Harry Potter wand and reciting “Evanesco!” you are not alone. The everyday life of an accountant is chock-full of number-crunching, and then you suddenly realize the “deathly hollows” of year-end is quickly approaching. Whether you are new to the tracking of unbilled receivables or the account has been covered in cobwebs, understanding the creation process to this “chamber of secrets” is where your journey out of the “dark forest” can begin.

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Topics: Accounting & Billing System, Cost and Pricing and Budgeting, Compliant Accounting Infrastructure

Applicability of DFARS Business System Rules to Small Businesses

We have recently had to deal with issues related to DCAA applying DFARS business system rules in DFARS 252.242-7006 Accounting System Administration in its evaluation of small business client accounting systems. The DFARS business system rules were never intended to be applied to small businesses. Further, the limited resources of a small business make it very difficult for a small business to fully comply with all 18 of the specific criteria contained in the business system rules. DFARS 252.242-7005 regarding the applicability of the business system rules states:

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Topics: Business Systems Review, Small Business Compliance