redstone government consulting DCAA audit consultingAs one more indication that DCAA is the puppeteer and the DAR Council are the puppets, the DFARS Final Rule (DFARS Case 2011-D042) requiring a proposal checklist was issued on March 28, 2013.  The proposed checklist and the substance of the final checklist were eerily similar to DCAA’s proposal checklist, which “was” an unconstrained embellishment of anything actually required in the regulations.  The checklist is form over substance and just one more unnecessary document solely to make life easy for DCAA (although not quite as bad as FAR requirements for contractors to provide DCAA with SEC filings as if DCAA auditors are incapable of retrieving these from the readily accessible internet).  The absurdity of the DFARS proposal adequacy checklist rule is self-evident in one public comment and the DAR Council response:

Public comment:  The checklist will save DOD time because they will have all the answers they need to determine which contractor is best for the Government.

Response:  This comment accurately expresses the goals of this rule.

Apparently a source selection official can simply pick from among the respondents based upon the checklist answers; SERIOUSLY?

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Michael Steen Mike Steen is a Senior Advisor with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. and a specialist in complex compliance issues to include major contractor cost accounting & business system regulations, financial compliance, resolution of DCAA audit issues, Cost Accounting Standards application, litigation support, and claims preparation. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Mike served in a number of capacities with DCAA for over thirty years, and upon his retirement, he was one of the top seven senior executives with DCAA. Mike Served as a Regional Director for two DCAA regions, and during that time was responsible for audits of approximately $25B and 800 employees. In October 2001, he was selected for the Senior Executive Service and in 2006 he received the Presidential Rank Award. During Mike’s tenure with DCAA, he was involved in conducting or managing a variety of compliance audits, to include cost proposals, billing systems, Cost Accounting Standards, claims, defective pricing, and then-evolving programs such as restructuring, financial capability and agreed-upon procedures. He directly supported the government litigation team on significant contract disputes and has prepared and presented various lectures and seminars to DCAA staff and business community leaders. Since joining Redstone Government Consulting in June 2007, Mike has developed and presented training and seminars on Government Contracts Compliance to NCMA, Federal Publications Seminars and various clients. Mike also is a prolific contributor of written articles to government contracting publications, as well as to our own Government Insights Newsletter. Mike also serves as the director of our training service offerings, with responsibilities for preparing and developing course content as well as instructing our seminars to clients and general audiences throughout the U.S. Mike also serves as a faculty instructor for the Federal Publications Seminars organization. Education Mike has a BS Degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University. He is also a graduate of the DCAA Director’s Fellowship Program in Management, and has a Masters Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Steen also completed a number of OPM’s management and executive development courses.

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