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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.

While the best way to maintain compliance with government requirements is to hire our experts, we hope our blog gives you some valuable insight into this complex environment.

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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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

DoD SBIR/STTR 2018.1/A Topic Pre-Release

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 10:25 AM

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ReliAscent would like to remind all Federal Government Contractors that the Defense Department just opened their 2018.1/A SBIR/STTR Topic Pre-Release, today!  To view the topics and ask technical questions through SITIS, visit the DoD SBIR/STTR Portal.

During the Pre-Release period, contractors are allowed to contact the topic authors directly,  and ask technical questions about specific topics (contact information is listed within each topic). We highly recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to connect with authors, and ensure you have a clear understanding of what they are looking for.

The DOD begins accepting proposals on January 8, 2018, and will close on February 7, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. EST. ReliAscent advises that all contractors plan ahead and submit your proposal early.  There is always heavy traffic on the site during the final week, which can slow things down considerably.

Important Dates

  1. SBIR 18.1 and STTR 18.A Pre-release: November 29, 2018
  2. SBIR 18.1 and STTR 18.A Open for Submissions: January 8, 2018
  3. SITIS Q&A Close: January 31, 2018
  4. SBIR 18.1 and STTR 18.A Close: February 7, 2018

As always; if you have any questions about SBIR accounting requirements, FAR & DCAA compliance, and/or protecting you intellectual property when submitting SBIR/STTR proposals, please do not hesitate to contact ReliAscent.

Good luck!

Topics: 2018 SBIR, DoD SBIR Pre-Release, DoD 2018.1/A SBIR/STTR

New White Paper: Government Contract Management Part I - The RFP Review

Posted by Tyler Link on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

ReliAscent is proud to announce the release of our latest white paper, written by ReliAscent Co-owner, and industry recognized government contract expert, Russ Farmer.  This white paper is the first in a 6-part series that focuses on Federal Government Contract Management, and how the important role of a Government Contract Manager (CM), helps a business to stay profitable, efficient, avoid risk, and even avoid legal trouble with the Federal Government.

In Part I, Russ discusses how a CM helps contractors and grantees to review an RFP; from ensuring the protection of contractor IP, to financial and performance risk review, avoidance and mitigation, and a complete review of terms and conditions and relevant FAR clauses and other compliance issues.  Each step is important when reviewing an RFP, and deciding how to best respond.

To get your copy of "Government Contract Management Part I - The RFP Review," click here now!

Government Contract Management - Part I White Paper

We hope you find this white paper helpful, and be on the lookout for the next installment coming in December: "Government Contract Management Part II - Proposal Participation."

If you would like to learn more about ReliAscent's Government Contract Management and Administration services--from contract reviews, to negotiations, subcontracts, closeouts and terminations--visit our website, or call us today!

Topics: government contract management, RFP Review, white papers, Contract Manager

ReliAscent Newsletter Released - SBIR Road Tour and More

Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Oct 30, 2017 @ 01:04 PM

ReliAscent Newsletter

In case you didn't get your copy in last week's emailing, ReliAscent would like to remind our valued clients and all small business government contractors, that we released our third issue of the 2017 ReliAscent Quarterly last week.

In this issue, we feature two articles written by CEO, Mike Anderson, on our recent trip to the California SBIR Road Tour, and New Customer Service Goals.

To download your copy of the newsletter, click here now!

As always: if you ever have any questions about FAR & DCAA compliance, our services, or government contracting in general, please do not hesitate to call or email us at any time.

Topics: newsletter, ReliAscent Quarterly, SBIR Road Tour

Resources for DoD SBIR/STTR Contractors & Grantees

Posted by Tyler Link on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 08:48 AM

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As the proposal submission deadline approaches for the DoD's 2017.3/C SBIR/STTR BAA, ReliAscent® would like to remind contractors and small businesses submitting proposals, that both the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), and ReliAscent®, provide a number of helpful resources to contractors/awardees.  We encourage all small businesses that actively participate in the SBIR/STTR programs, to download the following white papers and guides, to help you understand DCAA compliance requirements, and audits you may face as an awardee:

If your company actively participates in these programs, or you are looking to submit your first proposal ever, it's important to take the time to educate yourself on the SBIR/STTR program, and how the DCAA will impact your business and award.  We encourage all contractors and grantees to be proactive, and take advantage of these resources.

If/when your ph I or II proposal is selected for award, call us, and our experts can help you to understand what you need to get started, and can install (and help you maintain), your DCAA compliant accounting system.

Good luck!

Topics: DCAA Compliant Accounting Systems, SF1408, 2017.3 DoD SBIR, SBIR/STTR Checklists

Government Contract Reviews - Don't Get Lost in the Excitement!

Posted by Tyler Link on Mon, Oct 02, 2017 @ 03:12 PM

Signing without a contract review? Think again...

It's October; DoD SBIR 2017.2 winners are being announced as we speak (check here for ARMY and NAVY winners/selectees), the government's FY just wrapped up, and the fall procurement rush is upon us, as agencies look to place orders and award contracts before the holidays bring everything to a grinding halt.

In all the frenzy (and celebration, for many contractors), one critical process is often overlooked... 

It's understandable after all---so much time and effort is spent on the actual proposal, and all of that suspense and anxiety can be a lot for a small business (maybe its very future, or your next paycheck, is even on the line).  However, "signing on the dotted line" without completing a thorough, government contract review, can create headaches for contractors (if not all-out disasters).

From impossible-to-meet requirements, to deliverables that were never agreed-upon, and simply outlining how to get paid for your work, overlooked errors in a contract can cost you dearly.

If you haven't already, we recommend you download "Government Contract Reviews - Protecting Your Company from Potential Disaster."  This white paper is just one of several helpful resources released by ReliAscent this year.  From indirect rates, to cost proposals, contract change orders, and many more, ReliAscent is your source for DCAA, DCMA, FAR, and government contracting compliance.

Good luck out there, and remember: the DoD SBIR/STTR 2017.3/C Solicitation closes in just 3 weeks, and the 2018 NASA SBIR/STTR Topic Pre-Release is just 6 weeks away!

Topics: government contract reviews, SF 26, standard form 26