DFARS Case 2017-D018 – Changes to DFARS Requirements for Independent Research and Development

In 2017 Congress directed through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that changes be made to the treatment of independent research and development (IR&D) costs and required the Defense Contract Audit Agency to provide as part of its annual report to Congress both independent research and development and bid and proposal (B&P) costs expended by DoD contractors. Congress intended this change to apply to indirect costs incurred on or after October 1, 2017. The Defense Acquisition Regulation (DAR) Council must have read over that part.

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Topics: Incurred Cost Submission, Contracts Administration, Defense Contractors, DFARS Business Systems, Incurred Cost Proposals, Cost-Type Contracts, Government Regulations, DOD Contractors

Overview of the Deltek Costpoint Planning Module

Deltek Costpoint Planning provides access to up-to-date, accurate information for developing, adjusting, auditing, approving, and re-forecasting project budgets and annual operating plans. We usually see three types of users in the Planning module: Business Development, Project Managers, and Project Control/Financial Analysts. Business Development users have access to develop new business budgets. Project Managers can create project budgets and run meaningful reports allowing them to make real time decisions and properly manage their programs. Project control/financial analysts can develop organization budgets and reconcile corporate and project budgets more accurately to better forecast their indirect rates.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Cost and Pricing and Budgeting, Accounting & Billing System, Deltek Costpoint

The Updated DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Handbook has Arrived

DCMA updated the Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR) Handbook on September 10, 2021.

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Topics: Business Systems Review, DFARS Business Systems, Contractor Purchasing System Review (CPSR)

DCAA Misapplication of Credits Related to PPP Loans in Rate Development

Recently, our office has become aware of a few instances of auditors misunderstanding the DCAA Headquarters’ guidance pertaining to the treatment of credits associated with PPP Loan Forgiveness.

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Topics: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans

New DCAA Low for Taking Advantage of Small Businesses

In our last newsletter, we focused on some of the unnecessary obstacles small businesses face in the regulatory environment and areas where, in our opinion, Government auditors, particularly DCAA, misinterpret regulatory guidance in their efforts to question costs.

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Topics: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans

Small Business Joint Ventures for Government Contractors

This is the second of a two-part blog series where we tackle small business joint ventures and the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program. In this blog, we will discuss small business joint ventures and how a government contractor can get involved in one.

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Defense Contractors, Government Regulations, DOD Contractors, SBA Mentor-Protégé

One Chip Challenge

Every month our team’s charity committee comes up with clever ideas centered around a truly important part of our organization: giving back to the community. In this month’s installment, they took it to the next level with the so called, "One Chip Challenge."

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Topics: Vlog

HR Huddle - September 30, 2021

Overview

  • The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the OFCCP Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) Verification Program.
  • The EEOC will soon require contractors to use new EEO tabulation data from 2014-2018 in their AAPs.
  • The OFCCP is rescinding its previously issued notice stating that it would not request, accept, or use EEO-1 Component 2 data. 
  • The Department of Homeland Security has extended the Form I-9 verification flexibility.
  • As part of President Biden’s COVID-19 Plan, an Executive Order (#14043) on COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Workers and Contractors was signed on September 9, 2021. 
  • As a reminder, September 30th is the deadline to file the VETS-4212 report.
  • You are invited to join a national online dialogue on “Advancing Worker Equity at the U.S. Department of Labor.”
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Topics: HR Huddle

What is the Small Business Administration (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program?

This is the first of a two-part blog series where we will tackle small business joint ventures and the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program. In this blog, we will discuss the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program.

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Defense Contractors, Government Regulations, DOD Contractors, SBA Mentor-Protégé

Costpoint Payroll Year End Preparations

As we approach the third quarter of the year, now is a good time to review your payroll setup and wages for accuracy. I often find that whether the client is a seasoned payroll processor, or new to Costpoint and payroll in general, there can be errors in wages that are not obvious in day-to-day processing. There are numerous actions you can take to prepare for a smooth year end. For example, start by ordering forms early in the last quarter of the year. Many sources for W2s, 1099s, ACA forms, etc. will sell out in January. Also, be sure to register for access to the Social Security Administration for W2 upload since this process can be time consuming waiting on the access codes to be snail mailed.

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Topics: Deltek Costpoint