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

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!  

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DCAA ICE Submissions

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

DCAA ICE Submission Help

ReliAscent would like to remind contractors that if you had a Cost Reimbursable type contract in 2017, your Incurred Cost Proposal / ICE Submission is due 6 months after the end of your FY (per FAR 52.216-7).  If your FY ends on Dec 31st, that means your submission deadline will be here faster than you think, and it's time to get started!

Just like you don’t wait until April 1st to select your accountant and start your tax return, you should not wait any longer to select a qualified government accounting firm to help you with your Incurred Cost Submission.  The experts at ReliAscent have completed thousands of Incurred Cost Proposals for contractors over the last 20+ years, and can alleviate the stress of this process.

ReliAscent also has a number of helpful ICE resources for contractors:

Call us today to secure ReliAscent’s professional and expert services to help you prepare your 2017 ICE.  Slots are filling up fast, so the time to act is now!

If you have any questions about our government contract accounting or contract management services, please feel contact us at any time!

 

Topics: incurred cost proposal, DCAA ICE, DCAA ICE Submission

Are Your Indirect Rates Helping or Hurting Your Business?

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 08:30 AM

Indirect Rates - Helping or Hurting Your Business?

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

Managing your Indirect Rates effectively is critical for managing your costs and maintaining profits. Unfortunately, most contractors face the same problem: they don't know HOW to properly manage their indirect rates, and they're not making strategic modifications to their rates at the right times...and the consequences could be killing your bottom line.

To help small businesses struggling with their rates and maintaining profitability, ReliAscent offers the industry’s only, Free Indirect Rates Review.  This review provides contractors and grantees with sound, valuable advice about their indirect rate system & structure, can help them to understand and maintain DCAA compliance, and can help a them use their indirect rates as a tool to grow the business.

TO GET YOUR FREE INDIRECT RATES REVIEW, CLICK HERE NOW!

With just a little information about your company, our experts can complete your review and schedule a call to discuss the path forward, should you need help fixing any errors detected.

We encourage small business federal contractors to take advantage of this helpful service, and as always, if you ever have any questions about FAR and DCAA compliance, or our accounting and contract management services for Federal Contractors & Grantees, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Topics: Indirect billing rates, Indirect rates, indirect rates review, managing your indirect rates

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

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 08:02 AM

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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:

Topic: FAR 101 - Quick Tour and Key Clauses

Date: March 22, 2018 (1:30  - 4:00 PM)
Cost: FREE
Location: 14305 E Alameda Suite #300, Aurora, CO

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, CLICK HERE NOW!

ReliAscent AE, Dave Donley, and the CEO of Palmetier Law, Karri Palmetier, are presenting the session, and will be taking questions (and available to speak with attendees after the seminar).  We encourage all Colorado-based government contractors and grantees to attend (but hurry; space is limited). 

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the event, or contracting and compliance in general.

Topics: PTAC, Colorado PTAC, FAR compliance, FAR Training, DCAA Training

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

Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 @ 10:58 AM

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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, as part of their Expert Training seminar series. This training session is a valuable opportunity for all federal contractors, and small businesses looking to sell to the "World's Biggest Customer."

Topic: FAR 101 - Quick Tour and Key Clauses

Summary: Dave will cover a number of important issues for government contractors, including: 

  • FAR Organization
  • Contract Types
  • SAM.GOV Reps/Certs
  • Flowdown Clauses
  • Commercial Items
  • Cost-Pricing
  • Contract Financing
  • Contract Performance

This will be followed by a panel discussion on best practices, tips, and Q&A.

This class is essential especially for Federal contractors whether prime or sub!

Date: March 22, 2018 (1:30  - 4:00 PM)
Cost: FREE
Location: 14305 E Alameda Suite #300, Aurora, CO

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, CLICK HERE NOW!

We look forward to seeing you there, and as always; if you have any questions about DCAA compliance, government contract accounting, or contract management, please do not hesitate to contact ReliAscent.

Topics: PTAC, Colorado PTAC, FAR compliance, FAR Training, DCAA Training

ReliAscent Introduces Free Indirect Rates Reviews for Contractors

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Indirect Rates Reviews for Government Contractors

Are your Indirect Billing Rates Causing you to Lose Money?

Indirect Rates are absolutely critical for managing costs effectively, and ensuring your small business stays profitable.  However, if a government contractor doesn't know HOW to properly manage their indirect rates—or, if they're not making strategic modifications to their rates at the right times—they could be losing a lot of money. 

To help small business government contractors make the most of their indirect billing rates, ReliAscent is excited to announce the industry’s first, Free Indirect Rates Review.  This review provides contractors and grantees with sound, valuable advice about their indirect rate system & structure, can help them to understand and maintain DCAA compliance, and can help a small business use their rates as a financial engine to grow their company.

TO GET YOUR FREE INDIRECT RATES REVIEW, CLICK HERE NOW!

With just a little information about your company, our experts can complete your indirect rates review and schedule a call to discuss the path forward, should you need help fixing any errors detected.

We encourage small business federal contractors to take advantage of this helpful service, and as always, if you ever have any questions about FAR and DCAA compliance, or our accounting and contract management services for Federal Contractors & Grantees, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Topics: Indirect billing rates, Indirect rates, indirect rates review, managing your indirect rates

DCAA Compliance White Papers

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

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.

Now is a good time to make sure your business is prepared informed.  Be sure to download our popular white papers:

We wish you the best of luck on your proposal submissions, and do not hesitate to contact ReliAscent if you have any questions, or would like to discuss how our DCAA compliant accounting and contract management experts can help your small business.

Stay Informed. Stay Compliant. Stay Profitable.

Topics: DCAA compliance, DCAA Compliant Accounting, SF1408, white papers, dcaa audit checklist

ReliAscent Seminar Tomorrow: "Cost & Pricing in Government Contracting" 

Posted by Tyler Link on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 09:15 AM

ReliAscent PTAC Seminar - Cost & Pricing in Government Contracting

SIGN UP NOW! ONLY 8 SEATS REMAIN!

ReliAscent's Mike Anderson will be presenting a seminar at the Westminster Office of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), tomorrow, January 10, as part of their Expert Training seminar series. This training session is a valuable opportunity for all federal contractors, and small businesses looking to sell to the "World's Biggest Customer."

Topic: Cost & Proposal Pricing

Summary: Mike will cover a number of important issues for government contractors, including: 

  • What’s the difference between cost and price?
  • What’s a fee?
  • Which accounting requirements are needed in case of an audit?
  • What are Indirect Rates?
  • What costs are allowable versus unallowable?
  • What percent profit is considered fair and reasonable?

This class will address these important topics and point attendees to other resources to build their knowledge of government contract pricing. 

Date: January 10, 2018 (9 AM - 12 PM)
Cost: FREE
Location: 12200 Pecos Street Suite 100, Westminster CO

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, CLICK HERE NOW!

We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ReliAscent today!

Topics: PTAC, Indirect rates, DCAA Unallowable cost, Allowable cost, Colorado PTAC

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

Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

DoD SBIR STTR Program 2018.1 Now Open

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 submission website. All proposals for this Announcement must be received by 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 

Important 2018.1/A Dates To Remember:

  • January 24, 2018: SITIS closes to new questions 
  • February 7, 2018: SBIR 18.1 and STTR 18.A close at 8:00 p.m. ET

SITIS Reminder:

Just in case you are new to the SBIR/STTR world, ReliAscent would like to remind contractors that though you are no longer able to interact directly with the Topic Authors, you are still able to view the relevant information and submit written questions through the SITIS Q&A system (in SITIS, the questioner and respondent remain anonymous, and all questions and answers are posted for general viewing).

Good luck on your proposals, and remember to contact ReliAscent when it's time to install and maintain your DCAA compliant accounting system!  Our experts have over 200 combined years of government contract accounting experience, and are here to help!

Topics: 2018 SBIR, DoD 2018.1/A SBIR/STTR

Upcoming ReliAscent Seminar: "Cost & Pricing in Government Contracting" 

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 01:43 PM

ReliAscent PTAC Seminar - Cost & Pricing in Government Contracting

ReliAscent's 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 seminar series. This training session is a valuable opportunity for all federal contractors, and small businesses looking to sell to the "World's Biggest Customer."

Topic: Cost & Proposal Pricing

Summary: Mike will cover a number of important issues for government contractors, including: 

  • What’s the difference between cost and price?
  • What’s a fee?
  • Which accounting requirements are needed in case of an audit?
  • What are Indirect Rates?
  • What costs are allowable versus unallowable?
  • What percent profit is considered fair and reasonable?

This class will address these important topics and point attendees to other resources to build their knowledge of government contract pricing. 

Date: January 10, 2018 (9 AM - 12 PM)
Cost: FREE
Location: 12200 Pecos Street Suite 100, Westminster CO

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, CLICK HERE NOW!

Hurry! Registration is filling up fast, and there are only 14 seats left!

We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ReliAscent today!

Topics: PTAC, Indirect rates, DCAA Unallowable cost, Allowable cost, Colorado PTAC

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

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

ReliAscent PTAC Seminar - Cost & Pricing in Government Contracting

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 seminar series. This training session is a valuable opportunity for all federal contractors, and small businesses looking to sell to the "World's Biggest Customer."

Topic: Cost & Proposal Pricing

Summary: Mike will cover a number of important issues for government contractors, including: 

  • What’s the difference between cost and price?
  • What’s a fee?
  • Which accounting requirements are needed in case of an audit?
  • What are Indirect Rates?
  • What costs are allowable versus unallowable?
  • What percent profit is considered fair and reasonable?

This class will address these important topics and point attendees to other resources to build their knowledge of government contract pricing. 

Date: January 10, 2018 (9 AM - 12 PM)
Cost: FREE
Location: 12200 Pecos Street Suite 100, Westminster CO

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT, CLICK HERE NOW!

We look forward to seeing you there, and as always; if you have any questions about DCAA compliance, government contract accounting, or contract management, please do not hesitate to contact ReliAscent.

Topics: PTAC, Indirect rates, DCAA Unallowable cost, Allowable cost, Colorado PTAC