Cheryl Anderson

Cheryl Anderson is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. She provides Government Contract Consulting services to our government contractors primarily related to equitable adjustment claims, terminations, and DCAA audit expectations. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Cheryl served in a number of capacities with DCAA for over thirty-five years. Upon her retirement, Cheryl was a regional audit manager with DCAA. Cheryl began her DCAA career in 1977 as an auditor-trainee with the Ingalls Resident Office in Pascagoula, Mississippi. After instructing at the Defense Contract Audit Institute for four years, she returned to the Eastern Region in 1990, holding various audit positions before ultimately becoming a Regional Audit Manager in August 2005. She had overall management responsibility for audits performed by approximately 200 employees. During Cheryl’s tenure with DCAA, she was involved in conducting or managing a variety of compliance audits, to include cost proposals incurred cost submissions, systems, Cost Accounting Standards, claims, defective pricing, financial capability and agreed-upon procedures. She directly supported the government litigation team on a contract dispute and has prepared and presented various lectures and seminars to DCAA staff. In addition, she has served as an instructor for the Government Audit Training Institute for over 20 years. She currently specializes in preparing clients for more complex DCAA audits, providing advice on FAR cost principles and contracts regulatory provisions, and assisting clients in anticipating and addressing audit. Education Cheryl has a BS Degree in Accounting from Auburn University at Montgomery and a Masters of Business Administration from Wichita State University. Cheryl also completed courses at OPM’s management and executive development centers and at the Federal Executive Institute and is a Georgia Certified Public Accountant.

Recent Posts

Section 809 Panel—The Government Moves Slowly

Slowly is the word that always describes Government change, and acquisition process change is no exception.  Some of you will remember that the 2017 NDAA required DCAA to reduce the backlog of DoD incurred cost submissions and suspend work for other Departments.  But how many of you remember that it also created an Advisory Panel on Streamlining and Codifying Acquisition Regulations, better known as the Section 809 Panel? 

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

The Audit to End All Audits – Government Contractors Beware

Unless you have undergone a DCAA Accounting System audit under the criteria in DFARS 252.242-7006 (a.k.a. DFARS Accounting System Audit), you do not know what a comprehensive audit is.  To start with there are eighteen criteria, some of which are as broad as “Accounting practices in accordance with standard promulgated by the Cost Accounting Standards Board, if applicable, otherwise, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.”  This leaves the door open to pretty much endless questions.  But don’t worry, DCAA has narrowed it down to only 27 questions. 

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, DCAA Audit Support

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

Elusive Answer: Contracting Officer Actions to Disposition DCAA Audits

It seems like there are a lot of agencies being audited on what they are doing with DCAA audit findings.  In September, the DoD-IG announced an audit of 26 contracts issued from FY 2014-2017 by Navy, DLA, Army and Air Force contracting officers. It’s stated objective is “to determine whether contracting officer actions during contract negotiations complied with acquisition regulations when contractor proposals were deemed inadequate by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).”  At the same time, they announced an audit of DCMA with an audit objective “to determine the appropriateness of contracting officer actions to resolve and disposition compensation costs that the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has questioned in audits of DoD contractor incurred cost claims submitted to the Government.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support

Training Costs on Government Contracts

Companies that incur significant costs for training and education of their workforce should have formal policies and procedures in place to ensure reimbursement on their government contracts and subcontracts.  As with all types of costs, there are three major components to consider: allowability, allocability and reasonableness.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Human Resources

Unaudited Accounting Systems and Government Solicitations – Read the Fine Print

We often hear the following statement and question: “My proposal (the government solicitation) calls for a compliant accounting system (SF 1408) and I’ve never been audited.  What do I do?”.

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

When a Firm-Fixed-Price Contract Becomes a Curse

Sometimes, a company is so anxious to receive a government contract that it ignores warning signs in the solicitation and accepts a firm-fixed-price contract when the contract type is not appropriate for the circumstances. Often the warning signs are subtle and consist of vague specifications, but in other cases, the warning signs are written, literally in capital letters. One such contract resulted in the ASBCA issuing a decision on March 30, 2016, on case number 58243. This case upheld a termination for default issued April 23, 2012, against Highland Al Hujaz Co., Ltd. This case illustrates both the warning signs the contractor should have heeded and the consequences.

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Topics: Cost and Pricing and Budgeting

Appealing to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA)?

Whenever there is a scope change on fixed price contract, there are several steps that take place. First, is preparing a proposal for the amount of the scope change and negotiating that change with the contracting officer. If the contracting officer issues a final decision (unilateral contract modification) that does not result in a satisfactory amount of recovery, the next step is to submit a request for equitable adjustment (REA). If again, the final decision does not provide adequate recompense, the next step is often appealing the decision to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA). This is not an option to be taken lightly, as a recent decision proved.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Blended Compensation Rate Guidance: Steps to Success

DCMA and DCAA have issued guidance on how to deal with the impact of the $487,000 rate cap that applies to contracts subject to FAR 31.2 and awarded on or after June 24, 2014. If you have not read this document, see DCAA’s MRD 16-PSP-005(R), dated February 19, 2016. It includes the DCMA guidance also. You have flexibly priced contracts that require an annual incurred cost submission. Now what, exactly, are you supposed to do with this guidance?

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure

What is a Job Cost Accounting System?

As a small (or potential) government contractor or subcontractor, one question you will frequently encounter is if you have a “Job Cost Accounting System.” This may sound like a specific type of software, but it is not. Many different accounting software systems can provide job cost accounting if properly configured. The questions on the SF 1408, Pre-award Survey of Prospective Contractor Accounting System, are designed to discover if you have a job cost accounting system. This still doesn’t tell the non-accounting person what a job cost accounting system is or why it is important (other than to get the right answers on the SF 1408 to qualify for a government cost-reimbursable contract).

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Contracts Administration