David G. Fix, CPA, CFE

David G. Fix, CPA, CFEDavid (Dave) Fix is a Director with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. He provides Government Contract Consulting services to our Government contractors primarily related to compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and Cost Accounting Standards, equitable adjustment claims, and business systems. Prior to joining Redstone Government Consulting, Dave served in a number of capacities with DCAA for over 35 years. Upon his retirement, Dave was a Regional Audit Manager with DCAA. Dave began his DCAA career in 1986 as an auditor-trainee with the General Electric Suboffice in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He progressed from auditor to DCAA management ranks serving in DCAA offices in Upstate New York, Columbus, Ohio and Greensboro, North Carolina in audits of major and non-major contractors. Dave served DCAA in three overseas tours, all as Branch Manager, in Kuwait/Iraq (2007), Afghanistan (2010-2012) and Kuwait (2014). Dave was promoted to Regional Special Programs Manager (RSPM) in 2015 before ultimately becoming a Regional Audit Manager (RAM) in October 2019. While a RSPM, Dave worked with DCAA’s other three RSPMs with updating the Agency-wide audit planning process including assigning priorities and determining funded/unfunded audits that is currently being used by DCAA. While a RAM, Dave had overall management responsibility for audits performed by approximately 140 employees including one of DCAA’s largest shipyards. During his career, he served as guest instructor at DCAA’s Defense Contract Audit Institute (DCAI) bringing field perspective to “Advance Auditing Issues” and “Supervisors’ Course” as well as served as a DCAI adjunct instructor over DCAA auditors’ initial two-week training course prior to his retirement. Dave served 36 years in the Air Force Reserve/Air National Guard in both enlisted and officer positions retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His last duty station was Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Headquarters, Robins Air Force Base, Inspector General Office serving as the Chief, Contracting Inspections leading inspections of AFRC’s 10 contracting offices as well as assisting in inspections of AFRC finance offices. Dave currently specializes in preparing clients for more complex DCAA audits, providing advice on FAR cost principles and contracts regulatory provisions and in assisting clients in anticipating and addressing audit.

Recent Posts

Taking the Mystery Out of DCAA’s Incurred Cost Audits

So, you have been notified by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) that they plan on performing an incurred cost audit. What comes next? How is this audit being performed? You are probably not going to get this background from your DCAA auditor. This article will go over the process that will be applied to take a little of the “mystery” away.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Incurred Cost Proposal Submission (ICP/ICE), Government Regulations

Overview of Contract Types and What Government Contractors Need to Know

Have you ever thought about the different government contract types and how it impacts your company’s bottom line: profit? Does it really matter what type of government contract that you have? Do you know what oversight there may be required of a particular contract type? Knowing and preparing for each type of contract, prior to accepting any government contract, will directly impact your administrative cost and profitability as well as the amount of government oversight. In this article, I will discuss the contract types and how significantly different they are, and your risk associated with these contract types.

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Topics: Small Business Compliance, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Government Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

What is Really Important to Know About FAR Part 31?

Government regulations can be complex and perhaps even confusing. For those of you experienced in Government contracts and even contract audits, you have heard of the Federal Acquisition Regulation or FAR and, FAR Part 31, Contract Cost Principles and Procedures. The scope of this part describes the applicability of the cost principles and procedures in pricing and accounting for costs on contracts, subcontracts, and modifications whenever cost analysis is needed. There is a lot there, but what’s really important? Well, I will not try to duplicate what can be at least a day course within this blog, but I will highlight three areas that are really important.

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Government Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

FAR Parts and Why They Matter to Government Contractors

If you have Government contracts, you probably heard of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, or FAR, but how much do you know of its parts? Why is it important to know? How could it possibly impact me?

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Government Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Common Mistakes in Termination Proposals for Government Contracts

The Government can terminate its contracts, in whole or in part, through special contract clauses referred to as “termination clauses.” Terminations can be frequent occurrences and can happen for numerous reasons, such as lack of funding, bid protests, changes in military strategy, technological advancement, federal operations, or national political agendas that change the government’s needs. FAR 49.201(a) [Termination of Contracts] states, “…A settlement should compensate the contractor fairly for the work done and the preparations made for the terminated portions of the contract, including a reasonable allowance for profit….” This compensation decision, unfortunately, is made through the government’s lens. A contractor must be focused on telling their story and providing proof through adequate documentation of claimed costs.

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Topics: Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Most Common Findings in an Estimating System Audit

If you have an upcoming Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) estimating system audit, you need to plan for it, and the sooner, the better. Don't wait until the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) begins sending you its requests for information. But how do you prepare? Perhaps a place to start is first understanding what this audit entails and knowing what DCAA may cite as common findings.

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Topics: DFARS Business Systems, DCAA Audit Support, Estimating System Compliance

What to Do and Not to Do When DCAA Cites Findings Against Your Company

So, the Defense Contract Agency Audit (DCAA) auditor comes into your office, performs an audit, and…they have findings. What do you do? Wait…is there something that I should not do?

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Topics: Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Government Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

What is Defective Pricing and Why Should You be Worried?

Whether you call it “defective pricing” (DP) or Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) or even the current labeling of Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Act (TCoPD - 41 USC Ch. 35) there is not much new about the impact to Federal Government contractors. The law supporting this goes back to 1962 in an environment where Congress believed contractors were overcharging the Government for negotiated goods or services. My how times have not changed. This could also describe our current Congress and may create worry among government prime and subcontractors.

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Topics: Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, DCAA Audit Support, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Estimating System Compliance

Did the Door Just Open for Inflation Relief on DoD Fixed-Priced Contracts?

Yes, the door just opened for potential relief from unanticipated inflation on fixed-priced contracts, but what’s beyond the door is still unclear. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes Section 822, Modification of Contracts to Provide Extraordinary Relief Due to Inflation Impacts, which builds upon DoD’s September 9, 2022, inflation guidance through use of FAR Part 50, Extraordinary Contractual Actions and the Safety Act, requests submitted to your contracting officer to provide an upward adjustment (increase contract value) and this can be done for prime and subcontractors. Note that this NDAA section does not create an obligation for the Government to pay for unanticipated inflation, but it is a “discretionary” expenditure where the Government may pay for the effects of unanticipated inflation. What remains to be seen is exactly how and how much will be provided to your contract(s).

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Topics: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, Contracts & Subcontracts Administration, DFARS Business Systems, Government Regulations

Are the New DoD Final Rulings Important for Government Contractors?

The Department of Defense (DoD) released new final rulings on October 28, 2022, but what are they and are they really important? Let’s look at significant ones and what’s important:

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Topics: DFARS Business Systems, Government Regulations