DCAA Compliance Blog

Your Source for DCAA & FAR Compliance News and Discussion

ReliAscent® LLC is the only government contract accounting firm that specializes in all aspects of government contracting compliance.  From our DCAA compliant accounting services, to monthly government contract accounting for all government agency awards, contract management & administration, and financial services & planning, our goal is to ensure the success of our clients, and all small business government contractors and grantees.  

In our DCAA Blog, we discuss the latest government contracting news from the Federal Government, the DCAA, and DCMA, as well as promotions offered by ReliAscent, and helpful tools and resources for contractors.

We hope you will visit and take part in the discussions on our blog on a regular basis. If you ever have any questions or would like to discuss how our experts can help, do not hesitate to contact us at any time!  


 

Is it Time to Consider Outsourcing Your Government Contract Accounting?

Posted by Tyler Link on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 @ 08:37 AM

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 an accounting department or firm that should be handling this for you?  

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Topics: DCAA accounting, DCAA Compliant Accounting, outsourced government contract accounting


NSF 2019 SBIR/STTR Phase I Closes Tomorrow

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 10:57 AM

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, at 5 PM (local time for each time zone).

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Topics: NSF SBIR, NSF Grant Accounting, 2019 NSF SBIR/STTR Ph I, CAP Review


Capped Indirect Rates - Friend or Foe?

Posted by Dave Donley on Fri, Jun 07, 2019 @ 08:06 AM

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 reimbursable contracts and in the grant environment may at first appear to be an effective risk mitigation tool for buyers and grant managers. On the other hand, a case can be made that the use of this technique may not necessarily produce the intended results. To be sure, there are plenty of opportunities to reduce a buyer’s risk without resorting to what could be considered “piling on.”

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Topics: Indirect rates, Capped Indirect Rates, indirect rate models, indirect cost rates


DoD SBIR/STTR 2019.2/B Opens for Proposal Submission Today

Posted by Tyler Link on Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

 

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Topics: 2019.2 DoD SBIR, 2019.B DoD STTR


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

Posted by Dave Donley on Wed, May 29, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

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 billing processes. We find many factors contribute to this chaos, but one that consistently comes up is the confusion surrounding government or prime contractor-supplied bid instructions, math models, and on-line bid templates.

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Topics: Indirect rates, developing indirect rates, determine your indirect rates, indirect rates government contracts, indirect cost rates, indirect cost models


An Introduction to Indirect Rates for Government Contractors

Posted by Dave Donley on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

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. Indirect costs are those that cannot easily be allocated discretely to a single project or across a number of projects. An indirect rate describes a mathematical ratio and its logical relation of indirect costs (the numerator) divided by the “base” (the denominator). In this manner, one or more “pools” of indirect costs can be allocated mathematically to all projects.

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Topics: Indirect rates, indirect costs, developing indirect rates, indirect rate models, determine your indirect rates, indirect rates government contracts, indirect cost rates


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

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 09:23 AM

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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Topics: incurred cost proposal, DCAA ICE Submission