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!  


 

Dave Donley

Dave has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and a Certificate in Government Contract Management from the NCMA. Dave spent 12 years as a Program/Contract Administrator for both a small and large government contractors. Dave was a contract and subcontract manager for six years at a small firm specializing in SBIR contracting. While managing all contract activities, he also performed selected financial management duties. In addition, Dave gained experience developing proposals and negotiating contracts. He has submitted and negotiated company indirect rates with many different government agencies.

Recent Posts

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


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


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

Posted by Dave Donley on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

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. See https://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/

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Topics: DoE SBIR, DoE SBIR 2019


DoD Contract Negotiations: An $18 Million Dollar Case Study

Posted by Dave Donley on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 01:17 PM

 

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Topics: defense contract negotiations, Negotiating with the DCAA, contract negotiations


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

Posted by Dave Donley on Tue, Jun 12, 2018 @ 09:30 AM

United States Department of Defense

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 labor rights to intellectual property. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is the prominent avenue for small businesses to tap into DoD R&D funding.

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Topics: OTA, Other Transaction Authority


NIH Salary Limitation for 2018 Just Released

Posted by Dave Donley on Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

NIH Salary LimitsSince 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 annual salary limitation is benchmarked at the Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The NIH Notice Number NOT-OD-18-137 released March 7, 2018, increases this limit to $189,600, or $91.15/hour.

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Topics: NIH SBIR, NIH salary limits, NIH Salary Cap Increase