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Government Contract Accounting & Compliance News for Small Businesses

House Reauthorizes SBIR/STTR Program at Last Minute - Sets New Rules

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Just one day before the program was set to expire, lawmakers in the House of Representatives, following the lead of the Senate, voted to extend the critically important SBIR/STTR program for another 3...

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SBIR-STTR Reauthorization 2023

Government Contractor IP Conference with Martensen IP Law & ReliAscent

The ReliAscent® Team is thrilled to announce an upcoming one-day conference on Intellectual Property Rights for SBIR/STTR Winners and Federal Government Contractors, hosted by our partnering law firm, ...

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SBIR-STTR Intellectual Property Rights Conference

Government Contract Change Orders

What happens when you bid a contract and win it, but get into the performance phase and find out that a critical item was severely underbid? This happens far more often than most people realize, and given...

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Government Contract Change Order

ReliAscent Releases our Quick Guide to Government Contract Management

ReliAscent® is proud to announce the release of our latest resource for small business government contractors:

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Government Contract Management Guide

CMMC 1.0 vs CMMC 2.0

The following blog is the first from our latest partner, Atomus Corp.  Atomus helps small and medium sized businesses comply with defense industrial base specific cybersecurity requirements such as NIST...

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CMMC 2.0 vs 1.0 cybersecurity compliance

Government Contract & Grant Closeout

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At the end of an award, the Federal Government has processes to make sure its contractors and grantees have complied with requirements, including clauses and referenced requirements contained within these...

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Government Contract Closeout

GovComply™ - An ERP System That Actually Scales

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Being a government contractor can sometimes feel like you are a prospector in the gold rush. It can be boom or bust on what seems like a daily basis. In today’s subscription based software world, you can...

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GovComply DCAA Compliant ERP System

Subcontracting – Flow Down Federal Government Terms and Conditions

When contracting with the federal government, a significant field of responsibility for a government contractor is contracting with vendors, specifically subcontracting with vendors.

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ReliAscent Releases new Product for Government Contractors: GovComply™

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ReliAscent® is proud to announce the official rollout of our GovComply™ platform, powered by DigiSoft Solutions™. GovComply™ integrates with our DCAA compliant QuickBooks® Enterprise platform and provides...

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PBR – It May Not Be What You Think

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Provisional Billing Rates (PBR)

The evolutional growth of a government contractor and some grantees includes a steady avalanche of regulatory hurdles along with their companion acronyms. One such acronym...

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Provisional Billing Rates

Strange Bedfellows: IP Rights and Accounting in SBIR/STTR Grants

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The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs (referred collectively hereafter as SBIR) directly target small innovative companies to participate in...

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SBIR Accounting and IP Rights

Managing the Risks and Performance of Government Contracts and Grants

The administration of federal government awards starts with signing the contract by both parties, or the acceptance of a grant by a grantee. Government Contract Administration is the fulfilling of the...

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Government Contract Management Risks

Boeing & Lockheed's SBIR Topics of Interest

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As many government contractors may already know, the U.S. Department of Defense pre-released their SBIR/STTR FY21.3/C solicitation topics on August 25th. What you may not know, is that both Boeing and...

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Free DCAA Compliance Reviews

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As a small business government contractor or grantee, do you know whether or not your accounting system (not just your software) is DCAA compliant? Are you confident you would pass an audit from the DCAA...

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding DCAA Compliance and Time Tracking

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*The following post was contributed by Hour Timesheet's Debbie Sabin, as part of ReliAscent's Partnership Network Guest Blog Series. 

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Outsourcing Works and the Pandemic Proves It

Both small and large companies across the country are learning that outsourcing certain tasks makes a lot of sense these days. With COVID came the realization that entire segments of our economy and many...

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Contract Negotiations with the Federal Government

Preface: This blog is intended for companies that do not have extensive experience with Federal Government contracting. It is written for contracts.  Grants are not covered, as grant negotiations include...

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Government Contract Negotiations

What are TABA Funds and Why Should I be Interested

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I have had quite a few questions recently on Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) funds related to what they are, why they might be used for and who can apply for them.  First of all TABA stands for...

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Introduction to Government Contract Management Part II - The Proposal

The Contract Management and Administration function is critical to the success of any government contractor, both large and small. The Contract Manager (“CM”) is responsible for “the business” aspect of...

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Typical DCAA Audits and What They Mean to Your Small Business

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In a previous blog we examined, from a very top level, what it means when someone says they have had a DCAA audit. In that blog we explored the 4 major groups that the DCAA classifies audits, the number...

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DCAA Audit Types Explained

Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness on Loans Over $2 Million

Many companies applied for PPP Loans last year, and many of those companies were government contractors. For loans under $150,000, the forgiveness application is pretty basic. In most cases, you don’t...

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Introduction to Government Contract Management - Part I: The RFP Review

The Contract Management and Administration function is critical to the success of any government contractor, both large and small. The Contract Manager (“CM”) is responsible for “the business” aspect of...

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Government Contract Management

What does it mean when someone says "I've had a DCAA Audit"?

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Many times when I talk with prospective clients I ask them if they have a DCAA compliant accounting system.  Many times they say "I have a compliant accounting system because I've had a DCAA audit". ...

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Government Contract Reviews and the SF 26: Protecting Your Business

There is a LOT of information in a Department of Defense contract (and most Government contracts and grants, for that matter). So, how do you know what you are signing up for when you’ve been handed a...

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Government Contract Reviews

DoD Reopens SBIR/STTR 2021.1/A For Proposal Submission

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The Department of Defense has reopened the SBIR/STTR 2021.1/A SBIR/STTR BAA for proposal submission through March 4.  Full proposals  must be submitted and certified in the Defense SBIR/STTR Innovation...

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Government Contract Management Expertise is Critical in Unpredictable Times

Many questions can keep government contractors awake at night:   "why am I losing money on this contract," “ will I be able to deliver on time,” or “ what happens if my contract is terminated?

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Government Contract Management

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Outsource Your Government Contracting Accounting

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Recently there has been a trend in the business world to outsource certain business functions in order to make a more efficient operation and/or save cost of operation.   In years past there was little...

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Colorado PTAC SBIR/STTR Event Reminder

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Reminder to Colorado-based Small Businesses working with the Federal Government, or interested in pursuing government contracts & grants:

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Colorado PTAC SBIR/STTR Event - January 20th

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Has your business been considering submitting a proposal for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant or contract? Maybe you already have in the past,...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 21.1/A Pre-Release Begins Today

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The Department of Defense's Small Business and Technology Partnerships Office just announced the pre-release of the following Broad Agency Announcements (BAA's):

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NSF Phase II SBIR/STTR Financial & Accounting System Requirements

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Small Businesses pursuing non-dilutive funding through the National Science Foundation's SBIR/STTR program must pass a financial review prior to receiving a Phase II award.  This is known as a Financial...

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NSF SBIR Accounting

Indirect Rates Resources for Government Contractors

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Some of the most common questions we get from Government Contractors and Grantees at ReliAscent surround the development and utility of indirect rates.  How are they calculated? Why are they so important?...

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Outsourcing Low ROI Tasks Makes More Sense Than Ever Before

The last six months have taught us a lot in business.  But, now more than ever, might be the best time to outsource low ROI activities like government compliant accounting and contract administration and...

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ReliAscent Client Success Story: Flextrapower’s Antiviral Graphene Masks

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In this, the first of a new series highlighting the successes and unique technologies of our incredible clients, ReliAscent has the pleasure of introducing Flextrapower, and their truly unique...

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After COVID, Can you Afford Not to Outsource DCAA Compliant Accounting?

There are several things to consider when a small business contemplates outsourcing its government contract accounting work. One consideration is the cost and experience of the people to do the work....

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ReliAscent® Wants Your Feedback!

ReliAscent® will soon be releasing a powerful new software tool and integrating it into our DCAA compliant accounting system platform as an optional feature available to clients.   This tool, when...

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Does your Accounting Department Help you Succeed?

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In the depths of a pandemic and resulting massive economic upheaval across our country and the globe, government contractors and grantees are focused more than ever on simply staying afloat; keeping the...

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Positives from the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we have all seen from the happenings of this strange year in 2020, there are a number of negative effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.   Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives, and millions...

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Changes in the Wind at the DCAA

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There have been some shifts in policy at the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) over the last couple of years that are starting to be evident to the outside world.  The FY 2018 National Defense...

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Accounting Firms are a Dime a Dozen...

Between direct contract work, deadlines, compliance issues, and trying to stay afloat during a pandemic, contractors and grantees have enough on their plates just trying to keep the lights on. And sure,...

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Helping Government Contractors Through the Pandemic and Beyond

ReliAscent is open, resilient, and here to help your business navigate dangerous waters during these difficult times. 

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Using the FAR to Protect your Contract During a Pandemic

What protection do you have from delays caused by the COVID-19 virus in your federal contract?   How can you assure you are paid as rapidly as possible during this difficult time? 

These are only some of...

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Cost and Pricing Data Explained

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A little history for government contractors: the DCAA tripled the number of Defective Pricing Audits in FY 2020, once their extensive backlog of Incurred Cost Audits had finally been eliminated in 2019. ...

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Certified Cost and Pricing Data

Time to Consider Outsourcing Your Government Contract Accounting?

As a Federal Government Contractor or Grantee, do you find yourself struggling with FAR & DCAA compliance requirements?  Do you often worry if you will make a profit on your contract or grant, or if you...

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Not Sure if Your Accounting System is Compliant? Consider a Mock Audit

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"Is my accounting system DCAA Compliant?"  Usually, small businesses don’t ask themselves this question without an external prompt.   That prompt usually comes from either the government itself or a...

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Preparing a Government Contract Cost Proposal

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In the world of government contracting, the pricing of a proposal can be the section of the proposal taken too lightly by many bidders.  Here at ReliAscent, one of the most difficult things to see is a...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2019.3/C BAA Open for Proposal Submission Today

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ReliAscent would like to remind all small business government contractors that the DOD SBIR/STTR 2019.3/C Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) are now open for proposal submission!

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ReliAscent Partner Podcast: A Pathway For Scaling Your GovCon Business

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ReliAscent is excited to announce that our CEO, Mike Anderson, will be featured in an upcoming podcast, hosted by Shirley Collier, President of our partnering company, Scale2Market, LLC, on Wednesday,...

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Government Contractors Deserve more than Just an Accounting Firm

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Small Business Government Contractors and Grantees have enough on their plates just trying to keep the lights on, grow the business, and make a profit. In many cases, outsourcing certain functions like...

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Navy's New OTA an Opportunity for Small Business Defense Contractors

Small Business Defense Contractors specializing in areas from cyber security, to digital engineering, sensor, unmanned, and warfare systems, have an opportunity to join the Naval Surface Technology and...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2019.3/C BAA - Topic Pre-Release Today

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The Department of Defense's SBIR/STTR 19.3/C BAA Announcements are now Available!

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What do I do if My Contract is Terminated for Convenience?

Many in the government contracting world will remember the Federal Government's "Super Committee" working to slash spending from the budget, and other Federal Agencies scrambling to identify ways to slash...

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An Introduction to Government Property Management

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While government contract accounting certainly presents its share of challenges, contractors should not overlook the government property clause at FAR 52.245-1. Depending on your contract type and...

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Is Your Accounting System DCAA Compliant?  Get a FREE DCAA Compliance Review from ReliAscent

Does your small business contract with the Department of Defense or NASA? If so, and it has been several years since your last DCAA audit, how do you know whether or not your accounting system (not just...

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Upcoming Webinar for 8(a) Contractors: Managing Growth

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ReliAscent is excited to announce a partnership with Gabriel Enterprises Consulting Group.  Gabriel will be providing a webinar for Federal Government 8(a) Contractors, “Managing Growth.”  This webinar is...

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Is it Time to Consider Outsourcing Your Government Contract Accounting?

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Do you find yourself struggling with FAR & DCAA compliance requirements, worrying if you will make a profit on a government contract or grant, or barely staying profitable each yearyet you already have...

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NSF 2019 SBIR/STTR Phase I Closes Tomorrow

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ReliAscent would like to remind all Small Businesses planning to submit a proposal for the NSF's SBIR/STTR 2019 Phase I solicitation, that the deadline to submit your applications is tomorrow, June 13th,...

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Capped Indirect Rates - Friend or Foe?

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The answer to this question depends on your perspective as either a government acquisition/grant professional or a government contractor or grantee. Negotiating or directing capped indirect rates on cost...

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Indirect Rates Models for Government Contracts & Grants - Are You Using the Right One?

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At ReliAscent, we routinely see contractors and grantees that have submitted indirect rates that don’t adequately reflect their operations, don’t align with their accounting systems, and frustrate their...

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An Introduction to Indirect Rates for Government Contractors

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Indirect Rates, Huh? What are They Good For?

With apologies to the 1970’s Motown hit, one of the most common questions we get at ReliAscent® surrounds development and utility of indirect cost rates....

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Indirect Rates

It's May 15th. Have You Started Your Incurred Cost Proposal Yet?

If your Small Business had a Cost Reimbursable type contract in 2018, your Incurred Cost Proposal / ICE Submission is due 6 months after the end of your FY (per FAR 52.216-7).

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Free QuickBooks DCAA Compliance Reviews for Government Contractors

If your small business contracts with the Department of Defense and it has been several years since your last DCAA audit, how do you know whether or not your accounting system (not just your software), is...

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Success in Government Contracting – It’s More Than Just Direct Work

Most small business government contractors and grantees are understandably focused on things like their direct work, avoiding a DCAA audit, or just delivering product &/or CDRL’s.  Running a successful,...

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DCAA ICE Submission Due Date Approaching

ReliAscent would like to remind contractors that if you had a Cost Reimbursable type contract in 2018, your Incurred Cost Proposal / ICE Submission is due 6 months after the end of your FY (per FAR...

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Visit ReliAscent at: "A Day With the DCAA & DCMA - Understanding Government Contract Compliance" (Colorado Springs, CO)

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ReliAscent would like to invite all Small Business, Colorado Defense Contractors to attend an event hosted by the NDIA and Colorado PTAC, in Colorado Springs, tomorrow.  We encourage you to bring...

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DCAA Compliant Accounting System Requirements - Understanding the SF1408

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When a Small Business contracts with the Department of Defense, NASA, or the Department of Homeland Security (and potentially other agencies), they are often required to have a DCAA compliant accounting...

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DCAA Compliance for Small Businesses

Many small businesses come to us with the question of “what do I need to do to have an accounting system that is DCAA compliant”? That is a good question, and somewhat complicated for a small business....

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ReliAscent Releases our First White Paper of 2019: "Capped Indirect Rates - Friend or Foe?"

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ReliAscent® is proud to announce the release of our first white paper of 2019, written by our own Account Executive, Dave Donley. This paper explores Capped Indirect Rates, and was recently featured in...

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ReliAscent Releases our first Newsletter of 2019

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ReliAscent® is happy to announce the release of our first newsletter of 2019!

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Why Right Now is the Best Time to Submit Your 2019 Billing Rate Proposal (“BRP”)

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Contractors with cost-plus fixed fee contracts always feel the squeeze of submitting their current year budgeted billing rates within 90 days of the close of their fiscal year end. While using your 2018...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2019.1/A BAA Pre-Release

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The Department of Defense SBIR/STTR 19.1/A Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) were pre-released yesterday on the DOD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal. During the pre-release period, contractors may now view...

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Department of Energy SBIR Phase I FY2019 Release 2 Topics Now Available

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The DOE has just released its next round of topics for the FY2019 SBIR Phase I solicitation. Grant limits are a bit higher at $200,000 along with an increase of Commercial Assistance allowance to $6,500....

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2018.3/C Closes Tomorrow (10/24)

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ReliAscent would like to remind all Small Business Federal Contractors that the DoD's SBIR/STTR 2018.3/C BAA closes to proposal submission tomorrow, Wednesday October 24th, at 8 PM ET. As always, we...

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Free QuickBooks DCAA Compliance Review

Government Contractors: do you know if your accounting system is DCAA compliant?  When was the last time it was audited? Has it been properly maintained since?

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Successful Government Contractors Need More Than Just An Accounting Firm...

As a small business government contractor, what keeps you awake most nights?  While most would understandably answer, "winning that next contract," “making a profit,” or “avoiding a DCAA audit,” for many...

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Are You Properly Managing Your Indirect Rates?

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In the world of government contracting, a company's indirect rates are absolutely critical in managing costs effectively and ensuring the business remains profitable.  However, your indirect rate...

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New ReliAscent White Paper - Cost and Pricing Data Explained

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Yesterday, ReliAscent released our latest white paper, "Cost and Pricing Data Explained," written by our own, Dave Donley. This paper covers the basics of cost and pricing data, as well as some techniques...

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ReliAscent® Newsletter Released - The National Defense Authorization Act and More

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ReliAscent® is happy to announce the release of our first newsletter of 2018!

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New Funding Opportunity for Small Business from the US ARMY

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The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) is announcing the Army Expeditionary Technology Search – xTechSearch – to be featured at the Association of the...

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Other Transaction Authority (OTA) – Is it Worth it?

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The bulk of what the DoD buys in the research and development (R&D) realm complies with customary processes surrounding competition, cost and pricing, and reams of regulations covering everything from...

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New SAM Registration Requirement for Federal Contractors & Grantees

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In case you hadn't heard, we wanted to notify all of our clients of news and a new requirement coming out of the GSA for all Federal Contractors and Grantees:

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Government Contractors Need More Than "Just an Accounting Firm"

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When you decide that you need expert help in Government Contracting, what do you look for in a partner?  Do you want someone with experience running a small business like yours?  Does the depth and...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2018.2/B Open for Submissions

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The DoD SBIR/STTR 18.2/B BAA's are Now Open for Proposal Submission.

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ReliAscent Seminar: "Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 101 – Quick Tour and Key Clauses"

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ReliAscent would like to remind all Colorado-based Federal Government Contractors and Grantees that our latest contracting compliance seminar is this Thursday:

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Are Your Indirect Rates Helping or Hurting Your Business?

Have Contracts But Still Losing Money? It May Be Time to Review Your Indirect Rates

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ReliAscent Seminar at Colorado PTAC - "FAR 101 – Quick Tour and Key Clauses"

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ReliAscent AE, Dave Donley, and the CEO of Palmetier Law, Karri Palmetier, will be presenting a seminar at the Aurora Office of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), on March 22nd,...

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NIH Salary Limitation for 2018 Just Released

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Since 1990, the NIH, through annual funding from Congress, and more recently continuing resolutions, sets salary limitations for individuals having NIH grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts. This...

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“Snatching Success From The Jaws of (Apparent) Defeat” - ReliAscent Featured Partner Blog (Part V)

The following blog is the fifth in a series of special guest and ReliAscent partner blogs, contributed by Richard Busch of the Busch Law Firm, and Mike Anderson, of ReliAscent.  This series covers...

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DCAA Compliance White Papers

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It's SBIR season again, and ReliAscent would like to remind contractors that the DoD 2018.1/A SBIR/STTR BAA closes on February 7th.

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“Requests for Equitable Adjustment – Essential in Government Contracting”

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The following blog is the fourth in a series of special guest and ReliAscent partner blogs, contributed by Richard Busch of the Busch Law Firm, and Mike Anderson, of ReliAscent.  This series covers...

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Government Shutdown – Déjà vu All Over Again...

As of this writing, the U.S. is scheduled to shutdown at midnight, tonight. One of the first things you learn in government contracting is something called the Anti-Deficiency Act, first enacted in 1870,...

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“What Happened To My Profit?” - ReliAscent Featured Partner Blog (Part III)

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The following blog is the third in a series of special guest and ReliAscent partner blogs, contributed by Richard Busch of the Busch Law Firm, and Mike Anderson, of ReliAscent.  This series covers...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2018.1/A Open For Proposal Submission Today!

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ReliAscent would like to remind all contractors that you may now submit your Phase I proposals for the SBIR 18.1 and STTR 18.A Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) through the DOD SBIR/STTR proposal...

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ReliAscent Presenting at Colorado PTAC - "Cost & Pricing in Government Contracting"

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ReliAscent CEO, Mike Anderson, will be presenting a seminar at the Westminster Office of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), on January 10, as part of their Expert Training...

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“Should We Do It?” - ReliAscent Featured Partner Blog (Part II)

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The following blog is the second in a series of special guest and ReliAscent partner blogs, contributed by Richard Busch of the Busch Law Firm, and Mike Anderson, of ReliAscent.  This series covers...

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New White Paper: Government Contract Management Part I - The RFP Review

ReliAscent is proud to announce the release of our latest white paper, written by ReliAscent Co-owner, and industry recognized government contract expert, Russ Farmer.  This white paper is the first in a...

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“If You Are a Commercial Contractor, Please Consider This!” - ReliAscent Featured Partner Blog (Part I)

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The following blog is the first in a series of special guest and ReliAscent partner blogs, contributed by Richard Busch of the Busch Law Firm, and Mike Anderson, of ReliAscent.  This series will cover...

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Government Contract Reviews - Don't Get Lost in the Excitement!

It's October; DoD SBIR 2017.2 winners are being announced as we speak (check here for ARMY and NAVY winners/selectees), the government's FY just wrapped up, and the fall procurement rush is upon us, as...

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Preparing Government Contract Cost Proposals

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As we mentioned last week, this is a busy time of year for contractors.  The end of the Federal Government's FY is rapidly approaching, the DoD SBIR 2017.2 Solicitation opens one week from today, and...

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A Quick Guide to the DCAA Compliant Accounting System - SF 1408 White Paper

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With the DoD SBIR 2017.2 awardee selections now being released, and the 2017.3/C SBIR/STTR Announcements opening in just two weeks (9/26/17), ReliAscent would like to remind all defense contractors and...

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ReliAscent Presenting at California SBIR Road Tour

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We are happy to announce that ReliAscent CEO, Mike Anderson, will be presenting at the UC San Diego Office of Innovation and Commercialization’s SBIR Road Tour California, on September 11th.  Mike will be...

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ReliAscent Presenting at Colorado PTAC - "What Triggers the Requirements in Government Compliant Accounting Systems?"

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ReliAscent would like to remind all government contractors and grantees in Colorado that registration closes shortly for next week’s PTAC Seminar on government contract accounting systems and DCAA audits.

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ReliAscent Presenting at Colorado PTAC - September 13th

ReliAscent, in partnership with the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is excited to announce our latest government contracting compliance seminar on September 13th:

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Fixed-Fee Clause Confusion

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All cost-plus type contracts (other than construction contracts), will cite the FAR 52.216-8 fixed-fee clause. Its main purpose is to mandate that contracting officers withhold up to 15% of the total...

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IP Protection Seminar with ReliAscent Partner, Martensen IP

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ReliAscent partner, Martensen IP (a Colorado Springs-based IP protection and government contracting law firm), is hosting an event for contractors tomorrow, at the Catalyst Campus for Technology &...

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONSIDERATIONS IN GOVERNMENT SPACE AND CYBER

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A survey of landmines that may await you, and an advantageous roadmap to guide you away from danger with sound pointers on how to protect your IP while operating in the government sphere.

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New ReliAscent White Paper: "An Introduction to Indirect Rates"

ReliAscent is proud to announice the release our latest white paper: "An Introduction to Indirect Rates."

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Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

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Without getting too political, I thought it might be timely to review a FAR clause that appears in many Federal Contracts but probably doesn't get enough attention. Section 3 of the Federal Acquisition...

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Contract Cost Proposals - Setting Yourself Up For Success

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In the world of government contracting, one of the most painful—yet easily preventable—mistakes contractors and grantees make, is making critical errors in the cost & pricing section of a proposal. ...

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ReliAscent Releases it's Latest White Paper: "Preparing a Government Contract Cost Proposal."

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ReliAscent is happy to announce the release of our latest white paper: Preparing a Government Contract Cost Proposal.  This white paper is the third in our monthly series on important government contract...

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Government Contracting 101 - Part 7: How does the government pay for my research?

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There are several ways that the government can help fund your research.  The first is through a direct need from the government and direct funding under a grant or contract written specifically for...

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Government Contracting 101 - Part 6: Agency Differences in Unallowable Costs

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In the world of Government contracting, the government defines an allowable cost as a cost that they will pay either in full (direct costs) or an allowable portion (allowable indirect costs) of that...

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Halts DoE SBIR/STTR  2017 Ph I Selections Until Further Notice

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The Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR Programs Office just released an important notice to all 2017 DoE SBIR/STTR applicants, that is sure to disappoint a lot of people.

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Protecting Your Business with Government Contract Reviews

One of the most thrilling parts of being a small business government contractor, is being awarded a contract.  You’ve poured your time, money, and possibly even a large portion of your professional life...

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Government Contracting 101 - Part 5: How Does The Government Make You Pay Your Fair Share of Your Indirect Costs?

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 In a cost reimbursable job, we all know how the government will pay for direct labor and materials.  In these awards, they also pay for a “fair share” of your overhead (or indirect costs).  How does the...

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Government Contracting 101 - Part 4: What is the Role of Small Business in New Product Development?

Small businesses are the cornerstone of innovation in the US Government, and  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 19 discusses Small Business Programs.  It sets the size standards to be considered a...

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Do You Know When To Change a Contract? Or How?

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Sometimes, we find that our clients (and government contractors in general), can get so focused on their direct work that contract management/administration is an afterthought.  We also see this in...

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Government Contracting 101 - Part 3: Can Deferring Wages Get Me Into Trouble?

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Let’s start with the definition of deferred wages – any arrangement where an employee receives wages after they have earned them.

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Special Guest Blog: "Staying up to date with Leave Policies" - Clockwise Timekeeping Software

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The topic of leave is a prevailing trend regarding work-force policies. The momentum continues to build as we transition into a new administration and see changing laws and employee expectations. It is...

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Government Contracting 101 - Part 2: Who is the DCAA, and What is DCAA Compliance?

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The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) was founded in 1965 under Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968.  Its function is to perform all contract audits for the Department of...

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Government Contracting 101 - Part 1

In this first of a 9-part series, ReliAscent's Brian Ormsby, introduces his "Government Contracting 101" blog series. Topics covered range from DCAA and DCMA compliance, to indirect rates, unallowable...

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ICE Season Approaches...

It’s that time of year again, and even though many small businesses are preparing for the chaos of tax season, ReliAscent would like to remind all Federal contractors that another important deadline will...

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Time Tracking for DCAA Compliance: Work Smarter, Not Harder, With Automated Time Tracking (TSheets Guest Blog)

ReliAscent is proud to feature another special guest blog from one of our valued Federal Contracting Industry partners, TSheets

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Special Guest Blog: PROTECTING YOUR SOFTWARE IN DEFENSE CONTRACTING

The following is a brief summary, written by our partners at Martesen IP (Jack Stuart and Michael Martensen), of the most important issues involved with protecting your copyrights when dealing with the...

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ReliAscent Partners with GHG (Clockwise)

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ReliAscent is proud to announce that we have partnered with the DCAA compliant timekeeping software provider, GHG.  GHG recently rolled out their new DCAA compliant timekeeping product, "Clockwise," and...

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BBB: Beware of New QuickBooks Phishing Scam

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To our Valued Clients and all Government Contractors & Grantees:

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2017 NASA SBIR Solicitation Closing Soon---2017.1/A DoD SBIR/STTR Opens!

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ReliAscent would like to remind our clients and all small business contractors and grantees planning on submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal in NASA's 2017, and the DoD's 2017.1/A SBIR/STTR Solicitations,...

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Lockheed Releases 2017.1/A DoD & NASA SBIR/STTR Topics of Interest

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ReliAscent would like to remind all small business contractors and grantees considering a proposal submission on the DoD's 2017.1/A SBIR/STTR Solicitation, or NASA's 2017 SBIR/STTR Solicitation, that both...

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SBIR/STTR Programs Reauthorized through 2022!

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In case you hadn’t heard, some very big, very important news came out of Washington: Congress has reauthorized the SBIR & STTR programs for an additional five years. The current Reauthorization was...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2017.1/A Topic Pre-Release

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ReliAscent would like to remind all Small Business Contractors and Grantees that the Defense Department's 2017.1 SBIR & 2017.A STTR Broad Agency Announcements (Solicitations), Pre-Release is NOW Open (as...

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NSF SBIR/STTR Proposals Due Next Week

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ReliAscent would like to remind small businesses planning on submitting a proposal in the latest NSF SBIR/STTR Solicitation, that proposals are due on December 6th. To view the complete list of topic...

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New Executive Order Mandating Sick Leave for Government Contractors

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On September 7, 2016, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13706 which will mandate Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors in future procurements. Basically, the regulation will apply to all new...

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Shoud I be worried about the False Claims Act?

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There were a couple of events this year that will impact Government Contractors in the future relative to the False Claims Act.  The False Claims Act (US Code, Title 31, Para 3729) is the regulation that...

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OASIS Reopens Solicitation – Government Looking to add 31 more multiple award contractors to the existing OASIS SB Pool 2

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Earlier last month, GSA announced that they are re-opening a solicitation and looking to add more contractors/awardees. The “open season on-ramp” is specific to Pool 2 only. The original intent was to...

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New Book on SBIR is a Must Read

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While the Nation Slept: The Struggle of Small Innovative Businesses in the U.S. (Mascot Books) spotlights the U.S. government’s efforts to assist small innovative businesses, particularly those engaged in...

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Can I use a PEO and still be a Small Business Government Contractor?

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This question comes up from time to time both for small business set-aside procurements, and for the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program.  In both cases, there are questions about the number...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2016.3 Open for Proposal Submission This Week

ReliAscent would like to remind all small business contractors and grantees considering a proposal submission on the DoD's 2016.3 SBIR/STTR Solicitation, that the DoD began accepting proposals this week.

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DFAS Changes Help Small Businesses

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For as long as I’ve helped clients unravel their billing issues with the government, I’ve always been impressed with the service from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) help desk. Help desk...

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Government Contractor CFO's 101 (Part VII) - Cashflow Management II: Navigating the Government Payment System

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CFO Cashflow Management - Part II

CFO’s in the government contracting environment will learn it’s no easy feat knowing how and when to get paid. These terms are spelled out in each contract or grant which...

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So You Think You're ITAR Compliant? Describe Your Program...

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Russ Farmer, one of ReliAscent's co-founders, passed along a very interesting piece of news to me this morning, written by Jim Harris of the Holland & Knight Law Firm. It seems a California-based, small...

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DPAP Releases New Guidelines on Commercial Items for Defense Contractors

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The Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy Department (DPAP), has just released a memorandum on "Guidance on Commercial Item Determinations and the Determination of Price Reasonableness for Commercial...

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When Can You Bill the Client for the Revised Final Actual Rates Each Year?

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A visitor to our website posted an interesting question this morning on one of our "Ask A Question" / "Can't Find What You're Looking For?" forms (found throughout our website), and we wanted to share it...

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DoD 2016.3 SBIR/STTR Topics Pre-Release Tomorrow

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ReliAscent would like to remind all Federal Contractors and Grantees that the 2016.3 DoD SBIR/STTR Topics will be pre-released tomorrow, August 26th.  If your Small Business is planning on submitting a...

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SBIR/STTR Up for Reauthorization---Again!

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It's hard to believe that we are doing this again (and as many of you recall, we recently wrote on the push in Washington to make the SBIR/STTR Programs permanent), but the programs are once again up for...

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The Benefits of Contract Accounting Services

In the world of government accounting having a compliant accounting system is critical.  Small firms that are dealing the government and keep their accounting in-house spend far too much money in...

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ReliAscent Partners with Busch Law Firm LLC (Government Contract  & Procurement Law Specialists)

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ReliAscent is proud to announce we have partnered with the Busch Law Firm, a firm focusing on Contractors, and specializing in Government Procurement and Contract Law. 

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DARPA SBIR/STTR Industry Day - Registration Opens Today!

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ReliAscent would like to remind all SBIR/STTR contractors and grantees that The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will be holding its annual Industry Day Meeting, in Arlington, VA, on...

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Government Contractor CFO's 101 (Part VI) - Risk Management II

CFO Risk Management– Part II

In our introduction to risk management, understanding the regulatory environment a firm finds itself in was a critical first step for any CFO. For a deeper understanding on...

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Special Guest Blog: "What Federal Awards Recipients Need to Know About Uniform Guidance/Program Specific Audits" - Barb Clausen, Clausen & Associates CPA

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The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), was officially implemented by the Council on...

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Government Contractor CFO's 101 (Part V) - Indirect Rates

Indirect Rates - "What's a Good Indirect Rate?"

CFO Forecasting – Part II

In a prior blog in our series on CFO's for Government Contractors, we emphasized the importance the CFO’s role in establishing job...

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Don’t Let NAVY Tripwire Blow Up Your Pricing!

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For those of you that are not yet subscribed to the ReliAscent Newsletter, I wanted to republish this piece by our own Dave Donley, the featured article from our most recent issue (released June 30th), as...

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Government Contractor CFO's 101 (Part IV) - Economic Forecasting & Modeling I

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Economic forecasting and modeling are CFO responsibilities that take on a vital role in the government contracting environment. CFO’s in this market must understand the sometimes arcane cost allowability...

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Single and Program Specific Audit Deadlines Looming...

ReliAscent would like to remind Federal Contractors and Grantees that yet another critical audit deadline is approaching at the end of the month.  This may affect your business---and thousands of small...

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It’s June – Are You Done With Your ICE?

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We would like to remind all Federal Government Contractors that if you had a cost reimbursable type contract in 2015, and your FY ends on December 31st, you are facing a critical deadline in less than 4...

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Boeing Releases its DoD SBIR/STTR 2016.2/B Topics of Interest Spreadsheet

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Boeing just released its DoD SBIR/STTR 2016.2/B Topics of Interest Spreadsheet this morning, and if your company plans on submitting a proposal, we highly recommend you take advantage of this valuable...

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Upcoming National SBIR/STTR Conference in Washington DC - May 23 - 25

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ReliAscent would like to remind our clients and all contractors that this year's National SBIR/STTR Conference will be held in Washington, DC, on May 23-25.

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Incurred Cost Submission Deadline Looming...

It’s that time of year again (I know, I know), and even though your small business is just getting over the chaos of tax season, ReliAscent would like to remind our clients and all federal contractors...

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Government Contractor CFO's 101 - Part I

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Like any other industry, government contractors face both the challenge of running a business in general, but also meeting the challenges of their particular marketplace and regulatory environment....

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PROTECTING YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) IN SBIR/STTR PROPOSALS & CONTRACTS

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At this time of year, it is important to discuss a topic which is often-overlooked by many SBIR/STTR contractors and grantees: the importance of protecting your Intellectual Property (IP) when preparing...

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DoD SBIR/STTR 2016.2/B Topics Released

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ReliAscent would like to remind all contractors that the Defense Department (DoD), released the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 2016.2, and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 2016.B,...

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DCMA vs. DCAA - ReliAscent Releases New White Paper

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ReliAscent is happy to announce that we released our latest white paper yesterday on the differences between the DCMA and the DCAA.

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ReliAscent Partners with Martensen IP

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ReliAscent is proud to announce our partnership with Martensen, a law firm specializing in intellectual property (IP) and serving businesses contracting with the Federal Government.  Martensen offers...

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ReliAscent To Host DCAA Compliance Webinar This Week

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ReliAscent is happy to announce that we are rolling out our first, in a series of educational “mini-webinars,” for Government Contractors and Grantees, this Wednesday!

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ReliAscent Partners with Clausen & Associates CPA

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ReliAscent is happy to announce that we've partnered with Clausen & Associates CPA, a firm that specializes in single and program specific compliance audits for Federal Awardees. 

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ReliAscent Releases our First White Paper of 2016: "An Introduction to Government Property Management"

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ReliAscent is happy to announce that we have just released our first white paper of 2016---the first in a series of white papers and blogs this year that will focus on Government Property Management...

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DCAA Updates the ICE

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The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) has just released an updated version of the Incurred Cost Electronically Model (the standard ICE submission) for contractors preparing adequate incurred cost...

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Insights from the NIH’s Annual SBIR/STTR Conference in Seattle, WA

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As many of our Blog subscribers know, I recently had an opportunity to attend the 2015 NIH SBIR/STTR conference in Seattle. It offered unique insights into many of the processes that go in to submitting...

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Meet ReliAscent's Dave Donley This Week at the Annual 2015 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference!

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ReliAscent would like to announce that our very own Dave Donley, one of our top AE’s and Outsourced CFO’s for government contractors, is attending this year’s annual 2015 NIH SBIR/STTR Conference in...

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Fair Pricing Challenges at the Defense Department

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For all of you Defense Department contractors out there, I read a very interesting article recently in NationalDefenseMagazine.org, on the pressure the Pentagon faces trying to attract innovative...

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Big Changes Coming for Deltek GCS® Users?

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Over the last several weeks, ReliAscent has learned some (potentially) disturbing and important news regarding Government Contractors using the Deltek GCS® accounting system. 

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DoE SBIR/STTR Grants – Is fee allowed on “subcontractors”?

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A recent applicant to the DOE SBIR/STTR grant program directed our attention to this curious statement found in a recent Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA):

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Colorado PTAC & ReliAscent Providing Free Class for Colorado Contractors

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Hello everyone! I wanted to let you know that the Colorado PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center), in partnership with the DCAA compliance experts at ReliAscent, will be providing a free class to...

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Will Not Having an Approved Accounting System Disqualify our Firm From Bid Opportunities? - PART II

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Last week, we discussed the fact that (despite popular misconception), contractors DO NOT in fact need an "approved" accounting system in order to simply bid on contracting opportunities with the Federal...

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Will Not Having An Approved Accounting System Disqualify Our Firm From Bid Opportunities? - PART I

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Many new/start-up small business federal contractors often ask the question: Will not having an approved accounting system disqualify our firm from bid opportunities? 

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