Per DFARS 252.204-7012, Contractors were to implement NIST SP 800-171 by 12/31/2017 “Safeguarding Cover Defense Information and Incident Reporting”. However, Contractors self-certification has not gone as well as the Department of Defense (DoD) had hoped. They have even included it as part of 2019 Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSR) for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) to evaluate Contractors monitoring of subcontractor’s self-certification. In the meantime, DoD has shifted gears and is developing the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) to help strengthen the DoD supply chain's cybersecurity at all levels of the supply chain, from the prime Contractor on down to the lowest subcontractor.
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) implemented Section 822 of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which requires contactors to submit additional certified cost or pricing data when only one offer is received in response to a competitive solicitation. Certified cost and pricing data is required when the following three criteria are met:
GSA establishes the per diem rates for the lower 48 Continental United States (CONUS), which are the maximum allowances that federal employees are reimbursed for expenses incurred while on official travel.
It is with a heavy heart and eyes filled with tears that we write this message. Scott Butler, our beloved friend, mentor, and the founder of Redstone Government Consulting has passed away after a strong, faithful and diligent battle with cancer. If you knew Scott, you instantly loved and admired Scott. He was a friend to everyone he met, and he deeply and truly cared for those around him. Scott had an incredible faith and love of Jesus Christ and it showed in every interaction he had, whether good or bad. Our lives will be forever changed, because we had the fortune to work with Scott daily. In a picture hanging in Scott’s office was a quote,
How would you feel if you had unlimited access to all the resources Redstone Government Consulting had to offer? Relief? Security? Control? Protected? Re-focused?
FAR Part 31.205 -1 – Public Relations and Advertising Costs
“Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.” (American Marketing Association)
“Advertising is the action of calling something to the attention of the public especially by paid announcements.” (Merriam-Webster)
“Public relations (PR) is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.” (Public Relations Society of America (PRSA))
Did you know that the 2019 United States Congress has the highest number of positions ever held by women? While we aren’t a direct Government entity here at Redstone GCI, we have extraordinary women working alongside Government contractors every day. From legal professionals to CPAs and expert consultants, all the way to our very own CEO, these amazing women have helped us become the renowned company we are today.
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Nearly every blog we write here at Redstone Government Consulting is centered on some technical aspect of government contractual compliance. We write about how to survive the many DCAA or DCMA audits; we write about your estimating systems and purchasing systems, and every other system in between. That is what we do here at Redstone Government Consulting, so this type of writing makes perfect sense. And don’t get us wrong, we love writing about such topics.
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As we noted in our last blog, DCMA has issued another updated CPSR Guidebook, dated May 29, 2018. DCMA issued two updates in 2017 and have already issued 2 updates in 2018. This leads us to question: Will there be more? And our intuition leads us to answer: More than likely!
Many small and medium sized companies wonder if having an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is right for their company’s compensation and ownership structure. Studies show that employee-owned companies benefit from higher worker productivity and certain tax advantages which ultimately result in improved cash flow. These and other potential advantages could apply to government contractors; however, if you are considering implementing an ESOP, consider engaging someone (or an entity) familiar with ESOPs, as well as someone familiar with the cost allowability (regulations) and DCAA interpretations.