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

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

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

Posted by Dave Donley on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 01:30 PM

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 small businesses to download a copy (if you haven't already), of our helpful white paper:

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Topics: DCAA compliance, SF1408, DCAA Audits, DCAA Pre-Award Audit, DCAA Pre-Award Survey

Fixed-Fee Clause Confusion

Posted by Dave Donley on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 01:30 PM

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 contract fixed fee (but no more than $100k) as a reserve “…to protect the Government’s interest.”

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Topics: Fixed Fee Contracts, Fixed Fee Clause, Fixed Fee, DCAA Fixed Fee

New Book on SBIR is a Must Read

Posted by Dave Donley on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 09:15 AM

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 the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

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Topics: SBIR Re-authorization, SBIR/STTR, Dave Metzger

DFAS Changes Help Small Businesses

Posted by Dave Donley on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 01:15 PM

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 agents are very knowledgeable about the DFAS payment system and the intricacies of Wide Area Workflow (WAWF). They quickly isolate the problem for any billing issue I have. True, it does take some time to get through on a call sometimes, especially during peak work hours. Still, whenever a voucher is rejected or placed on hold by DFAS, it usually takes only a few minutes on a call to find a solution.

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Topics: WAWF, Wide Area Workflow, DFAS