Asa Gilliland

Asa is a Managing Consultant with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. and provides contract compliance services to small and large companies contracting with the U.S. Government. Asa has assisted contractors all over the U.S., as well as worked with clients in Europe, Australia and the Middle East and specializes in DCAA audit compliance and accounting information systems. He frequently serves as a compliance resource to 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, tribally-owned and other small business designation clients and has served as the technical lead in proposal cost-volume preparation, responses to DCAA audit issues and crafting of corrective action plans in response to government issues, and development of complex cost accounting structures. Asa also serves as the compliance lead and project manager for Deltek Costpoint™ and GCS™, where he provides critical oversight and management to ensure that Costpoint services provided to our government contractor clients are conducted in a manner to ensure compliance with relevant regulation. His role as a compliance project manager has also included the technical design lead for the implementation of other accounting systems designed from the ground up to provide compliance with all relevant aspects of the DCAA pre and post-award accounting system audits. Education Mr. Gilliland has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama-Huntsville along with a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Recent Posts

The “New and Improved” DCMA CPSR Guidebook: Really Improved?

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A new DCMA CPSR Guidebook has been released effective May 29, 2018 and can be found here:  http://www.dcma.mil/Portals/31/Documents/CPSR/CPSR_Guidebook_052918.pdf The Redstone team will be conducting a more comprehensive review of the guidebook, but we want to share our initial thoughts with readers.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors, Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR)

What are the Top 5 Issues in an ICS Audit?

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The incurred cost submission is required for all federal contractors holding cost-type or time and materials (T&M) contracts and is a universal requirement regardless of agency customer. All contracts requiring the incurred cost submission will include the Federal Acquisition Regulations "Allowable Cost & Payment Clause" (FAR 52.216-7) and/or the "T&M Payment Clause" (FAR 52.232-7). Following are answers to frequently asked questions and pointers to resources to help you.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Submission, Incurred Cost Proposals

Important Update for SAM Registration

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

We’ve previously released a few blogs on the topic to make our clients and friends aware of the emerging requirement for registration at SAM.gov.  While the Government has not been entirely forthcoming on why this requirement has emerged, there has been a lot of speculation from a data breach to fictitious registrations stemming from a few unscrupulous “consultants” that charge to register entities in SAM.  

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Topics: System Award Management (SAM)

Incurred Cost Submission: Everything You Need to Know

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This blog was first published on the Deltek Government Contracting Blog as a guest post by Asa J. Gilliland of Redstone Government Consulting. 

The incurred cost submission is required for all federal contractors holding cost-type or time and materials (T&M) contracts and is a universal requirement regardless of agency customer.  All contracts requiring the incurred cost submission will include the Federal Acquisition Regulations “Allowable Cost & Payment Clause” (FAR 52.216-7) and/or the “T&M Payment Clause” (FAR 52.232-7). Following are answers to frequently asked questions and pointers to resources to help you.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Submission

Q1 2017 is Halfway Over!?! GovCon Reminders

It’s a busy time of year for us and many of our clients, but I wanted to take this opportunity to remind all of our readers of a few upcoming things to keep in mind. For most of our clients, January was a whirlwind of closing 2016 and getting all W-2s and 1099s completed. February will be spent ramping up for financial statement audits and the corporate tax deadline, but for government contractors there’s also a few extra things to do this time of year.

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Topics: Defense Contractors

Internet Sources of Information for Government Contract Compliance

Quite often our clients ask for guidance or research on a particular compliance or cost accounting topic. These types of requests generally result in a run through the usual suspects for guidance, like FAR and CAS; and the customer agency's acquisition supplement like DFARS or DEARS. What many people don't realize is that there is a wealth of other publicly available information that can shed light on some of the more subjective aspects of these regulations.

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Topics: Contracts Administration

Staying Competitive in a Cost Averse Market

For government contractors your indirect rate structure is critical to your competitiveness, perhaps more so than any other element of the proposal.  In today’s LPTA environment, most offerors are going to be very similar when it comes to technical capabilities and past performance, so almost always award decisions come down to cost.  For the select few companies that have a technical edge or a differentiator in the way of performance that outweighs the cost to your government customer you can stop reading now.  The vast majority of companies working with the federal government don’t have this luxury, so what are they doing to set themselves apart when it comes to developing their indirect rates and overall wrap rates (wrap rates are a function of total direct and indirect costs for a labor hour divided by the direct labor hourly rate); hence, a lower wrap rate is perceived to be a more competitive overall cost structure)?

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Cost and Pricing and Budgeting, Contracts Administration

Why Can’t I Charge G&A on Direct Travel?

In today’s budgets constrained environment U.S. Government contracting officers are seeking every opportunity to obtain discounted or reduced prices for services and materials, and as a tax payer that should make us all happy. However, for those of us who work in the government contracting industry the sight of LPTA solicitations, and enhanced scrutiny of proposals does make work life more challenging. One of the areas that we see challenged by contracting officers either during the proposal process or after award is the application of G&A on direct travel associated with the contract. This might be a solicitation provision, a Government expectation for contractor concessions during negotiations or a Government interpretation after contract award.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration

FAR Dollar Threshold Effective October 1, 2015

Just a follow-up to our July 13, 2015 blog and a reminder that effective October 1, 2015 a number of FAR dollar-thresholds will be updated in accordance with 41 U.S.C. Section 1908, which requires the inflation adjustment of dollar thresholds every five years. The upcoming changes were posted in July within Federal Register Vol. 80 No. 127; however, the impact of these changes is minimal with most commonly used dollar thresholds being increased around 6-7%. A detailed list of the most frequently used thresholds and their changes are noted below.

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We Have Invested In Our Software Services

Over the past few months Redstone GCI has made several significant investments in our software services practice. For many years we have supported our clients with Deltek solutions, as well as many of our small business clients with QuickBooks assistance. In July, we added a new staff member to our ranks to better support our Deltek clients. Jimmy Baker will be leading our Costpoint and GCS support services, and we are excited to introduce him to our existing clients. Jimmy has been working with Costpoint for over 20 years decades, and has a great deal of experience working with larger system implementations, as well as new implementation and design for smaller companies utilizing Costpoint. He most recently assisted a very large government contractor with worldwide integration and conversion to Deltek Costpoint.

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Topics: Redstone GCI, Contracts Administration