Sequestration Government Compliance Training Redstone GCI

The initial reductions in force and furloughs will likely focus on general and administrative functions that support programs directly impacted by sequestration. The Government leaves our customers no choice other than to take this approach.  Yes, there will be job losses and yes there will be loss of legacy corporate knowledge and intangible value that may never return to our customer base.  This is highly unfortunate and yet another outcome of the politics of sequestration and declining Federal budgets.  Reduction in force of Accounting, Compliance, Internal Audit, Procurement, Pricing and other administrative functions with legacy corporate knowledge cannot and will not be replaced with the same corporate value or knowledge and ability to maintain compliance. 

Simultaneously, our customers are expected to rigorously comply with DCAA and DCMA heightened regulations and ongoing audits at a pace that is unprecedented.  This is counterintuitive to audit committees, boards and executive management now being forced to reduce staff needed for ongoing compliance expectations.  When weighing the alternatives, it is likely these cuts must take place in order for these entities to remain viable and competitive. No one wants to do this, but our customers’ hands are being forced by the reality of this situation.

We have and will continue to witness invaluable personnel reduced within our Government Contracting customer base (over 400 customers) that provide corporate administrative and compliance functions to new, existing and past awarded contracts.  These critical functions will remain under attack as Sequestration and political gridlock lingers.  Until a change occurs in the administration and the political environment, we believe these trends will continue.

We predict an increase in outsourcing of many of these critical legacy functions.  What else can you do in this environment?  The loss of legacy, intangible-valued internal resources will likely be replaced by “on call” consultants to circumvent the loss of expertise on an as needed basis.  Long-term, valued employees will be relegated to becoming on call consultants or temps.  Here we go again….just when we thought the recession was ending.

Consulting firms, like ours, will have to adapt with more competitive, longer term sustaining services for contractors that provide a “best value” and lower cost alternative to in-house staff.  Those firms willing to adapt and provide these services must be willing to hire more temporary and, exiting contractor employees, (and former DCAA/DCMA industry experts) and combine them with their best senior staff in order to sustain critical functions and resources to customers.  The industry must maintain these efforts and at a lower, more efficient value in order to maintain competitiveness and compliance.  Until this cycle ends and the sector rebounds, we will continue to see more outsourcing and the loss of legacy, valued, corporate intelligence.

Redstone GCI is committed to this approach and responsiveness to our customers as we all work together to survive this period of uncertainty.  We prefer not to be here but will do all we can to support our customers as they deal with this uncertain times.  

Written by Scott Butler

Scott Butler Scott is the Chairman of the Board with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. and has more than 25 years of government contracting experience. He specializes in all aspects of cost accounting and compliance relating to DCAA, FAR, CAS and US GAAP. Scott also specializes in revenue recognition, complex disclosure issues and consulting services to our government contractors. Professional Experience Scott was responsible for the SEC, US GAAP, DCAA compliance and external audit oversight, and financial statement for a large publicly-held government contractor before becoming a shareholder with Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. He has focused his career on assisting contractors with achieving their goals and objectives along with mitigating risk and maximizing cost recovery. Scott serves in an advisory board capacity with many of our clients, and consults with them on strategic issues such as executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions exit strategies and long-term strategic initiatives. Scott has conducted numerous training seminars, has published several articles and is a frequent instructor for Federal Publication Seminars on topics such as “FAR Cost Principles,” “DCAA audits,” “Government Contract Accounting Systems Compliance” and “Business System Internal Controls.” Scott also has been involved with numerous complex accounting system implementations in a Deltek® Costpoint environment. He sources, manages and leads these implementations, as well as large compliance engagements for our customers. Education Scott earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Jacksonville State University with a major in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science. Certifications State of Alabama Certified Public Accountant Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Affiliations American Institute of Certified Public Accountants National Contract Management Association Professional Services Council Board of Directors - Wells Fargo Bank-Huntsville Board of Directors - Kids to Love Foundation (Founding Member)

About Redstone GCI

Redstone GCI is a consulting firm focused on fulfilling the needs of government contractors in all areas of compliance. With a singular mission to help contractors through the multiple layers of “red tape,” we allow contractors to focus on what they do best – support their mission with the U.S. Government. We are home to a group of consultants made up of GovCon industry professionals, CPAs, attorneys, and retired government audit and acquisition professionals.

Our focus and knowledge of audit and compliance functions administered by DCAA and DCMA will always be at the heart of what we do. However, for the past decade, we’ve strategically grown to support other areas of the government contractor back-office with that same level of focus and expertise. We’ve added expertise in contracts management, subcontract administration, proposal pricing, various software systems, HR and employment law, property administration, manufacturing, data analytics/reporting, Grant specialists, M&A, and many other areas. When we see a trend in the needs of contractors, we act to ensure we can provide the best expertise in the market to fulfill those needs.

One thing our clients can be certain of is that with the Redstone GCI Team in your corner, there is no problem too big and no issue too technical for our team to tackle.

Topics: Sequestration, Proposal Cost Volume Development & Pricing, Small Business Compliance, Government Compliance Training, DFARS Business Systems, DCAA Audit Support