Redstone Success Program – How We Help Government Contractors Succeed

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?

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Topics: Redstone GCI, Litigation Consulting Support, Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Defense 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

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

GovCon-Taxes: Accrual or Cash? Why Not Both?

It’s everyone’s least favorite time of year.  That’s right, tax season.  For those of us who no longer work in public accounting, this time of year is now a welcome reprieve; although for us, it also marks the start of incurred cost season.  If you’re not sure what an Incurred Cost Submission is or have questions about that topic, visit our website for a variety of resources.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Accounting & Billing System

File Your 2018 EEO-1 Report by May 31, 2019

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 EEO-1 survey officially opened on March 18, 2019 and is due on May 31, 2019.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Human Resources

So, You Want to Work with the U.S. Government? Part 2: Where Do I Stand?

In the last article, I talked about some of the early considerations for beginning the path toward your first government contract.  I would encourage you to take a look here before diving in on the next major question to answer when pursuing your first government contract.  That question is: 

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Government Closures & Shutdowns for Government Contractors

The December 21, 2018 deadline for a partial government shutdown is quickly approaching.  That is an unwanted Christmas present for Government workers in the affected agencies, but what about for contractors?  What should they do if the shutdown occurs?

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Topics: Government Shutdown, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

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

DoD-IG Report: Contractor Employees Failed to Meet Labor Qualifications on Task Order Contracts

In its report dated November 27, 2018 (DODIG-2019-029), the IG reviewed 12 of 540 task orders (issued between September 2014 to October 2017) to determine if contractor employees met the contract schedule labor qualifications.  The contract vehicle is the OASIS (One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services), administered by the GSA, but used by multiple DoD (and other Government) agencies. The good news is that the IG reported 1,175 of 1,287 contractor employees met the labor category qualifications; the bad news is the remaining 112 employees did not meet the labor qualifications, and/or the DoD agency could not document that contractor employees met the labor qualifications. Thus, DoD agencies authorized $28 million of potentially improper payments (based on the IG’s statistical projection), authorized $574K of potential improper payments for employees who did not have qualification documentation, and did not consider the potential impact on contract performance and price before authorizing $6.8 million for employees without relevant education and work experience.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Incurred Cost Proposals, DCAA Audit Support

So, you want to do work with the U.S. Government? (Part 1)

For over a decade I’ve had the opportunity to work with many contractors pursuing their first government contract.  In my role as the VP of Special Projects at Redstone GCI many companies that I routinely assist are in the process of acquiring their first contract or in the very early stages of contract performance.  While I do work with small businesses going through the process of initial contract pursuit and mature government contractors, most companies that I work with are larger commercial or international companies.  I like to think of the role that our team provides as a voice of reason providing a measured approach to compliance to ensure the costs for barriers to entry (e.g. DFARS Business Systems) into the U.S. federal market are recoverable by the company. 

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors