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

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: Contractor Employee Compensation, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

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: Defense Contractors, DCAA Audit Support

House Bill to Address DCAA Auditor Hiring, Qualifications, and Private Sector Experience

Congressman Mac Thornberry recently introduced the “Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act” to improve the acquisition system and workforce, and improve transparency in the acquisition system. Click here to download the 80-page bill.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors, DCAA Audit Support

Program/Project Control – Does my Company Need this Function?

What is a Program Control analyst and do I need one? These questions are often asked by small business who might not understand the role of a Program Controller. Program (or Project) Controllers are most frequently financial managers who oversee project revenues and expenditures to ensure programs are on schedule and within budget. Program Control Analysts bridge the gap between the program manager and the accounting department and support the needs of both organizations. Program Managers typically manage the technical aspects of a program, while the accounting department manages payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles. Program Control Analysts provide a link between the technical elements of program management and the compliance elements of cost accounting. Program control personnel generally have a business background in accounting, finance, business administration or economics which allows them to assist the program manager with decisions which are compliant with business policy and are in accordance with contract terms.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Labor Laws and Regulations Update

With a Presidential Memorandum halting all proposed federal regulations that have not yet taken effect and pausing the Department of Labor’s (DOL) appeal of the nationwide injunction on the overtime rule which would double the minimum salary for exempt status, we are curious how the new administration will impact employer responsibilities, particularly those of federal contractors. While we certainly hope for some respite, we won’t speculate on what might happen, and we continue to encourage employers to be diligent in compliance with those regulations which have recently taken effect as well as those that employers have been slow to tackle.

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Topics: Business Systems Review, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors

Q1 2017 is Halfway Over!?! GovCon Reminders

It’s a busy time of year for us and many of our clients, but I wanted to take this opportunity to remind all of our readers of a few upcoming things to keep in mind. For most of our clients, January was a whirlwind of closing 2016 and getting all W-2s and 1099s completed. February will be spent ramping up for financial statement audits and the corporate tax deadline, but for government contractors there’s also a few extra things to do this time of year.

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Topics: Defense Contractors

Immigration and Naturalization Homeland Security Management Alert

Although Redstone Government Consulting. Inc., makes every attempt to avoid blogs which are overtly political, we’ve taken note of a DHS OIG (Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General) “Management Alert” which coincidentally provides some indirect validation to the Executive Order which suspends US refugee intake for 120 days, and places a 90-day moratorium on citizens of seven countries (entering the United States).   As we all endure the divisive rhetoric directed at the Executive Order, it may or may not be coincidental that there has been no media mention of the DHS OIG Management Alert, dated January 19, 2017.

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Topics: Redstone GCI, Defense Contractors, Government Compliance Training

ASBCA Repudiates DCAA Legal Theory for Prime Contractor Management of Subcontracts

In the recently published ASBCA Nos 59508 and 59509, the ASBCA agreed with the contractor and dismissed the government claim (final decision) which had disallowed $116,789,631 (subcontractor costs as components of direct costs claimed by the prime contractor).   The premise for the (failed) final decision was DCAA’s assertion that the prime contractor had breached its contractual duty to “manage” the prime contractor’s subcontracts and subcontractors.   The reference is FAR 42.202(e)(2) which states that the prime contractor is responsible for managing its subcontracts. In context, that clause makes it clear that the government (Contracting Officer) is only responsible for administering the prime contract. In contrast, and only by implication and a legal theory created by a DCAA auditor, the prime contractor assumes certain FAR Part 42 responsibilities for subcontracts.

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Topics: Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors, DCAA Audit Support