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

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: Defense Contractors, Contracts Administration, Small Business Compliance

Government Property Disposition: What is Abandonment?

The term abandonment seems to be a hot topic within government property (GP) circles for both contractors and government procurement professionals. Many more contractors are requesting abandonment as a method of disposition. But exactly what is abandonment? When can it be used? And is it a last resort for the government?

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Government Furnished Property Gotchas

Government furnished property can be a headache, even for the most seasoned contractor. It can include thousands of tiny parts, multi-million-dollar pieces of equipment or both – often all on one contract in an old dark government building. We have identified some common, and not-so-common, areas we see missing in contractor government property management plans.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Organization Conflicts of Interest Decision Challenges

RCGI-Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) Challenges

Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) play a key role in a government contractor’s ability to compete for work.  In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation 9.504, contracting officers are responsible for evaluating OCI as early in the acquisition process as possible in an effort to avoid or mitigate conflicts that may otherwise be present in the acquisition. 

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Government Contract Post-Award Debriefings 101

RCGI-Government Contract Post-Award Debriefings 101

Ever wonder how to get your questions answered at a post-award debriefing?  It can be frustrating to get the information you really want to know from the Government.  When I worked as an acquisition attorney with the Government, I spent many hours with my evaluation teams preparing for post-award debriefings.  I always set time aside to go through a mock debriefing and discuss what information to disclose and what type of questions to table. 

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

The “New and Improved” DCMA CPSR Guidebook: Really Improved?

RCGI-New DCMA CPSR Guidebook Released May 2018

A new DCMA CPSR Guidebook has been released effective May 29, 2018 and can be found here:  http://www.dcma.mil/Portals/31/Documents/CPSR/CPSR_Guidebook_052918.pdf The Redstone team will be conducting a more comprehensive review of the guidebook, but we want to share our initial thoughts with readers.

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Topics: Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR), Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

FAR 31.205-6(p) Compensation “Cap”—OMB’s Unpublicized Increases for 2016 to 2018

RCGI-FAR 31.205-6p Compensation “Cap”—OMB’s Unpublicized Increases for 2016 to 2018

In late 2013, the BBA (Bipartisan Budget Act) significantly changed the FAR 31.205-6(p) regulatory cap for allowable contractor employee compensation.   In a highly politicized action, the Obama Administration convinced Congress to reduce allowable compensation to $487,000 for any contractor employee effective for contracts on or after June 24, 2014.  Additionally, Section 702 of the BBA prescribed the method for annual increases to the statutory cap (based upon the change in the Employment Cost Index for all workers as calculated by the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Topics: Defense Contractors, Contracts Administration, Contractor Employee Compensation

Government Contract Project Management and Control—A Team Sport

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How does one ensure the financial success of one’s government contracts? If we were to poll twenty-five different government contractors, we would likely get 25 different responses, and most wouldn’t be wrong. Some would say it takes a great program manager, while some would say it takes executive management committed to providing the necessary resources. Others might say it depends on the type of contract being worked or the type of fee being earned. All of these would be correct.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors, Human Resources

DCAA’s 2018 New Year Resolutions

As we near the end of calendar year 2017, many will be thinking of some resolutions for the upcoming “Year of the Dog” (the 2018 animal per the Chinese Calendar). In fact, we’ve discovered that Government agencies sometimes consider similar resolutions, and in the case of DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency), we’ve accidentally been copied on one of the unofficial versions of its 2018 New Year’s resolutions (which are three months late, given the government fiscal year started October 1, 2017).

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Topics: DCAA Audit Support, Defense Contractors