RGCI - Project Account Groups in Deltek Costpoint for Government Contractors

One key feature that makes Deltek Costpoint the top solution for government contractors is its ability to manage the segregation of direct and indirect costs, especially through its Project Account Groups. In this blog, we'll discuss Project Account Groups in Costpoint, what they are, their importance, and how to use them to segregate costs properly.

Project Account Groups, or PAGs, are a fundamental component of Costpoint's project accounting module. They serve as a critical organizational tool that helps structure and categorize financial data related to projects. Project Account Groups are sets of predefined accounts and cost elements, or account function codes, grouped together to simplify financial reporting, analysis, and compliance tracking for specific projects.

Financial Reporting

Project Account Groups provide a systematic way to organize project-related financial data. This simplifies the process of generating financial reports tailored to individual projects or contracts, making it easier for organizations to monitor the financial health of each project.


Compliance with regulations such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) guidelines is essential for government contractors. Project Account Groups enable organizations to maintain compliance by ensuring that project-related costs are correctly allocated and accounted for. In the government contracting world, this means that your direct and indirect costs are correctly segregated. This also means that individual indirect costs are also properly segregated. This means you can systematically keep G&A, fringe, overhead, material, and handling from intermingling on your general ledger.

Cost Control

With Project Account Groups, organizations can monitor project costs, ensuring they stay within budget. This proactive approach to cost control can help prevent budget overruns and identify cost-saving opportunities.


In the event of an audit, having well-organized Project Account Groups makes it easier to trace and substantiate project-related expenses, minimizing the risk of compliance issues.

Project Account Groups and Deltek Costpoint

Project Account Groups are a vital component of Costpoint's project accounting capabilities, providing organizations with a systematic way to manage financial data for projects. By implementing and maintaining these groups effectively, organizations can streamline their financial reporting, ensure compliance with DCAA regulations, and maintain efficient audit trails. Costpoint's Project Account Groups can become the cornerstone of successful project accounting in government contracting and project-based industries with the right approach.

If you have concerns about current Project Account Groups, please reach out to one of our Deltek Costpoint consultants here at Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. We can help assess the need for any changes and plan the proper path forward to keep your GL and project ledger balances clean.

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Written by Heather Stroud

Heather Stroud Heather joined Redstone Government Consulting, Inc. in December of 2017 as a Consultant. Her areas of expertise include supporting government contractors in the implementation and operation of Costpoint, assisting with employee training and providing outsourced accounting services, including general ledger, unbilled analysis, reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and payroll taxes. Heather specializes in best accounting practices, from setup and training to monthly processing. Heather has over 14 years’ experience in government contracting, supporting a wide range of contract types and customers. Her areas of expertise include program control, financial analysis and forecasting, government cost accounting, and procurement. Heather’s hands-on technical experience in all aspects of the business department provides a unique set of expertise for our clients. Heather has led numerous Costpoint implementations and re-implementations for the Accounting and Projects modules. She has worked directly with our clients to design accounting systems that are meaningful and useful for each individual client. Heather also assists contractors with the implementation of the new Subcontractor module and Budget & Planning module within Costpoint. She provides training in these modules and has developed desktop procedures that allow for a quick and seamless transition and implementation of both modules. Heather is Costpoint certified in Billing & Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Projects, General Ledger, and the Master Costpoint Certification. Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management and a minor in Economics from the University of Alabama in 2006.

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: Compliant Accounting Infrastructure, DCAA Audit Support, Deltek Costpoint