DCAA Compliance Blog

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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

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

Government Shutdown – Déjà vu All Over Again...

Posted by Dave Donley on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 09:23 AM

Federal Government Shutdown

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, which says the government can’t obligate expenses unless funding has been appropriated through Congressional action. The Act also prohibits the government from accepting voluntary services not already authorized by law.

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Topics: Federal Government Shutdown