Robert Eldridge

Robert (Bob) Eldridge is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting Inc. He provides Government Contract Consulting services to our Government contractors primarily related to compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and Cost Accounting Standards, equitable adjustment claims, and business systems. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Bob served in a number of capacities with DCAA for over 32 years. Upon his retirement, Bob was a Regional Audit Manager with DCAA. Bob began his DCAA career in 1981 as an auditor-trainee with the Pratt & Whitney Resident Office in West Palm Beach, Florida. Bob served two three year tours at the Defense Contract Audit Institute teaching multiple contract audit courses including “Auditing Internal Controls”, “Technical Management of Audits”, and “Advanced Cost Accounting Standards” and writing Agency courses on Cost Accounting Standards and Equitable Adjustment Claims. He returned to the Eastern Region in 1999, holding various audit positions before ultimately becoming a Regional Audit Manager in February 2007. As Chief of the Eastern Region Quality Assurance Division, Bob was heavily involved in developing DCAA guidance related to auditor consideration of internal controls and risk assessment preparation. In 2012, Bob was assigned to the U.S. Senate Committee for Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, serving as a subject matter expert on a wide range of federal contract and grant matters for Senator Susan Collins. During Bob’s tenure with DCAA, he had overall management responsibility for audits performed by over 200 employees. He was directly involved in conducting or managing a wide variety of compliance audits, including: forward pricing proposals, incurred cost submissions, business system internal controls, Cost Accounting Standards, claims, and defective pricing. Bob was also directly involved in complex quantitative methods applications, particularly regression analysis and improvement curve applications. Bob currently specializes in assisting clients with more complex DCAA audit issues related to business system internal controls and Disclosure Statements and with developing and maintaining government compliant accounting and estimating systems. Bob also provides expert advice on compliance with FAR cost principles and Cost Accounting Standards and assists with the more complex forward pricing proposals and equitable adjustment claims.

Recent Posts

Just OK, Not OK! New Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) Restrictions

Section 880 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) included provisions restricting the use of the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) source selection criteria to only procurements where:

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Topics: DFARS Business Systems, DOD Contractors

Maintaining Adequate Policies and Procedures for Government Contracts

On December 18, 2018 the Administrative Judge, in ASBCA No. 61583, denied the contractor’s appeal and granted the Government’s request for summary judgement related to the contractor’s claim that it was entitled to a penalty waiver because the contractor did not demonstrate that it “had adequate policies, training, controls, and review systems, and that it inadvertently incorporated the [unallowable cost]” in its incurred cost proposals. This decision serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining adequate policies and procedures.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Government Regulations

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

Defense Industry Mergers - What Costs are Allowable?

On April 12, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a joint statement explaining their standard of review under the antitrust statutes of proposed transactions (mergers, teaming agreements, and other joint business arrangements) acquisitions, within the defense industry. The DOJ and FTC are responsible for reviewing mergers in the defense industry under Section 7 of the Clayton Act, which prohibits mergers whose effect “may be substantially to lessen competition, or to tend to create a monopoly.”

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Topics: Defense Contractors

Pressure on Prime Contractors Continues to Increase Relative to Subcontracts

Over the past few years, the Department of Energy (DoE) has, to the unpleasant surprise of some prime contractors, quietly been inserting contract clauses in all of their management and operating contracts and some non-management and operating contracts making prime contractors responsible for not only managing their subcontracts but also for auditing their subcontracts.  More recently, the Inspector General has been conducting reviews of prime contractors for compliance with this requirement and contracting officers have been placing greater emphasis on enforcing the requirement.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Prime Contractor Subcontract Management, National Defense Authorization Act, Section 893 Fallout

For years, DCAA has promised Congress it would get current on its incurred cost backlog. For years, it has failed to deliver on that promise. Logically, you would have expected DCAA to address the quality of their audits (or lack thereof) and eliminate the inefficiencies caused by, among other issues, (i) failure to adequately assess risk, (ii) performance of unnecessary procedures due to fears of failing the internal quality control reviews, regardless of risk, (iii) inadequate understanding and misinterpretation of regulatory requirements, and (iv) failure to have sufficient communication with the contractor to understand the issues. Unfortunately, that has not been DCAA’s approach. Instead, DCAA chose to increase the thresholds for the incurred cost submissions selected for audit, write off millions in lieu of audit, and claim victory. That strategy failed once they ran out of low hanging fruit to write off and still needed to do actual audits.    

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Do as I say, not as I do! DCAA’s Internal Control Failure.

DFARS 252.242-7006(c)(8) specifically requires management reviews or internal audits of the system to ensure compliance with the contractor’s established policies, procedures.

One of the first things a DCAA auditor looks at when auditing a contractor’s accounting system is its policies and procedures. Policies and procedures represent control activities that are essential for an adequate system of internal controls. Good policies and procedures help ensure consistent operations in accordance with management objectives. DCAA cites policy and procedure inadequacies or the failure to comply with policies and procedures in virtually every deficiency report it issues related to internal controls.

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Topics: Government Compliance Training, DCAA Audit Support

Continuing DCAA Inconsistency and Compliance Failures Related to Company Internal Audit Report Requests!

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its report on the results of its review of DCAA actions to comply with section 832 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, regarding requests for company internal audit reports.   The purpose of the GAO review was to assess the extent DCAA’s revised guidance “(1) complied with the act, and whether selected requests for company internal audit reports were documented in accordance with requirements, and (2) contains safeguards to help ensure that companies’ internal audit reports are used only for authorized purposes.”

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, DFARS Business Systems, DCAA Audit Support

Republican Control of Congress – Should Contractors Rejoice?

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Proposed Business System Rule Changes – What Are The Concerns?

I recently delivered a presentation at the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress on the July 15, 2014 DoD proposed changes to DFARS business system Rules (DFARS Case 2012-042) for contractor accounting systems, estimating systems, and material management and accounting systems (MMAS).  A public hearing on the proposed changes is scheduled for August 18, 2014 and comments are to be submitted on or before September 15, 2014.  As noted in previous blogs, the new rules do not apply to small businesses or to other DFARS defined business systems (purchasing, EVMS, Government property).

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Topics: Business Systems Review, Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Contracts Administration, Government Compliance Training