DCMA updated the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Handbook on September 10, 2021.
DoD Inspector General Audit on Whistleblower
We issued a blog in May 2021 addressing the Department of Justice, Inspector General. The IG found that DOJ contracts did not comply with the whistleblower requirements to include whistleblower clauses in the contract, disseminate the rights and protections in writing to employees, and include required information in confidentiality agreements/statements to employees. We indicated we would not be surprised to see the DoD IG pick up on this area and review DoD Contractors.
The focus of fraud used to be primarily on defense contractors, health care providers and health care suppliers. However, other companies are now being exposed to the Federal Claims Act (FCA) including software companies, private equity financiers, insurance companies, and educational institutions. Additionally, fraud is not just related to companies receiving the funds.
Topics: Incurred Cost Submission, Defense Contractors, DOD IG, Government Compliance Training, Incurred Cost Proposals, Cost-Type Contracts, Accounting & Billing System, DOD Contractors, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans
What is SAM.gov?
SAM.gov is the System for Award Management (SAM) in which businesses must register to contract with the US Government and for non-profits to receive grants. The registration is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. It is recommended to renew 45-60 days prior to expiration.
Topics: System Award Management (SAM)
A commercial item determination should define the item or service, document market research, identify the FAR 2.101 Commercial Item definition, and include a “determination” that the item is commercial. Sounds easy right!
What is CUI, CDI and CTI?
CUI is Controlled Unclassified Information and encompasses all Covered Defense Information (CDI) and Controlled Technical Information (CTI). CUI requires the safeguarding or dissemination of controls pursuant to applicable laws, regulations, and government-wide policies.
- Covered Defense Information (CDI) is unclassified controlled technical information or other information described in the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Registry found
- Controlled Technical Information (CTI) is technical information with military or space application that is subject to controls on the access, use, reproduction, modification, performance, display, release, disclosure, or dissemination. It does not include information that is lawfully publicly available without restrictions.
Whistleblower claims are on the rise with alleged violations of health and safety laws as well as fraud and abuse under the CARES Act due to the pandemic. Employers need to ensure they are familiar with the whistleblower laws and their responsibilities under government contracts.
What is FAR 52.204-10 – Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards?
FAR 52.204-10 requires the contractor to report executive compensation of first-tier subcontracts with a value of $30,000 unless an exemption applies. Contracting Officers are required to include the FAR clause 52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards, in all solicitations and contracts of $30,000 or more. A first-tier subcontract is a subcontract awarded directly by the contractor for the purpose of acquiring supplies or services for performance of a prime contract. This does not include long term arrangements between the prime and first-tier subcontractors for material or supplies that benefit multiple contracts.
DCAA created a new portal called Contractor Submission Portal (CSP) which is addressed in DCAA’s Memorandum for Regional Directors (MRD) 20-OTS-005(R) dated September 29, 2020. The portal allows contractors a means to submit their Incurred Cost proposals electronically. There are three options available to contractors when uploading the incurred cost proposal:
- Submit a new proposal
- Update an existing proposal
- Withdraw a proposal
DCAA’s Authority for Interim Vouchers
DCAA is given the authority under DFARS 242.803(b) to approve interim vouchers for DoD. DFARS 242.803(b) states DCAA will approve interim vouchers using sampling methodology for provisional payment after a prepayment review. This also includes reviewing completion/final vouchers and issuing a DCAA Form 1, Notice of Contracts Costs Suspended and/or Disapproved when DCAA questions the allowability of costs.