We have discussed recently how DoD has an increased interest in government property, especially the property that contractor’s control and maintain. RGCI has helped clients with government property issues more in the past four years than the previous ten years combined.
Many things can hamper the successful implementation of a new accounting and ERP system. Although our team specializes in Deltek Costpoint implementations, we believe the following six mistakes can create significant pitfalls for the implementation of any system.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 and 2023 permanently authorized the Department of Defense (DoD) “to acquire innovative commercial products and commercial services through a competitive selection of proposals resulting from a general solicitation, known as a commercial solutions opening (CSO).” On August 17, 2023, the final rule was published in the Federal Register under DFARS Case 2022-D005 changing several parts of the DFARS – with most of the changes within DFARS part 212.
On June 9, 2023, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued M-23-16, Update to Memorandum M-22-18, providing an extension to the deadline for software developers to submit attestation forms to Federal agencies.
The Department of Defense has failed an audit - five in a row, to be exact. Federal law mandates audits for all federal agencies, and until 2017, the Department of Defense was never able to satisfy this requirement. It is a very tall task – auditing an agency that controls over half of the discretionary spending in the United States. But in 2017, DoD underwent a financial audit for the first time. They did not pass, but that was never expected. There have also been audits each year since, and while the Agency has not yet passed an audit, it has improved each time.
On April 27, 2023, The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a draft Secure Software Development Attestation Form. Software producers that sell to the government will be required to complete the self-attestation form to attest that the software they produce was developed in conformity with specified secure development practices.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2023, Section 803 amended the data that contractors are required to supply for commercial products at the subsystem, component and spare-part levels for major weapons system. While a DFARS proposed rule is being drafted, we expect Contracting Officers and DCMA Commercial Item Group (CIG) to begin requiring this information for proposed commercial products in advance of the DFARS proposed rule.
The purpose of a CPSR is to determine if a contractor’s purchasing system and related internal controls comply with applicable laws and regulations, are effective over compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and are adequate and operating effectively. Contractors should evaluate their purchasing system by using the following regulations and DCMA guidance:
DoD Issued a Final Rule amending the Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to require contracting officers to consider Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) risk assessments when evaluating a suppliers quote or offer. The final rule is effective March 22, 2023. The Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) is the authoritative source to retrieve supplier product and performance information assessments for the DoD acquisition community to use in identifying, assessing, and monitoring unclassified performance.
DoD issued a DFARS Final Rule on Treatment of Incurred Independent Research and Development Costs (DFARS Case 2017-D019). The rule is effective January 31, 2023.